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Jungle trek and camping: Nang Rong waterfall, Sai Yong Hin fall, Tad Ta Pu fall, Manow fall - Khao Yai national park (28 - 31 Jan 2008)

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This nature walk consists of hiking and scrambling over the rocks and boulders. Nearly half of the trek could be rated as hard if you are on your own. Many parts of the trail had not been walked by anyone for a long time so there were a lot of forest overgrowth and we encountered "getting losts" (safely!) several times.

The trail head is located at Nang Rong waterfall in Nakhon Nayok province on the southern border of Khao Yai national park. The trail passes four waterfalls: Nang Rong, Sai Yong Hin, Tad Tapu and Manow. The end of the trail is on the road 3077 between the park's headquarters and Prachinburi.

Khao Yai national park sub station 13 office
Park's sub station 13 in Nakhon Nayok

The sub station is where we contacted the national park to get ranger guides to go with us. We stayed overnight in this office located about 10 km to the north of Nakhon Nayok bus terminal.

Mushrooms, dry and fresh leaves on the forest floor
Begining of the trek

After a brief stop at Nang Rong, a tourist-famous waterfall easily reached by car road, we started walking into the thick and greenly fresh forest taking a narrow trail. In the wet and moist season the area forest ground is dotted with leeches. However in the end of January we did not see more than few number of these blood suckers.

Sai Yong Hin  waterfalls
Sai Yong Hin waterfall

About one hour later we started trekking over the lower levels of Sai Yong Hin waterfall, and the trek became difficult. Often we had to do jumping, crawling over the rocks and walking up the steep and slippery rock faces.

Sai Yong Hin  waterfalls
A beautiful scene of rocky Nang Rong stream between the two hills

When we reached an easy place we made short pause for taking photos. This one shows the rocks in the stream where we walked. We walked along the stream some times, and entered the jungle when we encountered the rocks and boulders that we could not get over. We could not always follow the old trail due to plants and bush overgrowth as well as change in the forest such as tree-fall.

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