Location and Boundary
The Phu Wua Wild Life Reserve Area occupies
an area of 186.5 square kilometers, or 116,562 rai, covering areas
of Amphoe Bung Kan, Amphoe Seka, Amphoe Phon Charoen, and King Amphoe
Bung Khong Long, all within Nong Khai
The Phu Wua Wild Life Reserve Area is located
on the northernmost part of the region, almost adjacent to the Laotian
border where the two borders run parallel to the Mekhong River.
The area is about 150-300 meters above sea level. Natural jungles
include Teng Rang Forest, dry evergreen forest, and wet evergreen
The area is the habitat for many kinds of wild animals, including elephants,
tigers, leopards, bears, palm civet, pheasants, wild fowl, monkeys, gibbons, and several species of birds.
Traveling to Phu Wua Wild Life reserve Area
It is accessible from Nong
Khai township by Highway No.212 to Amphoe Bung Kan, a distance of
135 kilometers. There are two routes of daily bus service operated
by the Transport Company Limited, i.e.Route No.4193 leaving Nong
Khai for Bung Kan every hour, and Route No.244 leaving Udon Thani
for Nakhon Phanom
every 45 minutes.
There ore two sightseeing routes in Phu Wua Area:
1. The Phu Wua Wild Life Reserve Area
Office Route: Leave Bunq Kan for Ban Chaiyaphon (24 kilometers);
then from Ban Chaiyaphon to Ban Put Sawat (5 kilometers); turn right
(for 2,5 kilometers) to arrive or the Area Office. From here one
can walk for 3 kilometers to Tham Fun and to Huo Phu, a distance
of 1.9 kilometers more.
2. Chanaen. Waterfall Check Point Route:
Leaving Ban Bung Kan for Ban Chaiyaphon (24 kilometers), continue
to Bung Thung Sai Jok (Ban Chaiyaphon-Seka Rood) for another distance
of 15 kilometers. Then make a left turn at Ban Thung Sai Jok and
go 7 kilometers to Chanaen Waterfall, One can walk from the Check
Point to Chanaen Waterfall, 1.6 kilometers, or walk to Tham Chan
Pha, only 500 meters.
Another route is from Bang Chaiyaphon-Thung
Sai Jok-Don Siat, a distance of 22 kilometers; then make a left
turn to the Fall through a 6 kilometer road.
Areas of Interest
On top of the eastern region of Phu Tog is a wide stone platform having a
very beautiful design caused by rain erosion. The altitude of this spot
is about 330 meters, thus providing clear views for a considerable
distance-even locations such as Phu Kwai, Phu Ngu. and Phu Mo Kao in the Lao PDR.
Tham Fun Waterfall
is located in Ban Phu Sawat, Tambon Nong Doen. Drive on Highway 212, and 7 km.
before reaching Bung Khla district, turn right to go on for around 4 km.
The waterfall is encompassed by a timber forest with a scenic view
of the northern Phu Wua. A walking trail passes a rocky ground to
the cascade which is seen along the long narrow channel on
the sandstone cliff. There is water only in the rainy season.
Tham Phra Waterfall
is located in Ban Tham Phra, Tambon Sok Kam, Amphoe Seka. It is around 34 km.
from Seka district. Like other waterfalls at Phu Wua, it has water only in the
rainy season. A monastic residence or Samnak Song here is tranquil and shady.
Walking down to the rocky ground at the back, visitors will find a valley with
a deep bottom of around 200 sq. m. where a waterfall flows down the valley.
The waterfall is on a cliff of around 100 m wide and 50 m high.
Visitors can play in the pool.
Chet Si Waterfall
is located in Ban Don Siat, Tambon Ban Tong, Amphoe Seka. This very beautiful waterfall,
especially during the rainy season, originates from a stream of Huai Ka-am and flows along
a high sandstone cliff to spread over a long line. The falling water that hits the
rocks below causes a spray of water which gives rainbow colours when seen in sunlight.
So came the name “Namtok Chet Si,” which means a waterfall of seven colours.
How to get there:
Drive on Highway 212, and 12 km. before reaching Bung Khla district, turn right at
Ban Chai Phon. Head for the waterfall, past Ban Phu Ngoen and Ban Don Siat,
for 28 km. Or from Phu Thok, take the route via Ban Na Tong and Ban Don Siat, totalling 14 km.
is located in Ban Phu Ngoen, Amphoe Seka. Originally, it was called “Namtok Tat Sanaen.”
“Tat” literally means a place where water flows. “Sanaen” refers to “summit” or “excellence.”
This waterfall has its origin from Lam Huai Sanaen. It is 100 m wide and has two tiers with
an interval of 300 m. This is a large and beautiful waterfall which has water
only in the rainy season. The path to the waterfall passes Khua Hin or a natural
stone bridge of around 100 m long, where a phenomenon of water disappearing under
the bridge can be witnessed. A walk up to the second tier passes along a stream dotted
with boulders. Following the stream on its left bank, visitors will find a broad ground by a large pool.
There is another small waterfall called Namtok Bueng Chorakhe, rushing down to the pool.
Tham Chan Pha
This cave is located 500 meters from the stone bridge.