Nakhon Nayok Province , Nakhon Nayok is a relatively small but very pretty province located approx. 100 Km. from Bangkok, (1.5 hour drive). Nakhon Nayok province is found south of the famous Khao Yai National Park and the southern part of the park is actually a part of the province.
Rains falling down on Khao Yai mountains fill up the rivers and waterfalls of Khao Yai National Park with abundance of water which in turn allow for lots of family fun adventures such as rafting, kayaking, tubing, etc. During weekends and Thai holidays many local people come to enjoy Thailand’s biggest dam, the area’s national parks, water activities, ATV’s and the many restaurants and resorts found in Nakhon Nayok province. During weekdays the area is pretty calm and peaceful.
** You can see a variety of these adventures and tourist attractions in the video at the bottom.
Attractions and activities:
The big dam: Nakhon Nayok local residents have suffered from droughts and floods for many years before the big dam has been built. Thailand’s king came to the province to solve these problems and it was decided that a dam will be built.
The dam is called Khun Dan Prakan Chon Dam – it is the biggest dam in Thailand and is considered the biggest dam of its kind (RCC Dam), in the world. It is one of the province’s most important attractions. The dam is 93 m. high and 2.5 Km. long!
It’s possible to go up the top of the dam by car and watch the wonderful view on one side and the big lake created on its other side. You can also enjoy a tour of the dam on weekends. It will take you all along the dam.
The Lake: the huge dam has created a big lake that can contain up to 224 million cubic meters of water. The lake is used as a reservoir for drinking water and for watering the fields.
In addition, the lake is a tourist attraction by itself – there are fishing, marine sports and cruises to places which can’t be reached in any other way. There are many hidden falls at the lake area which can only be reached by boat.
At the end of the rainy season, when the lake’s water level is high – it is possible to take a boat to the waterfalls and jump off the boat right into the different waterfalls – no words are enough to describe this adventure –it is absolutely great fun!
Rafting: one of the popular adventures in the area is rafting on the Nakhon Nayok river. The river begins at Khao Yai National Park and the big dam built in 2005 contributed a lot to the river as it allows for an all year round current, even in the dry season.
The current is not too strong so that rafting is fun even for families with young children. This is not white water rafting as can be found in Ton Pariwat National Park in south Thailand, however there are bends and 3 small drops which makes rafting there a lot of fun!!!
** As there are many water adventures in the area, (rafting, tubing, waterfalls), we will book a room in advance for you in one of the resorts in the area as part of our quality tour program, (including the one day tour), so you can comfortably take a shower and change there.
Tubing: another popular adventure in Nakhon Nayok is tubing. There is a wonderful park next to the big dam. The park is in fact a lovely botanical garden with plenty of colorful flowers, lawns and lots of shade. At the center of the park you can find Wang Takhrai waterfalls which are part of a creek of Nakhon Nayok river. The main attraction there is tubing. Although the park is big, it is pretty crowded on weekends with locals who come to enjoy a barbeque in this pretty park and the many attractions and adventures it offers, (there are even zip-lines there).
Wang Takhrai waterfalls do not receive water from the dam so the current there depends on the season. There are many restaurants, shops and places that rent tubes at the park – Not to be missed!!
Waterfalls: there are quite a few waterfalls in Nakhon Nayok province but the tallest and most famous of them all is Sarika Waterfall. It has 9 drops and each drop has a swimming pool where you can swim. The waterfall is 200 m. tall.
Another famous waterfall in the area is Nang Rong Waterfall – this waterfall receives its cool water from the mountains of Khao Yai National Park. It is found in the forest, it has a few drops and pools for swimming and the place is very well kept.
Please take into consideration that there is plenty of water in the waterfalls in Nakhon Nayok only in the rainy season and the months after it. You are better off not going there during the dry season.
Nakhon Nayok is a wonderful province with plenty of wild nature, rivers and lakes, any many tourist attractions. Despite its relatively short distance from Bangkok, the province is not very well known to tourists, however, it is very popular with the local Thai people.
I read on the internet that the province is not even mentioned by Lonely Planet, which may account for the small numbers of tourists there.
As it is located just a short distance from Bangkok and right next to Khao Yai National Park – it is a perfect place for families with children to spend their holiday and include a trip to Khao Yai National Park and an overnight stay at one of the most charming resorts in Thailand.
Before I end this article, I’d like to mention one last attraction found just as you enter Nakhon Nayok province when travelling from Bangkok – it is quite a large area of flower nurseries called Mooban Dogmai which goes on for miles and miles – it’s an absolutely magnificent celebration of colors.
Important Note: TipTop-Travel intend to publish new quality tour programs of the magnificent Khao Yai National Park and its surrounding area, Pak Chong, (the Swiss Thailand and the famous bat cave) as well as Nakhon Nayok shortly.
As always, I invite you to see Nakhon Nayok’s amazing view and attractions on the short video I created for you – Enjoy!!