National Parks in North-East (Isan)

larger text smaller
National Parks in Isan
Phu Kradueng National Park
Location: Amphoe Phu Kradueng, Loei Phu Kradueng National Park
Covering an area of 348.12 sq km with 60 sq km of the plateau on the top of the mountain, Phu Kradueng has long been the spot where tourists can experience the chill of the weather up to freezing point during winter season and a spectacular view. Its elevation is between 400-1,200 m above sea level. The summit is called Khok Moei at 1,316 m. The sandstone mountain of Phu Kradueng is a home to an abundance of flora and fauna, stunning cliffs, savanna, streams and waterfalls. The plateau on the top of the mountain consists of pine trees and grassland. Forest and vegetation provide food for wildlife including elephants, sambar deer, barking deer, bears, serong, White-rumped Shama, Black Eagle, Silver Pheasant and many more. There is also a rare species of turtle called Tao Poo Loo or Tao Hang living along the stream in the high elevation. There are accommodations provided by the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation. Camping ground is also available. The park is closed during rainy season between June and September every year.

Address: Ban Si Than, Moo 1, Si Than, Phu Kradueng, Loei 42180
Tel: 042 871 333, 042 871 458
How to get there: : Take Highway No.201 from Loei town centre, pass Amphoe Wang Saphung and Amphoe Nong Hin. Turn right onto Highway no.2019, pass Amphoe Phu Kradueng centre and continue for 4 km to the National Park Office. The total distance from the town centre is 81 km.
Khao Yai National Park
Location: Amphoe Pak Chong, Nakhon Ratchasima Khao Yai National Park
Khao Yai National Park consists of high mountain range such as Khao Rom with its peak of 1,350 m above sea level, Khao Lam at 1,326 m, Khao Keaw at 1,292 m, Khao Sam Yod at 1,142 m, Khao Fah Pha at 1,078 meters and some others. The park covers vast grass field alternating with verdant forest. The landscape of the north and the east smoothly slope down, while the south and the west rise up high. The park is the source of 5 main rivers including Prachin Buri River, Nakhon Nayok River, Lam Ta Kong River, Phraphlerng River and Muak Lek River. Khao Yai is comprised of dry evergreen forests, dry deciduous forests, tropical evergreen forests, Hill Evergreen Forest and grassland. The park is teemed with wildlife including monkeys, over 320 species of birds, elephants, civets, squirrels, porcupines, wild pigs and many others.

During rainy season between May and October, the forest in Khao Yai becomes lush green with stunning waterfalls. Despite its high humidity, the beauty of the plants, flowers and fresh and clean air beckon tourists to experience it. The cold season is the most popular time to visit the Park as it has clear, sunny and cool weather, ideal for hiking and sunset watching. Summer is still not bad due to its dense forest which cools down the heat. The waterfalls may dry up during this season.

Address: P.O.Box 9, Pak Chong, Nakhon Ratchasima 30130
Tel: 086 092 6529, 037 356 033, 044 249 305
How to get there: Take Highway No.1 to Saraburi Province then turn right onto Highway No.2 heading towards Pak Chong. Take Highway No.2060, continue for about 20 km to the entrance of the National Park. It can also be reached via Prachinburi route, take Highway No.305 to Nakhon Nayok and take Highway No.33 then turn left at Naresuan Ring Rd. to Highway No.3077, continue for approximately 10 km to the Park Office.
Phu Ruea National Park
Location: Amphoe Phu Rua, Loei Phu Ruea National Park
Covering an area of 121 sq km, Phu Rua National Park is located on a flat top mountain that has a shape similar to a boat with the peak at 1,365 metres above sea level. The top offers a spectacular view of Laos’ countryside as well as Heang River and Mekong River. Pha Lon Nai offers a panoramic view and a stunning sunrise. Pha Sup Thong or Pha Ku Lap Khaw (White Rose Cliff) is a very steep cliff, abundant with white roses. It also has wonderful 30-metre-high Huai Phai Waterfall. The Park is comprised of pine forest, savanna fields with diverse types of flowers in particular Rhododendrons. More than half of the area on the top of Phu Rua is covered with low shrubbery, grasslands and some odd shape rock formations. It is also a home to 105 bird species, Barking Deer, squirrels, wild boars, monkeys and Siamese Hares.

Address: Nong Bou, Phu Rua, Loei 42160
Tel: 042 807 624, 042 807 625, 042 801 716
How to get there: Take Highway No.203 to Phu Rua sub-district then turn right and continue for 4 km to National Park Office.
Phu Wiang National Park
Location: Amphoe Phu Wiang, Khon Kaen Phu Wiang National Park
Phu Wiang is the name of the national park and a district. The National Park covers an area of 325 sq km which is a highland and valley. It is surrounded by 2 ring-shape mountains. Some areas have steep cliffs. Dinosaur fossils, dinosaurs’ footprints were found in some area in this Park. Besides, the trace of ancient civilisation was also found such as iron equipment and pre-historic human skeletons. A large area of the park is dipterocarp and dry evergreen forest.

Plants that grow in the Park are redwood, Para wood, sandalwood, ferns, bamboos, rattan and bananas. It is a habitat of barking deer, antelope, foxes, civet, tiger cats, squirrels, porcupines, flying lemur, monkeys, flying squirrels and many more.

Address: P.O.Box 1, Nai Muang, Phu Wiang, Khon Kaen 40150
Tel: 043 358 073, 085 852 1771
How to get there: Take Highway No.12 (Khon Kaen – Chumpae) towards Chumpae. After passing Non Rua, turn right to Highway No.2038 to Amphoe Phu Wiang and continue for 4 km to Pak Chong Range Station of the National Park.
Pha Taem National Park
Location: Amphoe Khong Chiam, Ubon Ratchatani Pha Taem National Park
Pha Taem Natiponal Park covers an area of 340 sq km in Amphoe Khong Chiam, Amphoe Sri Mueang Mai and Amphoe Pho Sai. Mekong River, the natural border line of Thailand and Laos provides fascinating view. The park can be visited all year long. During the cold season, the weather can be quite chilly here.

The Park features Dipterocarp forest and some dry evergreen forest. It is a habitat of many species of wildlife such as Siamese hare, barking deer, civets, palm civets including wild pigs and serows, which migrate from Laos during summer time. It also has 300 prehistoric paintings which age over 3,000 years old, stretching along some 180 meters of rock. They are the finest paintings in Thailand. The paintings include animals, human’s hands, human’s figures, hunting and fish. It is also a home to several waterfalls such as Soi Sawan, Na Muang, Thung Na, and Saeng Chan waterfall.

Address: Huay Pai, Khong Chiam, Ubon Ratchathani 34220
Tel:045 318 026, 045 246 332 – 3
How to get there: Take Highway No.217 from Ubon Ratchathani town centre then take Highway No.2222 to Amphoe Khong Chiam. Continue to Highway No.2134 (Khong Chiam-Khem Marat Rd) then turn right to Highway No.2112 for about 15 km. The road leading to the east will take you 5 km to the National Park Office located in Nong Phue Noi Village.
Pa Hin Ngam National Park
Location: Amphoe Thep Sathit, Chaiyaphum Pa Hin Ngam National Park
Initially, Lan Hin Ngam was known by local villager. However, in 1985 (B.E. 2528), when Thep Sathit District Officer and Thep Sathit District Forest Officer surveyed and discovered of natural rock garden, which was very beautiful. They thought it should be conserved for tourism and recreation. Therefore, they presented document to the Royal Forest Department in order to set a national park. On the 10th October 1986 (B.E. 2529) this area was declared as Pa Hin Ngam Forest Park, with the area of 10km2.

Address: Amphoe Thep Sathit, Chaiyaphum 36230
Tel: 044 890 105
How to get there: Take Highway No.205 from Nakhon Ratchasima towards the north. Follow the road which heads towards northwest and west for approximately 110 km, turn right onto Highway No.2354 and continue for about 20 km then take the road on the left for 14 km to the National Park Office.
Phu Laenkha National Park
Location: Amphoe Mueang, Chaiyaphum Phu Laenkha National Park
Covering an area of 148 sq km, Phu Laenkha consists of complex rugged mountain range with 200 m to 725 m high in the northwest. The south is a sloping plain with 200 m to 500 m high. The north area is very steep with cliffs in the most of the area. The vegetation in this Park includes deciduous dipterocarp, mixed deciduous forest, grassland and dry evergreen forest. It is a habitat of macaques, palm civets, wild boars, Siamese hares and flying squirrels.

There are several viewpoints where visitors can enjoy panoramic view of the Chaiyaphum as well as other worth-visiting attractions such as Hin Ngam Chan Dang Forest, Natural Arch Rock, Orchid Cliff, Tard Hin Dard Waterfall, Tard Tone Waterfall, Pra Cave, Keng Cliff and Pair Cliff, Sa Kaew Pond and many more.

Address: Huai Tron Sub-district Amphur Muaeng Chaiyaphum, Chaiyaphum 36000
Tel: 044 810 902-3
How to get there: From Chaiyaphum town centre, take Highway No.2051 northwards for 6 km and turn left to Highway No.2159 leading towards Nong Bua Daeng, continue for 26 km. the National Park Office is located on the left.
Sai Thong National Park
Location: Amphoe Nong Bua Rawe, Chaiyaphum Sai Thong National Park
Located on Pung Huei Mountain Range, Sai Thong National Park is the watershed of Lum Huai Prong Khun Pet, Lum Huai Chiang Ta, Lum Huai Yae, Lum Huai Yang, Lum Nam Jao-field of Shee River. The Park consists of dry evergreen forest, dipterocarp forest and mixed deciduous forest. It is also a home of scenic attractions such as Sai Thong Waterfall, Chuan Chom Waterfall, Thung Bua Sawan or Siam Tulip field which blooms during June to August, Khao Pung Huai viewpoint located on km 70 of the Highway No.225. The Park also provides accommodation, camping ground and restaurant for tourists. The tourist centre is open daily from 8.30 am – 4.30 pm.

Address: Wang Ta Ke, Nong Bua Rawe, Chaiyaphum 36250
Tel: 044 738 428, 089 282 3437
How to get there: Take Highway No.225 (Chaiyaphum – Nakhon Sawan), turn right to Sai Thong Waterfall for 7 km. The Park is 70 km from Chaiyaphum town centre and 37 km away from Nong Bua Rahaeo.
Tat Ton National Park
Location: Amphoe Mueang , Chaiyaphum Tat Ton National Park
Tat Ton National Park covers an area of 217 sq km on Phu Laen Ka Mountain Range. It has watershed of Lum Pa Tao River that flows into Chi River. The Park consists of dipterocarp forest and dry evergreen forest. The wildlife living in the Park are barking deer, mongooses, siamese hares, squirrels, treeshrews, red junglefowls, wild pigs and many species of birds. To cool off the heat, there are waterfalls that have made the Park famous such as Pha Eang Waterfall, Pha Song Waterfall, Phanit Waterfall and Tat Fah Waterfall. The accommodation within the park is managed by the Department of National Park Wildlife and Plant Conservation. The camping ground is also available.

Address: P.O. Box 22, Muang, Chaiyaphum 36000
Tel: 044 853 293, 044 853 333
How to get there: Tat Ton National Park's Headquarters is located in Naa Fai Sub-district. Take Highway No.2051 (Chaiyaphum-Tat Ton) to the end at Tat Ton Waterfall.
Phu Pha Yon National Park
Location: Amphoe Tao Ngoi, Sakon Nakhorn Phu Pha Yon National Park
Phu Pha Yon covers an area of 828.56 sq km covering Amphoe Kok Si Suphan, Tao Ngoi of Sakon Nakhon, Amphoe Nakae of Nakhon Phanom, Amhoe Dong Luang and Khamcha-e of Mukdaharn. It features sandstone mountain and plateau with mixed deciduous forest, dry-diptorocarp forest, dry-evergreen forest and hill evergreen forest. The wildlife found in the Park is barking deer, deer, wild boars, Asiatic wild dogs, and many kinds of bird. The attractions in the Park include Phu Pha Yon Cliff, Phu Pha Tao Ngoi Cliff which is 7 km from the the Park Office, Huay Huad Reservoir, Kham Sang Waterfall and Lan Dusita, a rock plain that turns colourful in late rainy season.

Address: Ban Huai Huad, Chan Phen, Tao Ngoi, Sakhon Nakhorn 47260
Tel: 042 726 615, 042 981 057
How to get there: : Take Sakon Nakhon-That Phanom Rd from Sakon Nakhon town centre, at km 13, turn right onto asphalt road to Ban Nayor for 12 km to Amphoe Tao Ngoi. Continue on Tao Ngoi-Kuan Pun for another 10 km to the National Park Office.