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Chaloem Rattanakosin National Park, Kanchanaburi Province

  • Chaloem Rattanakosin National Park is very small, being 59 square kilometers, but is well worth a visit because of its picturesque scenery and geographical formations.
  • The geographical forms include waterfalls, sheer cliffs and caves, one enormous cave where the river runs through and a limestone bridge under pinned by the River below. It is part of the Tenasserim Hills range and the highest elevation is Khao Kamphaeng at 1,260 meters high.
  • The ecosystem at Chaloem Rattanakosin is Tropical Evergreen Forest along stream valleys and at high elevations, Mixed Deciduous Forest Deciduous Dipterocarp Forest and Bamboo Forest [ as with the other National Parks in Kanchanaburi ].
  • The Park adjoins Salak Pra Wildife Sanctuary and is close to Srinakarin National Park just North of it. These National Parks are very close to each other and a visit to all is recommended.
  • The climate is monsoon with an annual rainfall of 1,140 mm. It has three seasons, the hot dry period of March to May inclusive, the rainy seaon of May to October inclusive and the cooler dry seaon of November to Feruary inclusive.
  • The region has significant history in that here the Burmese armies passed to attack Ayutthaya and where later Rama 1 fought battles to destroy the Burmese armies. The Park is named after Rama 1 for this reason. Here also stayed the Japanese Army in World War 2.

Tha major tourist attractions at  Chaloem Rattanakosin National Park are;
  • Than Lot Yai Cave. This cave is larger than Than Lot Noi Cave and is two kilometrs by trail from it.
  • Than Lot Noi Cave. This cave is 300 meters long and 10 meters high. A stream runs though the cave so tourists must be careful not to enter in the rainy season. Than Lot Noi Cave has a good selection of stalagmites.
  • Than Ngoen Waterfall
  • Tri Trueng Waterfall

Wildlife at Chaloem Rattanakosin National Park.
  • Although small the topography and vegetation at Chaloem Rattanakosin National Park encouragesmuch wildlife. The major animal species here include, Asian Elephant, Guar, Sambar Deer, Munjak, Serow, Pig Tailed Macaque,White Handed Giggon and Malayan Sun Bear.

Chaloem Rattanakosin National Park is part of the Western Forest Complex Thailand
  • Chaloem Rattanakosin National Park is part of the Western Forest Complex Thailand and accordingly part of the region's Biodiversity Conservation Landscapes. Accordingly the Park is not isolated but part of the greater strategy for conservation in the region.