Chae Son National Park
|Chae Son National Park|
|Location||Lampang Province, Thailand|
|Area||592 km2 (229 sq mi)|
|Governing body||Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation|
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. In places the park reaches elevations of 2000 meters.
Originally a Forest Park, on 28 July 1988 Chae Son was designated Thailand's 58th National Park.
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.
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.
Flora and fauna
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.