Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park

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Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
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Map showing the location of Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park
Map showing the location of Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park
Location within Thailand
Location Loei, Phitsanulok and Phetchabun Provinces, Thailand
Coordinates 16°58′36″N 101°02′24″E / 16.97667°N 101.04000°E / 16.97667; 101.04000Coordinates: 16°58′36″N 101°02′24″E / 16.97667°N 101.04000°E / 16.97667; 101.04000
Area 307 km²
Established 1984
Visitors 131,472 (in 2007)

Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park is a national park located in the Loei, Phitsanulok and Phetchabun Provinces of Thailand. The protected area is located in the forested mountains of the Luang Prabang Range close to the border with Laos and is part of the Luang Prabang montane rain forests ecoregion.[1]

Topography[edit]

The park landscape is generally dominated by mountainous terrain. Phu Thap Buek, also known as Phu Man Khao, the highest mountain of the Phetchabun Range, is located within the park area.[2] The northern part of the park stretches to the border with Laos. The Southern part of the park extends into the Phetchabun Province. Mountain peaks include Phu Phang Ma, Phu Lom Lo and Phu Hin Rong Kla. The second tallest is Phu Lomlo at an elevation of 1,664 meters. Within the park are the sources of the Mueat Don and Luang Yai Rivers.[3]

Climate[edit]

The park is generally cool all year round, with temperatures rarely rising above 25° Celsius. The temperature occasionally drops below freezing.[3]

Forest[edit]

The park has mixed deciduous, dry dipterocarp, dry evergreen, and hill evergreen forests.[3]

Animal Species[edit]

Phitsanulok Wildlife
Endangered

Tiger
Phayom
Hopea ferrea
Dalbergia oliveri

Vulnerable

Asiatic Black Bear
Hopea odorata
Sumatran Pine

Near Threatened

Siamese Fireback
Oriental Darter

National Parks

Kaeng Chet Khwae
Namtok Chat Trakan
Phu Hin Rong Kla
Thung Salaeng Luang

Among the species of animal in the park are:[3]

Rock Formations[edit]

The park contains Lan Hin Taek, natural rock formations covered with orchids, ferns, moss, lichens and seasonal flowers.[4]

Effect of Human Presence[edit]

Much of the forest was damaged and much of the wildlife was killed or fled to safer areas during a period when the region was used as a battlefield between the Thai government and the communists.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Luang Prabang montane rain forests
  2. ^ Phu Thap Buek - Cabbage farms
  3. ^ a b c d e Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park
  4. ^ Phitsanulok at ThaiWebsites.com

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