The chief officer of Kaeng Krachan National Park invited visitors to join the afternoon bird watching and admiring freshwater fireflies program from 1 August to 31 October 2012 at 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mr. Chaiwat Limlikitaksorn, the chief officer of Kaeng Krachan National Park, said that the park boasted the largest area in Thailand.
Covering 2,915 square kilometers or 1.8 million Rais of Tanao Sri Mountain Range, most areas of Kaeng Krachan are tropical forests with complete natural attractions that offer beautiful natural wonders like Tho Thip Waterfall and the foggy Phanern Thung Hill as well as various kinds of flora and fauna, especially butterflies and freshwater fireflies. Visitors usually go there from September to the end of October even though this period is a rainy season of Thailand and the park is closed following an order of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation.
To offer another option to visitors who would like to come to the park during its closure and promote tourism in Kaeng Krachan district, the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation has launched the afternoon bird watching and admiring freshwater fireflies program. Taking a total of 3 hours from late afternoon to early evening, the program consists of 10 visitors guided by officers from the park to do short forest trek and take a safe ride inside the forest from Daan Saam Yod to Kilometer 4. Along the way, visitors will see freshwater fireflies, various birds and small animals that feed themselves at night.
Those who would like to join the activity need to inform officers at Kaeng Krachan National Park in advance and form a group of 10. Each of them has to pay a fee of 200 Baht. A personal tour costs 2,000 Baht. No one is allowed to take a trip without an officer from the park. Reservation can be made at office hours from Friday to Sunday at the Kaeng Krachan Tourism Promotion Booth at the ‘Balade’ ground close to Kaeng Krachan District Office. For more information, please contact 032 459 293 and 081 880 6382.