Khon Kaen National Parks, Travel Guide to National Parks of Khon Kaen

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Khon Kaen National Park

Nam Phong National Park
Location : Nong Ruea District
Nam Phong National Park
Nam Phong National Park
Nam Phong National Park is located in the west of Khon Kaen and near Ubolratana dam. It’s covers 6 district in Khon Kaen are Nong Ruea, Ubolratana, Phu Wiang, Bang Fang, Mancha Khiri and Khok Pho Chai and another 2 District in Chaiyaphum include Ban Thaen and Kaeng Khro, the total area of 197 square kilometers, where the main headquarter is located by the lake over Ubolratana Dam. This national park is located in the watershed of Chi and Phong Rivers where the Deciduous Dipterocarp Forest and dry evergreen are the major herbal source in this mountain range.

It’s including important mountain are Phu Phan Kham Mountain, Phu Meng and Phu Pha Dam, Phu Pha Daeng which is 200 – 600 meters above sea level. The climate in the area, summer season is March – May, rainy season is June – October and winter season is November – February. The main viewpoint of the park is Hin Chang Si there is a beautiful scenic view of the Uboltatana Lake and Khon Kaen City.

How to get there: The first route is from Khon Kaen, take Highway 12 to Chum Phae district then turn right at kilometer 30 to Ban Phue for another 19 kilometers on Highway 3034 (Nong Saeng-Tha Ruea). This route takes 49 kilometers in total. The second route is from Khon Kaen, take Highway 2 and head to Udon Thani before turn left to Ubolratana District then take Highway 3034 which lies along the lake over Ubolratana Dam. This route takes 65 kilometers in total.
Opening Hours : Daily from 08:00 am. - 04:30 pm.
Admission : 100 Baht for adult and 50 Baht for child (Price are subject to change)
Contact : Tel. 09 6739 7920
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Phu Kao–Phu Phan Kham National Park
Location : Ubolratana District
Phu Kao–Phu Phan Kham National Park
Phu Kao–Phu Phan Kham National Park
Phu Kao Phu Pan Kham National Park has 322 square-kilometers area covers part of Nong Bua Lamphu Province, in the lower part of Udon Thani Province and upper part of Khon Kaen Province. The main geology of this area is mountains of sandstone and dry dipterocarp forests which are the habitats of various wildlife and plant species.

Phu Kao looks like frying pan which has great plain in the center. It can be assumed that this area is the remains of a volcano extinguished millions of years ago, or layers of rock in this area bending up to being mountain ridges. Phu Kao Mountain Range is two peripheral lines of mountain; the outer line consists of high mountains; the inner line consists of lower mountains which its hillside is not much slope. Most of the area alternates between high and low, and some are plains.

Phu Phan Kham Mountain is a part of Phu Phan Mountain Range. At its peak is a beautiful view of the Ubol Ratana Dam, lying northeast and southwest. In the southwest of the mountain is a lower vast-plain of Lam Nam Phong which, after finished building Ubol Ratana Dam, now a lake becomes half area of Phu Phan Kham. There are dry dipterocarp forest and mixed deciduous forest growing on the rocky soil. Tourists are allowed to camp in the area provided by the national park or at the pavilion of the Department of Public Welfare near Ubol Ratana Dam. Phu Phan Kham is the habitat of various fish species and also a famous spot for fishing. The climate in the area, summer season is March – May, rainy season is June – October and winter season is November – February with very cold temperature in January because it has been influenced by high pressure from southern China.

How to get there:
By Car
- From Udon Thani, use a road ‘Udon Thani - Non Sang’ for 86 kilometers and turn at Kut Khu Village 17 kilometers to Phu Kao. There is Phu Kao - Phu Phan Kham National Park’s office 6 kilometers from Ubolratana Dam.

- From Khon Kaen, use a road ‘Khon Kaen - Ubonratana’ for 50 kilometers and another 6 kilometers from Ubolratana Dam to Phu Phan Kham National Park’s office.
Opening Hours : Daily from 08:00 am. - 04:30 pm.
Admission : 100 Baht for adult and 50 Baht for child (Price are subject to change)
Contact : Tel. 08 1221 0764
Phu Wiang National Park
Location : Wiang Kao District
Phu Wiang National Park
Phu Wiang National Park
Phu Wiang is covering the area of 380 square kilometers in Wiang Kao, Phu Wiang, Si Chomphu and Chum Phae Districts of Khon Kaen Province. The interesting thing in this park is fossils which were discovered by uranium survey team and analyze that it was a left knee bone of a dinosaur. Moreover be found human sheletons, Iron equipment, the sleep Lord Bhuddha in Thawarawadee Period and also point in before history.

Most of this area is a highland as well as a valley like a volcano. It is surrounded by two ring shaped mountains. Some area is a steep cliff, and can see a very beautiful view from the peak. The climate in the area, summer season is March - April, rainy season is May - October and winter season is November - February with very cold temperature in January because it has been influenced by high pressure from southern China.

How to get there: Use the highway 12 (Khon Kaen-Chumpae). There is a section to Phu Wiang District (highway 2038), with the total distance of 56 kilometers. Take further 4 kilometers from Phu Wiang; there is Pakchong Range Station, which is the location of Phu Wiang Shrine
Opening Hours : Daily from 08:00 am. - 04:30 pm.
Admission : 200 Baht for adult and 100 Baht for child (Price are subject to change)
Contact : Tel. 0 4336 4280
Tourist Attractions
Phu Pha Man National Park
Location : Chum Phae District
Phu Pha Man National Park
Phu Pha Man National Park
Phu Pha Man is the famous national park in Khon Kaen because this place there are many beautiful cave and waterfall. The national park is cover areas in Phu Pha Man District and Chum Phae District of Khon Kaen as well as Phu Kradueng District in Loei province has total area of 218,750 Rai. The name Phu Pha Man come from this place has the towering limestone cliff that looks like a huge curtain.

Most of this area is a limestone, and very steep. It is 200-800 meters high above the sea level. Within the Park's woodland, mostly hill evergreen and mixed deciduous forest types, is the headwater of the Nam Pong River, where several scenic spots are located and surrounded by hill evergreen and mixed deciduous forests that made unusual nature places. The climate in the area, summer season is March – May, rainy season is June – October and winter season is November – February.

How to get there: From Khon Kaen, take a bus (Khon Kaen - Loei) and get off at Km. 112 - 113, then turn left for 5 kilometers to the Park headquarters.
Opening Hours : Daily from 08:00 am. - 04:30 pm.
Admission : 100 Baht for adult and 50 Baht for child (Price are subject to change)
Contact : Tel. 0 4335 8075, 0 4321 0163
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