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With private taxi/minivan

The taxi options below are around the market rates, much cheaper than the expensive alternatives some hotels & resorts offers.

Taxi/minivan Hua Hin - Kaeng Krachan

Taxi services from Hua Hin to Ban Krang Campsite in Kaeng Krachan, from 1400 THB. More details

From 1600 - 2600 THB

Taxi/minivan Hua Hin - Pala-U Waterfall

Taxi services from Hua Hin to Pala-U Falls from 2000 Baht for a return trip within same day. More details

From 1400 - 2800 THB

Taxi/minivan Bangkok - Kaeng Krachan National Park

From 2,400 Baht, 2-3 pax | Private taxi service from Bangkok to Kaeng Krachan Town or Kaeng Krachan National Park HQ. More details

From 2400 - 3800 THB

Opening hours

It is important to know the opening hours into the national park before planning your trip. Please check on map for locations of Sam Yot Checkpoint, Ban Krang Campsite and Phanoen Thung Campsite before trying make sense of the following. The bit of road between Ban Krang and Phanoen Thung is very narrow and steep, for that reason the traffic is scheduled one way between certain hours;

  • Sam Yot Checkpoint (main entrance point into the hart of the national park) opening times are to 5 am to 7 pm
  • Heading to Phanoen Thung from Ban Krang campsite; 5:30 am – 7:30 am and 1 pm – 3 pm
  • Out from Phanoen Thung (to Ban Krang); 9 am – 10 am and 4 pm – 5 pm

Public transport services

There are no public services into the heart of Kaeng Krachan National Park from Kaeng Krachan Town, Bangkok, Phetchaburi or Hua Hin. The only options are renting a car, pay for a guide or hire a local driver from headquarters outside the park (standard 1200 THB to Ban Krang Campsite). The headquarters is located near Kaeng Krachan Town, minivans operates all the way to the headquarters on request.

Hitchhiking from headquarters is possible but there are several junctions and getting there will be very tricky. Not many people drives the final kilometers before the checkpoint. Don't try hitchhiking late on afternoon. If you decide hitchhiking, bear in mind to follow signposts to Phanoen Thung which is the most remote campsite inside the park.

From Phetchaburi

There are two locations where the minivans pickup passengers from (see map). The main spot is a roundabout on the main road near the city center, recommended to drop off if you are coming from north, the second spot is on the opposite side of the road from the only Big-C supermarket on southern parts. Telling drivers to drop you at "Big-C" will do fine. Once you are on any of these spots, just ask people around about "Kaeng Krachan" and they will direct you to someone who will give a call to incoming minivans towards Kaeng Krachan. It could take up to an hour before a minivan passes, since passing by minivans almost always drops some passengers in Phetchaburi, there should be enough seats towards Kaeng Krachan. Bear in mind that the last minivans leaves Bangkok around 7 pm, it could arrive Phetchaburi around 9:30 pm and arrive to Kaeng Krachan Town around 10 pm.

The roundabout on the east side of the road is for minivans towards Kaeng Krachan and towards south (Hua Hin). The roundabout on the west side of the road is for Kanchanaburi and Bangkok.

From Bangkok

The best way to get to Kaeng Krachan Town straight from Bangkok is with hourly minivan services that operates from Old Southern Bus Station (Pin Klao) in Bangkok, 5 km east from the New Sothern Bus Station. It costs only 250B (June 2016) per person, and it takes nearly 3 hours. Please see on the map the location for Old Southern Bus Station. The operating company name in Southern Bus Station is Piya Tours, their phone number is 084 464 6586 (Thai only), their minivans leave from platform 1/lot 11.

There are also bus services from Southern Bus Station to Phetchaburi several times an hour. Blue-white express busses 72 and 977 departs from platform 6, tickets can be purchased from counter nr 89. See above how to get to Kaeng Krachan from Phetchaburi.

There is also a train route from Hua Lamphong train station in central Bangkok to Phetchaburi, but it is a very slow option compared to buss, could take up to 4-5 hours. The train option is not recommended as the minivan spot operating to Kaeng Krachan is too far from the train station.

From Kanchanaburi (Erawan National Park)

Minivans from Kanchanaburi to Phetchaburi operates 5am until 6pm daily from the Kabchanaburi Bus Station. Once arrived to Phetchaburi, minivan drivers normally helps to change to minivan to Kaeng Krachan Town.

To Bangkok

Minivans are the best option to get to Bangkok in one go. The last minivan leaves from Kaeng Krachan Town 5pm.

Driving

There are only two roads into the interesting spots in Kaeng Krachan National Park, one that starts 19 km form HQ at Dan Khao Sam Yot Checkpoint which is 35 km west, and one on the south side of the park, route 3219 to Pala-U Walterfall area.

Once in Kaeng Krachan are, follow the signposts to Phenoen Thung.

Drive from Bangkok to HQ
  • Take the highway route 35 from South West Bangkok, drive 83 km until highway route 4
  • Turn left on highway route 4 and drive 53 km until junction to route 3499 south of Phetchaburi
  • Turn right in junction to route 3499 and drive 32 km until you reach route 3432 after Kaeng Krachan Town
  • Turn left to route 3432 and drive another 4 km for HQ
Drive from Hua Hin to HQ
  • Highway route 4 from Hua Hin to north runs in two branches, take the east one
  • Drive 44 km north until the junction to route 3499 and turn left
  • Drive 32 km until you reach route 3432 after Kaeng Krachan Town and turn left
  • Drive the final 4 km for HQ
Drive from Hua Hin to Pa La-u
  • Take route 3218 out from Hua Hin town west
  • Drive 60 km until you reach Huai Pa Lao Checkpoint
Drive from HQ to campsites
  • Drive 3 km south from HQ until you reach junction to route 2062 and urn left
  • Drive 6 km south until you reach junction to route 3432 and turn right
  • Drive 7 km until route 3432 splits to two directions, continue straight away (hold left)
  • Drive another 2.3 km until you reach Dan Khao Sam Yot Checkpoint
  • You will be allowed to pass this checkpoint between limited hours during the day, see details in "About the park" section
  • Drive another 13 km to reach Ban Krang Campsite, and if you have a 4WD drive another 15 km to reach Phanoen Thung Campsite
Drive from Hua Hin to campsites
  • Drive 26 km west from Hua Hin on route 3218 until junction to route 3301
  • Turn right in junction and drive north on route 3301 drive 24 km until the junction to route 4006
  • Turn left in junction to route 4006 and drive 6.5 km north until the junction to route 3432 on left side
  • Turn left to route 3432 and drive 11 km until route 3432 splits to two directions, continue straight away (right)
  • Drive another 3 km until you reach Dan Khao Sam Yot Checkpoint
  • Drive another 13 km to reach Ban Krang Campsite, and if you have a 4WD drive another 15 km to reach Phanoen Thung Campsite

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