A few weeks ago, my parents and I decided to take a day trip to Nakhon Nayok which is just under a 2 hour drive northeast from Bangkok.
We ended up at the Khun Dan Prakan Chon Dam (เขือนขุนด่านปราการชล) which was absolutely amazing! The dam is the biggest in Thailand with a height of 97 meters and length of 2,720 meters.
To be honest, I thought dams weren’t that amazing and there’s nothing really to do and see at dams besides a MASSIVE wall, but the sheer scale of the construction of this dam combined with its storage capacity of 224 million cubic meters of water made it an absolutely stunning site!
His Majesty the Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej initiated the dam project in 1999 knowing that Nakhon Nayok had long suffered from a cycle of floods and drought. Today Nakhon Nayok’s tourism and agriculture revenues are as high as ever and local land values have jumped sharply.
At the dam, I rented up golf cart which costed me 400 baht for the hour (including insurance) and I was able to drive it on the wall of the dam and around the premises. The view was so nice and the entire area was rich with trees, mountains, and water - I thought I was in a different country.
An alternative to renting a golf cart is to take a mini tour bus along the top of the dam, which will cost you 20 baht for the 15-minute ride. In addition to this, you can also take a boat trip across the lake which costs approximately 1000 - 1500 baht.
We made many stops around Nakhon Nayok including the massive Ganesha Park
and The Memorized Cafe.
All in all a great trip with the Dam being the biggest highlight of the day!