Camping is possible at HQ, and at Mon Lake accompanied by a ranger if going for an
overnight stay to try for White-winged
Duck. Bring your own tent and sleeping bag. Bungalows (basic) are for rent at HQ
but have to be arranged/booked up front. Contact Phu Khieo WS, phone 0843340043,
but this will most probably only be useful if you speak some Thai. Alternatively
call Chuleekorn Sighmasi who speaks English and works on the Phu Khieo-EU project
on site ; (0066)(0)833578130 or email email@example.com Just to turn up at the
entrance gate and ask if any bungalows are still available might work, wouldn’t want
to bet on it though. While it might be possible to arrange some food to be cooked
for you at HQ, I’m pretty sure the restaurant normally only serves the WS staff,
researchers and (school) groups that have booked for food up front. Bring your own
food and drinks.
- Entrance fee for the Wildlife Sanctuary is 200 Baht per person/foreigner. No entry
after 4 pm.
- A visit can be productive at any time of year but best is November to May, the
- All walking is easy and on flat ground and lots of birding can be done from the
roadsides with your car nearby.
- No reception for your mobile phone inside the reserve but there is at the entrance
- Very few insects or other annoyances to note of. Use common sense if encountering
wildlife but don’t let their presence
keep you from entering the forest, but stay on the trails/tracks please.
- Some read about the conservation of the area can be found in the article below.
- Phu Khieo is a productive area for birding and you may expect pretty high day lists,
close to, but not entirely, 100
species are possible in a day.
This is one of the mammal richest areas of Thailand. The density of wildlife tracks
a visitor can find in the area, especially when compared with what can be seen in
for example Khao Yai or Kaeng Krachan, is amazing. An extensive 2001 survey found
19 Tigers ( same study found just three in Khao Yai ) living in the wildlife sanctuary.
Leopard, Clouded Leopard, Marbled Cat, Leopard Cat and Jungle Cat all occur. More
likely to be encountered by the casual visitor are Sambar and Red Muntjac, as well
as Phayre’s Langur with Phu Khieo possibly the only place left in SE Asia where it
is still very common. Other mammals which might be seen include White-handed Gibbon,
Black Giant and Variable Squirrels. Evidence of Elephants is commonly encountered
and both Gaur and Dhole occur in good numbers.