Doi Phu Nang National Park ‘One of the best national parks for camping’
One of the greatest activities to do when you’re in Phayao is to set up a camp in a national park.
Doi Phu Nang National Park is a good national park for doing so, in case you’re looking for some advice.
Doi Phu Nang National Park was started in 1990. First, Major General Sanan Kajornprasart, an Agriculture and Co-operative Minister, went to Nong Lom District, Do Kham Tai County for government service purpose. During his time there, he presented his policy of forest preservation and also suggested Chiangrai Forest Office to have a proper plan to preserve forest and create nature preservation area or a national park.
After that, the areas of Doi Ph Nang National Park were explored and officers believed that they were perfect and plentiful enough to be a national park. Not so long after the first exploration, a forestry scholar named Warawut Amornthat explored the right side of Mae Yom Forest and nearby woodlands.
Now, Doi Phu Nang National Park is a perfect and beautiful national park for every families. It takes place in 3 preserved woodlands.
- Mae Yom Forest: Kuan District, Pong District, Sara District, Chiang Muan District, and Ban Mang District of Chiang Muan County, Phayao Province
- Mae Tam Forest: Ban Pin District of Dok Kham Tai County, Phayao Province
- Mae Rong Khui Forest: Nong Lom District of Dok Kham Tai County, Phayao Province
You should get a full-time rest with all those high mountains around. These mountains’ heights start from 361-1,222 metres. The highest peak is Doi Phu Nang itself. The scenery is so stunning. Also, there are 4 different types of forests there: rain forest, montane forest, deciduous dipterocarp forest, and mixed forest.
The north of the national park connects to Wiang Lor Animal-Preserving Area, Song County, Phayao Province. The south connects to Mae Yom National Park, Song County, Phrae Province. The east connects to Doi Pha Chang Animal-Preserving Are and Ban Luang County, Nan Province. The west connects to Wiang Lor Animal-Preserving Area and Dam Forest Project.
Doi Phu Nang National Park is natural, plentiful, relaxing, fresh-looking, and beautiful enough for you to have a camp. There are 2 camping grounds there, where you will set up your tent.
To have the most romantic and relaxing camp ever, you’re suggested to travel during cold season, as you will have a good chance to see thick fog and you won’t lose your sweat. Therefore, you will enjoy all your activities at your camp, including campfire circle sharing, ukulele playing and singing, doing exercise, watching the sunset, and admiring these following spots in the national park…
- Tarn Sawan Waterfall : This medium-sized waterfall originated from many streams: Huai Song Sob, Huai Pong, Huai Oon, and Bo Pia. The water appears in green colour, making it so beautiful.
- Huai Ton Pueng Waterfall : This limestone waterfall is about 80 metres high and has 6 levels.
- Kaeng Luang Dinosour Forest Park : This is a forest park where you can learn about dinosours. Real fossils are waiting for you. Your kids will want to see them.
- Pang Ngun Cave : This large cave is located in Ban Pang Ngun, Dok Kham Tau District, Phayao Province. There 5 different halls and sparkling crystals inside.
- The sunset seeing spot behind the office of the national park : Hold the hands of your love one and get there.
- Lignite Mine : If was once a mine, but it’s a large reservoir now.
Always get jackets or thick costumes with you. If you travel during cold season, the temperature can be as low as 9 degree Celcius. You won’t want to get a fever there and run out of fun days.
How to get there
Look for the Highway 1021(Phayao-Dok Kham Tai County). Just keep driving until you find the way to switch to the Highway 1251. After that, turn right to reach Pa Bia Village. After another 4 kilometres, you will reach the national park.
Another route is to take the Highway 1120(Phrae-Chiang Muang). Switch to the Highway 1091 and 1251. Continue straight for about 15 kilometres and you will be at the national park.