Park visitor falls to his death, clifftop lookout closed

Park visitor falls to his death, clifftop lookout closed

A serow takes over the  popular viewpoint at Lonely Cliff in Khao Yai National Park. (Photo: Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation)
A serow takes over the popular viewpoint at Lonely Cliff in Khao Yai National Park. (Photo: Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation)

Khao Yai National Park closed its popular Pha Diew Dai (Lonely Cliff) lookout to the public on Friday, after a man was found dead at the base of the cliff in Nakhon Nayok province.

The Thai man was believed to have fallen to his death from the clifftop, in tambon Hintang of Nakhon Nayok’s Pak Phli district. His body was found on Thursday evening.

The closure was announced on the park's Facebook page: “The Khao Yai National Park has temporarily closed Pha Diew Dai viewpoint from Jan 22 onwards. Tourists can visit other tourist sites on Khao Yai as normal if not coming from red zone provinces. Please abide by Covid-19 prevention measures.’’ 

Red zone maximum control orders currently apply to 28 provinces, including Bangkok. 

Khao Yai National Park announces the temporary closure of Pha Diew Dai viewpoint on its Facebook page.

Police were informed by Khao Yai National Park of the discovery of the man's body  on Thursday evening, Pol Lt Col Wannakit Buncharoen, deputy chief of Pak Phli police said on Friday.

Park rangers noticed that a motorcycle with Bangkok registration had been parked at the entrance to the viewpoint for two days. They found a face mask lying on the pathway to the cliff.

From the lookout, they examined the ground below, using binoculars, and saw a man's body lying face-up at the bottom.

The dead man was identified as Thatchaphong Phongmee, 27, of Ang Thong province’s Wiset Chai Chan district, Pol Lt Col Wannakit said.

Relatives said they had tried unsuccessfully to contact him earlier by his phone. He did not answer. 

Police said it was possible he walked to the edge of the cliff to get a better view, and accidentally toppled off. 

Pha Diew Dai, between tambon Hintang of Pak Phli district in Nakhon Nayok and tambon Khanong Phra in Pak Chong district of Nakhon Ratchasima, is a popular viewpoint in the national park.

The walkway leading to Pha Diew Dai cliff viewpoint is closed off, following the death of the visitor (Photo: Manit Sanubboon)

A rescue volunteer takes away the motorcycle found parked at the entrance of the cliff viewpoint pathway. (Photo: Manit Sanabboon)


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