Saturday, 6 January 2018

Khao Lom Muak in Prachuap Khiri Kan town

Khao Lom Muak in Prachuap Khiri Kan town
เขาล้อมหมวก เมืองประจวบคีรีขันธ์ 

Picture taken during a reconnaissance visit on 3dec2017 in the afternoon, monument to commemorate Thai resistance to Japanese landing on 8dec1941 in the foreground:


Khao Lom Muak is in Prachuap Khiri Kan town, on the grounds of air force base Wing 5, and open only around holidays which this year (2018/2561) are: 30-31 Dec 2017, 1-2 Jan, 6-8 and 12-16 Apr, 12-14 May, 27-30 Jul, 11-13 Aug, 13-15 Sep, 8-10 and 29-31 Dec, 1 Jan 2019.

Opening time is 6:00-10:30. No flip-flops, no littering, no pictures of the air force base. Height is 902 foot (275 m). All information taken from:

https://img.kapook.com/u/2017/surauch/movie/wgah.jpg

When you enter the air force base, you have to sign into a book, and before you cross the airfield (this is only allowed by car or mocy, not by walking; I had to wait for a vehicle to hitchhike across) you have to leave your passport at the guard.  


Sign in your name at the start of the trail:

 

I counted 423 steps, video in museum says 496 steps, link at the end of article says 497 steps, requires further investigation. From then on, rock or soil with a rope:



500 of 700 what?


My ascent 7:25-8:15 was significantly slowed down by people ahead of me who I could not overtake. And for the last rope, staff (soldiers in blue) collect people in groups to go up or down, so there is a wait as well.


Shrine with Buddha footprint on top of mountain: 



View south:



Photography of the air force base in the west is prohibited, but see google satellite view or search for pictures:



View north (Prachuap Khiri Kan town and bay and islands)



From Khao Lom Muak, Khao Chong Krachok (upcoming post) looks small :


The mountain is inhabited by Dusky leaf monkey who look cute and behave nicely, unlike those hideous creatures Crab-eating macaque that infest Lopburi, Khao Chong Krachok, and other places in Thailand.


Remain on top 8:15-9:03, then descent 9:03-46. Visit the museum. Thus, before noon on 1jan2018, while others are still in coma or hangover depending on activities and tolerance, I have already climbed a mountain and visited a museum. What a wonderful start of the year!

I saw 2 Farang during the climb, and inquired at registration booth: on 31dec2017 they had 600 visitors, and today 1jan2018 300.

Other recommended activities: The museum (entry 80 THB, open on holidays, most displays labelled in Thai and English and most videos available in either language or has subtitles) about the Japanese landing and Thai resistance on 8 Dec 1941, and the monuments to commemorate same event. Display of 5 old aircraft in the open. During low tide, a sand bank connects to the islands (requires repeat visit).

Reports about Khao Lom Muak on internet or in magazines:

http://www.megaworldasia.com/thailand/prachuap-khirikhan/ (in English)

https://thailand.tripcanvas.co/hiking-trails-and-mountains/ (in English, says 497 steps)

หนีกรุง ไปปรุงฝัน Nee Grung Bpai Bprung Fan magazine Vol. 42 : June 2016 www.neekrung.com (50 Baht, originally 90) Cover Sam Pan Bok, inside article climbing เขาล้อมหมวก Khao Lom Muak in Prachuap Khiri Khan (in Thai)

Der Farang Nr. 12/2017 9. Juni 2017 Seite 30-31. (in German)

update: more good articles in English on the internet:
http://www.prachuapkhirikhan.org/climbing-khao-lommuak/
https://www.lesstraveledworld.com/destinations/asia/thailand/khao-lom-muak-mountain-via-ferrata-thailand/ 
https://readme.me/p/4567

(Part 1 of "Moutains overlooking provincial capitals in Thailand", others will be Khao Ok Thalu in Pattalung, Doi Chaang Pha Dan in Phrae and Doi Luang - Doi Nok in Phayao - only those requiring climbing qualify, those you can access by car not, like in Chainat, Chiang Mai, Hat Yai, Nakon Sawan, Nan, Phuket, Uthai Thani)

Copyright 2018 ChristianPFC

1 comment:

  1. Two great post, and you have added to my "only in Thailand file". I mean where else would they give you a picture of what you are not sup[pose to take a picture of. :>)

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