Nationalpark Khao Sam Roi Yot, Thailand
Updated: Dec 12, 2019
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The marine national park is located near the cute little city Prachuap Khiri Khan. It is surrounded by many limestone hills. The highest of the mountains is 605 meters above the sea level.
200 baht per person
Make sure to buy your ticket at the headquarter before exploring the park, as the rangers will check your ticket at every sight.
08:00 am to 3:30 pm (last entry)
Things to do in the Nationalpark
Khao Daeng Viewpoint
The 157 m high limestone hill offers amazing views over the surrounding valley and mountains. If you are lucky you get to see some long-tailed macaques and many birds, as they are very common in this area.
You can park right in front of the trail. It is a 400 meter climb, that is quite rocky and very steep. Make sure to wear proper shoes when climbing up this viewpoint.
You can rent a boat for 500 Baht to see the mangrove forests in the Nationalpark. The tour is about an hour and offers beautiful views.
This cave consists of two sinkholes and is very impressive.
You can either rent a boat to get to the start point at the beach or hike to it. The hike is approximately half an hour, very steep and exhausting.
Afterwards you have to hike up again for about 30 minutes to get to the cave itself.
So be prepared for another exhausting hike ;)
Inside the cave you will find a four-gable roofed royal pavillion called Phra Thinang Khuha Kharuhat. It was built in 1890 for the Kings visit.
To explore this cave a guide from the park is needed. The cave is filled with stalactites and stalagmites and a very rocky surface, which makes the way a bit challenging. You will need about 20-25 minutes to visit the huge chambers.
As the cave is very dark, you will need a torch to visit it. During week-days you can rent them directly at the cave. We read that on weekends it's lighted up by all the local visitors and their torches, so you probably won't need one at this time. (We're not sure, if that's a good thing? ;) )
What to wear / bring
- proper shoes
You will have to climb up a lot of hills. So you definitely need the right shoes! As the caves can be quite wet and slippery as well, we decided to wear our water shoes from Aleader. These shoes are so comfortable and they have such a good grip, which makes it super easy to climb up those steep and slippery hills.
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- comfortable clothes
As all the hiking can be quite exhausting and it's mostly very hot, comfortable clothes are a must!
- enough water & snacks
As already mentioned, you have to hike and climb up several times, make sure to bring enough to drink. At the headquarter and some other spots you can buy drinks, but they are mostly more expensive than in the city.
- camera, phone
You definitely want to capture the amazing views you will encounter, so don't forget to bring your camera our phone :)
- swimwear, towel
After heading to the temple inside the cave you have the chance to relax at the beautiful and super empty beach there.
How to get there
Rent a motorbike
The cheapest option is to rent a motorbike. This will cost you around 200-250 baht per day and you can go from one sight to another very easy.
A very convenient option, but mostly quite expensive, depending from where you start
Please note, that there are no public services to Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park.
Where to stay
You can either stay in Hua Hin or Prachuap Khiri Khan.
We stayed in Prachuap Khiri Khan, a small little village at the coast of Thailand.
We can highly recommend a visit, as it was absolutely not touristy and we had a great time there.