Guangzhou Waterfall Park is a forest located in Nong Ya Khong District, Phetchaburi Province.  This area has been untouched for hundreds of years until recently it has been ruined in many ways by deforestation. After ecologically unbalance, the waterfall and ever rich forests are transformed into arid areas.

The park started in 2006 when Dr. Pongpop Trirat (who at that time was in the 6th grade of the Songtham Temple School) was interested in the royal project on the forest and water of His Majesty the King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Pongpop and his mother went out to find out the area to undertake his project and he found the where he wanted.

In 2007 he start the project by initiating water management and planting by taking the forest philosophy developed by the king.

  • Check Dam
  • Water dam
  • Irrigation
  • Monkey Cheeks Project (Reservoir on the side of river)
  • Wildlife Project
  • Vetiver planting program
  • Integrated Forest Plantation Project

It was just like a miracle when the project was completed sooner than expected. In less than a year, from drying and acid forest, trees and herbs started to recover, water became cleaner and the waterfall became to emerge. Because of nice weather in the forest,  the Department of Natural Park started to allow guest houses to be build for visitors to stay since 2008.

In addition to the waterfall, there are also local activities for tourists which help generate income to the community. Relaxing in the floating market, boarding boat trip into forest and watching birds on surrounding trees on Saturday or Sunday become common activities for local tourists here.

Guangzhou Floating Market market is located on the Guangzhou Waterfall Park, which is the first and only floating market on waterfall in Thailand. The waterfall is not that big nor super beautiful but its ecosystem is perfect for spending holiday with nature. Despite being not a big waterfall, water run through bed layers which quite beautiful.

The name of the park and waterfall to the famous city of China but the origin of the name has nothing to do with China. The former name of this park was “Guang Kra Chon” which me a jumping deer, and it was quite hard to pronounce and sounds not attractive. Later the park’s staff changed it to Guangzhou waterfall which sounds neater.

Guangzhou Floating Market is opened on Saturday, Sunday and holiday. There are a ground of local sellers from communities nearby sell goods here. Most of the products are food, vegetables, fruits and foods that are difficult to find in regular markets.

Example of rare menus sold here are steamed fish with curry paste in bamboo, fish cake in bamboo, Thai old-style shellfish fired, noodle with chicken soup in a hot pottery, dollarweed shake, white pork sausage by Guangzhou recipe, and hill-tribe pad Thai. There are also fish spa activities, boating in the floating market as well.

Inside the park, there are accommodation available to visitors, mostly for those who seek to stay near nature in local Thai life without much of comfort. Visitors can relax with sight-seeing on boat.

When you are here, do not miss the fish spa, fish therapy, natural foot spa in the middle of the forest, surrounded by nature, water flow. In addition, the waterfall is also a spot for seeing mountain firefly, and one of the best spot for observing stars at clear night.

Guangzhou Floating Market open only on Saturday – Sunday and national holiday from 09.30 to 17.00. For more information call 08 4540 3425.  If you travel from Bangkok,  take the Petchkasem route, and head to Petchaburi Province through Khao Yoi. Heading to Nong Ya Plong which will be indicated by road signs all the way until you reach Tambon Yang Nam Klad Tai.

Location: 6026 Tambon Yang Nam Klad Tai, Amphoe Nong Ya Plong Phetchaburi
Open: Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 09.30-17.00 hrs.
Entry Fee: 20 Baht
Contact number: 081-832-2608, 084-540-3425, 02-755-9085
Website: www.kwangchowwaterfall-resort.com

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