Chae Son National Park

Chae Son National Park (Thai: อุทยานแห่งชาติแจ้ซ้อน) is a national park in Lampang Province, Thailand. Home to the namesake Chae Son waterfall, the park is also host to caves and hot springs.[1]

Chae Son National Park
อุทยานแห่งชาติแจ้ซ้อน
Chaeson National Park อุทยานแห่งชาติแจ้ซ้อน (Dec 2021) - img 01.jpg
A hot spring in the national park
LocationLampang Province, Thailand
Nearest cityLampang
Coordinates18°50′11″N 99°28′14″E / 18.83639°N 99.47056°E / 18.83639; 99.47056Coordinates: 18°50′11″N 99°28′14″E / 18.83639°N 99.47056°E / 18.83639; 99.47056
Area768 km2 (297 sq mi)
Established28 July 1988
Visitors248,381 (in 2019)
Governing bodyDepartment of National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP)

GeographyEdit

Chae Son National Park is located 75 kilometres (47 mi) north of Lampang town in Mueang Pan and Chae Hom districts. The park's area is 480,000 rai ~ 768 square kilometres (297 sq mi).[2] Park mountains form part of the Khun Tan Range and are an important water source for the surrounding area.[1] In places the park reaches elevations of 2,000 metres (6,600 ft).[3]

HistoryEdit

Originally a Forest Park, on 28 July 1988 Chae Son was designated Thailand's 58th National Park.[1]

AttractionsEdit

The park's main attraction is Chae Son Waterfall, a six-tiered waterfall 150 metres (490 ft) in height. Mae Peak is a three-tiered waterfall 100 metres (330 ft) in height. Other waterfalls include Mae Koon, also 100 metres (330 ft), and Mae Mawn.[1][4]

Chae Son hot spring is an area of sulfurous pools from nine boreholes emitting waters at temperatures around 73 °C (163 °F). The park also has numerous cave systems including Pha-ngam, Mor, Luang and Loug Kae.[5]

Flora and faunaEdit

The park's forests are mixed deciduous and deciduous dipterocarp. Tree species include Afzelia xylocarpa, Chukrasia velutina, Toona ciliata, Diospyros, Lagerstroemia calyculata, Dipterocarpus alatus, Dipterocarpus obtusifolius, Pinus merkusii, Pinus kesiya, Pterocarpus macrocarpus, Shorea obtusa and Shorea siamensis.[1]

Animals in the park include Phayre's leaf monkey, sambar deer, Asian golden cat, Southwest China serow, northern red muntjac (Muntiacus muntjak vaginalis), chevrotain, Siamese hare, Sunda flying lemur, Malayan porcupine, Finlayson's squirrel, wild boar and northern treeshrew.[5]

Bird life in Chae Son includes white-rumped shama, red junglefowl, woodpecker, bulbul, barbet, tailorbird, green pigeon, warbler, babbler and dove.[1]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Chae Son National Park". Department of National Parks (Thailand). Archived from the original on 22 May 2013. Retrieved 3 July 2013.
  2. ^ "ข้อมูลพื้นที่อุทยานแห่งชาติ ที่ประกาศในราชกิจจานุบกษา 133 แห่ง" [National Park Area Information published in the 133 Government Gazettes]. Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (in Thai). December 2020. Retrieved 1 November 2022, no 58{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: postscript (link)
  3. ^ "Chae Son National Park". Lonely Planet. Archived from the original on 26 November 2015. Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  4. ^ Dundas, Deysia (December 2004). Let's Go Southeast Asia (9th ed.). Macmillan. pp. 788. ISBN 978-0-31233-567-0.
  5. ^ a b "Chae Son National Park". National Parks in Thailand (PDF). Department of National Parks (Thailand). 2015. pp. 11–12. ISBN 978-6-1631-6240-3. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 February 2017.