About Sri Nakarin Dam National Park
Sri Nakarin Dam National Park is located north of Erawan National Parks in Sai Yok, Sri Sawat and Thong Pha Phum districts of Kanchanaburi Province. The park is mainly famous of Huai Mae Khamin Falls, which are more easily walked through than Erawan Falls, perhaps more beautiful and more importantly not as crowded because it is in a relatively remote area. The park has also several caves, hot springs and named after the adjecent Sri Nakarin Dam that holds the reservoir on the east of the park.
Sri Nakarin Dam National Park covers an area of 1,532 km², was designated as national park in 1981.
Huai Mae Khamin Falls which is the parks main attraction is 240 km north/west from Bangkok, 110 km from Kanchanaburi and around 43 km from Erawan Falls intersection. Due to it's remote location, the park is not as popular/crowded as Erawan National Park and that makes it a fantastic destination for those who gives a bit more effort to get there. There is no public transportation option to the park, so visitors needs to arrange private transportation into the park. The bit of road from Erawan Falls to Huai Mae Khamin Falls is quite narrow, but paved nowadays, accessible with regular cars or motorcycle.
The opening times for the park is 6 am until 4:30 pm (entering), park closed 5 pm. The restaurants have irregular opening times, closed 5 pm during week days and around 6-7 pm on the week-end and holidays depending on how busy.
It is possible to rent tents on arrival, small tents for 150 Baht and bigger ones for 225 Baht and doesn't include accessories. Sleeping set costs 60 Baht per person.
There are number of concreate bungalows available for rent from 900 Baht per nigh, good chanse available on arrival during the week days, Monday to Friday (except holidays).
Sri Nakarin Dam National Park is open 6 am to 4:30 pm every day but will be closed from 1st July until 30th September every year.
The entrance fees for foreigners are 300 Baht for adults and 200 Baht for children.
The attractions of Sri Nakarin Dam
Huai Mae Khamin Waterfall
Huai Mae Khamin Falls is the main attractions of the park located at the east side of the park just a kilometer from Sri Nakharin Reservoie. It is a multi teared waterfalls with 7 main tiers and countless other smaller tiers/ponds. The main trail head starts from the eastern campsite near the reservoir, continues upstream mostly on a boardwalk for nearly 2.3 km upstream. The trail descends from 195 meters asl to last tier at 275 meters asl. It is possible to swim in one of many ponds along the trail.
Huai Mae Khamin Falls historically has water all year round, but in 2017 dry season for the first time the river feeding the falls dried out completele, the park was closed for the visitors until the rainy season.
The national park has two campsites at Huai Mae Khamin Falls area, nearly 1.5 km apart. Both campsing sites have restaurant, toilet/shower facilities, smaller cantine. Mobile reception can be a bit slow at times, but relatively good.
The first campsite is at the east end of Huai Mae Khamin Falls, where the main visitor center is located and where the trail head for the waterfall tiers starts. Visitor that are not intend to stay overnight are recommended to get to this campsite for hiking along the tiers. The campsite is just few hundred meters from the Si Sawat Reservoir.
The main trail head start right behind the visitor center. The first few hundred meters of the trail is a dirt road through a bamboo forest, the rest of the trail is a board walk along the river, all the way upstream until the 2nd campsite for about 1.1 km. The trail continues after the 2nd campsite upstream for another 1.2 km through bamboo forests.
The campsite is quite spacious, has a restaurant, cantine, toilet and shower facilities. The restaurant has irregular opening time, closes 5 pm on week days and 6 to 7 pm on week-end and holidays.
This campsite is at the western end, a bit more spacious and on a higher elevation with very good view over the Si Sawat Reservoir. Visitors are recommended to head to this campsite for camping. The most impressive tier of the falls is located right next to this campsite.
This campsite too has a restaurant, cantine, toilet and shower facilities. The restaurant has irregular opening time, closes 5 pm on week days and 6 to 7 pm on week-end and holidays.
Pha Tat Waterfall
Another beautiful 3-tiered waterfall, located on the west end of the national park, easily accessible, 140 km from Kanchanaburi. It is not just a secondary waterfall in the park, quite popular among local tourists and can be crowded during the week-end and holidays. The falls has low water level during the dry seasons.
There is a spacious campsite next to the falls.
Pha Sawan Waterfall
A single tier national park located on the west side of the national park in Thong Pha Phum District.