Ta Phraya National Park

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Ta Phraya National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
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Map showing the location of Ta Phraya National Park
Map showing the location of Ta Phraya National Park
Location within Thailand
LocationBuriram and Sa Kaeo Provinces
Nearest citySa Kaeo
Coordinates14°07′N 102°40′E / 14.12°N 102.66°E / 14.12; 102.66Coordinates: 14°07′N 102°40′E / 14.12°N 102.66°E / 14.12; 102.66
Area594 km²
Governing bodyDepartment of National Parks (DNP)

Ta Phraya National Park (Thai: อุทยานแห่งชาติตาพระยา, RTGSUtthayan Haeng Chat Ta Phraya, pronounced [ʔùt.tʰā.jāːn hɛ̀ŋ t͡ɕʰâːt tāː pʰrā.jāː]) 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 largely 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 east of Pang Sida National Park. It was established in 1996.[1]

Elevations range between 206–579 m. The highest mountain is Khao Pran Nut (ยอดเขาพรานนุช).[2] There are also 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 weather usually influenced by southwestern monsoon and northeastern monsoon. In the southwestern monsoon from May to October, there are high humidity winds blowing from the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand causing rain, about 1,000–1,400 mm per year. The weather consists of three seasons: summer from February to April; rain from May to October; winter from November to January. Average temperature is 39.8° Celsius and the lowest temperature is 14.3° Celsius.[3]

Flora and fauna[edit]

The forested areas of the park include mixed deciduous forest, dry evergreen forest, and deciduous dipterocarp forest.

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.

Ta Phraya is also home to the endangered Siamese Rosewood, a tree species that is being extracted illegally for sale in especially the Chinese furniture market. Armed poachers are coming across the border from Cambodia, and rangers are since 2015 trained in military style counter-poaching measures [4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Ta Phraya National Park". Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  2. ^ Thailand's World
  3. ^ "Ta Phraya National Park". Department of National Parks (DNP) Thailand. Archived from the original on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
  4. ^ Stokes, Demelza. "Thailand's forest rangers step up training in violent 'blood wood' war", The Guardian, London, 5 January 2016. Retrieved on 11 February 2017.

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