Nam Phut natural spring

August 22, 2013

I’ve been to Khao Yai several times in the past 2 years and still enjoy going to Smoke House for some nice food or do a quick round of Palio Khao Yai for fun. But recently we found a new place which is worth a short visit when you are in the neighborhood: the Nam Phut natural spring.

First stop is Smoke House for some nice food, next stop will be the Nam Phut natural spring.

First stop is Smoke House for some nice food, next stop will be the Nam Phut natural spring.

If you take the car from Nakhon Ratchasima it’s a good 100 kilometers before you reach Khao Yai and during the hot season you can arrive there tired and warm even though the AC is blowing cold air into the car continuously. What is a better way to cool down than a refreshing dive in a natural spring?

The origin of the spring; it is not allowed to swim in this part.

The origin of the spring; it is not allowed to swim in this part.

The cold refreshing water of the Nam Phut natural spring feels nice after a long drive to Khao Yai.

The cold refreshing water of the Nam Phut natural spring feels nice after a long drive to Khao Yai.

Right next to the spring there is a small parking area where you can leave your car and, as expected, there are some places to buy snacks or eat a Thai meal. About 50 meters from the parking spot you will reach the spring where most people set up camp by putting down a plaid to sit on and opening the bottles to relax. The natural spring is hidden between the trees meaning you do not have to be afraid of getting a tan.

The Nam Phut natural spring is located between the trees at A, right next to the road. Free parking is available at B. For a small fee you can make use of the dressing room at C.

The Nam Phut natural spring is located between the trees at A, right next to the road. Free parking is available at B. For a small fee you can make use of the dressing room at C.

Entrance to the spring is free and if you want to take a dip and don’t want to change into your swimming gear in front of everybody you can go to a small dressing room right next to the phone shop where they charge you about 10 baht (I forgot the amount, but it was not much) to make use of their dressing room. Do not expect much besides a covered space to undress and dress though (the location is indicated by a sign, a piece of cardboard, in Thai).

The location of the Nam Phut spring in Khao Yai.

The location of the Nam Phut spring in Khao Yai.

The place where the spring is can be hard to find since you have to make a left between passing sheepland and before reaching Palio Khao Yai. There are signs but they do not stand out much and are mostly in Thai. But once you find the place to make your left turn you cannot miss the spring anymore because after about a kilometer you will pass it on your right hand followed by the restaurants and the parking place.

Follow road 2090 till the sharp turn and follow the smaller road for 1000-1500m from there; you cannot miss the Nam Phut natural spring.

Follow road 2090 till the sharp turn and follow the smaller road for 1000-1500m from there; you cannot miss the Nam Phut natural spring.

All together it is a nice place to visit for about an hour to wind down from the drive to Khao Yai and it does not have to cost you a baht (no parking fee, no entrance fee, etc.).

For questions/remarks you can contact me at: eric@stuckinthailand.com

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