Catagorize: National Parks & Marine Reserves
Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park
Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park is the 48th national park of the country and the 14th of the northern region. It encompasses approximately 307 square kilometres of land, covering part of Khao Ko District, Petchabun, Dan Sai District, Leoi and Nakhon Thai District, Phitsanulok. It was officially declared a national park in 1984. In addition, it is rich in history since it was a battlefield between the Thai government and the Communist Party of Thailand. Also, the park possesses the remains of the structures built by the Communist Party as it once served as their headquarters.
The park is mostly made up of mountainous terrain with a 1,614 metre high mountain as the highest point. The climate here is cold almost all year round with the average annual temperature between 18˚C and 25˚C. The temperature in the cold season can drop to 0-4˚C. During the summer the weather is normally cool while in the rainy season heavy rainfall occurs.
The park contains three types of forest, i.e. dry dipterocarp, hill evergreen and coniferous forests. Despite the park’s large area of forest, hardly any wildlife except some kinds of birds is found living here. This is due to the fact that many areas of the park are now inhabited by humans.
The park’s attractions are divided into two zones:
1.Historical zone: It consists of the Political and Military School, the office of the Communist Party, communist communities and a hospital, all of which were part of the Communist Party’s headquarters.
2.Natural zone: It includes, for example, Lan Hin Taek, Lan Hin Pum, Pha Chu Thong, Man Daeng Waterfall and Rom Klao Pharadon Waterfall.
To get to the park from Phitsanulok City, drive about 68 kilometres along Phitsanulok-Lom Sak Highway. When you reach the Ban Yaeng three-way intersection, turn left onto a road to Nakhon Thai and drive about 29 kilometres along the route. From Nakhon Thai Town another 28 kilometres is needed to reach the destination. Alternatively, a songthaew service is available directly from Nakhon Thai to the park.