Catagorize: Mountain (Doi), National Parks & Marine Reserves
Contact: Tambol Nanhongtum, Amphur Chum Phae Khorn Kaen Thailand Tel. +66 2562 0760
Phu Pha Man National Park was named after a mountain range located in the south of the park, which has a towering cliff in rectangular shape, resembling a large curtain. The area was previously a lush forest with abundant wildlife and plant species. But as a result of forest concession, the number of forest area and wild animals has quickly dropped. Phu Pha Man National Park covers the area of 218,750 Rai or approximately 350 square kilometers. The area consists of mostly limestone mountains alternating with piedmont plateaus with altitude of 200 – 800 meters. Streams inside the park flowing from, Phu Kradueng National Park and Chern River in Khon Kaen, serve as the headwater of Nam Phong River. The soil in this area comprises of rich and sandy soil as well as stones.
There are mostly hill evergreen and mixed deciduous forests where abundant trees and plants grow, namely Burmese Rosewood, Makha, Thai crape myrtle, Hiang, Pluang, Iron Wood, Taeng, Rung, Phlai, Chun, wild ginger, Pek grass, rattan palm, wild orchids and Vetiver grass. Wild animals living in the park include serows, wild boar, barking deer, monkeys, Burmese hares, pangolins, porcupines, Bengal monitors, red junglefowls, various bird species and over 200 species of insects.
Attractions in this national park include;
Tham Pha Puang or Tham Roi Puang features beautiful stalagmites and stalactites. The ceiling of the cave can serve as a viewpoint overlooking a mountain’s peak. The sight is worth visit during nature trail.
Tham Phaya Nakharat is the most beautiful cave of Phu Pha Man National Park. Inside the cave is dark but naturally decorated with glittering curtain-like stalagmites and stalactites. Cars can access up to the entrance.
Tham Lai Thaeng’s wall has ancient paintings throughout around two-square meter area. The paintings contain 70 pictures of humans, animals, and others, reflects culture and life in the pre-historical period back to over 2,000 years ago.
Tham Pu Ta Lo is a cave with a spacious chamber which can take up to 1,000 persons. With flat soil ground and high ceiling, the cave features beautiful glittering stalagmites and stalactites. The park is currently developing a pathway leading to the cave and other facilities.
Namtok Tat Rong is a large waterfall with the height of 60-70 meters. The waterfall originates from Phong River that runs from Phu Kradueng. The waterfall borders Phu Kradueng National Park and Phu Pha Man National Park. The ancient myth said that the waterfall can sing as water runs upon a piece of thin stone, the falling water veers off into different rock holes nearby and fills the forest with strange sounds. The access to the waterfall is quite difficult; therefore, the nature remains untouched.
Namtok Tat Fa is a waterfall with 20-30 meter in height cascading through steps before falling into Lam Nam Chern. In the rainy season is the best period to visit the waterfall. 7 – 8 kilometers away from Namtok Tat Fa are also Namtok Huai Mo Taek and Namtok Huai Hin Lad.
Namtok Plan Thong is a small but beautiful waterfall. The 10-meter high waterfall is located only 1 kilometer away from the national park office. The waterfall is originated from many creeks flowing into one and cascading down tiers.
Namtok Tat Yai is a large waterfall cascading through steps before falling into Lam Nam Chern. With the 80-meter height, the waterfall is grand and beautiful, especially during rainy season. Namtok Tat Yai is accessible by car.
Phu Pha Man National Park provides an area for camping for tourists. To get there, from Bangkok, you can take public bus, Bangkok – Loei or Bangkok – Chiang Khan. Alternatively, by private car, take Highway No. 201. At the 112th – 113th kilometer, turn right and proceed for 5 kilometers. From Khon Kaen town, take Khon Kaen – Loei public bus. For more information, contact Phu Pha Man National Park, Chum Phae District, Khon Kaen Province, 40350, tel. 043-249-050.