:: SA KAEO

Located in the eastern border of Thailand, facing Cambodia at Aranyaprathet, Sa Kaeo is a popular province known as a trading centre.

In the past, Sa Kaeo was a major civilised community. Its long history had dated back since the Suwannaphum and Dvaravati Periods. The archeological sites of Khmer arts and stone inscriptions are the outstanding examples of this civilisation.

Sa Kaeo has its border facing Cambodia of approximately 165 kilometres. Generally, the area varies from plains to highlands. Highlands and mountains are in the north where Pang Sida National Park is located, while the south is covered with wavy plains and hills. Also, there are evergreen forests along the Chanthaburi mountain range. In the central, there are plains and hills, with Amphoe Watthana Nakhon as the highest area when compared to the other Amphoe Mueang in the west, and Amphoe Aranyaprathet in the east.

:: Attractions

The Sa Kaeo-Sa Kwan ponds, situated within the provincial city, are believed to contain holy water that was formerly used in the ‘Tue Nam Piphat Satthaya Ceremony' conducted in the Thonburi era. During that time, King Borom Mahakasutsuk stopped to rest by the 2 ponds. He used the water from the ponds for his personal use and for the ceremony, thus leading to the names ‘Glass Pond-Gift Pond'. Presently, both ponds were dugged up to provide more area for storing water for using during the dry season.

Covering 3 districts, the Pang Sida National Park consists of lush forests, mountains, and meadows. It is the source of origin of many water tributaries that eventually flow into the Bang Pakong River. Most interesting of all, it has a pond inhabited by freshwater crocodiles.

The park features many natural attractions, but the highlights include 2 waterfalls. The Pang Sida Fall is not that tall, but the cascade falling into the wide pool below is a spectacular sight. Downstream from the Pang Sida Falls, the waters cascade over the 10-m high Pa Takian (Lamp Cliff) Fall , the last waterfall of this tributary. The torrential cascade creates a thunderous noise as it hits the pool below.

H.R.H. the King initiated the establishment of the muddy Tha Krabark Reservoir under the Royal Project to develop the irrigational system in the flatland areas at the foot of the mountain.

Nearby is the 3-tiered Tha Krabark Waterfall , with each level having a pool and separated by a distance of 400-500 metres.

:: City attractions

Pang Sida National Park Covering the area in Amphoe Muang, Amphoe Wattana Nakhon, Amphoe Ta Phraya of Sa Kaeo and Amphoe Na Di of Prachin Buri, the Park occupies an area of 844 square kilometres or 527,500 Rai. It has been declared a national park on February 24. 1982. The topography of the area consists of complex highlands with various and diversified forests, and an abundant of wild and rare animals. The area is the origin of many creeks which form the Bang Pakong River.


The major attractions in the park are:


Namtok Pang Sida (Pang Sida Waterfall)
The waterfall is approximately 800 metres from the park office. With a large pond below the 10 metre waterfall, the surroundings are very shady, with much water during the rainy season.

Namtok Pha Takhian About 3 kilometres from the park office, and about 2.5 kilometres from Namtok Pang Sida, the 10 metre waterfall can be reached by 2 trekking trails which are suitable for nature study.

Tha Krabak Reservoir Built under H.M.the King's project to improve the irrigation, the reservoir is located in Moo 7 Tambon Tha Yaek, about 32 kilometres from town. It is a dam that is 17.50 metres high, and 720 metres long, surrounded by various kinds of forests. Its spectacular views are most suitable for relaxation.

Tha Krabak Waterfall This waterfall is near the reservoir, with 3 levels which are 400-500 metres apart.

 

Khwae Makha Waterfall Khwae Makha Waterfall is about 6 kilometres from the 40 th kilometre. It is approximately 70 metres high. The trail is suitable for trekking. Nearby, there are various waterfalls located at different distances from Kwae Maka Waterfall. These waterfalls are Rak Sai Yoi Waterfall (500 metres), Lan Hin Yai Waterfall (1.5 kilometres), Suan Man and Suan Thong Waterfalls (3 kilometres), Man Thara Waterfall (4 kilometres). To discover these waterfalls, you might need to spend 2-3 days because they are located deep into the forest.

Tham Khang Khao Waterfall The waterfall can be reached by a walking distance of about 10 kilometres from the 22th kilometre. There are many bats living in this area.

View Point   Situated in the huge valley at the 25 th and 35 th kilometres, sunrise and sunset can be watched here at this view point.

Fresh Water Crocodile From the park office about 5 kilometres, to Moo Ban Khlong Phak Khom- Thung Pho for about 50 kilometres, this source in Huai Nam Yen Forest, has been surveyed since 1991.