× Over 400 species of birds are known to occur within the Park’s boundaries, and 57 mammals. Larger mammals include elephant, gaur, sambar deer, banteng, serow, and bear, indo-chinese tiger, leopard, both common and Fea’s muntjac. Malayan tapir, white-handed gibbon, dusky and banded langurs, Asian wild dog, otter, and wild boar.

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1 year 2 months ago - 1 year 1 month ago #4634 by zuppi
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I have the opportunity to visit Thailand on a business trip towards end of November. I have been here before , and visited Khao Yai national Park for two days, having a really good time. This time I want to stay a bit longer and would like to visit Kaeng Krachan. I would like to stay at Ban Krang Camp. I read that I can rent a tent there and have some questions about this:
  • Are these tents fixed, meaning already set up or do I just get the equipment and have to do it myself? Reason being that i have stayed in so called 'Tented Camps' in South Africa and Namibia, are they comparable?
  • Where would I have to book? Or is it safe enough just to arrive and organise it on the spot?
  • Or are there any accomodation inside the park which you could recommend?
Any help appreciated! I might have many more questions later, just try to get my bearings.
Regards from Switzerland

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1 year 2 months ago - 1 year 2 months ago #4635 by WT admin
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Hi Zuppi, and looking forward to see what you photograph in Kaeng Krachan, you had a brilliant haul of species on your Khao Yai trip.

To answer your questions ......


Are these tents fixed, meaning already set up or do I just get the equipment and have to do it myself? Reason being that i have stayed in so called 'Tented Camps' in South Africa and Namibia, are they comparable?

The tents, mats and bags are rented from the Baan Krang substation (at the Baan Krang campsite) - just go to the reception "booth" and tell them what you need and they will give you to set up anywhere in the campsite you wish or even put them up for you if you need. They are bog standard nylon tents ( see this us.123rf.com/450wm/ongkachakon/ongkachak...the-forest.jpg?ver=6 ) that would sleep two comfortably.

In November supply should not be an issue, theres still not a lot of people there and the "winter" camping season has not started just yet. Baan Krang is a small campsite within the park and mid week it is empty. It is a much more intimate experience than Khao Yai - placing you right in the forest. Saturday brings in Bangkokians and locals for the weekend but as long as its not a long weekend it should not be a problem. If a long weekend - urrgghhh ;+)


Where would I have to book? Or is it safe enough just to arrive and organise it on the spot?

Its safe enough just to arrive - not sure if you can book - maybe someone else here knows?

Or are there any accomodation inside the park which you could recommend?

Inside the park there is no accommodation that the public can stay at.
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1 year 2 months ago #4636 by zuppi
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Thank you for the fast reply. f course I will bring my camera... but I will be without the competent guides I had last time ;-( For some reason they currently do not offer their services.
I will hire a car, do I need an SUV or is normal Sedan sufficient? I believe the rainy season should end by that time... but with the climate change who knows these days.
Regards Daniel

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1 year 2 months ago #4637 by onflipflops
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I think it is not really possible to book tents in advance at Baan Krang camp. But as Paul mentioned, showing up and booking on site should be fine, certainly if you arrive on a weekday. Usually the rangers will pitch the tent for you, if they have not pitched one yet.

An SUV or pick up truck would allow you to go beyond km18 and drive to Panoen Thung camp and further. Sedan cars are not allowed beyond km18, so that means you miss out on about another 18 kilometres of road through different habitat.
Still the area from the main gate till km18 is certainly interesting to spent a couple days.
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1 year 2 months ago #4640 by zuppi
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thank you for your help!

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1 year 2 months ago #4642 by Robby L
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Better make it 4WD to go up to Panoen Thung camp as there are parts of the road, particularly if wet, that need 4WD.

I have found on my last couple of trips to Baan Krang that the short piece of road from the ford going toward the youth camp to the staff only barrier has a lot of easy to see bird activity as well as plenty of mammal tracks and the occasional sighting.

There is also a branch road that runs up behind the youth camp that is worth the walk.

RIP 2018 - Robby will always be remembered for his sharing of his trips and knowledge. Missed by all.
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1 year 1 month ago #4676 by zuppi
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Unfortunately I cannot find a place to hire a 4WD... only SUV's (All Wheel). Does anyone have a pointer?

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1 year 1 month ago #4677 by Paul T
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I have been driving it throughout the closed season, when its wet its bad but 2 weeks ago it had started to dry out, and of course should get drier and drier now until the end of March - so as along as you have clearance on the vehicle you hire you will be OK, going slow. As long as its not been raining heavily.........you should be fine with something like an SUV or similar with an OK clearance. Just make sure there is plenty of tread on the tires when you pick it up.

My last trip up, it was more bone jarring than slippy and I did not use 4WD on my truck. I had wheel spin in the trickier 3 spots that exist but nothing concerning.
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