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PHETCHABUN : General Information

          346 kilometres from Bangkok, Phetchabun borders on three regions, the North, the Central and the Northeast. The central part of the province is on the Pa Sak river basin with mountain ranges running along both the western and eastern sectors. Because of the fertility of the land, Phetchabun has always been an agriculturally productive area. The very name of the province actually means the land of crops and foods.

       Today, Phetchabun is a province with rich tourism potential. Its climate is pleasant due to the mountainous and forested areas and it has a history of richness and prosperity for more than 1,400 years. As and Sukhothai styles have been discovered.

Phetchabun is administratively divided into the following districts: Muang, Lom Sak, Lom Kao, Chon Daen, Nong Phai, Wichian Buri, Si Thep, Bueng Sam Phan, Wang Pong, Nam Nao and Khao Kho.

PHETCHABUN : How to get there

Distances from Amphoe Mueang to Other Districts

Lom Sak
Khao Kho
Chon Daen
Lom Kao
Nong Phai
Wang Pong
Bueng Sam Phan
Wichian Buri
Si Thep
Nam Nao

By Car

         From Bangkok, drive along Highway No. 1 passing Saraburi to Phu Khae (Km. 125), turn right into Highway No. 21 and proceed to Phetchabun via Chai Badan, Si Thep and Wichian Buri, a total distance of 346 kilometres.

By Bus

         Transport Co. Ltd. operates both air-conditioned and non air-conditioned bus services along the Bangkok-Phetchabun-Lom Sak route. Buses depart from Bangkok's Mochit 2 Bus Terminal daily. Call 0 2936 2852-66 or visit www.transport.co.th for more information. Private bus companies are such as Phet Tour, Tel: 0 2936 3230 and Thin Siam Tour, Tel: 0 2936 0500.

By Air

         Thai Airways flies from Bangkok to Phetchabun on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Call 1566 for more information.

PHETCHABUN : Activities

Phu Hin Rong Kla

         Lom Sak District is the starting point to go to Phu Hin Rong Kla to the west. As the route is quite steep, extreme care should be exercised in driving. Phu Hin Rong Kla is a popular destination located along the Phitsanulok and Phetchabun borders and offers exotic scenery. It was once the base of communists’ resurgents fighting against the government some twenty years ago.

          Click to obtain the information on Phu Hin Rong Kla in Phitsanulok

Khao Kho

         Khao Kho is made up of mountain ranges to northwest of town about 1,174 metres above mean sea level covered in the main by deciduous plants. Very cold during November-February, it once was the base room which communist insurgents conducted their struggles against the authorities during 1968-1982. Today it is accessible via two routes; off Highway No. 12 (Phitsanulok - Lom Sak) at Ban Camp Son with a further distance of 30 kilometres of off highway No. 21 at Ban Na Ngua, about 13 kilometres from town with a further distance of 30 kilometres. Both routes wind through considerably steep terrain. Interesting places include various viewing points, remains of communist bases and buildings, war memorial, arms museum, a Chedi containing Holy Relic and the Si Dit waterfall.

         Accommodation at Khao Kho: There is a large number of accommodation to be chosen. Most of them will be in Thung Samo Sub-district and Camp Son, approximately 30 kilometres from the attractions on Khao Kho. The nearest one is the Cavalry Guesthouse at Km. 28 on Highway 2196, 28th Cavalry Division and bungalows for accompanying persons near the Khao Kho Palace and Khao Ya. Moreover, there are many resorts by the route ascending to Khao Kho.

Ban Thap Boek

         Ban Thap Boek lies at the 1,768 meters above sea level claimed as the highest point of Phetchabun Province. The climate here is cool all year round. The mountian is a landscape of cabbage plantation grown by Hmong hilltribe people risiding here. The best season to travel is when the mountain top is filled with Cherry blossoms from December till January. Visitor can stay on a campground that is set nearby the viewpoint and can enjoy the night time view of Lomsak town as it twinkles from the electric lights like stars on the earth.

Thap Boek

        Thap Boek is located at Mu 14, Wang Ban Sub-district. It is a Hmong village. Geographically, it lies at the 1,768 meters above sea level claimed as the highest point of Phetchabun Province. It is mountainous from the starting point up to the village with chilly climate throughout the year. It is also a reservation venue for the rain used in the ceremony of casting a spell onto the holy water for the Celebrations on the Auspicious Occasion of His Majesty the King’s 72nd Birthday Anniversary 5th December 1999. At Ban Thap Boek, vegetables, especially cabbage, will be planted with no watering due to 2 seasons; namely, the rainy season and winter. Moreover, when the mountain top is filled with Cherry blossoms from December till January, it is also the best season to travel.

        During the rainy season, it is misty during both daytime and nighttime. Therefore, it is sometimes called “the Misty Town”, where the event “Climb up to Thap Boek, Experience the Coolness and Watch the Stars on the Ground” is organised because the night time scenery of Lomsak and Lomkao town as it twinkles from the electric lights like stars on the earth.

        Accommodation The Phetchabun Tourism Association has provided bungalows and rental tents for tourists. In the case visitors bring their own tents, a camping site fee will be charged. For further information, contact the Phetchabun Tourism Association, Tel. 0 5670 9026, 08 1680 0223.

        To get there From Phetchabun, take Highway No. 21 to Lom Sak District for 40 kilometres. At Lom Sak District, take Highway No. 203 for 13 kilometres and turn left into Lom Kao District and proceed further for 5 kilometres, passing Ban Wang Ban. Go straight on until the end of the road, turn left into Highway 1143 for 1 kilometre, and turn right into Highway 2331, passing Huai Nam Rin Village until Km. 18-19, prior to the checkpoint to the park. There will be a direction sign into Thap Boek Village, turn right and go further for 4 kilometres. (Note: The route is very steep and curving. Visitors should travel by a vehicle with high engine power and with special caution.)

Kaeng Bang Rachan

         Located at Ban Nong Mae Na. Kaeng Bang Rachan, the destination for eco-tourists, provides a set for paddling amongst the tranquility nature of Khek River Source. "Rua E-pong" , a traditional paddle boat is used as means of transportation. Trip to Kaeng Bang Rachan is organised anually every dry season (March-May) by the local community. The hilight of the trip is to experience "Freshwater Jellyfish" (Crasapedacusta Sowerby), which is presently found in only few countries of USA, Russia, UK, Japan and Thailand. It would be seen only in sunlight, so as a reason, the appropriate time to visit is between 10.00 - 16.00 hrs. Moreover, there are some species of rare butterfly can be seen here such as Kaiser, Troides helena, Euploea, etc.

Thung Salaeng Luang National Park (Nong Mae Na)

         Thung Salaeng Luang National Park, Office 1 (Nong Mae Na) is at Nong Mae Na Sub-district, Khao Kho District, Phetchabun. It is an affiliate office under the headquarters at Km. 80. The park covers the area of Mueang District, Khao Kho District, Lom Sak District, Chon Daen District, Phetchabun, and Wang Thong District, as well as, Nakhon Thai District in Phitsanulok, being an overall area of 789,000 rai. It was acclaimed a national park on 27 May, 1975. Geographically, it is similar to a turtle’s back with an undulating surface. It is a limestone mountain range stretching as a long line. The highest point is at Khao Khae which is the source of many rivers such as Huai Khek Yai and Khlong Wang Thong. The rainy season is from July to October, while winter is from November to February. During winter, it will be very cold and suitable for traveling. Important plants include Pinus merkusii, Mangifera spp., Burma Padauk and a grass field covering a large plain of pine trees and flowers.

          Interesting attractions within the national park are as follows:
Hanging Bridge (สะพานแขวน) is 3 kilometres from the Office of the National Park. On both sides and along the path is forest. It is very shady and suitable for relaxation.

           Kaeng Wang Nam Yen (แก่งวังน้ำเย็น) is 7 kilometres from the National Park Office at Nong Mae Na, the similar route to Thung Non Son. Along its way, the forest is continuously changing from a grass field into deciduous dipterocarp forest, mixed with pine forest and mixed deciduous forest. Within the moist evergreen forest by the brook flowing from a waterfall, there is a variety of big trees with many strange kinds of undergrowth such as various types of ferns and caladiums.

        Tung Salaeng Luang (ทุ่งแสลงหลวง) is 25 kilometres from the National Park Office at Nong Mae Na. It is a large open savanna grass field, covering an area of 16 square kilometres. Along the route cutting through a mixed deciduous forest, visitors will discover wildlife searching for food and various kinds of flowers. Moreover, there are savanna grass fields mixed with the forests of the Pinus merkusii; namely, Thungya Mueang Len and Thung Non Son.

Tung Nang Phaya (ทุ่งนางพญา) is 15 kilometres to the south of the Office of the National Park at Nong Mae Na. It is a savanna grass field, surrounded by mountain pine forest and hill evergreen forest. On the branches of the pine trees appear wild plants difficult to be seen such as Dendobrium senile and Dendrobium Trigonopus – kinds of orchids.

           Thung Non Son (ทุ่งโนนสน) is a savanna grass field mixed with mountain pine forest, located in the middle of the National Park at the summit of Khao Khok Son. It is similar to Thung Salaeng Luang and Thung Nang Phaya. From the end of the rainy season to the beginning of winter are various kinds of flowers that bloom such as Utricularia delphinioides, Doritis pulcherrima, Eriocaulon henryanum, Arudina graminifolia, and Nepenthes. This field is appropriate for trekking and is 31 kilometres from the Office of the National Park at Nong Mae Na. It is open to the public during October – November of every year. Tents can be rented, costing 400-500 Baht for a tent of 3-5 persons. In the case visitors bring their own tents, a fee of 30 Baht a night is required for the camping area.
Moreover, the national park has organised the Pho Ko Kho Rice Field Nature Study Route, 4 kilometres from the Nong Mae Na Office. At the starting point, 30-40 rai of rice fields will be seen. This rice field is a duplicate one of the Pho Ko Kho - communist insurgents – by the national park. A small brook from the high mountain plateau created by the Pho Ko Kho in the past is utilised in supplying the rice field. Throughout the field bloom Krachieo – curcuma - flowers in various colours. A nature study trip can be done within the 4 kilometres around the area.

        Admission : adult 400 baht, child 200 baht

          Accommodation The park provides accommodation for tourists at the Office at Km. 80, comprising 8 bungalows, costing 1,000 – 3,000 Baht. Moreover, tents for rent are also provided, costing 150-300 Baht for 3-5 persons. In the case visitors bring their own tents, a camping site is also provided for 30 Baht/ person / night. Furthermore, within the area of Nong Mae Na Office, on the way to the Khao Kho Palace, Khao Kho District, there are 8 bungalows, costing 2,000 – 5,000 Baht and rental tents for 3-5 persons, costing 150-300 Baht. In the case visitors bring their own tents, a camping site is provided for 30 Baht/ person / night. For further information, contact the Thung Salaeng Luang National Park, P.O. Box 64, Mueang District, Phitsanulok 65120, Tel. 0 5526 8019, or Department of the National Park, Wildlife and Flora, Bangkok, Tel. 0 2562 0760 or www.dnp.go.th.

          To get there: There are 2 routes overall that can be taken. First Route: From Phetchabun, take Highway No. 21 to Lom Sak District for 13 kilometres to Ban Na Ngua and turn left. Go further along Highway No. 2258 to Khao Kho, pass the Ban Sado Phong Intersection and Khao Kho Palace, and go straight on until reaching Ban Thang Tawan, turn right for 4 kilometres until reaching Office 1 of the National Park, Thung Salaeng Luang. Second Route: From Phitsanulok, take Highway No. 12, Phitsanulok – Lom Sak Route, for approximately 100 kilometres and turn right into Khao Kho, passing the Office of Khao Kho District until reaching Ban Sado Phong and turn right into Highway No. 2258, passing Khao Kho Palace. Go straight on to Ban Thang Tawan and turn right for 4 kilometres to reach the Office 1 of the National Park, Thung Salaeng Luang (Nong Mae Na).

Noen Mahatsachan

        Noen Mahatsachan is located at Km. 17.5, Na Ngua – Sado Phong Road on Highway 2258. After driving to this spot, stop the engine, the car will move back up the hill by itself. This happening is from an illusion