Pha Taem National Park Ubon Ratchathani
Prehistoric Art Pha Taem National Park
Pha Taem National Park overlooks the Makong River and Laos. Here the view from the sandstone cliffs is special. Pha Taem National Park is northeast of Ubon Ratchathani City and follows the banks of the Mekong (Mae Kong) River. Immediately south of it and also facing Laos on the Mekong river is Kaeng Tana National Park which can also be visited on the same trip.
- Pha Taem is also important for its collection of prehistoric paintings which are over 3,000 years old. These 300 paintings stretch along some 180 meters of rock and are the finest prehistoric paintings in Thailand. The subjects painted include, animals, human hands, human like figures, hunting scenes and fish.
- Here also are numerous waterfalls including, Soi Sawan, Na Muang, Thung Na, and Saeng Chan waterfall.
- Other important geographic formations are the Chana Dai Cliff and the sand stone formations (Sao Chaliang).
- The best times to see the wild flowers are during the months of October to November inclusive.
- The most significant attraction in Pha Taem National Park, Ubon Ratchathani Province, are the Taem cliff (Pha Taem) and Kham cliff (Pha Kham) which are dorned with prehistoric pictographs in colour.
- These are at least 3,000 years old. Approximately 300 pictographs (drawings and paintings) in red and ochre colours cover the cliffs for a total length of 170 metres. Archaeologists grouped these pictographs into four figurative categories, including animals such as elephants, stomping buffaloes, turtles and gigantic catfish, tools and utensils, geometric designs, and human images.
- Similar prehistoric pictographs can be seen in a cave near Wat Phu Anon which is nearby here.