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Khao Ang Rue Nai Wildlife Sanctuary is a conservation zone covering an area of 643,750 rai in the heart of a vast forest land linking five provinces: Chachoengsao, Chon Buri, Rayong, Chanthaburi, and Sa Kaeo. It is a low-lying evergreen forest which is the nearest to Bangkok. Most of the forest here is a dry evergreen forest. Other types of forest which are slightly found include a moist evergreen forest, mixed deciduous forest, deciduous dipterocarp forest, and grasslands. This is the last abundant piece of forest land of the East, and there is plenty of bio diversity. Also, it is the source of the Bang Pakong River in Chachoengsao, the Tanot Canal in Chanthaburi, and the Prasae River in Rayong. Geographically, the area is not very steep; it is about 30-802 m above sea level. Khao Sip Ha Chan, the mountain top southeast of the wildlife sanctuary is 802 m above sea level.

In the large forest-covered area, there are wild animals, such as elephant, gaur, deer, barking deer, banteng, pileated gibbon, porcupine, etc., and birds, such as Siamese fire back, great pied hornbill, blue-winged pitta, spotted dove, black-shouldered kite, etc. Also located in the area of the wildlife sanctuary office is the Wildlife Research Centre, the first of its kind in the East, and the second one of Thailand after the Nang Ram Wildlife Research Centre at Huai Kha Khaeng in Uthai Thani. In the valley’s area, it is shady and cool. From June to July, butterflies, such as Common Bluebottle, Common Peacock, Jungleking, etc., can be seen.

In addition, there is Namtok Ang Rue Nai or Namtok Bo Thong. Located in the area of the Namtok Bo Thong Ranger Station, the waterfall originates from Khlong Mak ( Mak Canal ) on Khao Ang Rue Nai or the Ang Rue Nai Mountain, and has flowing water all year round. It is about 40 km from the Khao Ang Rue Nai Wildlife Sanctuary Office. There is an entrance from Ban Nong Khok. A four-wheel drive car is needed. The waterfall is around 2 km from the Namtok Bo Thong Ranger Station. The nature trail here is suitable for nature lovers. Furthermore, there is another waterfall called Namtok Khao Takrup, which is under the care of the Khao Takrup Ranger Station, about 30 km from the Khao Ang Rue Nai Wildlife Sanctuary Office.

Admission fees are 200 Baht for adults and 100 Baht for children. Accommodation and a camping site are available. Visitors are required to bring their own tents. Regulations of the wildlife sanctuary must be strictly followed. To visit the wildlife sanctuary, a written request for permission must be made at least 15 days in advance to the Director of the Wildlife Conservation Office, Department of National Park, Wildlife and Flora. For more information, call Tel. 0 2561 4292 ext. 658, 659, or contact the Khao Ang Rue Nai Wildlife Sanctuary at Tel. 0 3850 2001.

To get there From Bangkok, it takes about 3 hours.

By  Car From the town of Chachoengsao, take the Chachoengsao – Phanom Sarakham route. From Amphoe Phanom Sarakham, follow Highway 3245 ( Phanom Sarakham – Sanam Chai Khet ). Change to Highway 3259, past Amphoe Tha Takiap to Ban Nong Khok, for around 50 km. Take the Ban Nong Khok – Sa Kaeo’s King Amphoe Khlong Hat route for around 20 km to reach the Khao Ang Rue Nai Wildlife Sanctuary Office and the Chachoengsao Wildlife Research Station.

By  Bus Take the Bangkok – Phanom Sarakham bus to connect to the Chachoengsao – Khlong Hat bus and get off in front of the Khao Ang Rue Nai Wildlife Sanctuary Office.