Khao Pu Khao Ya National Park

A neglected, yet beautiful park

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What we say: 3 stars

At 700 sq km this is not one of Thailand's smallest national parks, but it is certainly one of the least visited and least funded. Although the park is mostly situated in Phattalung province, it also stretches into Trang and Nakhon Si Thammarat provinces. The lack of visitors is a shame because there is some impressive scenery, a well preserved forest and helpful park wardens.

Mountains reach 1,000m here and are covered with tropical rainforest. Larger mammals no longer exist, but there are still many smaller ones. Encroachment from rubber plantations and hunters is a problem so the park's limited funds go towards preservation rather than to accommodation and the visitor centre.

Nevertheless, the wardens (some of whom speak English) will be glad to guide you for free to any of the nearby sites which include caves and a spectacular cliff face, Pha Phung, or bee cliff as it is known because it is covered with hives. There are fantastic views from the summit. For longer treks 200B a day is required and the park accommodation goes for 200B per night. Food and drinks are available.

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How to get there: From Phattalung songtheaws leave from the market and Bangkok Bank. They cost 20B and will drop you off at the turn-off to the park. From here it is a 4km hitch, walk, hike or 30B motorbike taxi ride to the park headquarters.
Last updated: 24th November, 2006

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