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Author joycevs
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#1 | Posted: 18 Jan 2012 16:09 
Does anybody know how I can visit the Thungyai-Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary in Thailand? It seems like you need to get a permit to get in, but how do I manage to get it?

Author meltwaterfalls
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#2 | Posted: 19 Jan 2012 05:51 | Edited by: meltwaterfalls 
I'm not familiar with the area myself but had a bit of a scout and hope this info is of use:

wikitravel:
Designated points in both sanctuaries, listed here, are open to visitors.
Access anywhere else in the parks or staying overnight requires permission, obtained by writing at least 15 days in advance to the Director of the Wildlife Conservation Office at the National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department, Bangkhen, Bangkok or Tel. 0 2561 4292-3 ext. 765.


I take it from that you are off to Thailand. Hope you have fun; it is really well set up for travellers, not just in the backpacker enclaves in Bangkok.

Would recommend heading up to Chiang-Mai, that was my favourite place, especially the surprisingly hip Nimmanhaemin area to the North West of the old city.
And the Khao-soi was delicious, if you hunt there is a veggie option to.

Author meltwaterfalls
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#3 | Posted: 19 Jan 2012 17:03 | Edited by: meltwaterfalls 
Just had a look in my Lonely Planet guide and they recommend thaicountrytrails.com as a good source of information and as tour guides.

There also seems to be an official website here: www.fwfcc-thai.org

Hope that helps.

Author joycevs
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#4 | Posted: 25 Jan 2012 11:35 
Thanks for the info. You can only reach the designated points when you hire a 4WD driver. Apparently there's not a lot of people/businesses there who speak English, so it's going to be a bit of an adventure to get there. But that only makes it fun.
Thai country trails was helpful so far, but they do not organise any tours (anymore).
I am going in March so fortunately I still have some time to do more research.
Any other info is welcome :-)

Author Durian
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#5 | Posted: 26 Jan 2012 01:57 | Edited by: Durian 
The reviews of Masayuki and Frederik of Thungyai - Huai Khakheng is good for further google reserch :) I went to Thailand in 2006, and hire a car from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, on the way from Ayutaya to Sukotai, I ask my driver to go to Huai Khakheng tourist center, if you have Thailand map, you can see there is a road that used as a boundery of the park, I used that road to see the park and one waterfall (not sure it is Cyber Fall as Frederik mention or not). I remember that there is a monument of an officer who commit suicide in order to protect the forest from bad people in front of the tourist center, a very interesting place to learn how Thailand protect its forest.

Author joycevs
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#6 | Posted: 11 May 2012 03:31 
Just to let you know, and for future reference for anyone who wants to visit: I also hired a car (just a very standard small car) for a few days from Chiang Mai to Bangkok and I went to the Amphoe Lan Sak ranger station (unpaved road for the last few kilometers but doable although probably not very good for the car). On this road and at the ranger station are some clearly marked trails where you can walk without a permit.
From the ranger station I drove south towards Ban Rai and drove towards the Cybor fall (there are a lot of different spellings around). I drove on an unpaved road and at the sign of the waterfall I stopped and walk up a very steep dirt road. A villager told me to get on the back of his motor bike and the start of the real trail to the waterfall turned out to be another 5 kilometers ahead! 'There was a paved road a bit further up though. I had to walk another kilometer or so to get to the waterfall, which wasn't that impressive. Fortunately the friendly man brought me back to my car again.
I stayed overnight at the nearby Country Home Resort (no English sign on the road but you can recognize it by a porch decorated with all kinds of animals) where there somebody who spoke English and who was very happy to see a foreigner.

It's really out of the way but it is very good to do by car and you get to see rural Thailand where nobody speaks English and nobody will try to rip you off.

Author elsslots
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#7 | Posted: 22 Mar 2022 13:48 | Edited by: elsslots 
Reposting this here from the 2023 WHS topic:
Durian:
From the recent interview report with Director of Department of Fine Arts who is also part of national World Heritage Committee. The Government will focus on Si Thep First and then will decide again what should be next nomination between Wat Mahathat and Phuphrabat. So it is not decided yet!

Any updates on that? And has Si Thep submitted the nomination file to be in time for 2023?

Author Durian
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#8 | Posted: 23 Mar 2022 01:16 
elsslots

Really frustrated to inform that no news at all. There was a scandal on budget management on archaeological study of Si Thep Historical Park, so government prefers to keep silence on any progress of Si Thep to avoid media attention.

Author Durian
Partaker
#9 | Posted: 29 Mar 2022 23:12 | Edited by: Durian 
Phra That Phanom, its related historic buildings and associated landscape

From article in Thai newspaper: Thai government is considering to drop this nomination from problem of authenticity and will change it focus to nominate "The Legend of That Phanom" which is about history of Phra That Phanom, the core reason of the WHS nomination, in Memory of the World program instead.

But in the eyes of provincial authorities and local politicians if "The Legend of That Phanom" is successfully listed in Memory of the World, it will support the whole Phra That Phanom WHS nomination, so they still want to keep the site in the tentative list.

Author Durian
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#10 | Posted: 29 Mar 2022 23:20 | Edited by: Durian 
Andaman Sea Nature Reserves

New development project to link Andaman Sea and Gulf of Thailand called "Land Bridge" will cut through core zone of proposing WHS area.

https://www.bangkokpost.com/business/2282263/six-locations-eyed-for-land-bridge

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