Bhumibol Dam

Bumibol-147b

Location Sam Ngao District, Tak Province

Dam Features

Type Concrete arch gravity
Height 154 meters
Crest elevation +261 meters (MSL)
Crest length 486 meters
Crest width 6 meters
Maximum width (at base) 52.2 meters
Reservoir's storage capaciy 13,462 million cubic meters

Generating Capacity
         The hydroelectric plant situated at the dam base is comprised of eight units with a total installed capacity of 779.2 MW.

Unit Capacity (MW)
1-6 82.2 each
7 115
8 (pumped storage) 171

Background
         After the end of the Second World War, the government had an intention to build a large power plant, particularly a hydropower plant which could generate electricity into the system rapidly. The committee on power plant construction was established to make a survey and a feasibility study all over the country on the appropriate construction site of the power plant. The study revealed that Yanhee Valley in Ping River in Sam Ngao District, Tak Province was the most suitable area. The result of the study led to the construction of Yanhee Dam in 1957. In the same year, Yanhee Electricity Authority was established to be responsible for the dam construction and electricity generation for the central and northern parts of Thailand.
         On July 25, 1957, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej gave royal permission to use the auspicious name “Bhumibol” for the dam. On May 17, 1964, after the completion of the construction, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej accompanied by Her Majesty Queen Sirikit performed the opening ceremony of Bhumibol Dam and pressed the starting button of the first power generator.

Facilities

Accommodation
         With a resort-style atmosphere in the middle of mountains and natural landscape, the accommodation at Bhumibol dam can welcome more than 400 visitors who will enjoy a peaceful retreat amid the nature. A swimming pool located inside the Bhumibol Dam is also available.

Restaurant
         With the unique and delicious food, the restaurant here is well known. Visitors can feel like having a meal on the hill because of a beautiful flower garden and its building in Lanna style. During the winter season, the atmosphere is more romantic. The recommended menus here are Asian redtail catfish as well as salad served with organic vegetables.

Golf Course
         At Bhumibol dam, we offer standard golf course with 18 holes. The visitors can experience great view and fresh air as our course is surrounded by wild and rare trees.

Recreational Park
         There are recreational parks at Bhumibol Dam namely Nam Phra Thai Garden and Chaloem Phra Kiat Garden for visitors to experience good view and atmosphere.
         Nam Phra Thai Garden was designed and built to commemorate the 60th Birthday Anniversary of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. It was harmoniously designed based on the concept of the immeasurable kindness of the king for the well-being of the people. The bronze sculptor which is placed above the fountain terrace at the entrance of the park is in the shape of 9 rods bound together as a pole on a granite base representing King Rama IX who was the spiritual unity of the Thai people.
         The stream with the length of 233 meters flowing from its fountainhead in the north to the ground 5 levels below to unite and become a 16-meter water basin provided with 9 fountain spouts of 7 meters high represents the importance of water to life which has originated several royally initiated projects concerning water and electricity for the well-being of the people.
         Chalerm Prakiat Park was built in 1996 to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s 50th Year Accession to the Throne. The outstanding characteristics of the park is the flower beds designed as the initial name of the King.

Reservoir Sightseeing
         The sight-seeing travel in the reservoir can be by means of a raft or a boat. Along the 204 km distance, tourists will pass several attractive spots such as Wat Phra Buddhabat Doi Khao Nam, Wat Phra Borom That Kaeng Soi, Koh Valentine, Doi Phor Luang, Khao Phra Bat, Tha How, Ab Nang Cave up to Doi Tao in Chiang Mai Province.