Huai Nam Dang National Park
|Huai Nam Dang National Park|
Sunset in the park
|Nearest city||Chiang Mai|
|Area||1,252 km2 (480 sq mi)|
|Governing body||Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation|
Huai Nam Dang National Park (Thai: อุทยานแห่งชาติห้วยน้ำดัง) is a national park in Thailand's Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son Provinces. This mountainous park features scenic mountain viewpoints, waterfalls, and hot springs.
Huai Nam Dang National Park is about 100 kilometres (60 mi) north of Chiang Mai in the Mae Taeng and Wiang Haeng Districts of Chiang Mai Province and Pai District of Mae Hong Son Province. The park's area is 1,252 square kilometres (480 sq mi). The highest point is Doi Chang peak at 1,962 metres (6,400 ft). The park's streams are the source for rivers including the Pai and Ping.
Doi Chang and Doi Kiew Lom mountains offer popular viewpoints of neighbouring mountains and a "sea of fog" effect on winter mornings. Park namesake waterfall, Huai Nam Dang, consists of four levels and is about 50 metres (160 ft) high and 40 metres (130 ft) wide. Mae Yen is another year-round waterfall. Park hot springs include Pong Dueat, consisting of three or four large pools, and Tha Pai in the Pai District section of the park.
Flora and fauna
The park is home to numerous forest types, including deciduous, deciduous dipterocarp and evergreen forest. Tree species include takian, Dipterocarpus alatus, Michelia floribunda, Ailanthus triphysa, Xylia xylocarpa, Lagerstroemia tomentosa, Pterocarpus macrocarpus, Toona ciliata, tabaek, Sumatran pine, Shorea obtusa and Shorea siamensis. Animal species include elephant, sambar deer, tiger, macaque, mongoose, porcupine, palm civet, and wild boar. Bird life includes thick-billed green pigeon, vernal hanging parrot, Richard's pipit, rufous-throated partridge, hill myna, and bulbul.
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