Khlong Wang Chao National Park, Thailand

Khlong Wang Chao National park covers an area of 747 square kilometres in Amphoe Khlong Lan and King Amphoe Kosamphi Nakhon in Kampaeng Phet and King Amphoe Wang Chao in Tak province. The National Park offers scenic view including wildlife sanctuary. Also it was declared as the Thailand's 63rd national park in 1990.

The National Park, a part of Thanon Thong Chai mountain range, lies down from northern to southern. There is a small plain in the middle providing 2 small basins, 3.2-8 square kilometres respectively. Major mountains are Khao Yen, Khao Tao Dam, Khao Son, Khao Khanun, Khao Wang Chao and Doi Luak. The highest peak is in western mountain, which is 1,898 metres above sea level. Generally, its terrain varies from 200 to 1,898 metres above sea level.

Summer season is from February to May. Rainy season is from June to November and winter is from December to January.

Flora and fauna
Mixed deciduous forest, Deciduous Dipterocarp and dry evergreen forest including pine forest blankets the national park with various plants such as Tectona grandis, Xylia xylocarpa, Pterocarp us macrocarpus, Afzelia xylocarpa, Hopea odorata, Lagerstroemia calyculata, L. tomentosa, Dalbergia oliveri, Diospyros mollis, Dipterocarpus alatus, Tetrameles nudiflora, D. tuberculatus, Pinus merkusii, P. kesiya, Hiang (Dipterocarpus obtusifolius), Shorea obtusa and S. siamensis.
It is home to wild animals such as Southern Serow, Asian Elephant, Summer Deer, Bear, Tiger, Macaque, Siamese Hare, Squirrel, Common Muntjak Mouse Deer, Common Wild Boar, Hog Badger, Langur, Gibbon including various kinds of birds such as Great Hornbill, Grey Peacock-Pheasant, Kalij Pheasant, Blue-bearded Bee-eater, Chestnut-headed Bee-eater, Striped Tit-Babbler, Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker and Red Junglefowl.

  • Khlong Wang Chao Waterfall is a large waterfall with 60 metres wide, 29 kilometres far from Phahonyothin route. This one level waterfall with 60 metres high offers strong current flowing from the top to the bottom at 90 degrees angle.
  • Pak Khlong Na Khiri offers natural reef with a number of white granite rocks.
  • Khlong Samo Kluai Waterfall, the medium 5 level waterfall has the yellow color. The current from the first level with its 40 metres high flows to the lower level at a 90 degrees angle.
  • Tao Dam Waterfall, a large 3 level waterfall, approaches the breathtaking scene, when watching the strong current flowing from the upper levels to the lower levels especially the current from the third level with its 270 metres high to the bottom at 90 degrees angle. The waterfall is truly spectacular and seems dangerous at the same time.
  • Pong Nam Ron or Hot Spring, a hot spring at the 50-70 degrees Celsius temperature, is far from Tao Dam Waterfall approximately 1.5 kilometres and covers the area of 1,600 square metres. This is home to wild animals such as Common Wild Boar, Common Muntjak and Sambar Deer.
  • Khao Kradan, the cliff of Khao Tao Dam, is near Tao Dam Waterfall.
  • Pha Klom offers the 360 degrees angle cliff. The peculiar scenery is like a gigantic pencil plunged down on earth.
  • Nam Khao Ru(water running through the hole) was named by local people since the current from Lam Huai Loko will flow through this area and disappear into the mountain which takes 1 kilometre distance, then the current will appear again on the another side of the mountain.
  • Pong Kaet is a small hot spring, which constantly jets out sulphur scented steam.
  • Tham Khao Phanang, a large cave, is situated along Khlong Suan Mak. Also a scenic view of stalagmite and stalactite is provided.
  • Tham Na and Tham Thep Phanom, a large cave, is similar to Tham Khao Phanang. It is also home to a number of bats.

Getting there
From KamphaengPhet heading to Tak province along Highway A1, turn left at the intersection of Talat Wang heading to Ban Na Bot for 3 kilometres, then turn left at the intersection Den Kha heading to Ban Nong Daeng for 28 kilometres, finally visitors can reach Khlong Wang Chao National park. An alternative route, take Highway A1 (KamphaengPhet to Tak), turn left at the intersection of Ban Wang Chao and heading to Ban Lo ko via Ban Nong Daeng and finally arrive at the National Park Headquarters.