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Nam Phong National Park

  • The upper portion of Northeast Thailand is dominated by the Phu Phan Mountains which are a range of mountains spreading west to east in upper Isan dividing the Khorat Plateau of Northeast Thailand into two separate drainage basins, the northern Sakhon Nakhon Basin, and the southern Khorat Basin. Theses hills cross the provinces of Nongbua Lamphu, Khon Kaen, Udon Thani, Sakon Nakhon, Nakhon Phanom, Kalasin and Mukdahan. The name of the range is derived from the characteristic mesa shape of its peaks and is Thai Lao. The Phu Phan Mountains include four National Parks and one  Provincial Forest (Phu Pha Bat). The National Parks are, Phu Phan, Phu Kao Phu Phan Kham, Phu Pha Lek and Huai Huat (Phu Pha Yon).
  • Northeast Thailand is characterised by seasonally dry deciduous dipterocarp forests and savannah style grasslands, once the grazing home for large herds of Elephants, deer and native cattle. Phu Pha Lek National Park also typifies this vegetation pattern and additionally is a significant source of rainfall for numerous rivers. Here there are three forest types, Dry Dipterocarp, Dry Evergreen which is in the southern portion of the Park. Where there is water is Mixed Deciduous Forest on laterite soils.
  • The topography is largely limestone mountain with some grasslands.
  • The wild life species follow the habitat classifications for each climate type. The species numbers are predominantly birds and there are also, wild boar, monkeys, barking deer, mouse deer, langurs, squirrels and wild pigs.

  • Nam Phong National Park is on the east side of Ubolratana Dam west of Khon Kaen City and east of Phu Wiang National Park.
  • Nam Phong National Park comprises 197 square kilometers and for most of it is rugged limestone mountains running north south in a watershed region. There are two mountain ranges, Phu Phan Kham Ranges in the north section and Phu Meng Range in the southern portion.
  • The elevation of the Park is up to 600 meters above sea level.
  • The vegetation ecosystems are Deciduous Dipterocarp Forest (80%), Mixed Deciduous Forest and Grassland.
  • The animal species here include, Siamese Hare, Civet, Porcupine, Common Munjak, Wild Boar, Pangolin and Tree Monitor.

Tourist Attractions at Nam Phong National Park
  • Hin Chang Si Viewpoint, scenery and landscape of mountain topography.
  • Uboiratana Reservoir Dam
  • Phalan Chat Rock Terrace
  • Kham Phon Volcanic Rock Well
  • Pha Sawan Cliff Terrace
  • Phu Meng Summit
  • Cliffs along the Kham Phon and Phalan Chat trial