National Parks in the South
Klong Phanom National Park
Thailand's southern peninsular is in the direct path of east and west monsoons, and rain falls on the mountain ridges nearly all year round. The abundant rain gives rise to many beautiful streams and green and moist nature. Klong Phanom (in the south of Khao Sok national park across the highway 401) is going to be a national park. This park covering 410 square kilometers is in Phanom district of Surat Thani province.
The high mountain range of Klong Phanom consists of many steep cliffs typical of the limestone mountains in this area. Fertile forests drape the mountains, and many streams flow beneath the towering greenery. Klong Phanom is a vital water source for surrounding communities and towns.
Khao Wong camp was used as a base by communists armed forces during 1960s and 1970s. From the park office, take the trail passing Khao Wong waterfall and walk for about 45 minutes to reach the old camp. The grassland and fruit trees such as jackfruit, guava and lime are the evidence of the areas previously used by human inhabitants. Walk downstream through a huge cave, a communist hideout, to reach the next mountain range.
Chong Yung waterfall is a beautiful fall noted for many fish that live in the pool at its base.
There are several fine limestone caves and cliffs that have yet to be explored throughly.
Accommodations and facilities
At the moment there is only a camp ground without equipment. Visitors need to bring their own gear and food.
How to get there
Klong Phanom is along the route no. 401 connecting Surat Thani and Takua Pa. At the kilometer marker 90 there is a entrance road to the south, to the park. Park's headquarters is just 300 meters from the turn-off.
Klong Phanom national park
107, Moo 4, Klong Sok
Phanom, Surat Thani 84205