National Park Khao Phanom Bencha in Krabi
National Park Khao Phanom Bencha National Park in Krabi is formed on the slopes and around the mountain of Phanom Bencha height 1397м. The Park is small, with an area of 50kV.km.
It is open to tourists, and there is a view on that. Near the main entrance to the Park is the most beautiful waterfall Huay province and To several waterfalls. There are many rivers and streams, beautiful mountain views, clean rainforest. Can be found growing in natural conditions orchids. From the animal world there are many insects (beware of poisonous spiders), snakes (also be careful), home to the endemic and extremely rare species – bird Harney Pitta (Pitta Gurney).
To visit the Park in a short walk, during which usually visiting the waterfalls the Huay To and Huay Sa Khe, walk on the adjacent trails, relax in the gazebo or have a picnic, ride on elephants (800 baht / hour). A longer visit can include challenging routes up to climb to the top. Despite its small size (1397 metres), the route up and down is quite time-consuming and takes 1-3 days depending on your fitness. For this purpose the vast Park includes a camping Parking lot, but the tent will have to bear their. The ascent is only possible during the dry season and accompanied by a local guide, which you can get in the headquarters of the Park at the entrance. Also at the entrance is given a map of the Park trails.
Don't forget that during a visit to National parks in Thailand should abide by the rules (no littering, do not kill animals, destroy plants, etc.), otherwise will be punished by a fine.
Near the Park entrance and headquarters outside the territory of the Park is still two interesting places which are often visited cave Tham Khao Phueng and elephant camp Huay Tho Water Fall Safari.
Hours: the Park entrance is open from 08:00 to 16:30, alone is better to go in the morning or after lunch to avoid the crowds
Entrance fee / ticket price: 200 baht, 50 baht for car Parking, 20 baht for a motorbike (see the currency of Thailand and the exchange rate)
How to get there: the Park is about an hour drive from AO Nang and 40 minutes from Krabi town (Park on the map Krabi). Public transportation does not go there, can be reached by taxi, rented transport or tour (half-day excursions from 900 baht). If you are going to get yourself, it is easy to navigate by the road signs that will lead you straight to the headquarters and entrance to the Park.