Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park
|Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park|
|Location||Loei, Phitsanulok and Phetchabun Provinces, Thailand|
|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.
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. 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.
The park is generally cool all year round, with temperatures rarely rising above 25° Celsius. The temperature occasionally drops below freezing.
The park has mixed deciduous, dry dipterocarp, dry evergreen, and hill evergreen forests.
Among the species of animal in the park are:
- Asiatic Black Bear
- Wild boar
- Leopard cats
- Wild hare
- Boves barbets
- Common Flameback
- Asian Barred Owlet
- Brown Hawk-owl
- Jungle fowl
Effect of Human Presence
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.
- Luang Prabang montane rain forests
- Phu Thap Buek - Cabbage farms
- Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park
- Phitsanulok at ThaiWebsites.com
- "Luang Prabang montane rain forests". Terrestrial Ecoregions. World Wildlife Fund.
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