Doi Fa Hom Pok National Park in Thailand
Acquiring about 524 sq. kilometres in Fang, Mae Ai and Cliai Prakan districts of Chiang Mai Province, Doi Fa Hom Pok was declared as Thailand’s 97th national park in 2000. The park is well respected by many divers for its beautiful waterfalls and hot springs.
Flora and Fauna
Mixed deciduous, deciduous dipterocarp, evergreen, pine and virgin forests cover the national park with various types of vegetation such as Hopea odorata. Baccaurea sp., Lagerstroemia caiyculata. Tectona grandis. Michelia floribunda and Phyllanthus emblica. Including rare vegetations such as Impatiens jurpioides and Hypericum hookerianum are found on the top of Doi Phahom Pok.
Wildlife found in the national park include Sambar, Common Barking Deer. Common Wild Pig Asian Slow
The national park is located on the Phi Pan Nam mountain range. The mountain is 400 to 2.285 metres above mean sea level. The highest peak, “Doi Phahom Pok” is the second highest mountain in Thailand and the origin for main tributaries of Mae Nam Fang.
Average temperature is 25.4 Celsius. Winter season is from November to February when temperature is 13.7-19 Celsius; rainy season is from May to September with average rainfall 1.183.5 mm. yearly. In April, the temp is generally upper 39 Celsius. Loris as well as different kinds of birds such as Cutia, Purple Cochoa, Green Cochoa and ra’e butterflies such as Brown Gorgon, Mountain Peacook and Kaiser.
- Hot Springs. The hot springs originate from simmering granite with temperatures ranging from 90-130 Celsius. Popular site among tourists.
- Geysers. The geysers spew into the air 50 metres high from the ground for a few minutes about every 25 minutes.
- Huai Mae Chai. Located 300 metres from Hot Springs. The currents run clear, clean and abundant all year-round.
- Huai Bon Cave. The Huai Bon Cave offers fantastic views of stalagmite and stalactite. Located 12 kilometres from Fang.
- Pong Nam Dang Waterfall has a large amount of water supply bringing one of the beautiful waterfalls to see.
- Huai Hian Waterfall has three levels and located 3 kilometres from Huai Bon cave.
- Tat Mok Waterfall offers spectacular views of the waterfall. Located 4 kilometres from Mae Ai.
- Na Ma-uen Waterfall has three levels and located in the jungle of Mae Ai district.
- Doi Phahom Pok is the second highest peak of Thailand. The peak sits 2,285 metres high where visitors have spectacular views of sea mist along where Thailand and Myanmar border.
- From Chiang Mai, take Highway No. 107 to Fang district then turn left to the Fang-Mon Bin route and continue for 3 kilometres then turn right to the local road No.4055. Park headquarters where the Hot Springs located is 8 kilometres further on.
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