Chaloem Rattanakosin National Park
|Chaloem Rattanakosin National Park|
Than Lot Noi Cav
|Location||Kanchanaburi Province, Thailand|
|Area||59 km2 (23 sq mi)|
|Governing body||Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation|
Chaloem Rattanakosin National Park (Thai: อุทยานแห่งชาติเฉลิมรัตนโกสินทร์), also known as Tham Than Lot National Park (อุทยานแห่งชาติถ้ำธารลอด), is a national park in Kanchanaburi Province, Thailand. The park, featuring mountains, caves and waterfalls, is part of the Western Forest Complex protected area.
Chaloem Rattanakosin National Park is located 97 kilometres (60 mi) north of Kanchanaburi town in Nong Prue District. With an area of 59 square kilometres (23 sq mi), it is the smallest park in Kanchanaburi Province.
The highest peak of the park's mountains is Kam Pang with a height of 1,260 metres (4,130 ft).
The park's main attractions are its cave systems. 300 metres (980 ft) long Tham Than Lot Noi features many large stalactites and stalagmites. Tham Than Lot Yai also features stalactites and stalagmites in addition to being a site where ancient skeletal remains and weapons have been found.
Chaloem Rattanakosin also features some waterfalls. Than Thong is a waterfall of 15 levels. Than Ngoen is a smaller waterfall of seven levels.
Flora and fauna
Animal species include tiger, leopard, banteng, gaur and gibbon. Bird life includes oriental pied hornbill, francolin, Tickell's blue flycatcher and coppersmith barbet. A notable inhabitant of the park is a rare barking tree frog, whose croak resembles a dog's bark.
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- "Tham Than Lot National Park". Tourism Authority of Thailand. Archived from the original on 7 June 2013. Retrieved 21 May 2013.
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