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Thung Salaeng Luang National Park

In 1959, 14 important forests were proposed for inclusion in national parks, among them the once vast and malarial Thung Salaeng Luang. Eventually, in 1972, 1,262 square kilometers were declared the Thung Salaeng Luang National Park.

But from the late 1960s to the early 1980s the forest was used as a major base area and infiltration route for guerrillas of the outlawed Communist Party of Thailand (CPT). It was sealed off by the Thai military from even the park officials. One of the climactic showdowns of the war with Communist insurgents took place at nearby Khao Kor, where government forces defeated the guerrillas in a series of tough battles in 1981 and 1982, Khao Kor is now the site of a resort and communitybased development protects.

Guerrillas have not been the parks only scourge. Other intruders were hilltribe people and squatters who made use of the PhitsanulokLomsak highway running through the parks northern end to gain easy access to the area and stake claims to virgin terrian.

Geographical Features

Composing the park are hills of limestone, slate and hardpan between altitudes of 300 to 1,028 meters. A long north-south stretch of limestone hills runs down the western section of the park. Thung Salaeng Luang, the origin of numerous streams, is inlaid with meadows, especially in its southern area. Mixed species deciduous forest predominates, with lowland scrub and tropical broadleaved evergreen covering smaller areas.

Weather Condition

The average annual temperature is 25 Celsius, rising to near 30 degrees n summer months from March to June. The best time to visit is in the cool season, November to February. Many of the wild meadow flowers bloom in November. The average annual rainfall is 1,700 millimetres, the wettest months being July to October.

Varieties of Plants and Wild Animals

Seventeen mammal species, including elephant, yellow throated marten and masked palm civet, are confirmed as park dweller. A significant number of others are possible residents. These include tiger, gaur, barking deer, wild dog, wild pig, langur and slow loris. A 1987 study estimated that between five and 20 elephants survied in the park.

The best places to see wildlife are on the parks meadows and, during the dry season, around ponds and salt licks. There is a large salt lick at Pong Sai in the northwest and Pong Thung Phaya in the southwest.
More than 190 bird species have been confirmed, among them species of heron, eagle, partridge, pheasant, pigeon, owl, swift, hornbill, barbet, woodpecker, bulbul, babbler, warbler, flycatcher and flowerpecker.
A prominent resident is the Siamese fireback pheasant, a leading candidate for Thailands national bird because bird it was once so common and frequently referred to in classical Thai literature. It also once helped to advertise the country. A pair was sent to Napoleon III of France in 1862 along with diplomatic envoys, eliciting interest in both the exotic animal and its place of origin.
The sleek, handsome male has a red face, long norrow tail, gray upper plumage and a black underside. The hen is chestnutreddish and lacks head and tail adornments.


Location and Journey
Thung Salaeng Luang National Park
P.O. Box 64, Muang Phitsanulok, Phitsanulok, Thailand   65000
Tel. : 0 5526 8019   Fax : 0 5526 8019
Head's name : TAKSIN MONGKONKOMRAT
By Car

Phitsanulok is a major transportation hub easily reached from Bangkok by train, bus, private car and air. From town travel along Highway 12 and watch for the park headquarters office on the right side at kilometre 80. The park can be reached by the same highway from Lomsak

 
Accommodations

Booking can be arranged through in this website or telephone booking at +66 2562 0760. Reservation can be made 60 days in advance. Payment at Krung Thai Bank Public Company Limited, needs to be done within 2 days after the reservation is being made.

Foreign clients who perform online accommodation booking from outside Thailand must transfer the accommodation fee (except bank service charge) to Krung Thai Bank Public Company Limited, Thailand, account number 039-6-02816-0.

It is important to e-mail The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation to np_income@dnp.go.th with the following information : 1) Booking Code. 2) Name of booking person as shown in the booking information. and 3) Name of National Park that has been booked. more

Status   = Online Reservation 
Zone Service Name Bed
rooms
Bath
rooms
Guests/
Unit
Price/
Night
Facilities Reserve
Zone 1 1. Salaeng Luang 101 (Mung Muang 1) 4 2 8 1,800  mattress (3.5 feet bed), fan, refrigerator, water heater, vacuum bottle , towel
Zone 1 2. Salaeng Luang 102 (Mung Muang 2) 2 2 4 1,200  mattress (3.5 feet bed), fan, refrigerator, water heater, vacuum bottle , towel
Zone 1 3. Salaeng Luang 103 (Mung Muang 3) 1 1 4 1,000  mattress (3.5 feet bed), fan, water heater, vacuum bottle , towel
Zone 1 4. Salaeng Luang 104 (Mung Muang 4) 1 1 4 1,000  mattress (3.5 feet bed), fan, water heater, vacuum bottle , towel
Zone 1 5. Salaeng Luang 105 (Mung Muang 5) 2 2 4 1,200  mattress (3.5 feet bed), fan, refrigerator, water heater, vacuum bottle , towel
Zone 1 6. Salaeng Luang 106 (Duey Dai) 3 2 9 2,700  mattress (3.5 feet bed), fan, water heater, vacuum bottle , towel
Zone 2 7. Salaeng Luang 201 (Salaeang Luang 1) 3 3 6 5,000  mattress (3.5 feet bed), fan, television, refrigerator, water heater, vacuum bottle , towel
Zone 2 8. Salaeng Luang 202 (Salaeng Luang 2) 2 4 10 3,000  mattress (3.5 feet bed), fan, water heater, vacuum bottle , towel
Zone 2 9. Salaeng Luang 203 (Salaeng Luang 3) 2 4 10 3,000  mattress (3.5 feet bed), fan, refrigerator, water heater, dining table, towel
Zone 2 10. Saleang Luang 204 (Saleang Luang 4) 3 2 7 2,100  mattress (3.5 feet bed), fan, refrigerator, water heater, vacuum bottle , towel
Zone 2 11. Saleang Luang 205 (Saleang Luang 5) 3 2 7 2,100  mattress (3.5 feet bed), fan, refrigerator, water heater, dining table, vacuum bottle , towel
Zone 2 12. Saleang Luang 206 (Saleang Luang 6) 4 4 10 5,000  mattress (3.5 feet bed), fan, water heater, dining table, wardrobe, vacuum bottle , towel
Zone 2 13. Saleang Luang 207 (Saleang Luang 7) 4 4 10 5,000  mattress (3.5 feet bed), fan, water heater, dining table, wardrobe, vacuum bottle , towel
Zone 3 14. Salaeng Luang 301 (Tab Ta Mee 1) 2 2 10 3,000  mattress (3.5 feet bed), fan, water heater, vacuum bottle , towel
Zone 3 15. Salaeng Luang 302 (Tab Ta Mee 2) 2 2 10 3,000  mattress (3.5 feet bed), fan, water heater, vacuum bottle , towel
Note : Extra visitors will be charged as follows: bungalow or terrace house 100 baht /person/night, dormitory 50 baht/person/night. Bedding will not be provided.
Zone Zone Name Zone Detail
Zone 1 Salaeng Luang 101-103 Bungalow, Headquarters area
Zone 1 Salaeng Luang 104-107 Bungalow, Headquarters area
Zone 2 Salaeng Luang 201-203 Bungalow, Ranger Station 8 area, Nong Mae Na, 60 km. from Headquarters
Zone 2 Salaeng Luang 204-206 Bungalow, Ranger Station 8 area, Nong Mae Na, 60 km. from Headquarters
Zone 2 Salaeng Luang 207-208 Bungalow, Ranger Station 8 area, Nong Mae Na, 60 km. from Headquarters
Zone 3 Salaeng Luang 301-302 Bungalow, Lum Num Khea area, 3 km. from Headquarters

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Tourist Attractions
Beautiful Nature

Kheng Wang Nam Yen  is a large rock islet 40-50m wide, about 7km far from Nong Mae na national park ranger unit, through to Toong Non Son and turn right along dirt road for about 500m. Situated on Lam Num Krek Noi riverside, is rock islet in cool season and summer.

Activities : flowers admiring   Camping   Bird Watching   Butterfly Watching  

Nam Tok Kaeng Sopha  Dubbed the Niagara Falls of Thailand, Kaeng Sopha is one of the countrys most beautiful. The trees tiered waterfall, shaped like a stairway, is found very hear kilometre 68 of the Phitsanulok Lomsak Highway. Food stalls, rest rooms and a tourist nformation centre are located at the waterfall.

Three kilometres from the park office is an 80 metre long cable stayed bridge spanning the Khek Yai River. The riverbanks are pleasant for picnics and the Khek Yai is ideal for dips in the dry season although dangerous during the rains when the current flows too rapidly.

Activities : Waterfall Traveling  

Nam Tok Soun Some  

Activities : Waterfall Traveling   flowers admiring  

Nature Trail  in thung Salaeng luang including diversity of flora and fauna, is important genetic source, headwater, nature learning, and ecosystem for traveling and relaxing.

Activities : Nature trail study   Historical Sight Seeing   flowers admiring   Bird Watching  

Pra Wang Daeng Cave  

Activities : Cave/Geological Touring  

Tham Kaeng Cow  

Activities : Cave/Geological Touring   Bird Watching   don't visit  

Thum Duean - Thum Dao  located in Protect Office National Park(SL.6.). This water droppind cave is about 1.4 km long with stalactite and stalagmite. It is suggeoted to visit the cave in the dry season because og less water in the cave.

Activities : Cave/Geological Touring  

Thung Nang Paya or Toong Phaya muang Lane  in the South of the National Park, about 70 km from the Park Headquarters. From Nong Mae na National Park Ranger Unit on Thung Salang Luang-Thung Phaya route about 14 km. The general geography is savannah grass field, surrounding with pine and evergreen forests.

Activities : Biking Trail   flowers admiring   View   Camping   Bird Watching  

Thung None Son  

Activities : Nature trail study   flowers admiring   View   Camping   Trekking   Stargazing  

Thung Salaeng Luang  Thung Salaeng Luang : is reached by two routes. There is a 40 kilometre long trail running south from park headquarters to the meadow but it can only by negotiated by 4 wheel drive vehicles and then only during the dry season. The other option is arriving via the Khao Kor Phertchabun road which runs southeast of the park and turning off at Nong Mae Na. A gravel leads to the park boundary and meadow.

Activities : Nature trail study   Animal Watching   flowers admiring   View   Camping   Bird Watching   Stargazing   Butterfly Watching  

Facilities

Men's restroom    There are toilets for men.


Women's restroom    There are toilets for women.


Accommodation    7 bungalows are also available at headquarters.


Accommodation    8 bungalows are also available, Ranger Station 8 area, Nong Mae Na, 60 km. from Headquarters.


Accommodation    2 bungalows are also available, Lum Num Khea area, 3 km. from Headquarters


Camping site    National Park provides campground and restaurant for tourists.


Parking    National Park provides parking lot for visitors.


Food services    Restaurant is available in the Park.


Visitor center    National Park have visitor center for the tourist to get the information before visits the park. Visitor center open everyday from 8.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.


Thung Salaeng Luang National Park
P.O. Box 64  Amphur Muang Phitsanulok   Phitsanulok   Thailand 65000
Tel. 0 5526 8019   Fax 0 5526 8019   E-mail thung_s_l@hotmail.com