Route No.3 - Cheow Lan Lake

Distance ~ 356 km

Travel Time ~ 2 days

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Than Bok Khorani National Park accommodates numerous minor waterfalls, streams, and ponds hidden in the dense shade of  big old trees.

Entry fee is 200THB.

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This ancient Buddhist temple was built inside the mountain cave. Make sure you have some treats for the local residents, countless monkey families, who entertain visitors by playing around and begging for food.

Entry fee is 20 THB.

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This city park with the beautiful lake covered with colorful water lilies is great to have some rest and take nice pictures.

This Buddhist temple resting against the background of a high mountain comprises a lovely small pond with black Buddha in the center and numerous fantasy statues around.

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Tourists who don't feel like taking a long boat trip to the James Bond Island will appreciate this sculpture, a scaled down copy of the famous island that has been mounted by welcoming Thai people right in the center of the ring road.

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This 2-day long route is designed for well-prepared travellers. It passes through three provinces - Krabi, Phangnga, and Suratthani - and covers an impressive variety of monuments, parks, and temples. On the way, you can observe wild monkeys, bathe in the waterfall, and take a boat trip across Cheow Lan, an amazingly beautiful crystal lake. 

Stop points:

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Starting your journey at daybreak will provide enough time for sightseeing and tourist attractions. Besides, you'll get to your hotel before dark.

Make sure you have with you your sunscreen, sunglasses, swimsuit, hat, camera, and chargers.

Tham Ta Pan Bureau of Monks comprises the Sin Park, the monastery with monks living and working there, and the temple in the huge cave. To get to the Sin Park with horror hell scenes, one needs to cross the passage inside the enormous dragon-shaped structure. 

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This temple compound is very characteristic of Thailand for the abundance of gold and fine details. This site is very tranquil and peaceful.

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Colorful and well maintained, this small Buddhist temple rests against the background of picturesque green cliffs - the best way to celebrate the spiritual peace of Buddhism. 

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Sa Nang Manora Waterfall lies in the middle of the 1st day route. It's a perfect place to have some rest and bathe in the crystal clear water. 

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This distant Buddhist temple has been built far from crowded places. Deafening silence reigns in here. Serenity is seldom broken by monkey noises. The low and narrow passage in the cliff wall is the only access point to the temple grounds.

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Wat Rat Upatham is a tremendous temple compound. The site accommodates multiple standalone buildings each featuring unique design and structure. The most remarkable building is the huge swan-shaped temple resting in the middle of the man-made pond. This place will saturate you with tranquil and serene spirit.  

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Not far from the Rat Upatham Temple, there's another temple site called Pra Mahathat Chedi Puttham Ban Lue. Resting on the top of the high mountain, the temple offers amazingly picturesque views. The sceneries are capable of melting the coldest of hearts. 

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Ban Ta Khun is a town located in the vicinity of the Cheow Lan lake, which makes it a perfect place to sleep before the lake tour next morning. You may want to book a hotel in advance instead of searching for the place to stay after the entire day on the road.

All Times Pool Villa is a great option. It's only 15 minutes away from the dam. The hotel comprises 6 bungalows. All the facilities are clean and well maintained. The owners are very friendly. Amongst other services, they can help book the lake tour.

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Cheow Lan is a man-made fresh water lake with the area of 165 km² and the depth of up to 150 m. The lake resulted from the construction of Ratchaprapa dam in 1982. Dozens of villages had been flooded for this project to come true. Surrounded by countless limestone cliffs and a jungle, Cheow Lan lake is one of the most beautiful places in Thailand.

 

08:00 in the morning is the best time to start your lake tour if you want to enjoy fresh morning breeze and avoid crowds of tourists.

 

National Park entry fee is 200 THB

Hiring a private boat is 1500 THB (~ 3 h trip)

The cost of a boat seat in a group tour  is 200 THB

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This Christian church is a masterpiece of religious fusion seamlessly fit into the scenery of a tropical jungle. Combining the features of both Thai architectural style and Christian traditions, this Church is the symbol of Thailand's tolerance and respect to any differences.       

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     Although this gigantic temple and monastery compound site is still under development, you can feel that special atmosphere inherent to Buddhist relics. The spirirt of serenity and peacefulness is conveyed through marvellous sceneries, findamental statues as well as buildings and structures extending upwards to touch the clouds. 

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This golden Buddha road-side temple offers a remarkable view opening from its top.