Chae Son National Park

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Chae Son National Park
อุทยานแห่งชาติแจ้ซ้อน
IUCN category II (national park)
Map showing the location of Chae Son National Park
Map showing the location of Chae Son National Park
Park location in Thailand
Location Lampang Province, Thailand
Nearest city Lampang
Coordinates 18°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
Area 592 km2 (229 sq mi)
Established July 1988
Governing body Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation

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]

Geography[edit]

Chae Son National Park is located 66 kilometres (41 mi) north of Lampang town in Mueang Pan and Chae Hom districts. The park's area is 592 square kilometres (229 sq mi). 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 2000 meters.[2]

History[edit]

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

Attractions[edit]

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][3]

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.[1]

Flora and fauna[edit]

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]

Animal species include serow, barking deer, mouse deer, Siamese Hare, Malayan flying lemur, langur, macaque, golden cat, porcupine, treeshrew and wild boar.[1]

Bird life in Chae Son includes White-rumped Shama, Red Junglefowl, woodpecker, bulbul, barbet, Tailorbird, green pigeon, warbler, babbler and dove.[1]

Sumatran Serow
White-Rumped Shama

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Chae Son National Park". Department of National Parks (Thailand). Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "Chae Son National Park". Lonely Planet. Retrieved 4 July 2013. 
  3. ^ Dundas, Deysia (December 2004). Let's Go Southeast Asia (9th ed.). Macmillan. p. 788. ISBN 978-0-31233-567-0.