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Khao Chamao - Khao Wong National Park

Khao Chamao - Khao Wong National Park 
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.

Geographical Features
Tropical broad-leaved evergreen forests dominated the lowland elevations up to 1000 m.

Weather Condition
There is heavy rain from May to October about 3,000 mm. of rain per year, nicely cold from November to February, and summer from March to April with approximately 26-27 degrees Celsius all the year round.

Varieties of Plants and Wild Animals
Animals that can probably still be found in the park include elephant, gaur, serow, bear, wild pig, deer, pileated gibbon and banded langur. There are also 53 confirmed bird species including the wreathed and great hornbills. "In the deep pools of Khao Chamao waterfall is found a species of carp (tor soro) which old timers in the area claim gave the Khao Chamao, which translates to get drunk its name. They say people who eat the fish become light headed. A favourite food of the carp is the fallen fruit of a particular tree growing beside the waterfall. This fruit apparently has a mysterious property which has no visible effect on the carp but seemingly causes intoxication in people who eat the fish. This fruit, intriguingly, is a traditional curative for leprosy." (Gray, Piprell, Graham 1994)

Tourist Attractions
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.

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.

Klong Pla-Gang 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.

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.

Facilities
Tourist's restroom: There are toilets for tourists.
Accommodation: Bungalows are also available. 
Camping site: National Park provides campground and restaurant for tourists.

 Khao Chamao Waterfall, Khao Chamao - Khao Wong National Park, Rayong

Khao Chamao Waterfall, Khao Chamao - Khao Wong National Park, Rayong

Klong Pla-Gang Waterfall, Khao Chamao - Khao Wong National Park, Rayong

Khao Chamao Waterfall, Khao Chamao - Khao Wong National Park, Rayong

Youth hoste: National Park provides youth hoste at Ranger Station (Klong Pla-Gang Waterfall)
Youth hoste: National Park provides youth hoste at headquarters
Parking: National Park provides parking lot for visitors. 
Food services: Restaurant is available in the Park.
Visitor center: Visitor Center is open daily from 8.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.

Location and Address  
Khao Chamao - Khao Wong National Park
P.O Box 11  Amphur Klaeng   Rayong   Thailand 21110
Tel. 0 3802 0510 (VoIP), 0 3889 4378   Fax 0 3889 4378   E-mail
chamao_@hotmail.com

How to get there 
By Car
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




National Parks in Eastern Thailand

Khao Khitchakut National Park
Khao Siphachan National Park
Namtok Phlio National Park
Thap Lan National Park
Khao Laem Ya - Mu Ko Samet National Park
Pang Sida National Park
Mu Ko Chang National Park
Namtok Khlong Kaeo National Park



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