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35 Mu 5, Ban Huai Sai Mun, Nam Pai Sub-district, Mae Charim District, Nan 55170,
Tel. 0 5477 9402-3
Category : National Parks & Marine Reserves
Attraction Details :
The national park in Mae Charim district is covering an area of 432 square kilometers. The mountain ranges undulating endlessly is the origin of a tributary flowing into theNanRiverat Wiang Sa district. It comprises hill evergreen forest, deciduous dipterocarp forest, and mixed deciduous forest, as well as, various kinds of wildlife.
Interesting Attractions within the National Park are as follows:
· Prehistoric Paintings at Pha No This limestone cliff is named after its look similar to a bamboo shoot penetrate to the sky. It’s also home to a set of prehistoric paintings. With the steep cliff, it becomes a favorite for those who love trekking and climbing. The best season to visit is winter as the rainy season might be too dangerous due to a collapse of soil and very slippery route. Contact the National Park officers for a leader of this 8.7-kilometer trip that starts at Ban Nam Pu then cross the Wa River and walk along the mountain ridge, passing the deciduous dipterocarp forest and the mixed deciduous forest, and later climb the steep limestone mountain. It approximately takes 8 - 9 hours.
· TheTrekking Routealong thePaengRiverconnecting Ban Rom Klao and Ban Huai Sai. It is a local route for gathering products from the forest. Visitors will pass through various kinds of forest for a distance of 9 kilometres, taking approximately 4 hours.
· The Route to Admire theSeaofFogof BanNamPhang – Ban Rom Klao It is on Highway No. 1259 between the Nam Phang and Rom Klao villages. It’s best for mountain biking or driving as well as sightseeing the picturesque views on both sides, especially in winter where it will be stuffed up by the sea of fog and steam of sunlight in the morning. The first 10 kilometres is an asphalt road, while the rest is a laterite one cutting across the steep shoulders of the mountains.
· BanRom Klao Trekking RouteThis 3.8-kilometers route starts from Ban Nam Phang along the shortcut up to the mountain ridge. Visitors will pass through many forests at different height above sea levels. The condition of the forests along the route is still perfect. Be noted that visitors have to be healthy. The best seasons to visit are winter and summer. Contact the National Park officers for a leader.
Various activities to experience the nature at theMaeCharimNational Parkare as follows:
· White-water Rafting along the Middle Part of the Wa River The difficulty are of level 3 to 5 with a length of 100 kilometres. It takes 3 days and 2 nights passing theDoiPhuKhaNational Parkand theMaeCharimNational Park. Camping is also permitted.
· White-water Rafting along the Lower Part of the Wa River It was an original route for transporting illegal teakwood cut from Mae Charim and Wiang Sa districts. On both sides of Wa River stream through valleys are high undulating mountains with more than 22 rapids. The level of difficulty is at level 3 - 5 (level 3 is medium, level 4 is difficult, and level 5 is very difficult). The biggest and the most difficult one is Kaeng Luang. Some parts of the stream are sandy beach where a raft can stop for a break and it is suitable for swimming. Some parts are the location of elephant camps where visitors can visit elephants at Ban Hat Rai. The period when the tide is the highest is during August, while the lowest one is in April. The most suitable time for white-water rafting is from November to January.
· Sailing route by inflatable rubber dinghy The route starts from Ban Nam Pu, Nam Phang sub-district, Mae Charim district, and ends at Ban Hat Rai, San Na Nong sub-district, Wiang Sa district. Its total distance is 19.2 kilometers with 4 hours trip. However, if visitors start in front of the Office of the National Park, the total distance will be only 15 kilometres. Bamboo rafting route It starts from Ban Nam Wa up to Ban Nam Pu for a distance of 4 kilometers or approximately 4 hours. For information of the Wa River tour and elephant riding, visitors can contact Nan Pang Chang Company, Tel. 0 5478 1316, River Raft Company, Tel. 0 5471 0940, 089 835 1506, and Inter Tour, Tel. 0 5471 0195. Various trip schedules are below.
· Mountain Bike – Trekking along thePaengRiver– White-water Rafting along the Wa River The trip starts at the Mae Charim National Park Ranger Station (Ban Mai) in the area of Ban Nam Phang. Cycle 2 hours along Highway No. 1259 to Ban Rom Klao and walk alongPaengRiverto Wa River in Kaeng Luang for 4 hours. Then, take a raft from Kaeng Luang to Ban Hat Rai for a distance of 15 kilometers or 2 hours. The total trip can take 1 day or stay overnight at Ban Rom Klao and start trekking along thePaengRiverearly in the morning and do white-water rafting along the Wa River in the afternoon.
· Sightseeing – Trekking along thePaengRiver– White-water Rafting along the Wa River The starting point is at the Mae Charim National Park Ranger Station (Ban Mai). A sightseeing tour starts on the Highway 1259 to Ban Rom Klao for 1 hour. Then, walk along thePaengRiverto the Wa River in the Kaeng Luang area. The total time is 4 hours. Then take a raft from Kaeng Luang to Ban Hat Rai for 15 kilometres or 2 hours. The total time estimated for this trip is 7 hours.
· Trekking from Ban Nam Phang to Ban Rom Klao – Trekking along the Paeng River – White-water Rafting along the Wa River Also start at the Mae Charim National Park Ranger Station ( Ban Mai), the 5-hours trekking starts on the Highway 1259 to Ban Rom Klao for a distance of 3.8 kilometres. Then walk along thePaengRiverto the Wa River in the Kaeng Luang area, which takes 4 hours. Followed by rafting from Kaeng Luang to Ban Hat Rai for 2 hours. This activity takes 2 days and 1 night with the total time estimated for the trip is 11 hours.
· Climbing at Pha No – Admiring the Prehistoric Paintings – White-water Rafting along the Wa River The starting point is at Ban Nam Pu and walk to the Kaeng Luang for 8 hours and do rafting along Kaeng Nam Wa to Ban Hat Rai, which takes 2 hours. The total time might be 1 day or visitors can stay overnight in the forest area of Ban Huai Hat Khom at the foot of the No Cliff.
The park also provides accommodation and a camping area for tourists.
Opening hours: 6am-6pm
Admission: 200 bahts for adults, 100 bahts for children
Contact: 0-5477-9402 to 3, 0-2562-0760 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or www.dnp.go.th
To get there: The national park is in Mae Charim district, 60 kilometres fromNancity. Take Highway 1168 to Mae Charim district then take Highway No. 1243 (Mae Charim - Nam Muab), at Ban Had Sai Moon turn left then follow the road for 4 kilometers to the park headquarters.