The Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park; is a marine national park opened in 1966 and was the first coastal national park in Thailand. Located just 63 kilometres south of Hua Hin, less than a hours drive. In the Amphurs of Sam Roi Yot and Kui Buri, Prachuab Kiri Khan province.
Khao Sam Roi Yot litterally meaning 'mountain with 300 peaks' probably because of the many peaks of the limestone mountains which are all over this national park the highest of these being Khao Krachom at 605m above sea level. Sam Roi Yot has a diverse environment consisting of limestone mountain ranges, mangrove swamps, marshland and beaches which offers some spectacular scenery.
Sam Roi Yot is one of Thailand’s smaller national parks, its area covering around 98 sq km but it boasts some of Thailand’s best shoreline habitats popular with waterfowl; as well as several hundred species of birds and lizards, Khao Sam Roi Yot Park is also home to crab eating macaques, langurs, civet and the serow a small specie of antelope that thrives here.
Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park is open all year round. Admission is 200 Baht for adult foreigners, 100 Baht for children, 40 Baht for Adult Thai Nationals and 20 Baht for Thai children. The admission cost covers the whole park. If you staying inside the park overnight you will only need to pay the admission fee once.
Thum Kaew (Kaew Cave) is located 16 kilometers from the Sam Roi Yot park headquarters and about 2km from Ban Bang Pu. The cave is entered by climbing down a ladder. Kaew cave features many chambers joined by narrow passageways. It is a beautiful cave which gets it's name 'glass cave' from the many clear and translucent stalactites and stalagmites with calcite crystals which glitter from the light. The cave is in complete darkness with no lighting inside so either bring a torch or you can rent a lantern from a local outside of the cave. Walking in the cave can be difficult due to the dark and uneven floor which has many rocks. It is best to be accompanied by a park guide which can be arranged at Sam Roi Yot's headquarters to take you on a tour which will take approximately 2 hours.
Khao Daeng Viewpoint
Located between the Sam Roi Yot National Park headquarters and the village of Khao Daeng (Ban Khao Daeng) and then a 300m steep climb on a well signposted trail going up the hill, taking around 30-45 minutes. You will be rewarded with a spectacular viewpoint at the peak that stands 157m above sea level with a panoramic view of the parks coastal area and mountain scenery. The best time for visiting Khao Daeng is early morning about 5.30am for the fabulous views of the sun rising over the sea at Ban Khao Daeng. You will also find birds, crab-eating macaques, monkeys and langurs that come out to feed in the early morning.
Khao Daeng Canal
Located about 1.5 kilometers from the park headquarters. A popular activity is a boat trip along the canal. The boat ride is approximately 3-4 km long and will take around 1 hour, boats are available for hire at Ban Khao Daeng. You will get great views of the mangrove forest and chances to see many species of birds.
Ban Bang Pu Village & Beach
Ban Bang Pu is a small fishing village in Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park. There is a nice beach here called Bang Pu beach which has mountains at either end of the beach and many trees behind. There are many restaurants on the beach here and some souvenir shops. You can hire a boat or take a hike on 430m trail to get to Laem Sala beach from here.
Laem Sala Beach
Laem Sala beach and the Phraya Nakhon cave are the two most visted places in Khao Sam Roi Yot national park. Laem Sala is a cape with a wide soft white sandy beach surrounded on three sides by limestone hills. Lots of shade is provided next to the beach by a large area of casuarina (a pine like tree). Here there is a restaurant, bungalows available for rent, a camping area, a small visitors center, a picnic shelter, toilets and showers.
If you like peace and quiet Laem Sala beach is ideal; although there are many visitors to the beach they are mainly on organised tours visiting the Phraya Nakhon cave and do not stay for long. There are 4 large bungalows with private bathrooms and eating areas that will sleep between 6 and 9 people as well as some smaller bungalows available for rent. Advance booking is recommended for weekends and public holidays.
If you fancy staying closer to nature then try camping. This way you can pick the best location. Pitch your tent anywhere; under the trees, next to beach and away from everyone else. It is best to bring your own tent, tents are available for rent at the beach but they are old and might have holes. Bring mosquito repellent as the evenings can bring lots of them; better still cover-up.
You have one of two choices for getting to Laem Sala beach. You can either take a boat from the neighbouring village and beach of Ban Bang Pu or take a walk around the adjacent hill on rocky trail which will take about 30 minutes. On the walk you will be rewarded with some fantastic views of both Bang Pu and Laem Sala beaches.
Phraya Nakhon Cave
Phraya Nakhon cave is a fabulous site and should be top of any visitors list of attractions to see in Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park.
This huge cave has two caverns both of which have collapsed roofs. The collapsed roofs allow both sunlight and rain to reach the cave floor which has enabled plants and tall trees to grow inside the cave.
Phraya Nakhon was discovered by one of two lords who both shared the same name of Nakorn Srithammaraja. One who reigned from 1656-1694 the other during 1782-1809. It is said that the lord was forced ashore by a violent storm and found the cave whilst seeking shelter.
The main feature of this cave is a pavilion which was built for the visit of King Rama V on June 20th, 1890. The pavilion is beautifully illuminated by the sunlight from the hole in the roof.
This royal pavillion has become the symbol of the province of Prachuap Khiri Khan. King Rama VII visited the cave in June 1926, and one can see the signatures left by both King Rama V and Rama VII on the wall of the cave. King Bhumipol (King Rama IX), the present King of Thailand has twice visited Phraya Nakhon continuing the royal legacy.
Phraya Nakhon Cave can be reached from Laem Sala Beach, by a steep rocky trail, 430 m long and rising to a height of 130m, taking about 30 minute to climb. Caution should be used and proper footwear worn as the rock is sharp and can be slippery especially during and after rainfall.
Located in the bush of Tanot, 9 kilometers from the park headquarters. It is not too far to visit up to the cave. Tourists are able to park cars at base of the hill and walk up to the hill for 280 meters, taking approximately 30 minutes. It is dark inside the cave but there are flashlights and lamps for hire at Ban Khung Tanot. Inside the cave are very beautiful stalactites and stalagmites. It is approximately 1 hour for touring inside the cave.
Sam Phraya Beach
5 kilometers to the north from the headquarters, there is a calm and fascinating beach in the middle of casuarina vegetation, over 1 km in length. Visitors can bring their own tent to stay overnight and there is a restaurant and bathroom facilties.
Sam Roi Yot Freshwater Marsh
A kind of wetland that is a wide plain area naturally holding water throughout the year. It has both fresh and brackish water. It is the source of biological and physical components, and also the symbol of the system, which has various kinds of plants, animals and food’s elements. Thung Sam Roi Yot is the habitat of many kinds of birds, both residents and seasonal migrant birds, this is the one of the best places for birdwatching.
Mangrove Forest Nature Trail
Take a walk through the mangrove forest on a board walk so as not to disturb or damage the surrounding environment. There are signposts along the walk which includes information for those wishing to understand more about the mangrove forest they are visiting. The mangrove is home to a diverse range of animals including crabs, mudskippers, crab eating macaques and birds. There is also a bird watching tower on the walk.
Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park
Mu 2, Ban Khao Daeng, Khao Daeng Sub-district, Amphur Kui Buri, Prachuap Khiri Khan, 77150, Thailand
Tel. 0 3282 1568, 0 3264 6293 Fax 0 3282 1568 E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org