PHA TAEM NA­TIONAL PARK

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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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