Khun Chae National Park, Thailand

The National Park covering the areas of 270 square kilometres in Wiang Pa Pao of Chiang Rai has been announced as the national park of Thailand since 1995. Also it gave birth to the main tributaries of a number of rivers and formed the beautiful waterfall, namely Khun Chae.

Geologically, the mountain formations have been covers by igneous rock and sedimentary rock including granite. Besides, it is found basalt produced by volcanoes around this area. Most of the park area is very rugged with steep valley and offers a number of waterfalls.

Winter season is from November to July. Rainy season is from January to February and summer is from March to June.

Flora and fauna
Because of the great differences in altitude, the Park has an enormous wealth of plant species; bamboo forest and various trees growing in the altitudinal range 300-800 metres, deciduous dipterocarp forest growing in the altitudinal range 800-1,000 metres, pine forests and rainforest growing in the altitudinal range 1,000-1,500 metres, hill evergreen forest growing in the altitudinal range upper 1,500 metres and covering with orchids, ferns and moss.

  • Mae Tho Waterfall. The 7 levels waterfall has water all year round and the highest level is 40 metres high. The best time to visit the waterfall is during the rainy season. It is accessible by car, from the National Park headquarters to the entrance, it takes about 30-40 minutes. Then, visitors have to walk for 2 hours to reach the waterfall.
  • Khun Chae Waterfall. This beautiful 2 level waterfall cascades from the cliffs. Camping and gears are available near the waterfall.
  • Doi Mot is home to rainforest vegetations blanketing along the route to the top. From there, visitors can watch Chiang Mai town and Chiang Rai town.
  • Doi Langka is the 2,000 metres mountain. It offers diversify of plants and spectacular scenery. Visitors have to spend 3-4 days for each trip.
  • Ficus tree, a large tree, is located near to the National Park headquarters. The tree is outstanding and has a number of its branches expanding and covering an area of more than 1,600 square metres. There are also various kinds of epiphytes living at the gigantic tree.
  • Buddist Monk Dwelling, a small house, is located not far from the National Park headquarters. Visitors can reach here by take the Chiang Mai-Chiang Rai route. Also they can find themselves amidst of lush green trees while crossing a small bridge to access the dwelling.
  • Mae Chang Khao Reservoir. This is a heaven for fishing including reserve as a recreational attraction for picnics.

Getting there
From Chiang Mai, take a daily bus service along the Chiang Mai-Doi Saket-Chiang Mai route. Alternatively, from Chiang Rai, take a daily bus service to reach the National Park. Total distance is 129 kilometres.