Chet Khot - Pong Kon Sao Nature and Eco tourism Study Centre
Covers an area of 13,750 rai and is situated in Tha Maprang Sub-district. It is abundant
with a bio diversity of both plants and animals. It is next to the west part of Khao
Yai National Park and comprises many kinds of forests such as dry evergreen forest,
moist evergreen forest, mixed deciduous forest and savanna that together create a
variety of plants. It is also an origin of many waterfalls in the area. Plants in
this area are herbs such as Phaya Mi Rit, Ma Krathuep Rong, Kwao Khruea, medicinal
plants, as well as, various kinds of mushrooms such as cup fungi. Animals living
in this compound are wild elephants, bears, deer, barking deer, loris, mouse deer,
wild boar and about 158 kinds of birds such as barbets, woodpeckers, red-wattled
lapwings, bulbuls, blue magpies, etc. flying across between the centre and Khao Yai.
From the office, there are trekking routes to waterfalls which can be divided into
rounds. For example, Small Round (Namtok Chet Khot Nuea), being a distance of 12
kilometres and taking about one hour. The fee is 150 Baht/ one guide/ ten tourists.
Medium Round (Namtok Chet Khot Nuea, Klang, Tai) Namtok Chet Khot Nuea is a 4-tiered
waterfall, surrounded by a bamboo forest. In December, there are flowers blooming
along the path of the brook to the waterfall. Trekking southward along Chet Khot
Brook for 150 metres, Namtok Chet Khot Klang will be discovered. It is a 1-tiered
waterfall with a large basin in which visitors can swim. Go further for about 150
metres visitors will arrive at Namtok Chet Khot Tai. It is a beautiful 1-tiered waterfall
with a height of 40 metres. The water from this waterfall will drop vertically to
the Chet Khot Brook, on which both sides lie various kinds of plants such as Ueang
Mai Na, Phanom Sawan, Khrai Nam, ferns like Foen Kan Dam and Kratae Tai Mai, etc.
as well as, a variety of animals such as spiny rock crabs, dragon flies, and butterflies
in many colours.
The distance is three kilometres and takes about 2 ½ hours to get there. The fee
is 200 Baht. Big Round (Namtok Chet Khot Nuea, Klang, Tai and Namtok Chet Khot Yai)
is the most beautiful route. Namtok Chet Khot Yai will be full of water all year
round, while others will have water only during the rainy season. This route is a
4-kilometre walk and takes about four hours. The fee is 300 Baht. There are routes
connecting to other waterfalls such as Namtok Khao Raet which can be stayed overnight.
The distance to get there is six kilometres with a 400-Baht fee. Namtok Krok I Dok
is a very beautiful waterfall with seven tiers or more than 350 metres high. It is
appropriate for adventure lovers because they will have to walk to the waterfall
and the accessible path is quite rough. It takes 7-8 hours to get there. Tourists
have to prepare the necessary equipment and be healthy. However, it is worth the
walk because Namtok Krok I Dok, especially the 6th and 7th tiers are very beautiful.