South Thailand / Khao Sam Roi Yod National Park

The park between Kuiburi and Pranburi, some 35km to 70km (22mi to 44mi) north of the town of Prachuap Khiri Khan, has an area of 61,300 rai (about 9,808 hectares, 24,520 acres) The geographical and geological make-up of the park is high limestone mountains, a wide prairie near the seashore as well as off-shore islands. The park, designated on June 28, 1966, has a wide variety of plant species and is home to many wild animals.

There are three caves worth visiting within the park; they are:

Sai Kaeo Cave

The cave near Pranburi is fairly deep and one needs a flashlight or lantern to go far inside.

Sai Cave

This cave is situated on the same route as Tham Sai Kaeo. To get there one passes Phu Noi Village, Phu Yai Village, Khao Daeng Village, and Khung Tanoad Village. Finally, one climbs the hill for 20 to 30 minutes.

Phaya Nakhon Cave

This cave is located near Pranburi. One can either take a boat from the mouth of the Pranburi River which takes 2hrs or a boat from Khung Tanoad Village which takes only about 30min to reach the fairly large cave. There are a couple of natural ventilation holes in the roof of the cave thus allowing sun light to enter. At the cave is Phra Thinang Khuha Kharuhat, a four-gable roofed pavilion constructed during the reign of King Chulachomklao (King Chulalongkorn, Rama V, reigned 1868-1910) in 1890. The pavilion is now used as official symbol of Prachuap Khiri Khan Province.


An adequate intake of boron is probably in the range of 1 to 3 mg.

Jan Garanoz
Juhu Tara Road, Juhu,
Mumbai - 400049 India
Last updated: June 23, 2010