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Amphawa Firefly Watching

Amphawa Firefly Watching

The night-time boat trip on the Mae Klong River provides the opportunity to enter the enchanting world of fireflies swarming in the trees along the river bank. It is considered the best place for firefly watching in Thailand. The best time to visit is all year round.

Destination : Thailand (Samut Songkhram)

Start City : Bangkok End

City : Bangkok

Tour Type : Private

Duration : Night Tour

Depart : Monday-Sunday

Rating : 4 Hit : Mostly

Condition : Easy

Notice : summer and Rainy Season

Itinerary

18:00 hrs.Depart for Samut Songkhram, a coastal province at the mouth of the Mae Klong River, is 74 kms.  Southwest of Bangkok.  Samut Songkhram is the province of fertile land, of plants and food grains, the production source of vegetables and fruits, as well as a vast variety of seafood products.

19:30 hrs.Take a 1 hour comfortable long-tail motor boat trip on the Mae Klong River provides the opportunity to enter the enchanting world of fireflies swarming in the trees along the river bank. It’s an unbelievable sight, as entire trees are aglow with flashing, yellow lights. Thailand has over 100 species of firefly, and the fireflies on the Mae Klong blink in unison, as though someone is flipping a light on and off.

Fireflies are actually beetles. Fireflies are not really ‘Flies’ as entomologists know them, but are beetles in the family Lampyridae. ‘Flies’ have one pair of wings (Like Houseflies) while all other winged insects have two pairs of wings or four wings altogether. Most known firefly species are bioluminescent as adults. However, all known firefly larvae are bioluminescent, as are firefly eggs. Thus, the ability to glow as an adult insect is not characteristic of this group of beetles.

20:30 hrs. Dinner at local restaurant. (Pay on spot)

21:30 hrs. Transfer back to your hotel.

Inclusions:

  • Air-conditioned vehicles with experienced driver
  • English speaking licensed guide
  • All admission fees as mentioned in the program
  • 1 hour boat trip along the river

Exclusions:

  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips or Gratuities to guide and driver

Child Policy:

  • For children under 2 years old will be Free of charge
  • For children 2-12 years old we charge 70% of adult price
  • For children over 12 years old we charge normal price

Cr.:  http://www.orientalescape.com/thailand/sightseeing/samutsongkhram/amphawa-firefly.html

Red Lotus Lake Kumphawapi

Red Lotus Lake Kumphawapi

There is a lake in the north part of Kumphawapi district which is worth a visit.

From December untill March this large lake is filled with lotusses. It is amazing to see this, the whole lake looks like a large lotus field. It is called “Talee Bua Daeng” (actually the lotusses are pink and not red).
We took a boat tour on the lake with is amazing.
This is a popular attraction and it is advertised in Thai, but I think is is not well known among Farang.
Especially nice to surprise your gf/wife on Valentines day with a boat tour on the lotus lake.
It is advised to go there in the morning, because in the afternoon the flowers will close. The flowers will bloom from December to March.
There are signs at the side of Motorway route 2 between Udon and Kumphawapi and at Pan Don village. Follow the signs (banners at the side of the road) with the text “Talee bua daeng” in Thai.
The access point to the lake is in a village Ban Diam, which is just south of PrajakSinlapakhom town. In Ban Diam village, the access to the lake is at the backside of the temple.In Udon Thani’s Kumphawapi district, only 34km from the provincial heart, there is a large freshwater swamp spanning over 28,000 rai called Nong Han. Full of red lotus flowers in winter (late Oct-Feb), it has become a major tourist spot since 2005. It all started in Oct 2004 after a school director, Rakkiat Silawong, enchanted by its beauty, decided to introduce it to a wider audience. Small fairs were held from 2005-2008 which by 2010 turned big. Last year, a landscape improvement project was launched with support from the provincial administration organisation, while the operation of tour boats was brought to order. There are 40 tour boats capable of operating 600 trips per day from dawn till 11am. A 45-minute ride costs 300 baht and a 90-minute ride 500 baht. The area has 29 facilities providing homestay service. Each can accommodate 5-10 persons. The price is 200 baht per night per head and inclusive of breakfast. Call the TAT’s Udon Thani office on 042-325-406/7. For boat tours and homestay, call 089-395-0871 and 042-143-070 respectively.

Cr.:  http://thailand-painting-holidays.com/red-lotus-lake-kumphawapi/
Cr. Photo : http://travel.mthai.com/region/northeast/65985.html

PHU KRADUENG NATIONAL PARK

PHU KRADUENG NATIONAL PARK

Location : Loei Province (Thailand Northeast)

Phu Kradueng National Park situated in “Si Than” Sub-district, Phu Kradueng District, Loei Province, Thailand, has been designated as the second nation park of Thailand, there is elevation is between 400-1200 meters with the top point of 1316 meters at Khok Moei. In general that you will see there with there are many plants, Wildlife, many Cliffs, Prairie, Streams, Waterfalls.
According with high elevation and climatic condition, the weather at mountaintop is cool all year round, some year in winter temperature may drop to freezing point. That why most incentive to visitors who would like to be there conqueror at least once of their life

Recommended who is like for heavy hiking. The place so popular in winter season of Thailand, perhaps is number one for top destination of the season. Since the place so popular at period time during 1 October ~ 31 May, so some of long weekends or during new year which need to check for limit quantity person/day first before you go there, Which limit is set for prevent more persons gonna kill natures!!!!
Why are the highlights?
The place is heavy hiking right? But it’s challenge for walking that ~ 9 kilometers to visitor center and you will see many places that will make you forget to tired. There are many cliffs, Water fall, etc, along with good atmosphere that will truly make you feel good.
Some one said that, Who would like to proves true love when you together with your Boy friend or your Girl friend can beside with you until conqueror at mountaintop you will see a true love and you will get better more closely, so please careful during travel fatigue will make you crazy.

What are the highlights of this place?
Pha Nok Aen. It’s about 1.2 km from the visitor center or about 2.5 km from Lang Pae (Spot of first top mountain arrived).It’s general feature is a small rock outcrop with the standing pine tree at the edge of the cliff. This is the most popular place for tourists to view the beautiful of sunrise.

Pha Lom Sak. It’s around 9 km from the visitor center. This point is the most well know for enjoying the glorious sunset. It’s an overhanging cliff, with a pine tree branching out and protruding horizontally many meters beyond the edge of the cliff and most photographed area.

How to get there from Bangkok?

By CAR. Take a car pass by Saraburi Province, and go to Pak Chong District, then turn left into highway No.201 via Chaiyaphum Province, Phu Khiao District, and then turn left to highway No. 12 passing Chum Phae District and turn right into highway No.201 passing Phu PhaMan District and Pha Nok Khao, after that turn left into highway No.2019 which leads to Phu Kradueng.

By BUS. Take the bus at Terminal Bus ( Mo Chit 2) to Northeastern with Bangkok-Loei route, The bus will drop you at Pha Nok Khao and then take a local bus (Song Theao) to Phu Kradueng.

By TRAIN. There is no Loei Railway Station but you can get the Train at Hua Lamphong Railway Station to Khon Kaen Railway Station (Khon Kaen Province) and then take the bus from Khon kaen to Loei. The bus will drop you at Pha Nok Khao or Phu Kradueng Terminal Bus and then take a local bus (Song Theao) to Phu Kradueng.

By AIR. There is no flight to Phu Kradueng Province, but you can take a flight to Khon Kaen Province or Udon Thani Province and then take the bus to Loei Province.

Phu Kradueng National Park
Mu 1, Ban Si Than, Si Than Sub-district, Amphur Phu Kradung, Loei,  Thailand 42180
Tel. 042-871333, 042-871458   Fax 042871-333, 04-871458
E-mail phukradueng_np@dnp.go.th This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and pkd_11@hotmail.co.th

Cr.: http://www.weontravel.com/National-Parks/phu-kradueng-national-park.html
Cr. Photo : http://www.unseeninthai.com/1504