Huay Mae Khamin waterfall closed by 'global warming'

Huay Mae Khamin waterfall closed by 'global warming'

Huay Mae Khamin waterfall during a time of more plentiful water. (Bangkok Post file photo)
Huay Mae Khamin waterfall during a time of more plentiful water. (Bangkok Post file photo)

KANCHANABURI - Huay Mae Khamin in Si Sawat district, rated Thailand's second most beautiful waterfall, has been closed indefinitely because the water flow is down to a trickle.

The waterfall is inside Srinakarin Dam National Park. 

Thiti Somphee, the national park chief, said the Huay Mae Khamin was closed to the public from Monday, March  13, under Section 19 of the National Park Act and the regulations of the National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department.

Huay Mae Khamin, a waterfall with seven tiers, is said to be exceeded in beauty only by the Erawan waterfall, also in Si Sawat district.  

It is fed by water coming down from the Khao Kala mountain range. But the volume of water has dropped drastically the past three to four years, Mr Thiti said. He blamed this on global warming.

As a result, there is now insufficient flow over the falls to meet tourists' expectations. The waterfall will remain closed until the weather and water flow return to normal, Mr Thiti said. 

Srinakarin Dam National Park remains open for other activities such as camping and lodging.


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