Khao Phanom Bencha National Park

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Khao Phanom Bencha National Park
อุทยานแห่งชาติเขาพนมเบญจา
IUCN category II (national park)
Map showing the location of Khao Phanom Bencha National Park
Map showing the location of Khao Phanom Bencha National Park
Park location in Thailand
Location Krabi Province, Thailand
Nearest city Krabi
Coordinates 8°14′31″N 98°54′55″E / 8.24194°N 98.91528°E / 8.24194; 98.91528Coordinates: 8°14′31″N 98°54′55″E / 8.24194°N 98.91528°E / 8.24194; 98.91528
Area 50 km2 (19 sq mi)
Governing body Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation

Khao Phanom Bencha National Park (Thai: อุทยานแห่งชาติเขาพนมเบญจา) is a national park in Krabi Province, Thailand. The park is named for Khao Phanom Bencha mountain and protects an area of virgin rainforest and rare wildlife.

Geography[edit]

Khao Phanom Bencha is located 20 kilometres (12 mi) north of Krabi town and encompasses parts of Krabi, Khao Phanom and Ao Luek districts.[1] The park's area is 50 square kilometres (19 sq mi) and reaches its highest point at the 1,397 metres (4,580 ft) peak of Khao Phanom Bencha, part of a mountain range running north to south.[2]

Attractions[edit]

The park has numerous large waterfalls, including Huai To Falls, a waterfall of 5 cascades and a height of 70-80 metres.[1][3] Nearby Huai Sade Falls is a waterfall of three cascades.

Khao Pheung is a cave featuring stalactites and stalagmites.[2] The Khao Phanom Bencha mountain peak is thickly forested and climbable on a multi-day trek.[1]

Flora and fauna[edit]

The park's forest includes such tree species as teak, takian, dipterocarpus alatus, lagerstroemia, magnolia champaca and parkia speciosa. At lower elevations Calamus palms and bamboo are found.[3]

Animal species include clouded leopard, Sumatran serow, tapir, black bear and mouse deer. Numerous monkey species reside within the park such as langur, lar gibbon and stump-tailed macaque.[3]

Male Gurney's Pitta

Khao Phanom Bencha is home to over 200 bird species and is a significant bird-spotting area. Species include white-crowned and helmeted hornbill, white-rumped shama and argus pheasant. An extremely rare bird here is the endangered Gurney's pitta.[2][3]


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Khao Phanom Bencha National Park". Tourism Authority of Thailand. Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Williams, China; Beales, Mark; Bewer, Tim (February 2012). Lonely Planet Thailand (14th ed.). Lonely Planet Publications. p. 654. ISBN 978-1-74179-714-5. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Khao Phanom Bencha National Park". Department of National Parks (Thailand). Retrieved 28 March 2013.