Nakhon Si Thammarat Range
|Nakhon Si Thammarat Range|
|Elevation||1,835 m (6,020 ft)|
|Length||230 km (140 mi) N/S|
|Width||45 km (28 mi) E/W|
|Parent range||Tenasserim Hills|
|Age of rock||Permian, Triassic|
|Type of rock||Limestone, granite|
The Nakhon Si Thammarat Range (Thai: ทิวเขานครศรีธรรมราช, Thio Khao Nakhon Si Thammarat, [tʰiw kʰǎw náʔkʰɔːn sǐː tʰammarâːt]) is a mountain range on the Malay peninsula in southern Thailand, running in a north-south direction. This mountain chain is also sometimes named Banthat Range (ทิวเขาบรรทัด), a name which is however also used to refer to the Chanthaburi mountain range.
The main range of the peninsula begins along the east coast at about 10° 05′ north latitude on Ko Tao. It continues through Ko Pha Ngan and Ko Samui to the east coast mainland, east of Bandon Bay, and parallels the coast all the way into Malayan territory.
The mountains are named after the town Nakhon Si Thammarat, located east of the range. The highest elevation is the 1835 m high Khao Luang. This mountain range is a part of the Tenasserim Hills system. It begins to the east of the Phuket Range, which runs in the same direction about 60 km further west. Between the ranges there are isolated peaks, the highest of which is 1,350 m high Khao Phanom Bencha. To the south it is continued by the Sankalakhiri Range.
Several national parks are located in the mountain range.
- Tai Rom Yen National Park
- Khao Luang National Park
- Khao Nan National Park
- Namtok Yong National Park
- Khao Pu - Khao Ya National Park
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