Pa Hin Ngam National Park

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Pa Hin Ngam National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
Hin Ngam forest.jpg
Siamese tulip fields
Map showing the location of Pa Hin Ngam National Park
Map showing the location of Pa Hin Ngam National Park
Location within Thailand
Location Thep Sathit district, Chaiyaphum Province, Thailand
Coordinates 15°39′34″N 101°23′24″E / 15.65944°N 101.39000°E / 15.65944; 101.39000Coordinates: 15°39′34″N 101°23′24″E / 15.65944°N 101.39000°E / 15.65944; 101.39000
Area 112 km²
Established 1986 and then 1994
Rock formations

Pa Hin Ngam (Thai: ป่าหินงาม) is a National Park in Chaiyaphum province in Thailand. The name Hin Ngam means beautiful stone, where Pa means forest.

In 1985, the Tep Satit Forestry Department first surveyed the area, long popular with the locals, and recommended its protection. In October 1986, the Pa Hin Ngam Park was created, covering 10 km² around the strange rock formations which gave the park its name. In 1993, the Forestry Department of Thailand conducted a more thorough survey including the surrounding area, and recommended that it become a national park. The national park covering 112 km² was created on September 19, 1994, which was officially gazetted in 2007.[1]

The park is located at the boundary of the Dong Phaya Yen Mountains and the Khorat Plateau. The steep cliff at the 846 m high Sut Phan Din viewpoint allows a great view into a valley of the Sonthi River and the Sap Langka Wildlife Sanctuary. The name Sut Phan Din (สุดแผ่นดิน) means end of land, reflecting the steepness of the cliff. This cliff also marks the watershed between the Chao Phraya and the Mekong rivers.

Near the viewpoint is one of the fields of the Siam Tulip (Curcuma alismatifolia), called Dok Kra Jiao (ดอกกระเจียว) in Thai. The dipterocarp forests bloom with the purple flowers at the beginning of the raining season in July.

The park got its name from the strange rock formations in the Hin Ngam Rock Ground, located at the western end of the park. Erosion has carved several large rocks into striking and unusual shapes.

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