Hat Wanakon was opened by royal decree on 30th December 1992. The park covers a total area of 38 km which also makes it as the smallest marine national park. The park is relatively close to Bangkok being 31 5 kms south. Prior to becoming a National Park, Hat Wanakon was an Arboretum as Silviculture Station, and has long been associated with forestry. The park consists of a terrestrial and marine section, the landward part ( 5 9.5 %) is dominated by beach forest and plantations. The marine section (40.5%) is nearshore sandy beach and the deeper water surrounding two islands 6 km offshore. The park is located in Thap Sakae and Mueang districts of Prachuap Khiri Khan province. The headquaters is situated 23 km south of Prachuap
Khiri Khan town. The turn to the park is about 1 km after Khlong Hin Chuang village, this road is followed for 3 km to the park headquaters.
Hat Wanakon is located on a narrow coastal plain which stretches from the mountains of the Tennessarim to the gulf of Thailand. The deposits are of Quaternary origin and consists of layers of material laid down in horizontal beds. The deposits are dominated by Quartz sands, with a particle size ranging from sand to pebbles. Some of the beds also have sandstone rock fragments. The particles in the beds show a degree of rounding probably produced by fluvial action. The degree of rounding, <40% is quite low and indicates the deposits are youthful, probably only having been transported 1 1 km from the mountains inland. These deposist can be clearly seen forming the cliffs surrounding Makha Bay.
encountered include; Pacific reef-egret. Red-wattled lapwing. Edible-nest swiftlet. Chestnut-headed bee-eater, White-throated kingfisher and Streaked-eared bulbul. Many more species are probably present.
For reservation please call Huai Yang Sub-District. Thap Sakae district. Prachuap Khiri Khan 77130 Tel. 0 3260 2654Homepage National Parks