Phitsanulok National Parks, Travel Guide to National Parks of Phitsanulok

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National Park
Namtok Chat Trakan National Park
Location : Amphoe Chat Trakan
Namtok Chat Trakan National Park
Namtok Chat Trakan National Park
Chattrakarn waterfall, also called Pakrong Waterfall, is situated in Amphur Chattrakarn of Phitsanulok Province. This park protects the streams which form the headwaters of the Nan River. A variety of evergreen forest types are present. Chattrakarn Waterfall, which its beautifull steps, is surrounded by cliffs. Chattrakarn is the waterfall with beautiful sandy beach suit for swimming and recreation. Some of these are inscribed by yet unexplained rock carvings.
How to get there
By Car
Chattrakarn Waterfall and Phu Hin Rongkla National Parks are along the same road. From Nakhon Thai district on Nakhon Thai-Chattragran Road, about 1km before arrival Chattragran district, turn right to highway 1237 for 9 km. From here it is a further 1 km to the Park Headquarter.
Tourist Attractions
Chattrakarn Waterfall: Chattrakarn Waterfall comprise of 7 different levels. The highest fall about 15 meters, on the first level runs down the cliff to form a round pool of 1.5 rais. Asandy bank was formed beside the pool to make a perfect pinic are a beautiful butterflies also flutter among native trees and orchids grown around the are.

Najan Waterfall: Najan Waterfall, located in Najan Village, have been discovered recently. It comprise of 5 different stages and the highest falls about 5-6 meters., are in the third stage.

Kradanleg Cliff: About 3 kms. far from the park's Headquarter. It is a cliff with amazing ancient carving in geometric symbol.
Kaeng Chet Khwae National Park
Location : Amphoe Wang Thong
Kaeng Chet Khwae National Park
Kaeng Chet Khwae National Park
Kaeng Chet Khwae National Park is situated in an approximately area of 244 square kilometres, covering the areas of Kaeng Chet Khwae Forest Park, Khwae Noi National Reserved Forest (Ministerial Regulations No. 704, B.E. 2517) in Tambon Ban-yang, Tambon Khan-chong of Wat Bot district, Phitsanulok province, Suan Miang National Reserved Forest (Ministerial Regulations No. 1158, B.E. 2529) in Tambon Suan Miang of Chattrakan district, Phitsanulok province, Khao Krayang National Reserved Forest (Ministerial Regulations No. 977, B.E. 2525) in Tambon Nong Krayang, Tambon Ban Yaeng of Nakhon Thai district, Tambon Ban Klang, Tambon Kaeng Sopha of Wang Thong district, Phitsanulok province.
How to get there
By Car
The site of the National Park can be accessed from many directions. You may take Highway No.1 (Pitsanulok-Uttaradit) separating to Ban Na-kham at Wat Bot (for approximately 51 km), Highway No.12 (Phitsanulok-Lomsak) separating to Ban Sap Phraiwan (for approximately 95 km). The National Park’s office, is situated approximately 450 km away from Bangkok.
Tourist Attractions
5-Step Waterfall: There is a 5-step waterfall situated approximately 500 meters away from the 9-step waterfall. The Waterfall can be used as another route for natural trail.

9-Step Waterfall: There is a 9-step waterfall situated in Khao-krayang Forest. The Waterfall is very beautiful in the rainy season.

Kaeng Buakham: Kaeng Buakham is another beautiful reef situated between Khao Kra-yang Forest and Suan-miang Forest.

Kaeng Chet Khwae Rapids: Kaeng Chet Khwae Rapids originated from stone lines along Khwaenoi River. In the rainy season, you can hear the roar of streams hitting the rocks. In the dry season, you can see beautiful stone lines and rocks scattering the area.

Kaeng Khanna Noi Rapids: Kaeng Lan Kloi Rapids originated from large stone lines along Khwaenoi River.
Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park
Location : Amphoe Nakhon Thai
Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park
Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park
Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park has an area of 307 square kilometres. It lies in Dansai disteict of Loei province and Nakhon Thai district of Phitsanulok province. Phu Hin Rong Kla is blessed with natural beauty and historical significance. Unfortunately, the fighting there during ommunist years did priceless damage to the forest. The geologied features landscape and natural beauty in the area have been restored and protected after the communist insurgents loss.
How to get there
By Car
From Phitsanulok, take a public bus 68 Kilometres towards Lomsak. At Ban Yang, take a left and travel 29 kilometres to Nakhon Thai District. From Nakhon Thai, take a song-taeo the remaining 31 kilometres to the park.
Tourist Attractions
Lan Hin Pum: About four kilometres from the park headquarters, near the cliffs, is a field of nodulated stone, Whose lumps are roughly equal in size. It is believed that this formation resulted from physical and chemical erosion. Patients from the hospital suffering from fever would used the area as a rest spot, as a cool breeze blows over the area almost continuously.

Lan Hin Taek: 300 meters to the west of the Thai army headquarters (Than Phatcharin) is Lan Hin Taek (Broken Rock Field). Along the path, growing in rock crevices are various plant species, including mosses, ferns and ground orchids. The crevices, arranged in rough rows. Seem to have come from the earth splitting. Peering into their depths can be eerie. Some crevices are narrow enough to jump across; other are wider. From several can be hard loud echoing of running water. The crevices were perhaps important to the communists, as they could have been used for hiding.

Man Daeng Waterfall: It is about 22 Kilometres away from park headquaters, on the way to go for Lom Sak district. This waterfall has up to 32 levels in total and its headwaters arises from Phu Man Khao peak. This takes 3.5 km walk on the trial paralleled with dense forest. Park staff is necessary required to guide visitors for trailing.

Pha Chuthong Cliff or Flang-Ple Cliff: A steep cliff overlooking a magnificent view of the vally to the west. The communists used this cliff to fly their red flag after each victory over the government forces.

Phalat and Tatfa Waterfalls: At the foot of Phu Hin Rong Kla, Phalat is about two kilometres from Huai Namsai. At the base of the falls is a small hydro-electric generator. If you climb three or four kilometres further up the mountain, you will reach Tatfa Waterfall (also known as Dan Kosong Waterfall), an impressive, towering waterfall.

Romklao-Pharadon Waterfall: Romklao-Pharadon Waterfall is about five kilometres from park the headquarters. As you approach the road to the School of Military Politics, the path to the waterfall is on the left and leads about one kilometre off the road to the waterfall. The forest in this area is in good condition, with many large trees. A side trail leads to Pharadon Waterfall, which is downstream of Romklao Waterfall.

Siphatcharin Waterfall: This medium-sized waterfall is about 600 meters off the road, near Huai Namsai village. The trail leads past some fields of Hmong villagers and into a small valley. It then runs with a stream about 150 meters until reaching the falls. Sipatcharin Waterfall is the most accessible waterfall in the park.

Communist Headquarters: Three kilometres from the park headquarters are located the old office buildings from which the communists government carried out their administrative functions. This was their “town hall” The trail to the communist headquarters is narrow and winds between boulders. After crossing a small stream, one will arrive at a cluster of buildings. There is a cafeteria, cloth shop, meeting place, jail, intelligence center.

Hospital: It’s located 2 km away from State Authority Office. Though it is a wild hospital, far and away up hill, but it’s quite perfect with medical supplies, medicines as well as compound medicine room, recuperate rooms, etc.

Political Military School: Political Military School is located 6 km away from park office, in the surroundings of crowded huge trees. In the past time, it used to be a place for communistic education. In this area, there are 31 small houses which settled systematically for specific purposes as Civil Sector, Quartermaster Sector and Communication Sector. Each house consisted of a litter, a table made roughly from wood and other stuffs scattered all over the floor. Some of houses are in ruins since they were left behind after all of this communism terrorists surrendered to the government. At the center of school, a fired tractor which communism terrorists seized from Pikkanetr Co., Ltd is still standing as a memorial of those past time.

Villagers: Villagers lived in several villages, like Ban Dao Daeng and Dao Chai. Each village had 40 to 50 houses lining the path which was cleared from Lomsak district. The houses were small, with dirt floors and roofed with wooden tiles. Each house also had a dug out area used during air raids.

Turbine: It’s opposite to Political Military School. Mechanics of its hydropower will be use for turning axis of large mortar for pounding paddy to separate the grains from the chaffs (can be compared as a rice mill). Thousands of people lived at Phu Hin Rong Kla were under obligation of this turbine.
Thung Salaeng Luang National Park
Location : Amphoe Mueang
Thung Salaeng Luang National Park
Thung Salaeng Luang National Park
In 1959, 14 important forests were proposed for inclusion in national parks, among them the once vast and malarial Thung Salaeng Luang. Eventually, in 1972, 1,262 square kilometres were declared the Thung Salaeng Luang National Park.

But from the late 1960’s to the early 1980’s the forest was used as a major base area and infiltration route for guerrillas of the outlawed Communist Party of Thailand (CPT). It was sealed off by the Thai military from even the park officials. One of the climactic showdowns of the war with Communist insurgents took place at nearby Khao Kor, where government forces defeated the guerrillas in a series of tough battles in 1981 and 1982, Khao Kor is now the site of a resort and community–based development protects.
How to get there
By Car
Phitsanulok is a major transportation hub easily reached from Bangkok by train, bus, private car and air. From town travel along Highway 12 and watch for the park headquarters office on the right side at kilometre 80. The park can be reached by the same highway from Lomsak.
Tourist Attractions
Kheng Wang Nam Yen: Is a large rock islet 40-50m wide, about 7km far from Nong Mae na national park ranger unit, through to Toong Non Son and turn right along dirt road for about 500m. Situated on Lam Num Krek Noi riverside, is rock islet in cool season and summer.

Nam Tok Kaeng Sopha: Dubbed the "Niagara Falls of Thailand", Kaeng Sopha is one of the country’s most beautiful. The trees – tiered waterfall, shaped like a stairway, is found very hear kilometre 68 of the Phitsanulok – Lomsak Highway. Food stalls, rest rooms and a tourist information centre are located at the waterfall. Three kilometres from the park office is an 80 metre long cable stayed bridge spanning the Khek Yai River. The riverbanks are pleasant for picnics and the Khek Yai is ideal for dips in the dry season although dangerous during the rains when the current flows too rapidly.

Thum Duean - Thum Dao: Located in Protect Office National Park(SL.6.). This water droppind cave is about 1.4 km long with stalactite and stalagmite. It is suggested to visit the cave in the dry season because og less water in the cave.

Thung Nang Paya or Toong Phaya muang Lane: In the South of the National Park, about 70 km from the Park Headquarters. From Nong Mae na National Park Ranger Unit on Thung Salang Luang-Thung Phaya route about 14 km. The general geography is savannah grass field, surrounding with pine and evergreen forests.

Thung Salaeng Luang: Thung Salaeng Luang : is reached by two routes. There is a 40 kilometre long trail running south from park headquarters to the meadow but it can only by negotiated by 4 – wheel drive vehicles and then only during the dry season. The other option is arriving via the Khao Kor – Phertchabun road which runs southeast of the park and turning off at Nong Mae Na. A gravel leads to the park boundary and meadow.