Mae Wa National Park

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Mae Wa National Park
อุทยานแห่งชาติแม่วะ
IUCN category II (national park)
Map showing the location of Mae Wa National Park
Map showing the location of Mae Wa National Park
Park location in Thailand
Location Thailand
Nearest city Tak
Coordinates 17°22′19″N 99°15′32″E / 17.37194°N 99.25889°E / 17.37194; 99.25889Coordinates: 17°22′19″N 99°15′32″E / 17.37194°N 99.25889°E / 17.37194; 99.25889
Area 587 km2 (230 sq mi)
Established 17 November 2000 (2000-November-17)[1]
Governing body Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation

Mae Wa National Park (Thai: อุทยานแห่งชาติแม่วะ) is a national park in Thailand's Lampang and Tak provinces. This mountainous park features scenic mountain viewpoints, waterfalls and caves.[2]

Geography[edit]

Mae Wa National Park is located about 60 kilometres (40 mi) north of Tak in the Thoen and Mae Phrik districts of Lampang Province and the Sam Ngao and Ban Tak districts of Tak Province. The park's area is 587 square kilometres (230 sq mi). The northern section of the park consists of high mountains while the central and southern sections consist of a high mountain plain.[2]

Attractions[edit]

The park namesake Mae Wa waterfall is a 12-level waterfall originating from Doi Prae Luang mountain and whose waters eventually join the Wang River.[2]

The park features numerous cave systems including Tham Phra Chedi, notable for hosting a pagoda-shaped stalagmite, and Tham Nampha Pha Ngam, a large cave also featuring stalagmites and stalactites.[2]

Flora and fauna[edit]

The park features numerous forest types, including deciduous, deciduous dipterocarp, evergreen and coniferous forest. Tree species include Burmese ebony, Lagerstroemia calyculata, Dalbergia oliveri, Afzelia xylocarpa, Takian, Anisoptera costata, Shorea obtusa, Shorea siamensis, Dipterocarpus obtusifolius, Sumtran pine and Khasi pine.[1][2]

Gaur

Animal species include tiger, gaur, Asiatic black bear, sambar deer, barking deer, wild boar, Siamese hare and palm civet.[1]

Asian barred owlet

Bird life includes Asian barred owlet and coucal.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Mae Wa National Park". Department of National Parks (Thailand). Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Sutthipibul, Vasa; Ampholchantana, Chantanaporn; Dulkull Kapelle, Peeranuch; Charoensiri, Vatid; Lukanawarakul, Ratana, eds. (2006). "Mae Wa National Park". National Parks in Thailand. (free online from the publisher). Department of National Parks (Thailand). pp. 46–47. ISBN 974-286-087-4. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 June 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2014.