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Phu Kradueng National Park





Location: Loei Province

Info: TAT, Udon Thani

Tel. 0-4232-5406

Closed: mid- July- early Sep (rainy season)




Description of Phu Kradueng National Park

Phu Kradung National Park (in Thai, อุทยานแห่งชาติ ภูกระดึง) is a protected area of the northeast of Thailand, which is located in Amphur Phu Kradung, within the province of Loei. It covers a total area of 348 square kilometers. Phu Kradung National Park was created in 1962, as the country's second national park, after the Khao Yai National Park. It is one of the most famous parks in Thailand, whose highest point, the mountain of Phu Kradung, reaches 1,360 meters above sea level. Every year more than ten thousand people visit the park to reach the summit of this mountain. It was a protected forest since 1943.



The park was declared a protected forest in 1943 and converted into a national park on November 23, 1962. It is the second oldest national park in Thailand after Khao Yai National Park. The park attracts several thousand visitors every year.

The park is 520 km northeast of Bangkok and about 70 km from the provincial capital Loei in the area of ​​the Phang-Loei mountain range. It can best be reached via the Khon Kaen-Loei Highway.

The park itself consists of a plateau with meadows, cliffs, forests and waterfalls as well as evergreen monsoon forests in lower areas. Numerous animal species and a few tigers live in the park.

The average temperature is around 20 ° C. From December to January it can cool down to 2 ° C overnight. In the rainy season and during the colder season, the mountain is mostly in the fog.

For the six km long main path to the high plateau it takes about three hours; There are several rest stops across the route. Once at the top, it is another three km to the headquarters of the national park management.

The hottest season is from March to June, at this time it is best to leave at sunrise to avoid the midday heat during the hike.

For safety reasons, the park is closed to visitors during the rainy season from July to October.

The beautiful nature attracts tens of thousands of visitors every year.

The best view is from the Pha Nok Aen cliff (ผา นก แอ่น), especially at sunrise; the best way to watch the sunset is from the Pha Lom Sak cliff (ผา หล่มสัก).
the Wang Kwang (น้ำตก วัง กวาง) and Tat Hong (น้ำตก ตาด ฮ้อ ง) waterfalls.
The rocky Pha Lomsak cliffs are very popular among climbers.
"Fai Duean Ha" (ไฟ เดือน ห้า, fire of the fifth month), maple trees with bright red leaves.