Where the water falls.
I did not see this place mentioned in my guidebook, but my Thai friend suggested a trip to the Huai Yang National Park and waterfalls, and a ver pleasant trip it was too. It lies about 30 km. South of PKK and is well signposted from the main Phetkasem Highway.
There are seven falls over a fairly steep ascent, although the walk up to them runs through very beautiful countryside. My friend and I started the walk up which was nice and gentle, but choked with absolute hordes of schoolkids. If I was stopped once to have my photograph taken with giggling 12 year olds, I was stopped twenty times, always very politely. It appears that having your photo taken with a very tall white man is part of a good school trip. It was quite fun.
By waterfall three, my friend had declared himself exhausted and said he would wait there if I wanted to go on. Well, I had the climbing head on now, so off I went. All was fine until waterfall five, when the path appeared to peter out. I picked what looked like it might be a path and started scrambling up through fairly thick forest, perspiring profusely all the while. The "path" came to an abrupt end at a cliff which did provide a decent view but was clearly as far as I was going.
Whilst slogging along in the heat I could not help but spare a thought for the troops who had to fight through conditions like this in the last war including a couple of my uncles, one of whom did not survive his POW captivity at the hands of the Japanese. As a little sidebar, it was at PKK that the Japanese invaded, on the same day as Pearl Harbour, thereby violating Thai neutrality. Slightly miffed at not making it to the top, I retraced my steps, collected my guide, and we returned to the bottom.
The signage is pretty good for the first few falls but if you want to make it to the top I suspect you ould need to ask directions at the office.
Admission is 100B for foreigners (20B for Thais) and a further 20B to park your scooter. If you are aiming for fall seven allow yourself a couple of hours and take plenty of water as there are no facilities away from the entrance and I wouldn't trust the water in the falls as being safe to drink. By it's very nature this attraction is not suitable for mobility impaired visitors.