National Parks

Mae Puem National Park

Mae Puem National Park covers an area of 222,500 rai in Chiang Rai and Phayao Provinces. Much of the park is steep mountain ranges in the watersheds of the Mae Kaeo and Mae Puem Rivers. It comprises dry evergreen forest, deciduous dipterocarp forest, pine forest, and mixed deciduous forest. Plants found in the park include;

  • teak
  • ironwood – Xylia xylocarpa
  • Burma paduak
  • Makha Mong – Afzelia xylocarpa
  • 2-needled pine
  • rosewood
  • Hiang – Dipterocarpus obtusifolius

There are more than 40 species of birds, plus other fauna including barking deer, wild boars, fishing cats, mouse deer, etc.

Contact:

  • Mae Puem National Park, Ban Pa Tueng, Mae Chai Sub-district, Mae Chai District, Phayao Province 56130
  • Bangkok Office, Tel. 0 2562 0760  or www.dnp.go.th.

Doi Phu Nang National Park

Doi Phu Nang National Park is located in Dok Kham Tai / Pong & Chiang Muan Districts, and covers 462,775 rai. The parks undulating mountain ranges encompass dry evergreen forest, mixed deciduous forest, and deciduous dipterocarp forest. The park has various kinds of fauna such as soft-shelled turtles, monitor lizard, and a variety of birds. This national park is the habitat of the largest number of peacocks in the North, and also of the last flock of Thai green peafowls of the Indo-china subspecies. The peafowl breeding period is in January – March.

Interesting tourist attractions in the national park are as follows:

  • Namtok Than Sawan – situated 300 metres from the Office of the National Park, a medium-sized 2-tiered cascade with a height of 20 metres and a width of 40 metres. Namtok Than Sawan’s  emerald green water encompassed in an abundant forest, and near the Namtok Than Sawan Nature Study Route, a 2 kilometres or 3 hour walk.
  • Namtok Huai Ton Phueng – located 11 kilometres from the National Park, a small limestone waterfall dropping from an 80-metre cliff, with water throughout the year. It can be easily accessed by walking for approximately 1 kilometre along an easy slope. On both sides of the waterfall are shaded forests.
  • Kaeng Luang – is located upstream of Kaeng Suea Ten within an area of Ban Pong Sanuk, 30 kilometres from the Office of the National Park and 7 kilometres from Chiang Muan District. White-water rafting is available in the rainy season.
  • Huai Yua Reservoir–  a viewpoint for admiring the sunrise, and on winter mornings the fog creates a surreal environment.
  • Fang Ta – a natural canyon, similar to Phae Mueang Phi in Phrae Province, is located at Ban Chaiyasathan, Mu 4, Yuan Sub-district.

The National Park provides accommodation and tents for tourists. For further information, please contact Doi Phu Nanag National Park, Ban Bo Bia, Ban Mang Sub-district, Chiang Muan District, Phayao Province 56160

  • Tel. 0 5448 9202
  • Bangkok Office, Tel. 0 2562 0760 or www.dnp.go.th.

How to get there:

  • Highway No. 1021 to Dok Kham Tai District
  • Turn right onto Highway 1251 towards Chiang Muan, approx 45 kilometres
  • At Ban Bo Bia, turn right
  • Travel approx 5 kilometres to the Office of the National Park

 

Kaeng Luang Dinosaur Forest Park

Kaeng Luang Dinosaur Forest Park is at Mu 7, Ban Nong Klang, Ban Mang Sub-district. There are fossils of a Sauropod, an herbivorous dinosaur with a long neck, long tail, which walked with 4 legs. The fossilized bones of the dinosaur are at least 15 metres long, with a weight of more than 100 tonnes, and a height of more than 100 feet. It is estimated to have lived not less than 130 million years ago and is considered an important piece of world historical evidence.

Phu Sang National Park

Phu Sang National Park is a part of Doi Pha Mon Mountain Range in King Amphoe Phu Sang, Chiang Kham District, Phayao, and Theong District, Chiang Rai. The national park is a habitat of Pu Lu or Siamese big-headed turtles, a rare and endangered species.

Phu Sang Waterfall - Phayao

Namtok Phu Sang – a 25-metre-high limestone waterfall. The water is 33C and clear, without the smell of sulphate, and is suitable for bathing. The waterfall is located by the road, 300 metres from the Office of the National Park. More information…

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