Khun Dan Prakarn Chon Dam
Khun Dan Prakarn Chon Dam is in Nakhon Nayok province, on the edge of Khao Yai National Park.
While the concrete retaining wall might not be that pretty, the huge lake created by the dam, and the surroundings, certainly are.
A backdrop of forested mountains make for some perfect selfies, and the local park on the side of the dam turns in some beautiful photos.
Even the short but steep and twisting drive from the base of the dam to the end of the road at the top is a thrill with some great views.
The dam on the Nakhon Nayok river, which contains 5.5 million cubic meters of concrete, was opened in 2005. It is 93 meters high, and 2.7 kilometers long.
It can store 224 million cubic meters of water, and is the biggest dam in Thailand. It is also the largest and longest roller compacted concrete dam in the world.
You can join a very cheap trolley ride across the dam to admire the views on both sides, or rent a golf buggy and go at your own pace. Otherwise, if you don’t mind the heat, take a long walk!
Boat rides on the man made lake are not so cheap but an enjoyable way to see more of the beautiful and rugged jungle covered hills which mark Khao Yai National Park.
Near the dam are several waterfalls, an unusual Buddhist center, and lots of other fun attractions you can see here
There are also loads of places to stay too, from cheap to expensive!
We will be adding links to those places later.
Getting there: Ideally have your own transport or use a Tour service. Buses and passenger vans run regularly from Bangkok’s Morchit Mai (Chatuchak) bus terminal to Nakhon Nayok town. From there you would need to ride a local bus known as a songtaew.
The dam is well signposted along the Rangsit-Nakhon Nayok Road (Highway 305) once you enter Nakhon Nayok province.