A fun outing to Lop Buri that goes beyond Pasak Jolasid Dam

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Pasak Jolasid Dam is undoubtedly a favourite attraction for locals when it comes to taking time out in Lop Buri, some 150 kilometres from Bangkok. However, did you know that while the Dam is definitely worth a visit, there are many other places of interest within easy reach?

Although we have to delay our trip to comply with the COVID-19 prevention measures, please save this travel information for future reference.

Driving is recommended for this excursion as Pasak Jolasid Dam is only about 2-3 hours from Bangkok by car, and some of the attractions nearby are not served by public transportation.

  • Itinerary
    • 1. Check out large ferns and ornamental plants at the Subprayuean Farm.
    • 2. Enjoy a meal break at the Banana & Egg Café.
    • 3. Visit Pasak Jolasid Dam, Thailand’s largest earthen dam.
    • 4-5. Capture photos of the green fields at Thale Nam Cheut and Tharit Forest Protection Unit – 2 viewpoints on the bank of the Pasak Jolasid Dam.
    • 6. Have a relaxing picnic at Wang Kan Lueang Waterfall.
    • 7. Relish the view of the Pasak Jolasid Dam from the Khao Phraya Doen Thong Viewpoint.

Subprayuean Farm

A 1.5-acre fern farm born by the passion for ferns of the owner Khun Yo, Subprayuean farm sells the plants to both domestic and international markets.

You can get up close and personal with a variety of ferns here along with other ornamental plants; such as, large Spanish moss, Tillansia, and cactus.

Come between October-November to see a field of sunflowers and cosmos in full bloom with the rail track in the background. Lucky visitors might even capture the train passing through.

The Farm also keeps small animals; such as, pigs, rabbits, macaws and koi, and visitors are welcome to feed them.

  • 📍 51 Mu 6, Tambon Nong Bua, Amphoe Phatthana Nikhom, Lop Buri
  • ⏰ Open daily from 8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (no admission fee)
  • 📞 094 392 9552 (Khun Naraphon Boonkhayai – owner)
  • 🌐 https://goo.gl/maps/nJt5NdqKBntXfarE8

Banana & Egg Café 🍌🥚

It’s very easy to find this café – look for the huge sculptures of fruit in front of it. You can expect both single dish Thai food and pasta and salad here. Pesticide-free vegetables and other produce grown by the Café are also for sale.

Walk to the back of the Café to admire the lovely garden with a huge fish pond. If you’re curious about fruit and vegetable farming, you will enjoy strolling around the fruit orchards where bananas, longans, and mangos are grown.

Pasak Jolasid Dam

Pasak Jolasid Dam, Thailand’s biggest earthen dam, is an initiative of the His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej The Great to mitigate flooding and store water for consumption from the Pasak River.

Taking a sightseeing tour on a golf cart is a highlight for visitors to the Dam. The tour takes about 40 minutes.

The cart travels across the reservoir on the Dam’s crest and terminates downstream where a large seated Buddha image, Luangpu Yai Pasak, is located.

The statue was cast in 2011 to mark the 84th Birthday Anniversary of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej The Great.

Don’t miss climbing the Chaloem Phrakiet Tower, which was also built to mark the occasion, to see the views from above. Nearby is the Pasak Basin Museum.

The State Railway of Thailand operates a special route to and from Bangkok-Pasak Jolasid Dam in November. The annual event always attracts locals as the train will stop in the middle of the Dam for the scenic view and photo opportunities. For more information, contact 1690 or https://www.facebook.com/pr.railway

  • Pasak Jolasid Dam
  • 📍 Tambon Nong Bua, Amphoe Phatthana Nikhom, Lop Buri
  • ⏰ Open daily from 6:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. (The sightseeing tours run from 6:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.)
  • 📞 0 3649 4031-4, 036 494 243
  • 🌐 https://goo.gl/maps/1CvxtPYFJH6yTTsMA

Downstream from the Dam are green fields with uninterrupted views that will appear between March-September when water in the Dam recedes. The 2 particular locations – Thale Nam Cheut (sea of fresh water) and Tharit Forest Protection Unit, about 6 kilometres apart, are a big hit with locals to enjoy a picnic and camp out. Come in the evening if you want to watch the spectacular sunset.

Wang Kan Lueang Waterfall

Part of the Wang Kan Lueang Arboretum, the Waterfall has water throughout the year. Its water source originates from underground springs that converge and overflow from limestone boulders creating the 20-metre-wide waterfall.

Besides swimming at the Waterfall, you can walk along a nature trail, enjoy a picnic, or camp in the arboretum. This rather small yet popular waterfall is a favourite place for families and friends to relax, so it can get pretty crowded, especially during weekends. Food stalls and shops are available.

Khao Phraya Doen Thong Viewpoint

Located about 800 metres above sea level, Khao Phraya Doen Thong affords a good view of the Pasak Jolasid Dam. The mountaintop area is in fact home to a temple and open from dawn to dusk. You can come early in the morning for the sunrise and sea of fog, or in the evening for the colorful sky.

Reaching the Viewpoint is very convenient. A car park is very close by; you barely have to walk for the view!

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