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Doi Chong National Park
Doi Chong National Park ‘One of the beautiful National Park in Lampang’
Doi Chong National Park consists of small and large peaks extending from the north to the southwest of the area. Many gullies flowing into Wang River originate from these mountains.
Doi Chong National Park is situated in the areas of Sop Prap District, Thoen District, and Mae Phrik District of Lampang Province, and Li District of Lamphun Province. The geographical features of the National Park consist of high mountains. Doi Chong is the highest mountaintop of the National Park (1,339 meters above the sea level) with beautiful scenery and various kinds of forests including mixed forests, arid evergreen forests, and pinery, and being the source of streams and rivers.
The topography of the National Park consist of small sized and large sized mountains, extending from the north to the southwest of the area. These mountains are the sources of many gullies flowing into Wang River (Wang River is the main river of Lampang Province and also being the water source for many reservoirs such as Maeprap Reservoir, Huai Maepu Reservoir, Mae-yong Reservoir, etc. In general, the topography of the area consist of stony mountains with decorative minerals, zinc, granite, and marble.
The climate in lower areas at foothills of the National Park is similar to other areas in the Northern Region of which the highest temperature is 43 o C and the lowest temperature is 10 o C Meanwhile, temperatures on the mountaintops are lower than temperatures on flatlands of the National Park. The lowest temperature is 4 o C and the average rainfall is 894 mm/year.
Flora and Fauna
There are various kinds of forests within the areas of the National Park, including timber forests, mixed deciduous forests, arid evergreen forests, and pinery. Wild animals found in the National Park include Asiatic black bears, Muntiacus Muntjak, monkeys, wild boars, tree shrews, squirrels, mongooses, masked palm civets, birds, snakes, etc.
Tourist Attractions at Doi Chong National Park
From the National Park’s office, you must take the jungle route for approximately 7 kilometers to the mountaintop, where you will be impressed with sightseeing spots for watching beautiful sunrise and sunset, as well as the surrounding scenery.
From the sightseeing spots,you can view forests and high mountains of the National Park.
The highest mountaintop of the National Park is situated at 1,339 meters above the sea level, with cool and breezy weather throughout the year.
There are small/medium-sized reservoirs with beautiful scenery surrounding the areas of the National Park including Mae-thai Reservoir, Mae-yong Reservoir, and Mae-arb Reservoir.
On the mountaintop of Doi Chong National Park, there are different kinds of orchids, particularly a uniquely colourful Vanda Coerulea (Fah-mui), which blooms during October-January of every year.
Contact Address : Doi Chong National Park, Mu 6, Na Yang Sub-district, Amphur Sop Prap Lampang Thailand 52170
How to get there
Doi Chong National Park’s office is situated in Sop Prap District, Lampang District. From Mueang District of Lampang Province, you may take Highway No.1 (Phahonyothin Road) and go southwards for approximately 54 kilometers. When reaching Sop Prap District Office, make a right hand turn to Ban Lai–Ban Kaen Road. When reaching Ban Na Mai Daeng (approximately 8 km away from Phahonyothin Road ), make a left hand turn and go straight on for approximately 7 kilometers and you will reach the office of the National Park. The total distance from Mueang District of Lampang Province to the National Park’s office is approximately 68 kilometers. It sound difficult to go there, right. Do worry, we can provide a private tour or the car rental with driver for your group.
Opening hours and Entrance fee : Opens daily from 8 am until 6 pm. Admission is THB 100 per adult and THB 50 per child and THB 30 per car.
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