Phu Pha Thoep National Park

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Phu Pha Thoep National Park
Phu Pha Thoep National Park

Phu Pha Thoep is a small national park, located Mukdahan Province east of Thailand only 17 km south from Mukdahan city near the border to Laos.

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Overview

The forests in Phu Pha Thoep National Park are mainly mixed deciduous and dipterocarp forest, in deepers areas up on mountains there are few areas with evergreen forests along some cliffs. There are no bigger mammals in the park apart from deer, boars and flying squirrels. Interesting birds are red junglefowl and green peafowl. Some 10 species of flowers bloom on some parts of the park around October to November every year. The highest point in the park is Phu Jongsi at 420 metres.

Phu Pha Thoep National Park
Phu Pha Thoep National Park

Visiting Phu Pha Thoep National Park

Despite being small, the park has enough trails and attractions for one or two days stay. The park is mainly known for it’s peculiar “mushroom shaped” rock formations, other attractions are viewpoints, waterfalls and a cave. Right behind the visitor center a trail starts uphill and continues along a rock-floor plateau at the ridge of Phu Pha Thoep mountain and than splits in several directions, it leads to most attractions in the area. This easy to moderate trail is signposted but can be a bit confusing when passing the rock group further uphill. On top of the mountain the signposting becomes better.

The park is mainly known for it's peculiar "mushroom shaped" rock formations
The park is mainly known for it’s peculiar “mushroom shaped” rock formations

The visitor center area has few shops, various facilities, a smaller campsite and fewbungalows. The bungalows are spacious rooms with single beds on floor, costs 100 Baht per person on availability and can be arranged on spot. The rooms have around 8-10 beds each. There are no restaurants at the visitor center area but it is possible to buy instant noodles from the shops, few stalls sells food only during the week-end and holidays when the park gets more crowded by the local tourists. There are few restaurants few kilometers outside the park along the main road.

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