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NATIONAL PARKS


Most national parks provide overnight accommodation and camping facilities.
Each has its own office located within the park area, but information about the parks can also be obtained from the National Parks
Division of the Royal Forestry Department in Bangkok, tel: (662) 579-4842, 579-5269, 579-0529, When booking from Bangkok, be sure to keep
your receipt for presentation on arrival at the park.

* According to the National Parks Act, the following activies are permittd: swimming, diving sports, picnicking and camping.
* Tents are permitted provided you pitch them yourself.
* Leave anything valuable at the office you plan to be away from your site for many hours.
* Please heed any warnings or advice offered by park staff.
* Be sure to notify park staff if you make a fire and do not take any branches from trees.
* Use only wood picked up from the ground and be sure to extinguish your fire with water or asnd before leaving the site.
* Respect the local culture and religion, and do not disturb either other guests or wildlife. Stay on established trails.
* If you require a guide, ask one of the rangers in the visitor's centre.

FOREST TREKKING


* Long distance trekkers should be in reasonably fit condition. Walking in temperatures of 30 degrees celsius can take its toll.
Trails in some parks are also rugged and steep. It is important to drink liquids constantlv when undertaking stenuous activity in the tropics. mixing electrolytes in a water supply will help to counter sodium and potassium loss more rapidly.
Cheap and good bottled water is available throughout Thailand. If not, ensure that drinking water is boiled for at least 20 minutes.

* For trekking, the right clothing is important. Even in the hot season, nights can be cool or even cold at higher elevations. Thus a light sweater or jacket are in order, along with a sleeping bag. Heavy sweaters are advisable in the cool season. For day wear, long pants and a long-sleeved cotton shirt are recommended to prevent scratches and cuts from jungle foliage. So are a hat, good socks and sunglasses. Sneakers are fine during the dry season but waterproof boots and rain gear are necessary during the monsoons. In order to observe wildlife, trekkers should choose clothing colours that blend in with the natural environment. For bird watchers, a hat is essential since an rplifted face is highly visible.
* Malaria is endemic in areas along the Myanmar and Cambodian borders. Consult a doctor for the proper prophylactic. Leeches are prevalent in the rainy season. They can be removed by applying such irritants as salt, vinegar, alcohol, tobacco juice or a lighted cigarette. An old jungle trick is to rub your socks with a mixture of salt and tobacco before venturing into leech country.
* For forest trips of several days, take a medical kit containing an antiseptic, bandaids, anti-diarrhoea medicine, a tube of anti-histamine cream, sunblock for sensitive skin and cot wool. First aid is available at park headquarters while more serious conditions can be treated at the nearest town. Throughout Thailand it is rare to be more than a few hours away from expert medical care.
* Treat wild animals with caution, especially elephants.

SCUBA DIVING


* For those planning to scuba dive, international qualifications are necessary. Dive shop instructors will qualify new divers in carefully modulated courses. Reputable dive shops and tour operators will only fill scuba tanks of certified divers.
* While underwater, be aware of such poisonous creatures as stone fish and lion fish. Jellyfish stings can be treated with alcohol or ammonia, followed by analgesic creams or antihistamine lotion.
* Anyone who scrambles around coral reefs will sustain scrapes and cuts. To avoid tropical infections, clean wounds carefully and apply antiseptic.

WHITEWATER RAFTING


Whitewater rafters should wear helmets and life vests, and follow the instructions of their boat leaders.
River grading: There are six levels of difficulty in whitewater rafting in Thailand.

- Level 1 : Simple, easy rapids.
- Level 2 : Simple rapids, but requiring some skill in manoeuvring the raft around obstacles and rocks.
- Level 3 : Moderate rapids where rafting becomes exciting. It is necessary to hold on at times to stay in control of the raft.
- Level 4 : Difficult rapids with continuous need to manoeuvre and control raft at sll times. Very exciting rafting.
- Level 5 : This level of whitewater is the uppermost limit to rafting. The river is wild, with a rapid current and difficult
- Level 6 : Extremely difficult rapids, dangerous for rafting.
* Age & health: It is important to ensure that you are in good tealth, and fit enough to enjoy this activity. Children over 12 but under 16 must be accompanied by responsible adults.


Preview Thailand Holiday Destinations

DISCOVERING THAILAND
TOGETHER

Here is a sample of the kind of environmentally-friendly, quality tours you will find in Thailand.

Cultural exchange

Day 1: Arrive Bangkok International Airpout, meet and transfer to hotel or
accommodation of your choice, After lunch, board the boat from Pak Kret pier in Nonthaburi to Ko Kret, famous for its unique pottery produced by local Mon people. Transfer by bus to hotel. Dinner, evening at leisure.


Day 2:
Breakfast.Visit to the Grand
Palace and the Emerald Buddha Temple. Transfer to a local school
for lunch and a get-together
programme with Thai teachers and
students. Observe the teaching,
participating in group activities
including sports (handball, volleyball), cultural and musical performances. Transfer back to hotel. Dinner, evening at
leisure.

Day
3: Breakfast and depart for
Ayutthaya Historical Studies Centre.
Visit Ayutthaya Historical Park. Take a boat trip along the river surrounding Ayutthaya to see the river life on both sides. Lunch on board. Cycle around
importanthistorical sites. Dinner and
overnight in Ayutthaya.

Day 4:
Breakfast. By coach to
Nakhon Nayok. Arrive at the Phra Chulachomklao Military School in Khao
Cha-ngok,visit the military museum with a slide multi-vision presentation.
Lunch with the cadets. Afrer lunch, canoeing or cycling around the school with the instructors and cadets. Dinner and overnight at the school.

Day 5:
Breakfast. By coach to Khao Yai National Park, briefing at the park headquarters. After a picnic lunch, divided into small groups for nature walks with park offclals as guldes, Dinner with campfire activities.

Day 6:
Breakfast and eariy morning bird watching. Depart by coach with stop at Haew Narok Waterfall for picnic lunch Proceed to Nong Cha-om fruit market in Prachin Buri. Arrive Bangkok, evening at leisure.

Day 7:
Breakfast. Visits to shopping centres, amusement or water parks.
Request to visit television or radio stations can also be arranged. Transfer to airport for flight home.


Trekking in Khao Yai

Day 1: Transfer from Bangkok to Prachin Buri Province. Rest of the day at leisure. Dinner, overnight.

Day 2:
Breakfast and drive to Khao
Yai National Park. Trek from park headquarters to Nong Phakchi wildlife watching tower.
Lunch and continue to Mo Sing grassland. Back to campsite. Dinner and transfer to watch animals by night.
Back to camp for late-night meal.

Day 3:
Drive to Lonely Cliff, the highest peak of Khao Yai. Back to campsite for breakfast and start trekking to Khlong Kaew Waterfall, Haew, Suwat, end at visitor's centre. Drive to Bonanza camp. Afternoon at leisure. Evening, visit a
nearby private zoo and drive to see
millions of bats flying out of their caver. Dinner and overnight. stay.

Day 4:
Breakfast and drive to Pasak River for inflatable boat rating
along the Pasak River. Transfer to Bangkok, evening at leisure.
Day 5: Breakfast and transfer to Don Muang International Airport.


Action in Phetchaburi

Day 1: Pick up at Bangkok International Airport. A short stop at a restaurant for lunch and briefing before departing by coach to Khao Bin Cave National Park. Afternoon, explore the cave. Set up tent, have dinner and free at leisure.

Day 2:
Breakfast and transfer to Samut Sakhon Province, Mountain bike tour along the big orchard with many fruit trees. Take a boat trip to the floating market. Transfer to Kaeng Krachan National Park, camping in the park.

Day 3:
Breakfast. Morning walk to see birds and butterflies near the campsite. Lunch and leave for Pong Luek for whitewater rafting. Briefing on safety measures and boat training.
Dinner with slide presentation on rafting.

Day 4:
Breakfast. Whitewater rafting along Petch River to the lake. Sightseeing on longtail boat. Picnic lunch box. Transfer to park office for shower and packing. Back to Bangkok by coach.


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