Phu Ruea National Park
|Phu Ruea National Park|
View from Phu Ruea peak
|Area||121 km2 (47 sq mi)|
|Governing body||Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation|
Phu Ruea mountain is 1,365 metres (4,478 ft) high and experiences some of Thailand's coldest temperatures. In December and January temperatures here can fall below freezing. Phu Ruea means "boat mountain", a name inspired by the shape of a cliff at the peak.
Other peaks within the park include Phusun at 1,035 metres (3,396 ft) and Phuku at 1,000 metres (3,300 ft).
The park has numerous waterfalls, the highest of which is the Huai Phai waterfall at 30 metres (100 ft) tall. Pha Sam Thong is a large cliff.
Flora and fauna
Types of forest in the park include mixed deciduous, deciduous dipterocarp, dry evergreen and coniferous. Plant species include orchids such as Phalaenopsis pulcherrima, Rhynchostylis retusa and various Vanda and Dendrobium species as well as various rhododendron such as Rhododendron simsii and Rhododendron lyi.:127–128
Animal species include sun bear, northern red muntjac, sambar deer, dhole, black giant squirrel and Siamese hare. Bird life in the park includes red junglefowl, Siamese fireback, yellow-vented bulbul, greater coucal, plain prinia, coppersmith barbet, Asian barred owlet as well as Brown-throated sunbird.:126 The endangered big-headed turtle is present in the park.
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