Khao Pu - Khao Ya National Park
Khao Pu - Khao Ya National Park is in Ban Nai
Wang, Tambon Khao Pu, about 37 kilometres from the city. Take Highway
No. 41 to Amphoe Khuan Khanun, then turn left onto Highway No. 4164
to Amphoe Si Banphot. Drive for 17 kilometres, and then turn left
for 4 kilometres to the park headquarters. The area is still a dense
jungle. Flora here includes hardwood trees and animals are rhinoceros,
tapir, monkey, and birds. The total area is 694 square kilometres.
The park has the following places of interest:
- Tham Matcha Pla Won is a cave near
the park headquarters. Inside the cave are beautiful curtain-like
stalactites and stalagmites. A pond of 400 square metres is full
of fish. This pond was formed from water that flows through Khao
Nai Wang. The cave entrance is black rock and covered with shady
- Namtok Riang Thong is around 3 kilometres
from Talat Khao Pu community. The source originates from the Banthat
and Nakhon Si Thammarat mountain ranges. The waterfall is called
the Hundred-level Waterfall. The loveliest level is the 13th level
where visitors can see Thale Noi and Khao Pu-Khao Ya.
- Pha Phueng Viewpoint
is about 250 metres from the park headquarters. The outstanding
feature of the cliff is that during February-April of every year,
bees will make hives here numbering in the hundreds. When the rainy
season comes, the bees will abandon the hives. The observation point
gives a good view of the park and its flora.
Nature trails are near the park headquarters.
There are 2 trails that are ideal for studying flora.
Moreover, in the area of the headquarters
is a tourist service centre that is a small exhibition place for
publicizing useful information for tourists. The park has set up
a good exhibition of pictures with captions, plus a park official
to help explain and answer questions. A meeting room is available
for conferences and seminars. It can hold up to 30 people. In addition,
there are about 50 tent sites around the park.
For information on overnighting, please
contact the park headquarters at Mu 9, Tambon Khao Pu, Amphoe Si
Banphot, tel: 0 7461 9654.