On Saturday 07 February 2009 I have traveled to Sam Roy Yod National Park. Few days before I have contacted by phone Chief of National Park Khun Thawatchai Sathienkarn to arrange our trip. He was delighted when he has heard that I will write article for local press and websites about out trip to Sam Roi Yod.
The National Park of Sam Roi Yod District in Prachuapkhirikhan Province is well known worldwide. At the park there is protected area of wetland called in Thai Pandin choom-num. One section of this wetland has the lotus swamp which has about 20,000 rais. The lotus swamp is very shallow, just 50 centimeters deep. The swamp is near the sea, the water in swam is fresh, because the water flows whole year from the mountains nearby. The swamp never dries up. When tourists come to the swamp they can see lotus from the boat or they can walk on the wooden platform 900 meters long.
On the day when we came to the park, there were three buses parked around the tourist centre at the park. Among the tourists there were many foreigners. Everybody was welcomed by the park official and was invited to sit down at the center where brief took place. When all the tourists when with their guides, we were invited for a lunch at the restaurant in the park.
During the lunch I have spoken with Khun Thaatchai. He said that the Sam Roi Yod National Park is a world heritage site. One of the attractions at the park is the lotus swamp. The best time to come and see the lotus swamp is January and April when the lotus blooms. The lotus seeds attract many kinds of birds which fly over the swamp and land on the lotus leafs.
After our lunch ranger Khun Sompong Kijkai led us on a boat trip along the canal. Both sides of the canal are muddy strip of land forming bank along the edge of the river called in Thai language ‘Same and Koong Kang’. In the river there is plenty of fish and crabs. On both side of the canal are mountains providing fantastic views.
Reported by Khun Tuck Dechapanya
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