PHA TAEM NATIONAL PARK
Spanning 340 square kilometres, the park is a haven with its intriguing rock formations, abundant wildlife, wild flower field and picturesque waterfalls. The numerous rock paintings that adorn its cliffs are believed to be about 3,000 years old and provide a glimpse of life in the area in prehistoric times. Another must-see in the park are the peculiar mushroom-like rock formations at Sao Chaliang. The area is believed to have been submerged around 1,000 years ago and small fossils can be seen in the rocks.
As the park is located less than a kilometre from the Mekong River at the Thailand-laos border, one can see Phou Xieng Thong National Protected Area in Laos on the opposite side of the river from Pha Mon Viewpoint. The park’s location in the easternmost part of Thailand means it sees the earliest sunrise and sunset in the country. The entrance fee is 400 baht for foreigners. As there is no transport available within the park, visitors who do not have their own transport and do not wish to walk are advised to join a tour group.
There are campsites with tents and bedding within the park and a few food and drink outlets near the visitors’ centre. ag
Where: Ubon Ratchathani Province Getting there: It takes about 1 hour 40 minutes to drive there from Ubon Ratchathani Internatonal Airport Opening hours: 6am to 6pm
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