Phrae National Parks, Travel Guide to National Parks of Phrae

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National Park
Doi Pha Klong National Park
Location : Amphoe Long
Doi Pha Klong National Park
Doi Pha Klong National Park
Doi Phaklong National Park is located in Long District, Phrae Province. It once was Suan Hin Maharaj Park that was built for honoring His Majesty the King in the celebration of his 5th cycle birthday. Doi Phaklong is the source of Yom River. Its outstanding spot is Phukhao Hin Pakarang (the coral mountain) or Rong Hin Taek (the cracked rock channel) happening from the hollowing and movement of the face of earth. The area is wonderful and beautiful scenery to see. And there are many sightseeing spots awaiting the travelers throughout the year. This gains more and more tourists year after year.
How to get there
By Car
1. Doi Phaklong National Park in the northern region of Thailand. To travel, therefore, is to take the major route Bangkok – Nakorn Sawan – Phisanulok – Prae.
2. Doi Phnklong National Park is about 25 km. away from town of Prae. Take the route Prae – Long (Highway No. 1023). The park office is on the highway.
Tourist Attractions
Erawan Cave: Erawan Cave not far from Kangluang is also a place of interest. Erawan Cave is regarded as a wonderful place. To visit this cave, you must cross the Mae Yom River and go on foot, climbing about 200 metres up the mountain. It is like a wide hall with a high ceiling and beautiful stalactites and stalagmites. One huge rock looks like the Erawan Elephant. Standing at the entrance of the cave, it is cool and comfortable. Apart from Kangluang and Erawan Cave, if you cross the Mae Yom River and walk for 2 kms, threr is a range of hilltribe villages, such as Lisu and Akha. The fascinating hilltribe culture includes costumes, music, dancing, crafts and ghost gates.

Chan Pha Cave: It’s a huge bat cave with lots of bat’s dung, located on the north of stone garden. It’s one of the beautiful cave decorated with stalactites

Hin Pakarang Mountain: Hin Pakarang Mountain is a very beautiful limestone mountain which the National Park Office builds a route for traveler to enjoy scenery full of Chunpha (Dracaena sp.) along the route. The limestone in the area haas been carved by nature look like Khunming Rock Garden in China but it is smaller.

Kaeng Luang: A leading attraction, Kaeng Luang is located in Tambon Ban Pin, Long district. To get there, go on the Phrae-Lampang road for about 50 kilometres, then take a right turn at Km.69 and continue on for another 7 kilometres. The scenery is lovely and amid the Yom river are rocky formations which create fast-flowing rapids. On the other side of the river, which can be crossed by ferry, and with a 100-metre walk uphill, will be found the Erawan Cave adorned with elephant-and-female-shaped hanging and protruding crops of rock.

Suan Hin Maharaj: Tham Jan Pha (cave), Phukhao Hin Pakarang (coral mountain) or Rong Hin Taek (cracked rock channel). There are 2 nature trails: At Suan Hin Maharaj and Phukhao Hin Pakarang. Hiking in the woods, visiting caves, camping, sighting birds, rafting and cycling among the nature are the interesting activities.
Mae Yom National Park
Location : Amphoe Song
Mae Yom National Park
Mae Yom National Park
The location of Mae Yom National Park has its high mountain ranges on both east and west part, which slope down to Yom River which flows through the middle of the area. The high mountain range is the source of water of many streams flowing to Yom River such as Huay Mae Pung, Huay Ded, Huay Pung, Huay Lerm, Huay Mae Tent, Huay Mae Sakin, and Huay Mae Pu.
How to get there
By Car
Mae Yom National Park is in the northern region of Thailand. To travel, therefore, is to take the major route Bangkok - Nakorn Sawan – Pisanulok - Prae. If you want to go to Mae Yom National Park, take the route Prae – Nan until the crossroads of Rong Kwang District. Then turn in to Rong Kwang – Ngao road until you reach Song – Ngao (old way) for 20 Km. you will reach the park Headquarters.
Tourist Attractions
Dong Sak Ngam: Dong Sak Ngam looks like a group of teak densely gown up along the Yom River’s side in the area of Mae Pung and Mae Pao Conservative National Parks. Teak grown up here is big, tall and beautiful. During October-November, you will face with shadiness and bright yellow teak flowers. Dong Sak Ngam is 6 Km. away from the office of the park.

Kaeng Sua Teng: Kaeng Sua Teng is a natural isle in Yom River with 4 Km. in length. The name Kaeng Sua Teng was given after a natural stone (on the isle) that bore footprints of a tiger. There are beaches around Kaeng Sua Teng, which are suitable for tent camping. This isle is located in front of the park office.

Lom Dong: Lom Dong is a big natural water source, of which the diameter is about 100 m., located on a high mount, containing water the through year. It was supposed to be a hollowed ground of that area and has become the water source for the wild animals. Lom Dong is about 10 Km. away from the Headquarters.
Wiang Kosai National Park
Location : Amphoe Wang Chin
Wiang Kosai National Park
Wiang Kosai National Park
Wiang Kosai is the first national park in Prae Province. It covers Long District and Wang Chin District, Prae Province and Tern District, Sobprab District and Mae Ta District, Lampang Province. There are crossed over by high steep mountains and many beautiful waterfalls, e.g. Mae Koeng Luang, Mae Koeng Noi, and also Mae Jork Hot Spring which is the source of rivers and streams. The area of the park is about 410 Km2 (256,250 Rai).
How to get there
By Car
The major route Bangkok – Nakornsawan – Pisanulok – Prae longs 530 Km. From Den Chai District, Prae Province, to go to Wiang Kosai National Park, take the route Prae- Lampang for 50 Km., then you will reach the intersection to Wang Chin District, Prae Province. Go along the way to Wang Chin district for about 13 Km., there is the intersection to the park Headquarter.
Tourist Attractions
Dong Ta Kien: In a sidewalk 15 Km from the headquarter is a dense bush of Ta Kien Tong (Hopea odorata Roxb.) with 100 years of age. The biggest one is about 2 meters diameter.

Huge Vine: Only 1 Km from the head quarter of the park.

Mae Jork Hot Spring: Mae Jork Hot Spring Located next to Mae Jork School, Mae Pak Sub-district, Wang Chin District, Prae Province. It is a hot spring coming up from the ground having a temperature of about 80°C. It looks strange and very beautiful, especially in the morning that covers with fog coming from steam right here.

Mae Koeng Luang and Mae Koeng Noi Waterfalls: Mae Koeng Luang and Mae Koeng Noi Waterfalls are beautiful cascading waterfalls composed of 5 stages like stairs, thus the local words “Mae Koeng” means stairs. These 2 waterfalls comes join together to Yom River at Ban Sob Koeng, Wang Chin District, Prae Province.

Mae Sin Waterfall: A small waterfall with rinsing water year round. You can walk through the side walk for 4 Km.

Pan Jen Waterfall: A small waterfall located upon Mae Koeng River as same as Mae Koeng Luang waterfall. 1 Km far from the headquarter, at the Ban Khang Jai School then turn right and go foe another 6 Km long.