Chae Son National Park, Thailand

Chae Son National Park covers an area of 768 square kilometres in northeastern Lampang. The national park is one of the Lampangûs major attractions and offers hot spring and waterfalls proving the fact that the earthûs underneath is circulated in the high temperature. Since 1988, it has been announced to be the 58th national park of Thailand. Furthermore, it received the award of the best natural attractions in Thailand in 2000 to promote the national park tourism.

The national park is a mountainous area with 81 degrees Celsius hotspring over rocky terrain, providing a misty and picturesque scene.

Rainy season is from May to October, winter season is from November to February and summer season is from March to April. Usually, tourists can visit the national park all year round.

Flora and fauna
Mixed deciduous forest and deciduous dipterocarp blankets the park with various plants including Afzelia xylocarpa, Chukrasia tabularis, Toona ciliata, Diospyros pubicalyx, Lagerstroemia calyculata, Dipterocarpus alatus, Pinus merkusii, P.kesiya, Pterocarpus macrocarpus, Shorea obtusa, S.siamensis and D. obtusifolius.
The park is home to animal such as Common Muntjak, Mouse Deer, Common Wild Boar, Asian Golden Cat, Siamese Hare, Southern Serow, Malayan Flying Lemur, Langur, Macaque, Porcupine, Bear, Squirrel and Treeshrew.
Various kinds of birds such as White-rumped Shama, Red Junglefowl, Woodpecker, Hawk, Bulbul, Barbet, Tailorbird, Green Pigeon, Warbler, Babbler, and Dove.
Annually, there is a number of cicada conglomerating near the hotspring. People believe that they come to consume mineral water here.

  • Chae Son Waterfall, originating from Mae Nam Mon is full of water all year round. The 6 level waterfall cascading down the cliff to large natural pool on each level. It is not far from the National Park office. The waterfall can be accessed only 1 kilometre by walk from the parking area.
  • Mae Mon Waterfall is far from the National Park office only 5 kilometres. The scene is breathtaking, especially when watching the strong currents flowing from the high cliff into the deep valley.
  • Mae Khun Waterfall is near Mae Mon Waterfall. The waterfall cascades from the 100 kilometres cliff onto the plain below and later joins to Mae Mon Waterfall.
  • Mae Peak Waterfall, one of the beautiful waterfalls is the 3 level waterfall with 100 metres high. It is easily access and only 3 kilometres from the national park office.
  • Hotsprings covering the area of 3 rais approximately is popular among tourists. Most of Hotsprings jet out mild sulphur scented steam. Visitors usually enjoy bringing eggs to boil here.
  • Warm Basin near to Hotsprings. Since originated from the Hotsprings and Chae Son Waterfall, the basin provides warm water and bath facilities.
  • Mineral Bathing facilities. Each room is supplied by natural mineral water with temperature from 39 degrees Celsius to 42 degrees Celsius served by Geyser directly. It is believed that this mineral water can relieve some skin problems and illness including for relaxation and recreation.
  • Pha Ngam Cave is situated 60 kilometres far from the national park protection unit.

Getting there
The national park is about 75 kilometres from the district town of Lampang. From the Lampang’s town, take Highway No. 1035 (Lampang-Chae Hom route) for a 58 kilometres distance and then proceed to sub route heading to Amphoe Mueang Pan for a 17 kilometres distance.