Ta Phraya National Park
|Ta Phraya National Park|
"Lalu" rock formations in the park
|Location||Buriram and Sakaeo Provinces|
|Nearest city||Sa Kaeo|
|Governing body||Royal Forest Department|
Ta Phraya National Park (Thai: อุทยานแห่งชาติตาพระยา) is a protected area at the eastern end of the Sankamphaeng Range in the area where these mountains meet the Dangrek Range, near the Thai/Cambodian border. It is mainly located in Ta Phraya District, Sa Kaeo Province, district after which it is named, although the park also includes sectors of Ban Kruat, Non Din Daeng and Lahan Sai Districts of Buriram Province. The park is located east of the Pang Sida National Park and was established in 1996.
Elevations range between 206 m and the 579 m of the Pran Nut summit (ยอดเขาพรานนุช). There are Lalu (ละลุ, meaning “penetrated” in Khmer language) natural rock formations caused by erosion, as well as some ancient Khmer temple ruins in the park area such as Prasat Khao Lon. Between the 1970s and the 1990s there were refugee camps for Cambodians in this part of the border zone.
The fauna of the park includes the Sambar Deer, Mouse Deer, Common Muntjac, Asian black bear, Sun Bear, Serow, Langur, Gibbon, Palm Civet, Fishing Cat, Banteng, Gaur and the Siamese Hare, as well as the Azure-winged Magpie, the Scarlet Minivet and the Long-tailed Minivet.
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