Phu Kradung Things to Do

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    The Best Lemonade

    by AlbuqRay Updated Jul 4, 2004

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    Stop Here for Lemonade

    A lady at the Sum Haek reststop had the best lemonade ever. She was in the group of shelters on the right hand side about in the middle. Two lemonades and a small bottle of water were 20 baht. Her secret was the hand-driven ice crushing machine. You can decide whether you want salt in the sweet lemonade or not. I had some since it was hot and I was perspiring a lot from the climbing. You really don't taste it and can probably use the electrolytes.

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    Phu Kradung National Park Headquarters

    by AlbuqRay Updated Jul 4, 2004

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    Park Headquarters

    The lower Visitors' Center is the park headquarters. You need to register here. We had made our reservations and prepaid (2000 baht) for the mountaintop bungalow at the Forest Service office in Bangkok. They will store suitcases for you for free, so only take up what you need to the top of the mountain. Not many people were storing suitcases; at the time, mine was the only one in the storage room. Then again, there were not many people going up the mountain either.

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    Well Marked Trails

    by AlbuqRay Written Jul 3, 2004

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    Trail Marker

    The trails in the southern part of the park on top of the mountain are well marked with signs like these, as was the trail up the mountain. They also give you a handout with maps at the Park Headquarters. You can find your way around easily.

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    Phu Kradung Rock Outcropping

    by AlbuqRay Written Jul 3, 2004

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    Jam Sin Cliff

    I am not a geologist so I cannot tell you what the gray rock formations are. I think they are a type of granite but it is different from what we have in New Mexico. There were also beautiful lichens everywhere. Too bad it was hazy from the rain the night before or this picture would have had a great view too.

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    View at Jam Sin Cliff

    by AlbuqRay Updated Jul 3, 2004

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    No I Won't Move a Little to the Right

    There are many places like this along the south rim. I was a little nervous standing next to that drop-off at the edge of the cliff. You cannot see it in the picture but it was several hundred feet down just one step to my right.

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    Bungalow vs. Tent

    by AlbuqRay Updated Jul 3, 2004

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    Morning After a Rainy Night

    It really rained hard the first night we were there and the next morning you could see that many people had moved their tents under whatever shelter they could find, e.g. picnic shelters. I was a little disappointed in the bungalow (see my Accommodations tip) but at least it was dry inside.

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    Wang Kwang Visitors' Center

    by AlbuqRay Updated Jul 3, 2004

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    Phu Kradung Wang Kwang Visitors' Center

    The upper Visitors' Center is where you check in to let them know that you made the climb safely. This is also where you get your bungalow key or your tent and sleeping gear. It was starting to rain when we arrived. Just be aware that the climate changes a lot as you get higher in elevation and be prepared. It was hot and sunny when we started at the bottom of the mountain and then at the top (a few minutes after I took this picture), got windy and cold with a driving rain, that lasted about an hour. It also rained hard during the night.

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    Reststops on the Trail

    by AlbuqRay Updated Jul 3, 2004

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    Sum-Haek Reststop

    Approximately every kilometer on the way up there are places to stop, rest, and get food or drinks. The prices are set by the Forest Service and they increase as you get higher. This is probably because everything must be carried up by hand. Sum-Haek was the first place to stop that had refreshments. It took us about 40 minutes of climbing to get there.

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    Made It and Still Alive

    by AlbuqRay Updated May 30, 2004

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    Proof I Was There

    I was very happy to get to the mountain top. It was a long and tiring climb for me. We had started about 8:45 AM and it was now about 1:30 PM. After the stop at Sum-Haek, we also took breaks at Sum-Kor-Sang, Sum-Kok-Done, and Sum-Krae. The latter only had one vendor but he had small watermelons and green mangos with spicy salt (one each peeled and sliced for 25 baht). They were very refreshing, especially since it was right before the last 1300 m to the top, which is the steepest part of the climb. Fortunately toward the end there was a light rain that cooled things off but did not make the trail too slick. From where this picture was taken at the top of the climb, we still had another 50 min. level walk to get to the upper Visitors' Center.

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    Pay the Entrance Fee

    by AlbuqRay Updated May 30, 2004

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    Entrance Fee Booth

    Don't ask me why you don't pay your fee at park headquarters or the trailhead gate, but there is a separate booth for collecting the fee. The fee is 200 baht for foreigners and 20 baht for Thai people.

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    Porter Service

    by AlbuqRay Updated May 30, 2004

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    Porter Facility

    If you want to use the porter service to have your things carried up for you, take them to this facility. Seems like it was 2-3 baht for a claim ticket. You actually pay the 10 baht per kilogram when you get your things at the top. They load the bags into nets to carry on the ends of a bamboo pole (see also my Transportation tips).

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    Get Ready to Climb

    by AlbuqRay Written May 30, 2004

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    Although it is steep and long , the trail is easy to follow. There are well placed signs along the way to indicate distances and sites. The barrel had walking sticks. I was glad to have one many times, especially coming down.

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    Mesa Meadow

    by AlbuqRay Written Jul 3, 2004

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    Does Not Look Like Thailand to Me

    The trails on top of Phu Kradung wind through mountain meadows. Phu Kradung is a flat-topped mesa, so you can see a long way.

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    Kaew Pond

    by AlbuqRay Written May 23, 2004

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    Kaew Pond Reflections

    Kaew Pond was a beautiful, serene place formed by a small clear water stream. It is about 1.7 km. from the Visitors' Center.

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    Buddha Image

    by AlbuqRay Written May 23, 2004

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    Phu Kradung Buddha Image

    The Buddha Image is only about 500 m. from the Visitors' Center. It is on a flat rock area and also has many bells.

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