Bung Boraphet is the largest freshwater swamp in Thailand. It has an area of around
212 square kilometres. It covers parts of Amphoe Muang, Amphoe Tha Tako and Amphoe
Chum Saeng. In the past Bung Boraphet was called the northern sea or Chom Bung as
there was an abundance of aquatic animals and plants. According to surveys, there
are still some 148 species of animals and 44 species of plants here. Rare animals
include white-eyed river-martin and tiger perch.
During November to March many waterfowls migrate here. Some parts of the swamp have
been declared the Bung Boraphet Non-Hunting Area under the care of the Wildlife Conservation
Division. Bung Boraphet is also a fish breeding ground where the Department of Fisheries
has set up the Bung Boraphet Fishery Development Station.
Getting There: Bung Boraphet can be reached by many ways.
From the Nakhon Sawan Municipal Pier Market, go north along Nan River for about six
kilometres to the mouth of Bung Boraphet that is called Khlong Nong Duk.
Bung Boraphet Fishery Development Station Take the Nakhon Sawan Chum Saeng route
( Highway No. 225 ) for about nine kilometres, then turn right for two kilometres
to Bung Boraphet Fishery Development Station. Inside is a crocodile breeding pond
and a freshwater aquarium. There are boats that you can charter on tours in the
area at 400 Baht per hour. The capacity is 15 persons per boat
Bung Boraphet Non Hunting Area or Waterfowls Park Take the Nakhon Sawan Tha Tako
route ( Highway No. 3001 ) for about 20 kilometres and turn left for four kilometres
to the park. The park has an exhibition as a nature study centre, a garden and accommodation. For
more details, please contact the Bung Boraphet Non-Hunting Area or the Bung Boraphet
Wildlife Conservation Promotion and Development Station, Tel. (056) 227874 (056)
227874 In addition, there are long tail boats to take visitors around Bung Boraphet
at 200 per boat.
Khao Tham Phra is at Mu 8 in Tambon Noen Sala. Inside are stalactites, stalagmites
and Buddha images. During Songkran Festival locals will take flowers, candles and
incense sticks up the 100 steps from the foot of the hill to pay homage to the images. A
great view of Amphoe Krok Phra can be seen from the peak.
Getting There: Take the Nakhon Sawan Krok Phra road for about 16 kilometres, then
turn right onto the Krok Phra-Thapthan road for about ten kilometers and a left into
the cave for about four kilometres. The road is a laterite road. The total distance
from the city is about 30 kilometres.