Nature lovers find bliss in Phetchabun

August 5, 2015 by  
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BANGKOK, 5 August 2015: Located in the lower north Thailand, Phetchabun is surrounded by green forest. The province was originally called “Phetchabura” or “Phichapura” meaning the city of crops. Lies approximately 346 km from Bangkok at 114 metres above sea level.

Geographically, the province resembles a pan with a rim of steep mountains. The Phetchabun Range is on the east and west of the rim, while the Pa Sak River runs through the middle of the plain.

The province has a rich history and natural attractions particularly its forested mountains and waterfalls.

Phetchabun marks the southern edge of North Thailand where it touches the northeast and central regions.

4.1  Its main revenue comes from agriculture but it also developing tourism, mainly attracting visitors interested in ecotourism.

The province’s most popular destination is Khao Kho National Park, which is called “Little Switzerland” by domestic tourists due to its beautiful scenery and cool weather.

Nam Nao National Park is home to a large number of wild animals that can be spotted during treks. It is also famous for its Than Thip Waterfall.

Phetchabun’s history dates back more than 1,400 years when it served as a point of contact between the Dvaravati and Khmer empires. The city was a prosperous centre as can be appreciated at the Si Thep Historical Park.

Attractions

Khao Kho

Cool weather makes Khao Kho a retreat for Bangkok residents. The area is famous for its motor bike tours as it one of the closest spots to Bangkok with mountain roads to challenge driving skills.

Khao Kho’s summit is 1,174 metres above sea level. Interesting attractions are the Haw Memorial, Than Itthi (Weapon Museum), Khao Kho Sacrificial Monument, Phra Borommathat Chedi Kanchanaphisek, Khao Kho International Library, Chedi Phra Borommasaririkkathat Khao Kho and Phra Tamnak Khao Kao.

Nam Nao National Park

Boasting an average annual temperature of 25 degress Celsius (often falling to zero during winter nights), Nam Nao National Park attracts tourists for camping and trekking as well enjoying the sunset over Pha Hong Cave.

Caves and waterfalls are the park’s main attractions. More than 20 of them are spread out across the park such as Namtok Tat Phran Ba, Tham Pha Hong and Phu Kho Viewpoint.

4.2Namtok Than Thip Forest Park

The park covers an area of Khao Plok Lon National Forest Reserve and Pa Khao Pa Ko-Wang Chomphu National Forest Reserve. It is a source of tributaries flowing into the Pa Sak River. This mountain range has an abundance of plants. Wildlife includes jungle fowls, bamboo rats and jungle cats.

The park main attractions cover Exhibition Centre, Kaeng Nam Wing, Kaeng Maduea, Tat Chomphu, Kaeng Pha Iang, Namtok Than Thip, and Wang Nam Rin.

Phu Tub Berk

The mountain is usually crowded with tourists who come not only to visit Thailand’s cabbage farm at Phu Tub Berk but also to see the wild Himalayan cherry trees blooming along the road sides.

Wongprajan Waterfall (Siao Phra Chan Waterfall)

This waterfall is one of the unseen attractions of Phetchabun, located around 6 km from Huai Kapo village. It requires a hike led by local guides who know the route well. The highlight of the waterfall is the flowing streams descending like the crescent moon, as the waterfall’s name suggests in Thai.

Tung Salaeng Luang National Park

The park is a savannah surrounded by pine forest and wild orchids. In the winter, the grasslands of Thung Nang Phaya turn golden. Nearby Thung Non Son is filled with various kinds of flowers including Dusita, Ueang Ma Wing, Kra Dum Ngern and Mo Kao Mo Kang Ling. This is an ideal spot for hiking.

4.3Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park

This park is not only a natural marvel, but also a chapter in Thailand’s history of political reform and struggles for democracy and the fight against communism in the 1960s.

There are also the natural attractions of Lan Hin Pum and Lan Hin Taek, rocky outcrops sculptured by erosion. In the winter, red maple leaves fall to cover ruined buildings such as political and military training camps of the communist rebels.

Si Thep Historical Park

The park is a source of knowledge on the ancient history of Phetchabun, covering the area of Si Thep Ancient Town, which was originally called “Mueang Aphai Sali”, believed to have been constructed during a prosperous era of the Khmer empire, not less than 1,000 years ago.

Important remains and attractions in the park are Prang Song Phi Nong, Prang Si Thep, Khao Khlang Nai Ancient Monument, and Chaopho Si Thep Shrine.

Festivals

Sweet Tamarind and Phetchabun Red Cross Fair is held every January. There are also religious fairs linked to temples mainly during the rainy season.

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