Huge dam surging during floods becomes unlikely Instagram spot with locals in Thailand
One of the world's largest dams that releases tonnes of water during floods has become an unlikely attraction – with locals flocking there to take selfies.
Thousands of tourists queue every day to witness the water being discharged from the spillway gate of the Khun Dan Prakan Chon Dam in Nakhon Nayok province.
Footage shows the dam being drained after water from Heaw Narok Waterfall and Khao Yai National Park filled it during Thailand’s rainy season, which has lead to widespread floods across the country.
The dam-turned-waterfall kicked up mist and clouds of vapour, creating an ethereal scene for visitors to take photos of.
Local authorities manage water resources at the end of every rainy season by releasing water from the dam, with about 7.370 million cubic meters being discharged to the Nakhon Nayok River.
The annual event attracts hundreds of tourists to the spot, causing several miles of traffic jams at the dam’s entrance.
Tourist Araya Wongphakdee, who recorded herself at the dam, said: ‘I waited for hours just to get through the entrance. There were so many people taking pictures when we got inside, but it was worth it.’
The Khun Dan Prakan Chon Dam is 93 metres high, 2,720 metres long, with 5.5 million cubic metres of concrete reportedly making it the world’s largest roller-compacted concrete (RCC) dam in the world.
It was completed in 2005 following His Majesty King Bhumipol’s initiation for the project, as Nakhon Nayok suffered cycles of flash floods and drought.
Thailand and other countries in Southeast Asia such as Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines are at the peak of their tropical monsoon rainy season, which lasts until late November. Soaring temperatures reaching 35 degrees Celsius are often followed by powerful tropical storms with thunder, lightning, rain and flash floods which cause rivers to flow faster and become dangerous.
Many of the under-developed nations struggle to cope with the heavy rain due to under-investment infrastructure.