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Thung Salaeng Luang National Park
Thung Salaeng Luang, also known as “the savannah of Thailand”, is the country’s third largest national park, encompassing approximately 1,262.4 square kilometres or 311,800 acres of land. It covers part of Wang Thong, Nakhon Thai and Noen Maprang Districts of Phitsanulok and Khao Kho District of Petchabun. It is assumed that the park derives its name from strychnine trees, Ton Salaeng Chai in Thai, a number of which are found in the park. Thung Salaeng Luang, together with other forests, was declared a national park on 7 October 1959. The park is made up of mountainous terrain and different types of forests. Also, it possesses numerous breathtaking natural attractions and is home to a great variety of flora and fauna. It is, therefore, such a perfect place to visit.
The park is located in the Petchabun Range, forming the border between Phitsanulok and Petchabun Provinces. The average height is 500 metres above sea level. The highest point is Khao Khae Peak with a height of 1,028 metres above sea level. The park has a climate which attracts a lot of tourists, especially from November to February, during which the weather is very cold.
The park consists of a large number of tourist attractions with great natural beauty, for instance, Kaeng Sopha Waterfall, Thung Nang Phaya, Thung Non Son, Thung Salaeng Luang, Kaeng Wang Nam Yen Rapids, Son Som Waterfall, the Duean-Dao Cave, the Phra Wang Daeng Cave and the Khangkhao Cave. Moreover, the Siamese crocodile, a freshwater crocodile native to Thailand, is found near Khlong Chomphu.
To get here from Phitsanulok City, use Highway 12. The destination is about 80 kilometres away from the city centre.