Rajjaprabha Dam (Chiao Lan Dam) or Cheow Lan Dam, Surat Thani’s beautiful nature with emerald green fresh water and views of countless little limestone mountains rising above the water as far as the eye can see. Anyone who sees such a beautiful, peaceful, and one-of-a-kind atmosphere will want to come and experience it for themselves.
The original name was Chiao Lan Dam, but it was later changed to Rajjaprabha. This clay dam is 95 meters high and 700 meters long. The lake above the dam was filled with natural limestone mountains of various shapes, and when nature has intricately placed the water along the walls of the limestone mountains, it creates a new world that is covered in peace and quiet. Reading books, listening to light music, and cruising over the dam to see the Khao Sam Kler are all fun activities. Canoeing is one of the highlights of the limestone mountains in the reservoir, which also has tourist accommodations. Tham Nam Talu is a large cave 6 kilometers by foot from the ranger station, with beautiful stalactites and stalagmites and water flowing through it. Visitors can select from a variety of accommodations.
Rajjaprabha Dam story
The most visible tourist attraction in Khao Sok National Park is Ratchaprapha Dam, also known as Cheow Lan Dam or as the “Guilin of Thailand.” Khao Sok National Park encompasses the forest areas of Khlong Yee and Khlong Phra Saeng, as well as Khlong Sok Subdistrict, Phang Kan Subdistrict, Phanom Subdistrict, Phanom District, Pha Saeng Subdistrict, and Khao Phang Subdistrict. Ban Ta Khun’s formal name is Ban Ta Khun. It was originally situated in Khao Sok National Park, which was only forested. Later, the Electricity Generating Authority constructed the Ratchaprapha Dam to generate electricity. As a result, some forest areas are transformed into dams to store water. However, Khao Sok National Park is still in full control of the area.
The general scenery within the reservoir above Ratchaprapha Dam has a beautiful atmosphere with green grassy hills, beautifully decorated gardens, and ornamental plants, making it an excellent place to relax. The dam is 95 meters high and 700 meters long, with a multi-purpose clay core. It is regarded as one of the most important water resource development projects in the southern region, contributing to the stability of the power system and economic progress. The dam’s hydropower can generate 315 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year. Furthermore, the water released by the power generator is transferred for use in agriculture in downstream areas.
The lake above the dam, which is filled with strangely shaped limestone mountains and clear emerald green water, is the highlight of a visit to Ratchaprapha Dam. Tourists who visit Ratchaprapha must take a popular cruise to see the beauty of the mountains in the middle of the lake, which has been dubbed “Thailand’s Guilin.” If you’re lucky, you might even see a hornbill, which is a rare bird. If you have the time, staying overnight on a raft in the dam to fully appreciate the beauty of nature and waiting to experience the beautiful atmosphere and relaxing early in the morning is a must.
There is more than Guilin in Thailand, within the Ratchaprapha Dam. There are, however, some beautiful caves that are popular with tourists, such as Tham Nam Thalu or Tham Nam Lu, Tham Si Ru, and Tham Prakai Phet. Coral stones can be found in every cave. Beautiful stalactites and stalagmites can also be found. The Khlong Saeng Wildlife Sanctuary also has hiking trails for studying rare plants and wildlife.
The beauty of Ratchaprapha Dam changes with the seasons. Visitors will also have the opportunity to see the mist lingering above the water and the limestone peaks before or after the rain if they visit during the rainy season. This is a lovely atmosphere, comparable to a picture of a bright blue sky in the summer.
Traveling to Surat Thani Province
– Vehicle (car/bus)
It takes about 9 hours to drive from Bangkok to Surat Thani Province, a distance of 685 kilometers.
– Traveling by train
From Bangkok, take the train.
Depending on the type of train, the journey to Surat Thani takes between 9 and 11 hours.
– An airplane
Travel time by plane from Don Mueang Airport and Suvarnabhumi Airport to Surat Thani Airport is approximately 50 minutes.
How to Get to Ratchaprapha Dam
The Ratchaprapha Dam is located in the Surat Thani Province’s Ban Ta Khun District.
It is approximately 80 kilometers from Surat Thani province and takes approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes to travel by car if not traveling by private car.
Tourists can board the van at the Agricultural Market 2, the Surat Thani Bus Terminal, or the Surat Thani Airport.
The van will transport tourists to the Ratchaprapha Dam Municipal Pier.
Hours of operation: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Admission fee: The national park’s entrance fee is 40 baht.
Things to see and do when visiting Ratchaprapha Dam
-Take a cruise to admire the beauty of the mountains in the lake’s center. This has been dubbed “Thailand’s Guilin.”
-Explore a cave with coral reefs. Stunning stalactites and stalagmites
-Trek through the Khlong Saeng Wildlife Sanctuary to learn about rare plants and wildlife.
Other information you should be aware
Despite the fact that the Cheow Lan and Khao Sok dams are located in the same area of Khao Sok National Park. However, the sections titled “Khao Sok” and “Dam” are completely distinct. Tourists who want to visit “Khao Sok” must take a car from Cheow Lan Dam to Ta Khun Market, a distance of about 60 kilometers. Then take the bus from Ta Khun. Continue your journey to Khao Sok. The fare is 200 baht, and the journey takes about an hour.