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Si Lanna National Park

Si Lanna National Park Chiang Mai



Si Lanna National Park is full of wildlife and verdant forests, which are the source of various tributaries of the Mae Ping River. The park is prestigious park to commemorate the 5th anniversary of King's birthday. The park was announced a National Park on the 1st August 1989 (B.E. 2532) on the King's multifarious duties, volume 106 section 120. It is the 60th National Park of Thailand. The park encompasses 1,406 km 2 , covering 3 Amphur of Chiang Mai province: Mae Taeng, Prao, Chiang Dao covers a mountainous area of 260,800 acres in Phrao, Mae Taeng, and Chiang Dao districts. The admission is 100 baht for adults and 50 baht for children. For more information, please call 0 2562 0760
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The park is surrounded by the valleys and a mountain chain lies from north to south. The source of Mae Ngad resirvoir is along with several brooks and creeks, which water rushes down from the valleys to Mae Ngad reservoir. Southwest of the brooks, the water rushes down to Mae Ping River.

Mon Hin Lai Waterfall, the 9-tiered waterfall is located in Mae Ngat Forest, Amphoe Phrao. It is full of water all year round and falls straight down off a mountain. The unique cascade has many outstanding tiers. The top tier, in particular, is an ideal viewpoint to observe the splendid landscape of Phrao district . To get there, drive on the Chiang Mai-Phrao road for 85 kilometres, turn left for 4 kilometres onto a dirt road. Only four-wheel vehicles can make the trip.

Mae Ngat Somboon Chon Dam is located at Km. 41 on the Chiang Mai-Fang route and then turn right for 11 kilometres. The area has a very scenic forest. Privately-run rafts and restaurants are available throughout the year. Other interesting sites in the area include Huai Mae Rangong Waterfall, Huai Pa Phlu Waterfall, Pha Daeng Cave, and Doi Mae Wa Hang Natural Study Trail (it is located around 4 kilometres from the National Park office).

Getting to the park office: Drive along Highway No. 107 (Chiang Mai-Fang route), and then turn right to Sombun Chon Reservoir for 12 kilometres (on the way, there are stalls selling scented lime). No accommodation is available, but camping can be done at Huai Kum camping area, which is located near the So Ro 6 Conservation Unit, Huai Kum around Km. 260 along Chiang Mai-Fang route.

Both sides of along Royal Road Number 1150 which are Mae Ngud Forest (Pao district) and Chiangdao Forest (Chiangdao district) are one of most fantastic scenery composing of abundant Moist evergreen forest alternated with high and steep limestone mountain range (Doi Phao Sam Sao Mountain Range).

Jedsi Spring is a cold-water spring about six meters wide plus eight meters long. The water runs from underground all the year round and consists of calcium that makes its color looks like the rainbow when touch the sunlight, so it is called Jedsi Spring (Rainbow Spring) by local people. The water runs on a stream about 100 meters to become Boutong Waterfall.

Boutong Waterfall, a three-level waterfall, is naturally beautiful. Its special thing is limestone stream in which traveler can enjoy walking without slipping over. Its source is Jedsi Spring.

Getting to the park office: Drive along Highway No. 107 (Chiang Mai-Fang route), and then turn right to Sombun Chon Reservoir for 12 kilometres (on the way, there are stalls selling scented lime). No accommodation is available, but camping can be done at Huai Kum camping area, which is located near the So Ro 6 Conservation Unit, Huai Kum around Km. 260 along Chiang Mai-Fang route.

Op Luang National Park

Op Luang National Park Chiang Mai



Op Luang National Park is an amazing natural attraction comprising both splendid natural charms as well as mysterious scenery. The Mae Chaem River was originally called the "Salak Hin". The river created a big but narrow canyon , which is called Op Luang. The rocks and cliffs are subject to erosion by the strong currents of the river and have formed the canyon and strangely shaped rockformations. The water has to force its way past rocks and boulders obstructing the course which is a magnificent sight.

A zigzagging river flows in front of a picturesque gorge. The area is a high, steep cliff with a narrow passage, creating strong currents and powerful echoes. An area in the north of this stream is teeming with various kinds of plants that provide a pleasant ambience all year round. Magnificent views of Op Luang National Park can be seen from the bridge that links with the gorge. An interesting prehistoric archaeological site is also located in the park.

From 1966 to 1991 the park was administered as a forest park. After more surveys by the Royal Forest Department it was gazetted, in 1991, as the 68th national park of Thailand. The area supports a wide variety of natural attractions like waterfalls, caves, hot springs and historical sites, which serve people's education and recreation. At present the entirel park measure 553 km 2 and is entirely located in the Chomthong, Hot and Mae Chaem districts, Chiang Mai province, Northern Thailand.

The extensive, north-south running, mountain range of the park is the same as the range Doi Inthanon, the highest mountain of Thailand.

Op Luang Gorge or Canyon is a steep sided canyon with high cliffs. The height of the canyonwalls measured from the bridge to the average waterlevel is about 32 meters. The narrowest point of the canyon is not more than 2 meters wide while the whole canyon is about 300 meters in length.

Mae Bua Kham Waterfall originates from the Mae Bua Kham stream and is 2 kilometers south of Op Luang Canyon. It is a very beautiful waterfall set in a natural surrounding. The water thunders down over the rockwall for 50 meters.

Mae Chon Waterfall originates from Mae Chon stream. It follows the stream for about 1 kilometer and is 80 meters wide which makes it a fascinating sight. Also the cliffs and rocks of these falls, composed of granite and grey-white colored metamorphic rock, contribute to give the place a fall.

Mae Tia Waterfall originates from the Mae Tia stream. It takes an 8 kilometer walk to this beautiful, 80 meters high waterfall, All year round it carries masses of water.

Thep Phanom Hot Spring happen by the cold water in the earthcrust is heated up by the thermal energy of the earth and, at this site, it doesn't cool down until it is released at the surface. The average temperature of the water is 99 degrees Celsius.

Tong Cave is found in Doi Pha Liap mountain. This mountain is consists of granite and limestone. The Mae Pae stream acts as a dividing line between two long tunnels. It is said that these tunnels are leading to Doi Chiang Dao mountain in the north of Chiang Mai province. The tunnel entrance is small but entering is possible.

Tu Pu Cave is small, narrow limestone cave. The entrance is very thin but the cave itself can hold up to 30 persons. Water is constantly trickling down the ceiling forming small stalactites and stalagmites. In the ceiling is a ring shaped opening, so the cave is not entirely dark.

Lam Nam Mae Chaem or Salak Hin River is located in Mae Hong Son Province. The Mae Chaem river is the largest stream of Hot district which drains its water eventually in the Mae Ping river. The river passes steep cliffs, knolls, and valleys, and has some islands and sandy beaches. The diversity of landscapes gives the river an extra beautiful dimension and it is possible to admire this beauty by boat from Mae Chaem district.

How to get there: The Op Luang National Park is located 105 kilometres from Chiang Mai town along Highway No. 108 (Chiang Mai-Hot-Mae Sariang). The road stretches alongside the Mae Chaem River and zigzags along mountain ranges. Blue buses originate from the Hot-Mae Sariang roundabout. There are 3 lines of buses: Hot-Mae Sariang, Hot-Mae Chaem, Hot-Om Koi. All of them stop at Op Luang National Park.

For more information, please contact Tel: 0 5322 9272, 0 2562 0760 or www.dnp.go.th

Mae Tho National Park

Mae Tho National Park Chiang Mai


Mae Tho national park located at the Water Source Development Unit 6 (Doi Mae Tho), Ban Lao-li, Mu 9 (separated from Ban Maetho Mu 10), Tambon Bosali, Hot District, Chiang Mai Province. The park contains areas of Mae Line forest reserve in Hod district and Pha Mae Chaem forest reserve in Mae Chaem district of Chiang Mai province. The park covers 990 square kilometers of forested mountains.

Most of the land is of high steep hill ranges running north-south. Northern park of the park is higher, the highest being Doi Kew Rai at 1688 meters above sea level.

The weather at the National Park can be divided into 3 seasons including the rainy season (May-September) with the highest temperature of 25oC and the lowest temperature of 10oC ; winter (October-February) with the highest temperature of 20oC and the lowest temperature of 4oC ; and summer (March-April) with the highest temperature of 30oC and the lowest temperature of 12oC . The average year-round highest temperature is 27oC and the average year-round lowest temperature is 8oC. And the average rainfall at the National Park is 1,030 mm/year.
Flora and Fauna

May to September is rainy season. Cold season is from October to February, and it always brings drought and cold. The temperature may plunge to 4ยบ C. Summer months are March to April. The average maximum temperature has been 30ยบ C.

Mountains in the northern part of the area are about 20%-40% steeper than those in the southern part. The average altitude of the area is 1,000 meters above the medium sea level. Doi Kio Rai-mong is the highest mountaintop (1,699 meters above the medium sea level), located at Ban Pang Hin-fon, Mae-Chaem District. Meanwhile, the National Parkโ€™s office is located at the approximate altitude of 1,200 meters above the medium sea level.

Evergreen forests are found in the north; hill evergreen forest at elevations of 800 to 1400 meters. Dry dipterocarp and pine forest are found in in Hod district and around. Mixed deciduous and hill evergreen forest also exist in the park. There have been veriety of wild animals seen in the park.

Mountain climbing, view points, rafting on the Mae Chaem river are few of the popular tourist attractions. Camp site is available, however tourists have to bring their own equipment. For more information please call 053-248 604, 053-248 607 or 053-241 466.

To get to the park, if you are coming from Chiang Mai, at first drive to Hod district town. Then continue to the west on the highway 108 to Ban Klong Loi. You will pass Ob Luang national park (also spelled Aob Luang) on the way. When you meet the intersection with the highway 1270 turn (right or to the north) onto it and drive for about 16 km. It is the road from Ban Klong Loi to Ban Mae Tho. You will see a dirt road to the park headquarters.

There are various kinds of forests and plants within the areas of the National Park, including tropical evergreen forests of which major plants include Ironwood, rubber trees, Michelia Alba, Indian Mahogany, Mangifera Caloneura Kurz (wild mango), Therm, Garuga Pinnata (Ta-kram), Alstonia Scholaris (Teen Ped), and lower plants include Takran Mhaktao, Ploo-din, Kreu-tuay, and Gastrochilus Pandurata (Kra-chai); virgin forests of which major plants include Quercus Kerril Craib (Kor-pae), Kor-duan, Castanopsis Cerebrina (Kor-tamoo), Red zebra wood (Rak-yai), Aromadendron Elegans Bl., and lower plants include Carex Baccans Nees (Ya-kombang), pigeon peas, Aglaia Pirifera (Kangkao-din), Saab-ma, etc.; mixed forests of which major plants include teaks, Xylia Xylocarpa (redwood plants), Leguminosae (Pradoo), Lagerstroemia (Tabaek), Lagerstroemia Tomentosa Presl. (Se-lah), Anogeissus Acuminata Wall. (Takien Noo), rubber trees, and lower plants include bamboo and grasses; pinery and timber forests (mostly found in the area of Hod District) of which major plants include Pinus Kesiya Royle Ex Gordon (three-leaf pines), Lithocarpus Cantleyanus (Kor), Soloropyrum Wallichianum (Muad), Red zebra wood (Rak-yai), timbers, Shorea Siamensis (Rang), Dipterocarpus Intricatus (Hiang), Dipterocarpus Tuberculatus (Pluang), and lower plants include Dodonaca Viscosa (Ya-pek), Arundinaria Pusilla (Phai-jod), and other kinds of grasses.

Wild animals found in the National Park include gaur, deer, goral, Muliacus Muntjak, bears, gibbons, monkeys, langur, masked palm civets, rabbits, wild boars, and elephants, inhabiting in Om-koi Sanctuary, Dong Sam-muen and Mae-pai Forests, peacocks, pheasants, red jungle fowls, parrots, Gracula Religiosa, Trogon, hawks, woodpeckers, constrictors, pythons, cobras, monitor lizards, ground lizards, turtles, soft-shelled turtles, frogs, small green frogs, bull frogs, and fish in gullies and rivers, particularly Mae-jam River.

Op Khan National Park

Op Khan National Park Chiang Mai



Ob Khan National Park is a strange and beautiful natural sightseeing spot in the area of Maekhan River, near the boundary of Hangdong District and Samoeng District. The park covers the areas of Pha Samoeng National Conserved Forest including areas of Tambol Samoeng Tai, Tambol Mae Sarb, Tambol Borkaew of Samoeng District; Pa Mae Khan-Mae Wang National Conserved Forest including Tambol Mae Win, Tambol Ban Kard, Mae Wang Sub-district, Sanpatong District, Tambol San Klang of Sanpatong District; and Pha Chang-Mae Khanin National Conserved Forest including Tambol Namprae, Tambol Banpong of Hang Dong District, Chiang Mai Province, within an approximate area of 574 square kilometers or 341,875 rai.

The office of the Ob Khan National Park is located. The sightseeing spot is originated from the erosion of cliffs on both sides of Maekhan River.

The National Park boasts a variety of nationally important plants and wild animals, and its tranquility provides an ideal escape to enjoy untouched wilderness and natural beauty. It covers the areas of Samoeng, Hang Dong, Mae Wang, and San Pha Tong, with an approximate area of 484 km2 (302,500 rai). The geographical features of the park consist of high igneous and limestone mountains. Yod Khun Thian is the highest peak, rising to an altitude of 1,550 m. In the area, there are virgin arid, evergreen pine, and mixed forests. Op Khan is the source of many rivers and gullies flowing into the Mae Wang, Win and Khan Rivers.

In addition, the pretty and fragant orchid 'Ward Dendrobium' (Dendrobium wardianum Warner) is found only in this area of Thailand. This beautiful orchid blooms in January each year. Its Thai name 'Ueang Manee Tri Rong' means 'three-coloured jewel'. Its cute little petals are mostly white, with purples edging at their tips. The middles are yellow with brown at the center, giving it a unique and beautiful look.

The geographical features of the National Park mostly consist of high mountains. And "Yod Khun Tien" is the highest mountaintop of the National Park, at the altitude of 1,550 meters. The National Park has beautiful natural tourist attractions and varieties of major plants and wild animals.

The majority of mountains in the National Park are not much high. And "Yod Khun Tien" is the highest mountaintop of the National Park, at the altitude of 1,550 meters, followed by "Doi Khun Huay Prachao" at the altitude of 1,443 meters, and "Doi Khun Win" at the altitude of 1,424 meters above the medium sea level, etc.

The National Park is the source of major rivers and gullies flowing into Ping River including Nan River, Lan River, Tien River, Win Gully, Mae Toa Gully, Mae Kamin Gully, Lah Luang Gully, etc. Most areas of the National Park are mountains at the average altitude of 800 meters above the medium sea level. There are small plains along rivers and gullies, including hillside plains where villages are situated.

Accomodations and facilities are bungalows, and camping grounds are available by advance reservation. Camping facilities with food and beverages are available from 08.00 to 18.00.
Contact: Op Khan National Park, Tambon Nam Phrae, Amphoe Hang Dong, Chiang Mai 50230 or Chiang Mai Regional Forest Office, Tel. 0 5381 8348.

You can getting there from Chiang Mai, drive along Highway No.121 to Hang Dong for about 15 km, a scenic route hugging an irrigation canal. Then turn right on the Namprae - Op Khan Ro Pho Cho Road for about 10 km. Note that the road is steep and curvy! Visitors will arrive at park headquarters.

The National Park offers many attractions, including rivers, waterfalls, and hillside plains with traditional villages. Wild animals found in the National Park include gorals, Muliacus Muntjak, bears, fishing cats, mouse deer, masked palm civets, wild rabbits, wild boars, monkeys, slow loris, mongooses, porcupines, squirrels, tree shrews, rats, etc.

Ob Hi is a small natural sightseeing spot (approximately 40 meters long), which is similar to Ob Khan and situated in the area of Maekhan River, approximately 1 km away from Ob Khan to the north.

Pha Toob is a small cliff standing beside the hill. The sightseeing spot is situated in the area of Nan River, approximately 2 km. away from Ob Hi to the north. From the base of Pha Toob, there is smooth detritus extending to Maekhan River.

Tukkatan cave is a large cave on the left-hand side of Huai Khanin, situated in the area of Tambol Banpong, Hangdong District (near Namsoom Royal Project). At the mount of the cave, there are beautiful stalactites and stalagmites. The depth of the cave has not yet been surveyed due to extreme coolness and humidity inside the cave. The cave should be developed as a tourist attraction. And the National Park's Protection Unit should also be established at this site.

Namsoom cave and Huai Hok cave situated near Tukkatan cave is Namsoom cave, a medium-sized cave.

Maetien Waterfall is a single-step waterfall, originated from Maetien River. At present, Maetien Power Plant of the Provincial Electricity Authority is located at the Waterfall, in the area of Tambol Mae Win, Mae Wang Sub-district, Sanpatong District of Chiang Mai Province.

Mae Sapok Waterfall is a small sized waterfall, originated from Mae Sapok River, situated in the area of Mae Sapok Royal Project, Ban Mae Sapok, Tambol Mae Win, Mae Wang Sub-district, Sanpatong District of Chiang Mai Province.

Huai Mae Win Waterfall is a 3-step small sized waterfall, situated in the central part of Mae Win River (between Ban Huai Yuak and Ban Khun Win, Tambol Mae Win, Mae Wang Sub-district, Sanpatong District). Step 1 of the Waterfall is about 10 meters high (approximately 20 meters away from Ban Huai Yuak or Ban Kariang), meanwhile, Step 3 is about 15 meters high and 9 meters wide (approximately 800 meters away from Step 2 of the Waterfall). Huai Mae Win Waterfall must be reached by walking from Ban Huai Yuak since there is no access road.

Besides these attractions, Op Khan National Park contains Tham Doi Ton, Mae To Hot Springs, as well as other waterfalls for visitors to explore, such as Khun Puai Waterfall, Morakot Waterfall, Mae Mud Waterfall, Khun Win Waterfall, and Mae Wang Waterfall. In addition, the park also provides nature trails for hiking and leisurely walks.


Khun Khan National Park

Khun Khan National Park Chiang Mai


Khun Khan National Park is situated in an approximate area of 240 square kilometres or 150,000 rai, covering the areas of Pa Samoeng National Conserved Forest and Mae-Chaem Forest in Chiang Mai Province, there are various kinds of forests within the National Park, including virgin forests, which can be found on mountains at an altitude of at least 1,000 metres above sea level. There are many good viewpoints on the way to Samoeng district. Pha Samoeng viewpoint is located between km. 24 and 25, on Samoeng - Mae Rim road. Pha Samoeng and Pha Mae Chaem viewpoints are located between 35th and 55th km markers on Samoeng - Wat Chan road. Pha Sam Nah is a plateau on a high mountain. It is 1,253 metres high and encircled by cliff walls on three sides. Wild animals are also found here.

You can take the highway no.107 (Chiang Mai - Fang) from Chiang Mai province for 16 kilometres to Mae Rim district. Then make left turn to the highway no.1096 (Mae Rim - Samoeng) and continue driving for 35 kilometres and you will reach the temporary headquarters of Khun Khan national park.

Khun Khan National Park has so many good viewpoints on the way to Samoeng district. Pha Samoeng viewpoint is located between km markers 24 and 25, on Samoeng - Mae Rim road. Pha Samoeng and Pha Mae Chaem viewpoints are located between 35th and 55th km markers on Samoeng - Wat Chan road.
Pha Sam Nah is a cliff on a high mountain. It is 1,253 metres high and encircled by cliff walls on 3 sides.

Most parts of the park are mountains covered by hill and dry evergreen, pine, mixed deciduos, and dry dipterocarp forest.

The geographical features of the National Park consist of high mountains (500-1,708 meters above the medium sea level). Doi Pung-kia is the highest mountaintop (1,708 meters above the medium sea level), which is the source of Mae-khan River and Mae-Chaem River flowing into the Ping River.

Pha Sa-merng Km.24-25 Viewpoint

The sightseeing spot is located on the side of Sa-merng - Mae-rim Road (km24-km25) in Sub-District Sa-merng Tai of Sa-merng District, Chiang Mai.

Luang Mae Sab Cave
Mae-sab cave is a medium-sized 2-step cave (approximately 150 meters deep), situated at Baan Mae-sab, Sub-District Sa-merng, Sa-merng District, Chiang Mai. And there are stalagmites, stalactites, and stone benches inside the cave.

Huai Tad Waterfall
Huai Tad Waterfall is a medium-sized 2-step waterfall (10 meters and 30 meters high) with the flowing water throughout the year, situated at Ban Khun Sab-tai, Sub-District Mae-sab, Sa-merng District, Chiang Mai Province.

Huai Mae Na-pur Waterfall
Huai Mae Na-pur Waterfall is a medium-sized 7-step waterfall (5-15 meters high) with the flowing water throughout the year, situated at Ban Om-long, Sub-District Mae-sab, Sa-merng District, Chiang Mai Province.

Pha Mae Chaem Km.36-55 Viewpoint
The sightseeing spots are located on both sides of Sa-merng Watjan Road (km36-km55), extending on the mountain ridge, which separates Sa-merng District and Mae-Chaem District.

Pha Sam-na
Pha Sam-na is a 3-side cliff on a mountaintop (1,253 meters above the sea level) inhabited by flocks of goral. Pha Sam-na is situated at Baan Sob Pha-luang, Sub-District Mae-najorn of Mae-Chaem District, Chiang Mai Province.