Huai Kha Khaeng – 7 day walk in a World Heritage Site – 1st Entry
A new series of trips to Thailand’s top protected areas in 2010
Indochinese Tiger walking through a mineral deposit in Huai Kha Khaeng
This wildlife sanctuary is Thailand’s last great tiger haven. It covers an area of 2700 square kilometers and a seasonal river runs through the middle from north to south. My trip begins on March 5th and I leave Bangkok first thing in the morning driving some 300 kilometers diagonally across Thailand going northwest. I pass the very modern city of Suphan Buri with its excellent roads and modern facilities.
My final destination is the headquarters area situated in the western forests of Uthai Thani province. This deciduous forest still harbor large herds of gaur, banteng and sambar, plus the amazing tiger and leopard in good numbers. Elephants are also quite common in the interior. As a World Heritage Site, it truly lives up to its name as Thailand’s top protected area.
I have been planning this walk for sometime now. Several months ago, I met with the Director General of the Department of National Parks to coordinate all logistics for the trip. The plan to walk from Khao Nang Ram Wildlife Research Station to Khao Ban Dai ranger station, a distance of about 30 kilometers, would take about seven days with several stops along the way at a few mineral deposits.