Blessed with untouched, lush forests, mountain ranges, Krabi’s only National Park, the 31,325-rai of far-reached Khao Phanom Pencha National Park, covers parts of the municipality, Ao Luek and Khao Phanom districts. It is also Krabi’s highest altitude at 1,397 meters above the sea level, home to natural wonders like waterfalls, streams and caves, making it’s a perfect habitat for wild animals from Asian tapirs, Sumatran serows, Asiatic black bear and fishing cat to over 218 bird species such as eagles, hornbills and woodpeckers.
Waterfalls are among the must-see attractions here, with highlights are Huay To and Huay Sad waterfalls. Huay To Waterfall, which is originated from Phanom Bencha Mountain, featuring 5 cascades, each of which has its own name: Wang Sam Hap, Wang Chong Loi, Wang Doi Prong, Wang Thewada and Wang Ton Phrio, respectively. Huay To flows into Krabi Yai Canal in Krabi’s provincial town. Next stop is Huay Sade Waterfall which is only 300 meters away from the park’s office. Slightly smaller, Huay Sade owns 3 cascades of crystal clear pool of refreshing water that eventually flows into Ton Canal and Krabi Yai Canal. Both waterfalls offer adventurous trekking trails, which can span from two to three nights (camping involved) passing through different stops in the lush, tropical forest where you’ll enjoy panoramic sceneries. The weather is comfortable and cool all year round, however, it’s best to get the needed information ahead of your travel. Rental tent for 2-8 people is offered at 150-600 THB per night and it is 30 THB per tent per night if bring your own tents. Kindly contact the National Park’s office for more information.
Khao Phanom Bencha is located 20 kilometres (12 mi) north of Krabi town and encompasses parts of Krabi, Khao Phanom and Ao Luek districts. The park's area is 50 square kilometres (19 sq mi) and reaches its highest point at the 1,397 metres (4,580 ft) peak of Khao Phanom Bencha, part of a mountain range running north to south.