Mae Wa National Park covers a mountainous area of 582.68 square kilometres in Thoen, Mae Phrik districts of Lampang province, Sam Ngao and Ban Tak districts of Tak province. The park is abundant in natural surroundings of animals, streams, trees and verdant hills. In 2000, Mae Wa was declared a national park of Thailand. It is Thailand’s 101st national park.
Mae Wa National Park, generally, is complicatedly high mountains. The north part consists of high and erected mountains while the middle and south part consists of mountain range which has vastly plain area on the top. The area has huge pine tree grow everywhere that makes this area is very beautiful. The west part of this area is Limestone Mountains high 300-400 meters above sea level.
The weather is tropical monsoon influenced by southwestern monsoon in rainy season and northeastern monsoon in winter. Rainy season starts in the middle of May to September which has heavy rain. Winter starts in October to the middle of February. Summer starts in February to the middle of May.
Flora and Fauna
The forest in the surveyed area consists of mixed deciduous forest, rainforest, dry evergreen forest and pine forest, all of which have valuable plants such as Makhaa Mong, ironwood, Burmese ebony, Lagerstroenia, rosewood, wild hog plum, almond-wood, laurel, Careya sphaerica Roxb, Anisoptera, Siamese sal, ingyin, as Pinus merkusii Jungh and Pinus kesiya Royle ex Gordon.
There are a great number of wild animals, such as tiger, seladang, bear, buffalo, dear, barking deer, hare, frog, many kinds of fish, and birds such as hawk, coucal, and owl, because the area has the complicated mountains, productive forest, and food and water supply spreading all over.
Tourist Attractions at Mae Wa National Park
- Forest and Sceneries: The areas on the ridge of Doi Khunhuaipong, Doi Kingkot and Doi Tachi, in the middle to the south of surveyed area, is the vast plains which have pine tree such as Pinus merkusii Jungh and Pinus kesiya Royle ex Gordon mixed with many kinds of Fagaceae. And because almost all the areas are covered by cogon grass so that make the areas are beautiful and suitable for walking to study nature.
- Mae Wa Waterfall: Mae Wa Waterfall locates in Village No.3, Namdip Village, Mae Wa Sub-district, Thoen District, Lampang Province. Consisting of high and erected mountains, Paeluang Mountain (Doi Paeluang) is the source of the waterfall which its water flows down to Wang River. The waterfall, consists of eight levels each of which are different in beauty, locates 100 meters from a by road between kilometre stone number 498 – 499, national road number 1 (Asia Highway Road), approximately 105 kilometres from Lampang Province.
- Nampha -Pha Ngam Cave: Nampha-Pha Ngam Cave, in Wangsamran Village, Phrabatwangtuang Sub-district, Maephrik District, Lampamg Province, is a big limestone cave which has very beautiful stalagmites and stalactites, and a cold-water stream inside. The pathway inside the cave is very long and complicated.
- PhraChedi Cave: Phrachedi Cave, in Village No 3, Numdip Village, Mae Wa Sub-district, Thoen District, Lampang Province, is a medium-size limestone cave which has pagoda-like stalagmite on the floor and tiered ponds inside. People of Namdip Village have developed the cave to be the traveling place of the village. There also are Elephant Cave and many small-size caves nearby. All of which locate about 3 kilometres from Namdip Village.
How to get there
From Lampang take the highway no.1 (Phahonyothin Road, Lampang-Tak route). Between the km markers 489 and 499, there is a side road directing to the park. Take this road for 10 kilometres to the headquarters. If you are worry for getting lost, you can contact a tour agency in Chiang Mai to arrange the private tour package or the car rental with driver to you.
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.
Note : Not accessible for wheelchair user