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“Beutiful but Hard going”

Khao Nang Phanthurat Forest Park
Ranked #9 of 40 things to do in Cha-am
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Reviewed 2 October 2016

Beautiful place but we under estimated the steepness. We went in the rainy season and paths were slippery and hard to follow. Great atmosphere and quiet - there were no other tourists there.

Thank Pete11011
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Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

Beautiful place to escape the Cha Am beach. Would definitely recommended going and the easy(ish) hike. 5 stars from us.

1  Thank Gemma B
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Reviewed 3 July 2016

Good little hike in nature at Chaam
- 10 Kms from Cha-am beach area
- Use google maps to find the location.
- Not touristy, not much people at the the park. Its mostly Thai visitors.
- Do not carry food inside, lot of monkey's
- Keep your valuables safe so not to be snatched or attracted by monkeys
- There is 1 small shop at the entrance to buy noodle or a quick drink. But its not open all the time.
- No food shops around the area. Have to travel abit to find any eateries.
- No entrance fee. Clean and good park
- Worth the hike

1  Thank Prasey M
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Reviewed 15 June 2016

We love this place as its kept clean and tidy by the park staff. Its a green oasis, grass is watered everyday. There are tables and chairs where you can sit and enjoy a picnic lunch. We bring a blanket and sit on the grass sometimes. There is a little van where you can buy water and drinks. Beware of the monkeys, especially when the pack turn up-100's of them. You can also take several nature walks around here but wear proper shoes as can be hard in places. A great place to visit.

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Reviewed 18 December 2015

Forest park! Absolutely not what I was expecting! To put this into perspective from 2 people’s point of view at the ages of 54 and 63 this was not an easy stroll or indeed a medium rated walk. I like a challenge and I had one today, this trail involves not just climbing 1 high peak but several and the footing is anything but a normal footpath. The forest is made up of smaller trees and shrubs, nothing of a substantial size which would offers a bit of shade and I was a bit disappointed in the lack of any wildlife or birds as I saw none except for whenever I was leaving the car park and a monkey wandered in. Don’t get me wrong as I really enjoyed the trek, it was not a walk but with a 30+ degree temperature and steep climbs to the point of very steep this is not for unfit or elderly people. The trail is said to be 3 Kms which I would normally do in 30-35 minutes at home in Thailand, this took a lot longer.
There is 2 ways to go about this and the first is a short climb at the beginning which shows the shrine of Nang Phanthurat and where she died, a nice story with a nice view which has some steep steps to make the climb to it and a return down, this is not the full trek. Please take the time to read the information before walking up the steps, it is just after the walk way up in the wooden information area and it will tell you of the Thai literature history about Nang Phanthurat. If you want you can then take the second option and do the 2 hours and 10 minutes which is what it required us to take in the entire trail. Water, snacks and proper footwear is required as you go along and make sure to follow the map as there are other options which will lead you in the wrong direction.
The Elephant corral is actually hard to understand unless explained (Kog Chang) pronounced Cock Chang, the corral is surrounded by a basin of hills and this is where they kept the Elephants, whenever viewed it makes sense.
The cave which is no distance off the main walkway and is called Ma Yom (A Thai fruit) is a bit of a disappointment except trying to explain all the sea shells! You need to see to maybe understand.
There is no fee to enter this National Park but that is not the reason to visit it, if you like a walk with a challenge or just to keep fit with some very nice views…go here. I enjoyed it. Please view my pics to see some of the terrain.

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