About Khao Sam Roi Yot

Hua Hin ( ~60 kilometer ), Bangkok ( ~255 kilometer ), Kanchanaburi ( ~255 kilometer )
Open the function of Khao Sam Roi Yot

  • The Bueng Bua Boardwalk at Thung Sam Roi Yot Freshwater Mars is in such a bad share that it is closed. The is no information about when it will open again.
  • Phraya Nakhon Cave will be closed from 1st June until 31st July 2022.

Covering about 98 km², Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park is located on the coast of Prachuap Khiri Khan Province right south of Hua Hin. It is the first marine national ballpark of Thailand.

Khao Sam Roi Yot means “ The mountain with three hundred peaks ” and refers to a series of limestone hills along the Gulf of Thailand with the highest one at 605 meters asl. The northwest corner of the batch range is called Thung Sam Roi Yot and is chiefly fresh water marsh covering closely 37 % of the national park which makes it the largest wetlands area in Thailand .
The main attractions of the national park are Phraya Nakhon Cave with its iconic royal pavilion and huge chamber, Kaeo Cave and Thung Sam Roi Yot Freshwater Marsh. The park is besides a courteous finish for its rich wildlife in fresh water marsh and mangrove forests, beautiful beaches, limestone islands, trails and viewpoints. It is easily accessible, alone 60 km south from Hua Hin and closely 3 hours from Bangkok .
The boardwalk over the freshwater marsh
Copyright OLOS2013 The boardwalk over the freshwater marsh

The showery season in the national ballpark is May to November with the most rain in September to November. The rest of the year is quite dry .

Wildlife

The forests on the mountains are home to some mammals like fishing cats, dark-skinned leaf monkeys, crab-eating acaques, Malayan porcupines, Indochinese serows and Sunda slow lorises .
Khao Sam Roi Yot is home to a great diversity of dame species making it another great destination for birders. Around 355 bird species recorded from the park, half of them migrant birds. It is one of the best places in Thailand to see waterbirds on the trajectory path between Asia and Australia around January/February. Spotted crakes, Jack snipes, Swinhoe ‘s snipes, steppe eagles, western marsh harriers, sharp-tailed sandpipers, long-billed partridges and Baer ‘s pochard are a few rare birds that have been reported from the parking lot, some of these records may be identical honest-to-god .
Dolphins are regularly seen off the coast, although the sight is not guaranteed, boat tours can be arranged from most hotels in the area. occasionally irrawaddy dolphins besides show up near the coast .
Named after the national park, Sam Roi Yot bent-toed gecko ( Cyrtodactylus samroiyot ) and Sam Roi Yot leaf-toed gecko ( Dixonius kaweesaki ) are two endemic species of gecko presently only known from the parking lot .
Named after the national park, Sam Roi Yot bent-toed gecko (Cyrtodactylus samroiyot) is an endemic species only known from the park
creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International Thai National Parks Named after the national park, Sam Roi Yot bent-toed gecko (Cyrtodactylus samroiyot) is an endemic species only known from the park

Sam Roi Yot leaf-toed gecko (Dixonius kaweesaki) is another gecko species named after the park, also only found in this park
creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International Thai National Parks Sam Roi Yot leaf-toed gecko (Dixonius kaweesaki) is another gecko species named after the park, also only found in this park

South asian bockadam ( Cerberus schneiderii ) is a snake species very common in the mangrove forests and canals in the park, with a little bit of attempt can easily be found along the belittled canals near Khao Daeng Village. Most of the common snake species in the region can besides be found in the national parking lot .

Visiting

The main visitor center, headquarters and some attractions are situated on the south side of the national park .

Getting to the park

It is not possible to get to the park with public department of transportation options. private transportation system is needed, either by own car/bike or with taxi arrangements .
It is possible to arrange a day trip with a taxi from Hua Hin to Khao Sam Roi Yot for 2,200 Baht. Please see our cab details page for more information .

Get around in the park

The distances between attractions are besides bad to walk. There are not many trees along the roads for shade, so trying walking between attractions can be very uncomfortable on cheery days. A individual car/bike/bicycle is needed for sure .

Entrance fees & opening times

An entrance fee needs to be paid alone when the main attractions are visited. The entrance fee is valid at all attractions during the day. No entrance tip to be paid when driving through the park to get to the villages, hotels etc .
The entrance fees are 200 Baht for foreigners ( 100 Baht for children ) and 40 Baht for Thai citizens ( 20 Baht for children ) .
There are many villages in the park, so there is no time to drive through the park. however, the attractions have opening times from 8 am until around 4 to 4:30 pm every day .

Activities

The main must see attraction of Khao Sam Roi Yot is the impressively big Phraya Nakhon Cave and the Royal Pavilion inside it. It is the most iconic attraction of the park and the province .
The national park has quite an impressive bird record and is identical popular among birders. The sphere east of the mountain range through the park has quite a alone habitat for some fresh water birds. The boardwalk over the fresh water marsh is a democratic destination. This side of the park has an impressive horizon of the mountains from the boardwalk .
Khao Daeng Viewpoint is a popular set to visit in combination with a visit to Phraya Nakhon Cave. It has an impressive view over the area .
other activities to fill a day ‘s planning are ; a gravy boat trip through the mangrove forests, visiting two early caves or relaxing on one of the beaches .
While the dusky flick monkeys can be seen any day at Laem Sala Beach, the long-tailed macaques can be found at Khao Daeng Viewpoint parking area or around headquarters. Most early mammals in the park are very rare to see, they hold afforest habitats deep inside the ballpark in montane areas .
A sidereal day travel to Khao Sam Roi Yot can be combined with a trip to Kui Buri Wildlife Watching Area to see godforsaken elephants. In case, visitors are advised to leave Khao Sam Roi Yot latest about 2 pm to reach the elephant watching area in time. The wildlife watching area is in Kui Buri National Park, branch entrance fees applied there. For more information, please visit our Kui Buri National Park part .
Another alternative is besides to visit Pranburi Forest Park on the way back to Hua Hin .

Stay & eat

Camping

It is possible to camp at Laem Sala Beach and Sam Phraya Beach. Tents available at both beaches from 150 Baht for 2 people, 225 Baht for 3 people and 300 Baht for 4 people. Accessories can be rented per person ; pillow 10 Baht, across-the-board 10 Baht, sleeping pocket 30 Baht, sheet 20 Baht .

Park accommodations

There are only two rooms available for rent near the headquarters, one is for 1,000 Baht for 5 people, the early is 1,400 Baht for 5 people .
There are few rooms at Laem Sala Beach ; 1,600 Baht for 6 people, 2,000 Baht for 8 people and 2,200 Baht for 9 people .
A significant discount will apply when booked for Mon-Thu .
The park accommodations can be booked through the DNP web site in advance. As the money transfer must be done within 2 days and the fact that it takes a longer time with transfers from overseas, it is only possible to book from within Thailand entirely. Payments can be done at 7-Eleven convenience stores or banks .

Eat

There are restaurants at Laem Sala Beach and Sam Phraya Beach campsites. many early restaurants are spread out in the ballpark, a bunch of cheaper options can be found at the cable car ballpark area of Phraya Nakhon and Laem Sala Beach entrance .

Phone(s)

You are recommended to ask a Thai speaking person to call on your behalf .

  • 032 821 568

The attractions of Khao Sam Roi Yot

Phraya Nakhon Cave

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Being the independent attraction of the national parking lot, this cave consists of two sinkholes. In the cave, there is a four-gable roof royal pavilion called Phra Thinang Khuha Kharuhat, built in 1890 for King Rama V ‘s visits. This pavilion became an iconic symbol of Prachuap Khiri Khan Province. At the justly time of class, when the sunlight shines from a certain fish through a sinkhole above the pavilion, the sinkhole open illuminates a courteous shine of light over the pavilion, creating a spectacular and photogenic view .
The royal pavilion inside the Phraya Nakhon Cave
Copyright Tupungato The royal pavilion inside the Phraya Nakhon Cave

The cave is accessible from Laem Sala beach by a 430 meters long, steep and rocky trail up to 130 meters asl. once reached the cave entrance, a trail gradually descends gloomy to the focus on of the cave. The trail may be slippery during the showery seasons .

Laem Sala Beach & Campsite

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A kilometer wide and shoal white beach 16 kilometer northeast of the headquarters. The beach is accessible by a 350 molarity long rocky trail over a hill or by boat and takes round 20 minutes to reach by foot. The boat trip is 400 Baht ( soap 6 people ) for a rung tripper .
Laem Sala Beach and Campsite, the trail to Phraya Nakhon Cave start from the campsite area of this beach
Copyright boonsom Laem Sala Beach and Campsite, the trail to Phraya Nakhon Cave start from the campsite area of this beach

The beach area has a smaller visitor plaza, a restaurant, accommodations, a camping ground and showers/toilet facilities. There is besides a decent point of view from a hill at the north end of the beach. The main attraction of the national park, Phraya Nakhon Cave is accessible by a trail from this beach .
There are few park accommodations for rent at Laem Sala Beach. See above “ Stay & Eat ” for more information .

Park headquarters area

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Located on the south side of the national park, it is in a convenient distance to most of the independent attractions of the park. There are few smaller trails around the HQ, a watchtower and basic facilities .
There used to be a campsite following to the HQ, but closed due to long-tailed macaques tearing apart tent doors, getting in and damaging personal belongings of campers in search of food. Visitors are advised to get to the other two campsites on nearby beaches. apart from the trail astir to Khao Daeng Viewpoint 700 meters away, wholly longer trails up to the mountains from HQ area are closed permanently. These trails are used for patrolling rangers merely .

Khao Daeng Viewpoint

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A vantage point at a 157 meters peak, the trail head to the vantage point trail is approximately 700 meters from the headquarters. This vantage point has an impressive 360° view over the surrounding valley and mountains. Long-tailed macaques and birds are common in the area .
The view north from the Khao Daeng Viewpoint
Copyright Witthaya Phonsawat The view north from the Khao Daeng Viewpoint

There is a park space where the trail starts uphill. The lead is rough all the way up and quite exorbitant. No ranger guidance needed to walk the lead up, it is easy to follow, no risk of getting lost .

Khao Daeng Canal

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It is a canal through mangrove forests that flows around Khao Daeng Mountain around 1.5 kilometer from headquarter. It is possible to take a boat trip from a temple area near the Khao Daeng Village. Best time for the tour is in the late afternoon, it takes about one hour, giving the hypothesis to enjoy the beautiful views of the mangrove forests and limestone hills rising around .
A boat tour costs 500 Baht per group of max 6 people and can only be arranged on the blot .

Thung Sam Roi Yot Freshwater Marsh

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Located on the northwest corner of the national park, it is the largest fresh water marsh in Thailand, family to many species of waterbirds, songbirds, amphibians and diverse wetland species. The marsh is registered as Ramsar locate by Ramsar Convention, an external treaty for recognition of significant wetlands. The views of the mountains at Thung Sam Roi Yot side are more impressive compared to the east side .
There is a restaurant and a smaller camp establish near the visitor concentrate but there are no tents available for rent. There are besides a few accommodations for the park employees, these may become available for economic rent when not in use, from vitamin a cheap as 300 Baht per nox .

Bueng Bua Boardwalk

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Bueng Bua Boardwalk is a kilometer long wooden boardwalk over the fresh water marsh on the west slope of the park. The boardwalk has dramatic nice views over the surroundings. many fresh water dame species, particularly the grey gallinule can be seen around .
There is a visitor center next to the boardwalk. This boardwalk was broken for many years but parts of it were repaired in late 2019 .
The views of the mountains from Thung Sam Roi Yot is best in the park
Copyright Casper1774Studio The views of the mountains from Thung Sam Roi Yot is best in the park

Bueng Bua Boardwalk at Thung Sam Roi Yot Freshwater Marsh
Copyright Sira Jantararungsan Bueng Bua Boardwalk at Thung Sam Roi Yot Freshwater Marsh

Sam Phraya Beach & Campsite

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A nice and quiet beach a moment over 5 km north east from the headquarters, lined with pine trees, surrounded by rocky cliffs. There are no accommodation options in and around the beach but there is a campsite with basic facilities. It is possible to rent a tent, see above “ Stay & eat ” for more information .
There is a very good restaurant at Sam Phraya Beach, open 7 am to 9 phase modulation Mon to Fri or until 10 pm during the busy week-ends and holidays .

Kaeo Cave

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accessible by a 250 meters long trail from the nearby road, this impressive cave with few huge chambers is situate 16 kilometer from the headquarter towards the Bang Pu greenwich village. It consists of stalactites and stalagmites with a identical rocky open. The cave has two entrances and takes approximately 20-25 minutes to walk through from one entrance to the other. Bats can be seen hanging from the ceiling and with a morsel of luck asian forest scorpions may be spotted excessively .
A fire warden must be hired to walk through the cave and can be arranged at the entrance if available .

Sai Cave

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A cave consists of stalactites and stalagmites. It is accessible by a 300 meters long trail from the road near the coast, approximately 9 km northeastern from the headquarters. There are torches available for rip during the week-days but the cave is lit up for free due to the high total of visits from local tourists on week-ends .

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Dusky leaf monkeys are common at Laem Sala Beach, not as annoying as macaques
Copyright arunroisri Dusky leaf monkeys are common at Laem Sala Beach, not as annoying as macaques

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