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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.

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