Lamphun National Parks, Travel Guide to National Parks of Lamphun

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National Parks
Doi Khun Tan National Park
Location : Amphoe Mae Tha
Doi Khun Tan National Park
Doi Khun Tan National Park
Located in the mountain of the northern Thailand, Doi Khun Tan National Park is home to many interesting species both flora and fauna, as well as many historical spots of interest. Its most renowned feature is Thailand’s longest railroad tunnel, which is 1,352 m. long. Doi Khun Tan National Park straddles the mountains separating Lamphun and Lampang Provinces, covering 255.29 sq.km and ranges in elevations from 325m to 1,373m at the summit. Established in 1975, it was the 10th National Park in Thailand.
How to get there
By Car There are two routes to the park.
Take the highway no. 11 (Lampang - Chiang Mai), turn right at km.15 - 16 Ban Haeng Chan, Lampang Province and proceed another 28 km.to the park headquarters.

Take the highway no. 11 turn right at km 46 - 47 Ban Mae Ta, Lamphun Province and proceed another 18 km. to the park headquarters.

By Train
By train, get off at the Khuntan Station and hike 1.3 kilometer up the hill to park headquarters.
Tourist Attractions
Doi Khuntan provides year-round viewing of wild-flowers such as orchids, and lilies. Doi Khuntan is very botanical diversity and fungi are also found in the park. In addition to walk on the trail to the summit of Doi Khun Tan which is approximately 8km from the Khun Tan train station, visitors can also visit the four different waterfalls which flow during the rainy and cold seasons. The beautiful Tat Moei waterfall is the most accessible with a 6km hike round-trip from park headquarters. A self-guided nature trail and tree map are available for this trail. The Huai Mae Phrai is even more magnificent and is accessible by a 12km hike round trip from the park station at Mae Phrai in Hang Chat district, Lampang province.

High Mountains "yaw 1": In 1917, the State Railway of Thailand also built a vacation house at Yaw 1 (Camp 1) while building the railroad and tunnel in the valley below. Emil Eisenhofer, the german engineer instrumental in building the tunnel, stated at this house as well as any visiting Thai dignitaries. The house at Yaw 1 is still in excellent condition and open to tourists.

Activities : Nature trail study, Historical Sight Seeing, flowers admiring, View, Bird Watching

High Mountains "Yaw 2": Yaw 2 (Camp 2) is located 800 metres away from Yaw 1, at Yaw 2 (Camp 2), dense pine trees offer a naturally peaceful atmosphere. Before reaching the summit, there is a guesthouse decorated with various winter plants and including a lychee garden. The house also has the royal seal of approval; His Majesty the King has spent two vacations here.

Activities : Nature trail study, Historical Sight Seeing, flowers admiring, Camping, Bird Watching

High Mountains "Yaw 3": Yaw 3 (Camp 3) is located 3,500 metres away from Yaw 2 and is the highest summit in the mountain range (Mon Song Klong) offering magnificent views over Lampang. Before reaching the summit, there are seven missionary houses available for renting. More information can be found by contacting Payup University, Chiang Mai.

Activities : Nature trail study, Historical Sight Seeing, flowers admiring, View, Bird Watching

High Mountains "Yaw 4": Doi Khuntan also saw activity during World War ll. The Thai millitary used the highest peak of Doi Khuntan, or Yaw 4 as a look out point for military operations. It was at this time the term Yaw or "Yutasat" which translates literaly to "strategic camp", was introduced for the different retreats. Today, a visit to Yaw 4 provides a beautiful view of the valleys and surrounding mountains of Lamphun and Lampang province. Yaw 4 (Camp 4) is located 1,000 metres away from Yaw 3

Activities : Nature trail study, Historical Sight Seeing, flowers admiring, View, Bird Watching

Tat Moie Waterfall: Between Yow 2 and Yow 3, there is a path on the left side down to Tat Moie Waterfall. If you walk down to Mae Yon Wai Valley for 300 meters, you won’t miss it.

Activities : Waterfall Traveling

Mae Long Waterfall: If you get off at Mae Tan Noi railway station and walk for 3 kilometres, you won’t miss this beautiful, year-round cascade. The waterfall is located some 10 kilometres from Khuntan railway station and the atmosphere here is perfect for refreshment and reinvigoration.

Activities : Waterfall Traveling

Khun Tan Railway Tunnel: Construction of the tunnel at Khun Tan, which was cut through the solid granite bedrock, had began in 1907 under the reign of King Rama V, and was completed in 1918. Khun Tan tunnel has another name called cemetery of laborers as it is said that over 1,000 workers died while constructing the tunnel because of the suffocation, accidents, malaria, tigers, and fighting amongst themselves. The workers were mostly from the northeast of Thailand and many of them were opium addition to wages. Emil Eisenhofer, a German railroad engineer was assigned in building the tunnel. A monument in front of the tunnel contains Eisenhofer’s ashes is dedicated to him and all the workers who died while building this tunnel.

Activities : Historical Sight Seeing
Mae Ping National Park
Location : Amphoe Amphoe Li
Mae Ping National Park
Mae Ping National Park
Mae Ping National Park covers Doi Tao District, Chiang Mai province; Li District, Lam Phun Province; and Sam Ngao District, Tak Province. It is fertile forest, which riches of plants and animals. At 1,003.75 km2, the rugged mountain range and rivers made fantastic scenic, especially the upper part of Bhumipol Dam that suit for recreation.
How to get there
By Car
From Lam Phun, take the road number 1087 (Li-Ko), between km. 20-21, there is the park Headquarters.

By Ship
Dues to the park is passed by Ping river, you can get there by another route. From Doi Tao Reservoir, Chiang Mai province travels to Bhumipol Dam, Amphoe Sam Ngao, Tak province or from Bhumipol Dam to Doi Tao Reservoir.
Tourist Attractions
Kaeng Koh : Kaeng Koh is a beautiful lake, suit for recreation so the park provided floating raft houses there. Kaeng Koh Raft house is the middle of Bhumipol Dam, from this point, you can take a marine trip to admire beautiful scenic. There are also many tourist places such as Um Pae Waterfall, Um Pad Waterfall, Pha (Cliff) Tao, Pha Phra Non, Kaeng Soi, Phra Bat Bo Lom and Bhumipol Dam.

Koh Luang Waterfall: Koh Luang Waterfall: located 20 kilometers from the Headquarters and you can reach by car. The limestone waterfall is well known among Lam Phun people and province nearby. There are 7 levels with different heights.

Phra Bat Yang Wee Pine Forest: Encompassed hill pine forest-was called “Pa Phra Bat Yang Wee”. The forest is fertile and very beautiful, suit for recreation. Visitor can reach by trekking and enjoy camping there.

Yang Wee Cave: lied in Li District, Lam Phun. It is limestone cave, comprising fascinating stalactite and stalagmite.

Thung Kik: Thung Kik is the wide grassy land in the east of the park. The plateau is covered by grass and is a habitat for barking deers, sambar deers, rabbits and gallus's.