Thungyai-Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife SanctuariesWestern Thailand. At 622,200 hectares combined, they form the largest protected area in Southeast Asia, and were listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991. They are best visited from Uthai Thani.
LandscapeThe reserves consist of almost every kind of forest found in Thailand, including mountain virgin forest, dry virgin forest, and pine forest. They have a total area of about 5,775 km². They are the watershed of rivers flowing to Srinakharin Dam.
Flora and faunaThe relatively unspoiled nature of the reserves makes them an ideal home to various rare and endangered animals such as wild buffalo, rhinoceros, wild elephants, tapirs, leopards, wild bulls, et al.
- Enter through the reserve headquarters. Take the Uthai Thani-Nong Chang Rd (Hwy 333) past Nong Chang to Rte 3438 (Nong Chang-Lan Sak) to km53-54, then turn left onto a laterite road for about 14 km.
- Access to the Thungyai Reserve is harder, as the roads are poor. Take the route Thong Pha Phum-Sangkhla Buri near Huai Suea to Khli Ti Village, a distance of 42 km. After that, there is an intersection leading to the Wildlife Sanctuary Headquarters at Huai Song Thai, another 40 km.
Fees and permits
1. The area around the reserve headquarters is in Lan Sak, 34 km from the district. The area has an exhibition building and the Sup Nakhasathian Memorial. The Khao Hin Daeng walking nature trail is about 4 km long. There is also the Pong Thian viewpoint.
2. The area around the Cyber Forest Protection Unit in Huai Khot is the site of the Huai Kha Khaeng Nature and Wildlife Study Centre to be set up by a private organization of Suep Nakhasathian Foundation under the approval of the Royal Forest Department. The centre consists of a study hall, a nature trail that with direction and information signs, trail side exhibitions, and viewpoints.
3. The area around Huai Mae Di Forest Protection Unit in Ban Rai has a nature study walking trail installed by the park.
Namtok Khli Ti"Khli Ti" in Karen language means "Suea Thon" (lone tiger). The waterfall is in Thung Yai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary, and its water source flows from the top of Khao Di Ka near the sanctuary. Moreover, Namtok Khli Ti Lang (น้ำตกคลีตี้ล่าง) is above Khwae Yai Lake near Khao Ngu Stream. It takes 2.5 hr to get there by boat from Kradan Pier or Mong Krathae Pier.
Namtok Takhian ThongThe waterfall is in the area of Tanao Si Mountains, the Thai-Burmese border area in Sangkhla Buri, a part of Thung Yai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary. Its water source is from Myanmar, flowing along the boundary mountains leading to Thailand at Huai Song Ka Lia. Due to the forest canopy, water flows all year round. It takes 30 min to get to the first level of the waterfall on a smooth path covered with bamboo, rattan, ferns, and large trees. Sometimes, it is better to take a shortcut by passing along the stream. Tourists can experience the varying beauty of the cascades where water flows from many directions and disperses to the basin or the wider ground.