Khirithan Dam is located at Chanthaburi province. It was built by Energy Enhance Development department, a branch of Ministry of Science, Technology, and Environment. This dam is a multi tasking dam serving as a power plant and a water reserve. The dam is also used as a fishing spot for villagers around this part. Khirithan Dam is an earth dam, 33 meters high. Its water covers the area of Huai Sapanhin area for 30 kilometers long. Average water in this reserve is about 76 million cubic meters in each year.
There is also an aqueduct to the south-eastern side to Huai Thapnakon canal which is a branch of Chanthaburi River. The pressure from this aqueduct makes the water level between the dam and the canal 125 meters high. The electric generator was installed here and can generate 12,200 kilowatts of electricity which is 27 million kilowatts each year. The water that passed the generator will flow down to Chanthaburi River and can be used in agricultural activities and consumption in everyday life. Furthermore, the water can also reduce salt in Chanthaburi River.
The signature of this dam is that it is located at 205 meters height from average sea level. The area around the dam has lush and beautiful groves which is really great for visitors to travel and observe the beauty of nature here. Along the reserve banks are herbs and spices, such as Malva nuts (the tree of Chanthaburi), and Anan herbs. When the water level recedes, visitors can set up camp around the banks of the dam and bask in nature’s beauty. Khirithan Dam is the main water source for agricultural activities. The dam lacks facilities for tourists and visitors, but the scenery here will make everyone fall in love with this place. Khirithan Dam is located at Makham district and it is 40 kilometers far from Chanthaburi city.
To get there, take route 317 for about 20 kilometers until you see the sign pointing to the dam direction. Turn right and then continue to the Khirithan Dam for about 14 kilometers.
Location: Bo Welu, Khlung, Chanthaburi 22150 Thailand