Khao Chamao - Khao Wong National Park
Khao Chamao - Khao Wong National Park
Location : Amphoe Klaeng
This area was designated a park in 1975, becoming Thailand's 13th National Park. It covers an area of about 84 square km.
Named after 2 mountains in Chantaburi and Rayong provinces. It provides an important watershed area for the agriculture of the region.
How to get there
The park is just over 70 km. from both Chanthaburi and Rayong. From Royong take highway 3-7 km. past Klaeng,
then turn left on highway 3377 to Nam Sai village. There turn right and drive 1km. to the park. Both Chantaburi
and Rayong can be reached by bus from Bangkok's eastern (Ekamai) bus terminal. Songtaews can then be hired to the park.
Caves in The Khao Wong Area:
about 18 km. From Na Yai Arm Market in Tamai. There are about 80 caves in this area of limestone mountains.
Some of which are, Rakon cave, Phet cave, and Chedi cave.
Khao Chamao Waterfall:
this waterfall is located near the park headquarters. It is a large waterfall spread with many levels along a stretch of 3kms.
The water is clear, making it easy to spot all the fish in the pools. Chan Wang Machar is a particularly nice level to visit.
There is a trail leading to the waterfall which passes through scenic forest and also it has rest shelters and toilets.
Khlong Pla Kang Waterfall:
Klong Pla-Gang Waterfall this is the most beautiful waterfall in the park. 5km from park headquarters, passing through rich forest,
many orchids, ferns and medicinal plants can also be seen along the trail to the waterfall.
Khao Wong Caves
Par Sawan (Sawan Cliff):
Erected over a waterfall which has clear water flowing for 900 meters, Par Sawan is on a route passing productive rain forest
which consists of woods and Prong (a kind of Cycadaceae), and inhabits many kinds of wild animal.
Traveler can clearly see the scenery of Khao Lam Ya and Samed Island on the sunny day.
Khao Laem Ya - Mu Ko Samet National Park
Location : Amphoe Mueang Rayong
Sparkling white sand and cliffs from an azure sea… the archipelago of Same Island is the setting that inspired classical Thai poet,
Sunthorn Phu, to write his most famous epic: Phra Aphai Manee, a story of princes, sages, mermaids and giants T
hat was 150 years ago, and today you can still enjoy the magical qualities of Samet and surrounding areas. In 1981,
the Royal Forest department declared the archipelago of Samet, the headland of Khao Laem Ya and 11 kilometer
of Mae Ramphueng Beach to be a national park. Samet island group comprises of several islands i.e. Ko Kudi,
Ko Kruai, Ko Ma Kham, Ko Ma Kham, Ko Plai Tin, Ko Thaiu and Ko Chan [Ko means island].
One has its’own uniqueness which visitors should not miss.
How to get there
From Bangkok to Rayong take the hi-way no.3, Sukhumvit road, taking about 220 kms. Alternatively, take hi-way no.36
which come from hi-way no.3 at km.136. This will shorten the distance about 35 kms. Once you are in Rayong city continue for
another 12 kms, turn right at km 231. Follow the road for 2 kms to get to Ban Phe. The boat jetty to Ko Samet is located here.
On Samet island, there is only one road which used to be just a walkway. This road is 6 km long and started from the north
of Thap Thim Bay passing Anodat pool to Sai Kaeo beach. The distance from Ban Samet to Sai Kaeo beach is about
Travel to Ko Kudi to charterers only because no passenger ships like Ko Samet. Rate charterers about 3500 to 4000 baht
to rent can be contacted at BaanPhe pier and on Koh Kudi uses the electric generator during 17.00-24.00 pm.
Getting to Samet island by boat starts at Ban Phe Jetty. There are three public jetties for boats that carry from 10 up to100 people.
It takes about 30 minute to travel to the island. Boat service is available from 6.00 am to 5.00 pm. The boat fee costs 50 bath/trip/person.
You can also hire the private boat and negotiate for the price. Three Jetties on the island are Island Head jetty,
Ao Wong Duean jetty (eastern side) and Ao Prao jetty (western side). Some operators located in smaller bay
also do have speed boat service to transport tourists from Ban Phe to their own resorts.
From Bangkok to Ban Phe, there is public bus service, both window and air-condition type, available every hour
from 5.00 am to 8.30 pm, starting from Eastern Bus Terminal (Aekamai) at Sukhumvit road.
The main attraction has traditionally been a series of sculpted coves on the east shore of Samet Island
offers a variety of privately run accommodation on splendidly scenic beaches. Numerous restaurants serve Thai,
Chinese and Continental cuisine.
Laem Ya Monutain and Pret Mountain:
are a small laterite hill covering the area of 1.09 sq.km. Forests cover the southern cape that project into the sea.
Spectacular scenery of curvy and sandy beaches can be viewed afar from the mountain top by looking into the west.
Samet Island and another two small islands lie in the west right in front from the lookout. Looking to the east,
small bay with spacious sandy beach and some rocks in crystal clear water can be seen.
Ao Klang (Klang Bay):
is in the north of the Samet Island and can be viewed from mainland at Ban Phe. The bay has 1 km of long white
and sandy beach. It is an area for tourist boat parking. The famous Sai Kaeo Beach is located in north-eastern
of the island about 300 metres from Samet village. It's a gorgeous beach in the park.
Ao Wong Duean is located in central area on the eastern side of the island. The shape of bay looks like crescent.
It is a 500 meters long white and sandy beach, located 1.5 km from Sai Kaeo Beach. It takes no more than 20 minutes
of walking time that would pass Ao Phai and Ao Cho to this peaceful Ao Wong Duean.
Ao Wai, Ao Kew, Ao Toei, Ao Saeng Thian, Ao Phai and Ao Prao:
They are suitable sites for observing coral reef because the coral lies near the shore and every bay has beautiful beach especially Ao Kew.
There are may beaches and bays on Koh Samet :
Other Tourist Attractions :