Thailand 1997

Exploration in the national parks Thung Salaeng Luang, Thung Saliam, and Sri Nakarind

Two weeks of exploration in Thailand carried out by a team of Thai and Australian cavers in cooperation with the Royal Forest Department resulted in around 9 km of newly surveyed cave passages. The three areas visited are the national parks Thung Salaeng Luang, Thung Saliam and Sri Nakarind.
On our arrival in Bangkok in the late afternoon, we were picked up by two members of the Royal Forest Department (RFD), and a hired minibus immediately took us out out noisy and packed Bangkok streets directly to the headquaters of the Thung Salaeng Luang national park. The next morning, we woke up in a lovely hillside country covered in green forests and a huge variety of tropical birds. What a contrast to Bangkok. Once again, we were extremely pleased by the fantastic preparation of this trip by the RFD, providing transportation, accomodation and food at all locations. Our caving team thus was able to concentrate on exploration and survey of caves. Without this incredible support, the survey of more than 9 km of cave passages within the time frame of two weeks would have been impossible.

Thung Salaeng Luang National Park

Thung Saliam National Park

Sri Nakarind National Park