Waterfall, swimming, and rafting
Posted by Heliocentrism on February 1, 2010
January 30, 2010
This was a trip that was put together by another meetup.com, meetup leader. He chartered a couple of vans and everyone pitched in to pay for it. Mark and I tried to ask him some questions about the itinerary, but I think he was just playing things by ear.
Our first stop was at Pa La-U waterfall. We had to eat our lunch before entering the waterfall area. The park officials are very concerned about keeping the place free from litter.
Once you cross the little bridge you can climb your way to the top. We stopped at the 5th level waterfall. I wasn’t planning to go swimming at first, but after the hike I was hot and sweaty and need to take a dip in the really cold water.
A Great Place to Die
The rafting was not actually rafting. It was more like sitting in a raft and slowly drifting down the river. The water wasn’t deep at all, in fact if I got out of the boat, in most spots, the water would only go up to my knees.
There were many unsafe looking water slides like the one in the picture above. I think they were designed more for “high tide”. This slide has a long drop into the river, which would not be dangerous when the water is deep. But the river was quite shallow the day of this trip. As you can see in the picture above, there is a kid standing right where someone on the slide would land into the river. He is not even knee deep in the water.
We did pass a zip-line that everyone wanted to try. It didn’t look very safe either, but when in Thailand… The zip-line itself was very mild, but it started out over rocks. If you fell off before you were over the water you would get seriously hurt. But, once over the water things got very tame. The zip-line didn’t go very fast.
(Ratcha Anachak Thai)
How to get there:
- You can enter by plane, boat, bus, or train.
- Most citizens from many countries do not need to get a visa before going to Thailand. But, you will need a visa to stay longer than 1 month or if you been to Thailand for at least 3 months already in the past 12 months.
- People of most nationalities will get a 30-day visa at the port of entry.
- To be completely sure, check with the Thai embassy in your country.
- Useful Phone Numbers when in Thailand
- Tourism Authority 662-250-5500
- Emergency Number – 999
- Do not say anything negative about the king or anyone in the Royal family. And definitely do not write anything bad about the king or royal family. This offence could land you in jail. You don’t want to go to Thai jail.
- Don’t use the city ferries in Bangkok during the peak hours. They fill those things past capacity and sometimes they sink. Use them during non-peak hours when they are not crowded.
Kaeng Krachan National Park
- 12°52’05.3″N 99°24’00.7″E
Since I didn’t plan this trip, I’m not sure how to get to the park. The person who did the planning got a charter bus to take us. It was a 2 hour ride from Bangkok.
Kaeng Krachan Sub-district, Amphur Kang Krachan Phetchaburi Thailand 76170
- 0 3246 7326
- 08 6166 2991
- 0 3245 9293
- For a non-Thai to enter the park it will cost 200THB.
- There are also campsites and other accommodations.
- The campsite seems to be near the main office of the park.
- You can also rent tents and sleeping bags.
Pa La-U Waterfall
- 12°32’17.2″N 99°27’46.3″E
I have no idea how to get here. The best idea I can give is to call the information center and hope they speak English. It’s really nice though; swimming in waterfalls among butterflies.
It’s about 60km west of Hua Hin (หัวหิน).
- Par-La-U office: Tel.03 264 6294
- 08 7161 2922
- Food is not allow pass a certain point in the park, to prevent littering.
- There were a few food stalls before the no-food point, but I would still advise bringing your own picnic.
- If need be, you can always ask the park ranger to hold your backpack or bag of food at the ranger station.
How to get there:
Again, since I didn’t plan this trip I have no info on the stuff I did.
The rafting is far from white water rafting. In fact most of us didn’t even paddle. We just gently went down the stream without row, row, rowing the boat.
Here is some travel information I found on someone’s website.
- A local travel agency: Rabieng Rimnum Tours (TAT license no. 13/946)
- Located at the center of town in Phetchaburi Province by the riverside, here you will find Guesthouses, Restaurants and Tours Services. Especially, jungle trip to The Kaeng Krachan National Park with options of Trekking, Wildlife, and Bird Watching.
- (Eng) contact to “Mr. Chok” mobile number: 086-3456897 or E-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org