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Muak Lek Arboretum
Category : Waterfalls , National Parks & Marine Reserves
Attraction Details :
Muak Lek Arboretum is 37 kilometers away from Saraburi covering the area of approximately 375 fields. The park was established in 1954 for natural environment and rare plants conservation in the area of the superior national forest, Dong Phayayen. The lively stream originates from the tributaries in Khao Yai National Park that flow into Pa Sak River that is the border between Muak Lek district of Saraburi and Pak Chong district of Nakhon Ratchasima. There are rock slopes around the stream and a small beautiful cascade. Along the stream are bridges and various kinds of plants and flowers.
Today, Muak Lek Arboretum is a center for information regarding national perennial plants knowledge including both economic trees and others such as trees in literature, trees in Buddha’s biography, herbs and other rare plants. The beautiful sight of Muak Lek Arboretum and Muak Lek waterfall make the place so popular among tourists that it is ranked in the 63 in local natural conservation from 236 places of 62 provinces in Thailand by ministry’s resolution on 7th November, 1989.
The highlights of Muak Lek Arboretum include;
Muak Lek Waterfall located at the central area is a popular fall among tourists. The waterfall is originated from Kao Yai National Park area with the stream flowing all year round. It is the natural border between Saraburi and Nakhon Ratchasima provinces. Along both sides of the stream, there are various plants and trees such as Asoke trees, Krai Yoi, Pawa, and other old trees with the age over 100 years like apinaus, Hopea odorata, krabach trees and mahad trees. You can relax and enjoy yourself at this waterfall all day long.
Muak Lek-Pak Chong Bridge is a rope bridge crossing the Muak Lek River connecting Muak Lek district of Saraburi and Pak Chong district of Nakhon Ratchasima. There are 2 of these bridges; one at the north and another at the south of Muak Lek waterfall. Tourists can take photos of Muak Lek waterfall from the bride.
Golden Teak Wood Garden is a garden filled with Tectona grandis L.f. grown since this place was just an experiment location for growing plants. This garden is already 50 years old and should be reserved for collecting model seeds.
Root Sculptures is a creation of nature which are adapted itself to survive when grow near the riverside as the plants are at its weakest due to the nature change such as storms and floods during the rainy season. These trees must build its own system in order to hold on to the soft soil for surviving.
How to get there :
37 kilometres from Saraburi town along Mittraphap Road. The entrance is on the left side and opposite the store of the Dairy Farming Promotion Organisation of Thailand.