Khun Khan National Park : There are various kinds of virgin forests within the National Park
Khun Khan National Park covers an area of 240 square kilometres or 150,000 rai, covering the areas of Pa Sa-merng National Conserved Forest and Mae-Chaem Forest in Sub-District Mae-sarb, Sub-District Bor-kaew, Sub-District Sa-merng Nua, Sub-District Sa-merng Tai of Sa-merng Tai District, and Sub-District Ban Chan, Sub-District Mae Na-jarn of Mae-Chaem District, Chiang Mai Province. Visitors can find severed ecosystems such as mountain forest and lowland rainforest.
The Park features rugged mountain range. The altitude ranges from 500 metres above sea level to 1,708 metres, on top of the Doi Pung Kia. Doi Pung-kia is the highest mountaintop (1,708 meters above the medium sea level), which is the source of Mae-khan River and Mae-Chaem River flowing into the Ping River.
The weather at the Khun Khan National Park is cool and breezy throughout the year. The average highest temperature is 28 degrees Celsius and the lowest is 18 degrees Celsius and the average year-round temperature is 23aC; meanwhile, the average rainfall is 1,380 mm/year.
Flora and fauna
Khun Khan National Park has an enormous wealth of plants species growing in the area of mountains and forests. There are various kinds of forests within the areas of the National Park, including virgin forests, which can be found on mountains at the altitude of at least 1,000 meters above the medium sea level located on the upper part of the National Park and on mountains separating the areas between Sa-merng District and Mae-Chaem District. Mixed deciduous forest, deciduous dipterocarp, evergreen forest and pine forest blankets the National Park with various plants such as Pinus merkusii, P.kesiya, Schima wallichii, Phyllanthus emblica, Michelia floribunda, Anneslea fragrans, Hopea odorata, Bischofia javensis, Terminalia chebula and Pterocarpus macrocarpa.
The Park is home to wildlife such as Common Muntiacus Muntjak, wild boars, red jungle fowls, porcupines, Asiatic wild dogs, foxes, pangolins, moles, squirrels, wild rabbits, flying squirrels, bats, masked palm civets, mongooses, monkeys, gibbons, tigers, goral, Great Hornbill, etc.
Attractions in Khun Khan National Park
Samoeng forest’s Viewpoint
Samoeng forest’s Viewpoint Nuture Trial The office of the National Park is situated on the side of Sa-merng Watjan Road (km18) at Baan Mae-khan, Sub-District Maesab of Samoeng District, Chiang Mai Province . There are artesian springs emerging from underground of Maetho River. The water temperature is 38C. The National Park has provided a route for natural study, starting from the
Khun Khan National Park’s office, passing timber forest, mixed forest, arid, evergreen forest, and two-leaf pinery until reaching Sob Nam Maetho – Nam Mae Bor-kaew, then, going upstream of Mae Bor-kaew River passing a giant Malabar Ironwood. There are small reefsalong the River. In addition, there are many small-sized waterfalls and cliffs along the route, which finishes at the Hot Springs.
Tham Luang Mae Sap
Tham Luang Mae Sap, a middle cave, offers spectacular view of stalagmites and stalactites.
Mae-sab cave is a medium-sized 2-step cave (approximately 150 meters deep), Luang Mae Sab Cave offers spectacular view of stalagmites and stalactites. situated at Baan Mae-sab, Sub-District Sa-merng, Sa-merng District, Chiang Mai. And there are stalagmites, stalactites, and stone benches inside the cave.
Huai Tat Waterfall is a medium-sized 2-step waterfall (10 meters and 30 meters high) with the flowing water throughout the year, situated at Ban Khun Sab-tai, Sub-District Mae-sab, Sa-merng District, Chiang Mai Province.
Huai Mae Na Poe Waterfall
Huai Mae Na Poe Waterfall is a medium-sized 7-step waterfall (5-15 meters high) with the flowing water throughout the year, situated at Ban Om-long, Sub-District Mae-sab, Sa-merng District, Chiang Mai Province
Pha Sam Na Pha Sam-na is a 3-side cliff on a mountaintop (1,253 meters above the sea level) inhabited by flocks of goral. Pha Sam-na is situated at Baan Sob Pha-luang, Sub-District Mae-najorn of Mae-Chaem District, Chiang Mai Province.
Khun Khan National Park is still in establishing process, so there are no bungalows available. Please bring your own tents and food or rent the tents that prepared by the park.
Khun Khan National Park Map