National Park Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park
Sam Roi Yot - the country's first marine national Park, located on the Western shore of the Gulf of Thailand in the province of Prachuap Kiri Khan (Prachuap Khiri Khan Province), in fifty kilometers from the popular resort town of Hua hin (national Park Sam Roi Yot National Park on the map). Here a small mountain smoothly into the mangrove swamps, and just because of this special and rare topography of the area is declared protected. The Park area is 98 square kilometers.
The name of the Park translates as "mountain with three hundred peaks". The Park is one of the oldest nature reserves in Thailand. It was founded in 1966, and expanded the territory in 1982. Here you can stay for a few days and you can book a tour in Hua hin, then tourists will see everything that can be reached by bus.
This place is visited by outdoor enthusiasts from all over the world. Here you can visit caves, take a boat ride along the river deep into the jungle or go into the woods with special trails, on foot or by bike, pitching a tent on the sand of the sea and meet the dawn, climb to the observation deck in the mountains. Almost all attractions of the Park – natural character. Also in the reserve you can see rare animals – lizards, languru. In a special paragraph by the sea and see dolphins. More and more people are visiting Thailand, be sure to arrive in Sam Roi Yot at least for one day.
The most interesting places of the Park are caves, several of them. Most visited - Phraya Nakorn close to the centre of the Park. Two giant grotto on a hill striking for its scale. They long ago collapsed arch, and in the cave grew the tall trees. Daylight allows us to consider all the details. In the centre on the dais during the reign of king Rama the Fifth, the pavilion was built, it is the rulers of Siam met holidays for a long time, while the Royal power has not declined. Now the pavilion is visited only by tourists.
Another cave, Tham Kaeo, situated close to the village, and Central Park is 15 kilometers. It should only be visited with a guide who has a lantern, so as not to get lost without light. Here you can admire the beautiful stalactites and stalagmites, karst formations of fantastic shapes, and on the walls of the cave sparkle like little stars, quartz crystals.
Tham Sai cave also attracts tourists to this cave is easily reached by car, then you need to overcome only three hundred meters of elevation to the entrance. Here we need only the lights, the cave is not that big to get lost in it.
Thung Sam Roi Yot is a great swamp of Thailand, which feeds a great many birds. It buzzes with life, you could look at it all day. Is it possible to hire a boat and go through the channel into the jungle, to see growing on coast mangrove trees. Them on the Ground getting smaller, one of the reasons for the creation of the Park – a desire to preserve them.
To stay for a few days in Sam Roi Yot you can or staying in a hotel near the beach of Hat Laem Sala, or putting up a tent in camping on another beach, Hat Sam Phraya, which is a little further away. And there, and there for the convenience of tourists there are restaurants and other minimally necessary tourist infrastructure. You can get on a boat for a nominal fee, or on a trail through the hills. A few kilometers from these sites is the headquarters of the Park.
To get to Sam Roi Yot in the tour (from Hua hin from 1500 baht) or by car or motorbike through one of two entrances. One from the settlements Pranburi (Pranburi) , and Pak Nam Pran (Pak Nam Pran), you can drive along the seafront past the checkpoint, for free. But if you want to see the sights, it is better to turn from highway No. 4 at km 286 and drive straight to the headquarters. You can also enjoy Hua hin by taxi drivers never refuse to go to this popular site.
At the entrance to the Park are several restaurants, separate toilets. In General, Sam Roi Yot is well equipped – has trails, many places have campsites. It is easy to navigate on foot, and by car, are also popular bikes. When you enter the Park, you can get a detailed map.
The Park entrance fee: 200 baht adults, 100 baht for children (see exchange rate currency of Thailand).
Author: Marina Dianova