Thap Lan National park (3 days 2 nights tour)

Thap Lan National park

Background

Thap Lan is the country’s second largest National Park, covering an area of 2,235.80 sq.km. The park headquarters are situated about 197 km from Bangkok. The Thap Lan area is comprised of continuous mountain ranges with naturally created valleys, chasms and waterfalls. Thap Lan is home to one of the few such forests remaining in Thailand. Fan Palms are an ancient plant that produce a single massive inflorescence, the largest in the plant kingdom, containing up to 60 million flowers. It is home to a number of wild animals, including tigers, elephants, buffalos, bangtang, serow, black bears, sun bears, crown gibbons, hornbills, pheasants and lorikeets, amongst others. A total of 149 bird species have been confirmed within the park, including several rare species restricted to low-land evergreen forest, such as the green imperial pigeon, stork-billed kingfisher and scaly-crowned babbler. There is faint hope that one of the most endangered mammals in the world, the kouprey, may still survive in the said park.

Itinerary

Day 1

Depart Bangkok sharp at 7:00 am for the 2 and half hour drive to Thap Lan National Park. Visit the mineral licks to find wildlife such as gaurs or wild elephants before going on a 4 wheel drive vehicle in the wilderness area of the park. Reach the trail where you will start your trek into the forest with your guide. Lunch will be served after a long walk. Reach the campsite near the river where we will set the tents for you. Have a hot shower before setting down for dinner. Enjoy dinner and Bar B Q at the campsite. Around 8:30 head on a night drive looking out for wildlife of all sizes. After the safari drive back to your camsite.

Overnight: Deluxe tents in the forest

Walking distance: 4 Kms over a period of 3-4 hours. Meals Included: L,D

Day 2

Wake up early morning to have the breakfast prepared by the field chef, have shower and get ready for full day of trekking. Today visit deeper parts of the forest. Today set camp at a diffrent location and get ready to have dinner before heading on a night walk through the forest visiting the mineral licks which are visited by large mammals. Back to your campsite around 10:00 pm.

Overnight: Deluxe tents in the forest
Walking distance: 6 Kms over a period of 5-6 hours. Meals Included: B,L,D

Day 3

Up early for a morning drive to look out for wildlife. Back to your campsite to have your breakfast. Today visit a short trail which takes you through the lush evergreen forest. Exit the forest around 1:00 pm and drive to a Thai restaurant. Have lunch and drive back to Bangkok. Reach your Bangkok hotel. End of our services.

Walking distance: 3 Kms over a period of 3-4 hours. Meals Included: B,L

Price Includes

  • English speaking naturalist
  • Private transfer by 4WD including fuel
  • Meals as indicated including bottled water
  • Accommodation in a deluxe tent
  • Filed equipments ( Tents, sleeping bags, Mats and all neccesary items required during trip)
  • Porters & Chef
  • Park entrance fees & forestry charges
  • Travel Insurance

Price Excludes

  • Personal Expenses
  • Telephone calls
  • Tips

Things to bring

  • Light walking boots or sports shoes
  • Camera and binoculars (very useful)
  • Long trousers and long-sleeved shirt for walking in the forest
  • Jumpers from December to February

Notes

  • The tour is on private basis ( No other participants will join you)
  • Children below 5 years are not allowed to participate
  • 2 clients per tent ( Usually tents are bigger in size)
  • This is a sample itinerary, and the routes and timing may change according to local conditions, but the general content of the trip will remain the same

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