Attractions Near Udon Thani - Phu Kao Phu Phan National Park, Khon Kaen
Phu Kao Phu Phan Park was stablished in 1985, and became the 50th national park in Thailand. It covers an area of about 322 square kilometres, so clearly far too large to exlore in a short space of time.
The park, which is adjacent to the banks of the Ubonratana reservoir, features two sandstone 'mountains' that are seperated from each other, and is blanketed by deciduous dipterocarp forest, dry evergreen forest, and mixed dipterocarp forest. Phu Kao Phu Phan park’s headquarter is located by the reservoir of Ubolratana Dam, near Phu Khan Kham.
Phu Phan Kham.
The mountain range (part of Phu Phan Range) is on the east of Phong River Basin. If you ascend to the top of the mountain, you will get a really picturesque view of the reservoir through the valley. Phu Phan Kham is famous for fish breeding and fishing site of the province.
Phu Khao is rugged sandstone mountain range in the shape of a pan, comprising 9 mountains - Phu Fang, Phu Han, Phu Wat, Phu Khum Pun, Phu Moei, Phu Chan, Phu Ko Mo, Phu Luak, and Phu Phro. The home of numerous wildlife species, all 9 mountains are blanketed with lush forest. Interesting attractions include:
Wat Phra Buddha Bat Phu Khao.
The ancient temple houses two gigantic foot prints, one being human and the other that of a dog on the rock. Such footprints are related to local legend 'Phra Suphrom Wimokha and 9 tailed Dog'. There are Tham Muem and Tham Archan Sim caves in its compound, which houses pre-historical paintings and carving on the walls.
Tham Suea Tok, Tham Chek, Tham Pla Hai.
The caves here are interesting archaeological sites, housing cave paintings and carvings which date back some 1,500 years.
Ham Tang Stone Pillar
The area is filled up with rocks in different and odd shapes. The outstanding one being one huge rock sitting on the other, resembling a mushroom, which makes it it a remarkable natural sculpture.
The rock top pavilion is built on a huge rock sitting by 30 metre high cliff, and is rather incredible. It can be accessed by stairs and offers very good views over the local countryside.
Namtok Tat Fa.
These small falls cascade through mixed dipterocarp forest before plunging 7 metres down into the big pool below.
The park provides boats for tourist so you can enjoy the view from the reservoir. There are also three guesthouses should you want to spend several days here, and you will need to, to explore it better.
For more information, contact Phu Khao-Phu Phan Kham National Park at 08 1221 0526 or the Department of National Park, Wildlife, and Plant Life at 025 620760 or visit www.dnp.go.th The website option is probably easier for most people.
How to get to Phu Kao Phu Phan Park
Other attractions in Udon Thani Province
Ban Chiang Museum
Butta Bat Bua Bok
Ho Chi Minh Historical Park
Hui Luang Dam
Kaeng Khut Khu Rapids
Khon Kaen Zoo
King Cobra Village
Na Kha Silk Village
Na Yung Som Forest Park
Nong Khai Aquarium
Nong Khai Crocodile Farm
Phu Foi Lom
Phu Hin Lat Cho Fa
Phu Kradaeng Forest Park
Phu Pha Lek National Park
Phu Pha Ya Cave
Phu Phra Bat Park
Red Lotus Sea
Sala Kaew Ku
Than Ngam Park
Than Thip Falls