Taksin Maharat National Park

Taksin Maharat National Park

Taksin Maharat National Park
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Moo 10, Mae Sot-Tak Rd. Mae Tho Subdistrict, Mae Sot 63000 Thailand
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John K
Costa Mesa, CA2,451 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
This park looks like a great place for camping. So peaceful and such a beautiful environment. Toilets are clean. The newest toilet building has sit-down toilets, while the older buildings just have squat toilets. The stairs down to the big tree are well maintained, but that's where the good trail maintenance ends. There are supposed to be two ways to go on the 7 km nature hike - along the road for 3 km then down hundreds of steps (boring), or along a path through the forest. This route is clearly shown on a map at the top of the stairs down to the big tree. I wanted to go through the forest but couldn't find the trail head, and there was nobody around to ask, so I went the boring way down the road. Figured I'd go back through the forest once I found the trail down below. Found the big tree, which was amazing, and then went on the 1.3 km side trek to the waterfall. After walking about 800 meters, and after several stream crossings (each about ankle deep), the trail vanished. I searched a little but ended up going back to the big tree. After I got back to the big tree I found the trail going back to the park visitor center. Steady steep uphill climb, and the trail kept vanishing and reappearing. Could tell by the number of spiderwebs I walked through that I was the first person to pass this way in quite a long time. Had gone up so far that the idea of going all the way back downhill to the tree and going back up stairs and along the road sounded like a poor option, so I kept climbing. Then after walking a ways in shin deep grass and bushes, noticed a snake curled up in a bush a foot off the ground, nicely camouflaged. By the green color and the shape of his head, I knew he was a pit viper, not uncommon here. I then wondered how many venemous snakes I had brushed past without noticing them, yikes! Then the trail dropped into a ravine and disappeared again. Walked the ravine for quite a while before I saw it again. From my previous hiking experience, I knew what direction I needed to go and I was definitely headed the right way, but the idea of off-trail walking in this jungle was not comforting. And with no cell phone service out here and with nobody around, this was a potential serious problem. When I finally popped back out near the visitor center, it was beind a toilet block with no sign indicating a trail. Looked around more at the top and saw no sign of a trailhead. I strongly feel the park should either completely renew the nature trail or close it altogether and change the signs to indicate trail closed. This is a good way to get visitors lost or killed. And finally, my comment on the entry fee. The foreigner price for Thailand national parks varies between 100 and 400 thb, depending on the park. I have no problem paying these fees, as I want to support the parks and love them as a resource. Most parks I visited (more than 40 parks) have been appropriately priced, but this park at 200 thb, with the terrible trail maintenance, is overpriced. Improvement is needed.
Written 16 November 2023
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Raintree_Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand3,947 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
We were surprised at how nice this national park is. Not heavily visited, the park is beautifully maintained. It has a great little campground and well-managed trails. The staff are friendly and helpful. Great forest views and quite a lot of wildlife. And, of course, the park home to the massive Giant Krabak tree -- reputed to be the largest tree in Thailand. It's definitely worth the 400 meter steep climb down and back up!
Written 6 February 2023
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SulariPerera
Hong Kong, China17 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Solo
Good place for nature lovers. However the map you can take from the information centre is only in Thai language. Best take a picture of the large map on the wall before leaving the starting point.

Require covid 19 vaccination to enter the park.
Written 10 May 2022
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LouiseWakelin
Koh Samui, Surathani, Thailand7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Friends
stunning scenery, views of the mountain and great for hiking!
Beware of the leaches if you go on the lower river walk to the big tree! Better to go onthe top walk with the steps down to the biggest tree in Thailand!
Written 16 May 2017
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