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This natural freshwater lake was renovated into a prime tourist destination and covers an expansive 1,080 acres. The lake was declared a wildlife sanctuary area in 1983, and its great variety of flora and fauna spurred the government to register Bueng Chawak as an important wetland under the Ramsar Convention in 1998.
Around the lake are large, shady trees. Water lilies float on the lake. A large flock of migrating lesser whistling ducks flies in during the cool season from November to March, and departs again in April. There are a large variety of tourist sights here, including aquariums, a crocodile farm, a botanical garden, recreated lion and tiger dens, a rabbit island and a local OTOP handicrafts center. For day-trippers and campers, there are also campgrounds and picnicking locations.
The lake is approximately 64 kilometers from the town of Suphan Buri and straddles the districts of Amphoe Hankha of Chai Nat Province and Amphoe Doem Bang Nang Buat. To get there, follow the Taling Chan-Suphan Buri Road (Highway 340) to Amphoe Doem Bang Nang Buat. There are two access points. From the intersection before entering the town of Doem Bang Nang Buat, turn left to cross a bridge over the Tha Chin River. Go straight to a T-junction opposite the irrigational canal and turn right to follow the road parallel to the irrigation canal.
Alternatively, take Highway 340. At Km 147, on the left-hand side, visitors will see the WatDoem Bang Nang Buat School. Turn left to a small road next to the school to cross the river. Go straight and turn right at the T-junction to follow the road parallel to the irrigation canal. Once the bridge over the irrigation canal on the left-hand side is reached, turn left to cross the bridge.
The many sights at Bueng Chawak have different operating hours, and visitors are advised to call 0 3543 0033 for more information.