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Category : Caves , National Parks & Marine Reserves
Attraction Details :
The Tham Pha Thai National Park is located between Mueang and Ngao districts just off the main highway at Kms.665-666, some 60 kilometres from the provincial town. Cars can access right to the mouth of a cave within which are picturesque stalactite and stalagmites. There are also several smaller caverns, each with their own attractions.
Places of Interest in the Park:
Tham Pha Thai is assumed to have been found by a hunter or a highway survey team. The large chamber inside the cave originates from a limestone mountain not less than nine million years old. The depth is around 1,150 metre from the cave entrance. The park has installed an electric system to facilitate a walk to see plentiful stalagmites and stalactites within the cave. King Rama VII visited the cave in 1926 and his royal initials “Po Po Ro” were inscribed inside. Numerous bats live in the cave. Nearby caves are Tham Chon and Tham Suea which have ancient history and are accessible on foot from Tham Pha Thai.
Tham Chon is a small cave with three chambers each decorated with a curtain of stalactites. It has been told that it was a cave of thieves or ‘Chon’ in Thai.
Lom Phu Khiao is a gigantic pool of water on the mountain, looking like a volcano’s crater. It is so deep that the water looks green. There are many fish living in the pool. To get there: Drive along the route from Muban On for around 6 km.
Namtok Mae Chaem Fa or Namtok Tat Moei is around 8 km along the road from Mu 1, Ban Thung Hang, Tambon Thung Phueng, Amphoe Chae Hom. The waterfall has clear and clean water flowing in nine tiers. Each tier is beautiful with emerald green cascades, which is a specific feature of a waterfall on a limestone mountain.
Ban Huai Hok Pre-historic Paintings depict a file of marching people. They are around 2,000-3,000 years old. Such red paintings belong to a nomadic society and are rarely found in Thailand. The painting site is around 3.5 km from Muban Huai Hok, and accessible on foot.
Namtok Mae Ke is around 18 km from Ban Mae Ke in Amphoe Ngao. This large waterfall originates from Lam Huai Mae Ke (the Mae Ke Creek), rushing from the rock cliff. The beautiful cascades are seen among shady large trees.
How to get there :
Tham Pha Thai National Park is located on Highway No. 1 (Lampang-Chiang Rai Road) at Km 665, around 65 kilometre from Lampang town. Visitors can also follow the Phrae-Ngao-Chiang Rai Road and, before reaching Amphoe Ngao, take a left turn to Lampang for around 15 km before reaching the park’s headquarters.