Mae Puem National Park ‘A national park that you’ll need for family camping’
Speaking of one of the most wonderful national parks for camping, you don’t want to skip Mae Puem National Park.
Pack your things. Carry your luggages. And go! Let’s have a good time. Before getting to the national park, you probably want to read some details about it first.
Mae Puem National Park was started in 1994. During the year, there was a lot of deforesting. Therefore, government services had to find some ways to preserved the survived forests. They wanted to turn these forests into a nice national park. For that reason, Chiangmai authorities informed the result of forest exploration through a document and also asked Royal Forest Department to consider the richness of Mae Puem, Mae Pung Forest, Huai Ton Yang Forest, and Huai Mae Kaew Forest. The Department told that the 4 forests were plentiful enough to be a national park. Then, in the meeting during March and April. 1994, the Board confirmed the idea of transforming these forest into a nice and peaceful national park.
And that’s how the national park emerged.
Mae Puem National Park is a large area, about 356 square kilometres. It’s divided into 2 different zones.
- The first zone is about 108 square kilometres large and takes place in Doi Pui National Preserved Forest, Muang County, Chiang Rai Province, Huai Ton Yang National Preserved Forest and Huai Mae Kaew Forest, Pan County, Chiang Rai Province.
- The second zone is about 248 square kilometres large and takes place in Mae Pim National Preserved Forest and Mae Pung Forest, Pan County, Pa Daed County, Chiang Rai Province, Mae Chai County, Muang County, Phayao Province, Mae Pim River National Preserved Forest and Dong Pradoo Forest, Mae Chai County, Muang County, Phayao Province, and Mae Hong Pho National Preserved Forestf, Huai Kaew Forest, the left of Mae Ing Forest, Phu Kham Yao Sub-district, Phayao Province.
The national park mostly consists of high mountains. The north connests to Ta Sai District, Muang County, Chiangrai Province. The south connects to Mae Pim District, Muang County, Phayao Province. The east connects to Sri Pho Ngoen District, Pa Daed County, Chiangrai Province. The west connects to Charoen Muang District, Pan County, Chiangrai Province. There are 4 types of forests there: semi-evergreen forest, mixed forest, deciduous dipterocarp forest, and pine forest. Some animals can be found, for examples, birds, warthogs, falcons, squirrels etc.
Now, we suggest you to travel during winter, as the atmosphere there will be romantic and cool.
Don’t worry about your shelter. Your shelter will be comfortable for sure. There are lots of shelthers available. They’re lovely small houses. But if you want a camping taste like Japanese people, you can just get your own tent and set it up on a camping ground instead.
Although you sleep in the middle of forests, don’t worry about anything. There are facilities for you. There are shower rooms, toilets, resting lots, pavilions etc. But there aren’t shops or restaurants. Therefore you should have your own food. In fact, getting your own food and cook it in front of your tent will be exciting. For an example, in the evening, you may set a fire and roast some sausages to eat. Sounds delicious, eh?
You can stay at the national park as long as you want to. Even there aren’t entertaining places like in large cities, but believe us, this will be your wonderful vacation. You can do a lot of fun activities during your camping.
- Play volleyball.
- Play guitar and sing.
- Go sightseeing and take photos.
- Explore the woodlands.
- Enjoy cooking with fire, but be careful.
- Enjoy going jogging every morning.
- If you have smartphones or tablets with you, just connect them to the internet and watch your favorite movies. It will be relaxing.
:Thai Tourist: Adult: 20 Baht, Child: 10 Baht
:Foreign Tourist: Adult: 100 Baht, Child: 50 Baht
How to get there
You should be in Phayao downtown first. Then get to the Highway 1(Phayao-Chiang Rai). Keep going for about 17 kilometres. Reach for the pole of 754th kilometre. Then turn right and continue straight for about 6 kilometres. You will reach the national park in no time.