Mae Wong National Park

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Mae Wong National Park
Mae Wong National Park

Covering 894 sq km, Mae Wong is situated in the Dawna Range, West of Thailand in Nakhon Sawan and Kamphaeng Phet provinces. The park is rugged and hilly with the highest peak Khao Mo Ko Chu at 1,964 m., one of highest in Thailand.

Headquarters is located in northern parts of the park on the main road where some of the main attractions can be found. There are some basic accomodations with smaller rooms for rent as well as few camping grounds along the road for the visitors who wish to camp. The headquarters is 16.5km from nearby Khlong Lan town center where public buss services to/from Bangkok does operate several times a day.

The park offers many short, mid and longer trekking options with longest ones up to a week long journey deep into the heart of the jungle. Several of longer trails leads to waterfalls deep inside the jungle, but there are also few waterfalls easily accessible with up to a days return hiking.

Mae Wong National Park
Mae Wong National Park

Mae Wong is one of the best places in Thailand for bird watching, home to many rare birds such as Rufous-necked Hornbill, Burmese Yuhina, Coral-billed Scimitar Babbler,Grey Peacock-pheasant, Mountain Hawk-eagle. According some sources, with migratory birds counted 450 species of birds has been seen in the park.

Camera traps from August 2011 released by DNP, Wildlife and Plant Conservation and WWF reveals that tigers are still around in Mae Wong, there are 9 tigers recorded. Some other exiting mammals that can be found in the park are Asian black bear,Phayre’s leaf monkey, Golden Jackal, Lar Gibbon, and Malayan Tapir among many others.

Due to high altitude, the night temperatures may drop down to 8-9º C. Visitors are recommended to have sweaters with them.

Visitors are adviced to have insect repellents and leach socks during wet periods. There are some annoying flies called “khun” on local language, the bite from these can cause itchiness and biting marks.

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