Pa Hin Ngam National Park is located on Phang Hoei mountain range comprising undulating hills with a height of 300-846 metres above sea level, covering deciduous dipterocarp forest, dry evergreen forest and mixed deciduous forest, with a diversity of ecology. There are many kinds of wild flowers in the same species of Dusita, En A, and orchids, as well as, various species of wildlife, comprising more than 56 kinds of birds, 21 types of mammals, and 10 categories of reptiles. Tourist destinations within the national park are as follows:
Lan Hin Ngam is a location where there are a lot of large rocks in strange shapes scattered in an area of more than 10 rai. It has occurred from the erosion of the soil and rocks into different shapes, which can be imagined as many kinds of objects and animals such as nails, radar, hens, etc.
Dok Krachiao or Bua Sawan Field Krachiao – a kind of curcuma - is an annual plant in the same species as ginger-galingale, scattered generally from Lan Hin Ngam to the Sut Phaendin viewpoint. It is suitable for travelling during the rainy season from June to August.
Sut Phaendin is a steep cliff and is the highest point of Phang Hoei mountain range, 2 kilometres from the Office of the National Park and 846 metres above sea level. It is the cliff connecting between the Central and Northeastern regions. At this viewpoint, the panoramic view of a complex mountain range with a cool breeze throughout the day can be admired.
Namtok Thep Phana is located 7 kilometres on the east side of the Office of the National Park. It is a medium-size waterfall originating from Huai Krachon flowing from the Phang Hoei mountain range. It can be divided into 3 different tiers. The highest one is 2-3 metres, the second one is 2-3 metres, and the lowest one is 6 metres. There is water only during the rainy season.
Namtok Thep Prathan is situated in Ban Rai Sub-district, 7 kilometres from the Office of the National Park. It is a medium-size waterfall but quite flat. There are different low tiers of large rock terraces and a steep highland with a large amount of water during the rainy season.
Phra Phutthabat Khao Yai Hom is located at the rock terrace on the Phukhao Hom Summit, Phang Hoei mountain range, Dong Phaya Yen, within the compound of Wat Phra Phutthabat Khao Yai Hom, Na Yang Klak Sub-district. It is a red Buddha’s left footprint, stamped onto the rock terrace with a width of 75 centimetres, length of 180 centimetres, and depth of 45 centimetres, surrounded by 3 holy ponds. Phra Phutthabat Khao Yai Hom is 65 kilometres from the District Administration Office on the northeast and 63 kilometres from the centre of Chaiyaphum on the southwestern side. However, from the Sap Yai Minor District, it is only 8 kilometres to the north.
Pa Hin Ngam National Park provides accommodation and a camping site for tourists. For more information, please contact the Pa Hin Ngam National Park, P.O. Box No. 2, Thep Sathit Provincial Post Office, Chaiyaphum 36230 at Tel.
0 4489 0105, or National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department at Tel. 0 2562 0760, or at www.dnp.go.th.
To get there: Pa Hin Ngam National Park is 270 kilometres from Bangkok. Take Highway No.1, pass Saraburi to Phu Khae T-junction. Take Highway No. 21 and take Highway No. 205 from Ban Lam Narai for approximately 48 kilometres. At 1 kilometre prior to Thep Sathit District Administration Office, turn left along Highway No. 2354 (into the way to Nong Bua Rawe District) for 15 kilometres. At the crossroads, turn left into Ban Rai for 14 kilometres to the Office of the National Park. Visitors can travel by bus Bangkok - Thep Sathit – Chaiyaphum line and get off at Ban Rai crossroads. Then, rent a motorcycle to the Office of the National Park. Otherwise there is the Bangkok – Chaiyaphum Bus line and Song Taeo (a minibus) provided for tourists at the entrance of Ban Wa Tabaek to the market near the Office of the National Park. During the Dok Krachiao Blooming Festival, there is a minibus provided for tourists along each tourist destination within the national park.