Kaeng Krachan road closure 2018 - 2020
In early Oct 2018 an announcement was made by the park authorities that there was a plan to tarmac the road between Ban Krang campsite (km 15) and Phanoen Thung campsite (km 30). To do this, that section of the road would be closed for about 560 days starting on Nov 1st 2018.
Here we will keep an account of what we have heard regarding this development. We will keep a list of questions here to which we have had answers to and another list of questions to which we have had no answers to as yet.
Everyone planning to visit Baan Maka and the park should visit this page occasionally to keep informed of the news.
This development is controversial and there a few groups in Thailand trying to overturn the plan.
Baan Maka will allow all customers to change their bookings with us at short notice with no penalty charges during this time. Our suggestion is that you wait as long as you can before making any changes to your plans as this development has not been finalised yet and the situation is likely to change frequently.
Meanwhile, Baan Maka and the freelance guides we work with will research alternative local areas both inside and outside the park where wildlife watching and photography can be done.
This will not effect wildlife watching and photography from the park entrance to and including Ban Krang campsite. It will not effect the local hides or the lodge.
Current access (as of 16/01/2019)
The park is open for vehicles and pedestrians up to Ban Krang campsite (km 15).
Pedestrians are allowed to use the road from Ban Krang to Khom Krit substation as far as the sign saying "Staff Only" (about 700m). This is the road that fords the stream on the left when arriving at Ban Krang. There is also a small loop on the right through the Youth Camp.
The Pranburi Nature Trail is open to pedestrians walking from Ban Krang campsite. Each group must be accompanied by a ranger or a local guide. You are not allowed to walk back along the road.
The Vanilla Trail (south) is open to all.
The Vanilla Trail (north) is open to all but only with a ranger or local guide.
Current understanding of future access (as of 16/01/2019)
It was announced during a big meeting on the 12/11/2018 that the construction will be downgraded from a complete new road to repairing some sections of the road.
As yet no details of this new plan have been released and no new information is coming out from the head man or rangers.
Some enviromental groups still oppose the plan and are trying to get the whole project cancelled.
Questions we have answers to but that there is guarantee that the answer is correct (as of 16/01/2019)
1. Will the nature trail (1.5km) from Ban Krang campsite to the stream section be open?
- Yes, with a ranger.
2. Will we be able to walk to the stream section along the road (1.5km)?
3. When the stream section is completed will it be opened? - Yes.
4. Will the Khom Krid substation in the park be opened to the public to compensate for the closure? - No.
5. Will a ticket office be set up at the park entrance to Pong Leuk to ease access to that section of the park?
6. Will the road to Phanoen Thung be two-way after the road is finished (rather than the existing one-way system)?
- No, the one-way system will remain in place.
Questions we have no answers to yet (as of 16/01/2019)
1. Will the park be open all year after the road is finished?