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Doi Khun Tan National Park

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Doi Khun Tan National Park was designated at the 10th national park in Thailand on February 14, 1975. It stretches over 255 square km in both Lamphun and Lampang provinces. Its main point of entry is via the Khun Tan Train station in Lamphun Province.

There are two main walks, one to the Doi Khun Tan peak which is well worth doing and the other a looping trail to a small waterfall which isn't really worth the effort to reach.

The park topography has mixed deciduous forest (formerly teak) and plentiful bamboo at the lowest levels, in the mid levels there is more moist evergreen and considerable quantities of pine forest, while the highest points are hardwood.

Wildlife is pretty rare within the park - you're more likely to see insects and creepie-crawlies than any mammals, nor many birds either. It is a pleasant place to walk however, and only a moderate degree of fitness is required.

You may also run into armed poachers within the park, in which case you're best to make your presence known and they'll most likely disappear into the forest before you even get to where they are.

Approaching poachers asking them what they have hunted today is not at all a wise thing to do. If you do see poachers, be sure to report them to the park staff.

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The best thing about this park is its easy access -- you get off the train and you're there. The tracks we wandered weren't all that hard -- even for people as out of shape as us. While there are a couple of good viewpoints, they are a bit lacking in the wow factor. That said, if you're not overly fussed about the wow factor, rest assured you won't come across any other foreign tourist here!

Text and/or map last updated on 11th August, 2009.

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