Ob Khan National Park is one of our favorite local getaways. It’s about 30km South of Chiang Mai, and takes between 45 minutes to reach by car. It’s a great spot for a picnic, or simply to cool off on a hot and humid Chiang Mai day.
The geographical features of the National Park consist of high and low mountains, extending from mountains in the area of Mae Chaem District, Chaing Mai Province. The majority of mountains in the National Park are not much high. And “Yod Khun Tien” is the highest mountaintop of the National Park, at the altitude of 1,550 meters, followed by “Doi Khun Huay Prachao” at the altitude of 1,443 meters, and “Doi Khun Win” at the altitude of 1,424 meters above the medium sea level, etc. The National Park is the source of major rivers and gullies flowing into Ping River including Nan River, Lan River, Tien River, Win Gully, Mae Toa Gully, Mae Kamin Gully, Lah Luang Gully, etc. Most areas of the National Park are mountains at the average altitude of 800 meters above the medium sea level. There are small plains along rivers and gullies, including hillside plains where villages are situated.
Flora and fauna
Since the geographical features of the Ob Khan National Park consist of high and low mountains, there are various kinds of forests within the area of the National Park, including arid, evergreen forests, virgin forests, pinery, and mixed forests. Major plants include Irvingia Malayana Oliv (Krabok), Anisoptera Costata (Krabak), Indian Mahogany, Pometia Pinnata, Sompong, rubber trees, clustered plants, Michela Alba, Talo, different kinds of bamboo, etc.
Wild animals found in the National Park include gorals, Muliacus Muntjak, bears, fishing cats, mouse deer, masked palm civets, wild rabbits, wild boars, monkeys, slow loris, mongooses, porcupines, squirrels, tree shrews, rats, etc.
Trekking in Ob Khan National Park
The small trek at Op Khan National Park is not a long one, only taking about 1- 1,5 hours each way, but worth spending much more time enjoying the beauty of the gorge. This will take you up along the river’s edge, and eventually will give you the option of continuing straight, or taking a rather precarious staircase up into the forest, where you can turn right and return to the parking.
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