Khao Phanom Bencha National Park spreads some 20 square-miles across Krabi Province sheltering diverse wildlife, plants, and a host of waterfalls and cave complexes.
The peak of Khao Phanom Bencha Mountain is Krabi’s highest point at almost 4,500 feet, and the protected area that runs along the mountain spine was designated Thailand’s 30th national park in the 1980s.
The 11-tiers of Huay To Waterfalls course through the dense foliage of the park before collecting in a swimmable pool just a few hundred feet past the park headquarters. From Huay To, well marked trails lead to the dramatic Huay Sadeh and Khong Haeng Falls.
The limestone formations in Khao Phanom Bencha National Park have been eroded by centuries of rain forming numerous caves to explore. Tham Pheung Cave’s dramatically glistening stalactites and stalagmites are a stunning sight for travelers on luxury tours of Thailand. The glittering white walls and stone formations vary in shape, some of which resemble mushrooms or even pagoda-like structures.
The dense jungle canopy is teeming with birdlife throughout the year. White-crowned hornbills, numerous pheasants, and eagles are among the over 200 bird species that call the park home. Below the tree branches tapirs, Sumatran serows, and Asiatic black bears roam the forest floor waiting to be spotted by guests on tours of Thailand.
Khao Phanom Bencha’s best weather is between November and January. Rain fall from May to October make the park and its numerous falls particularly beautiful, and the highest temperatures run from February through April.
The stunning waterfalls, diverse wildlife, and virgin forests are a dramatic and rewarding excursion for travelers touring Thailand.
Appropriate Attire :
Dress for a hike and bring along swimwear as the pools beneath the many waterfalls are too appealing to pass up after a jaunt through the jungle.