Tat Ton National Park

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Tat Ton National Park
อุทยานแห่งชาติตาดโตน
IUCN category II (national park)
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Tat Ton waterfall
Map showing the location of Tat Ton National Park
Map showing the location of Tat Ton National Park
Park location in Thailand
Location Chaiyaphum Province, Thailand
Nearest city Chaiyaphum
Coordinates 15°59′16″N 102°2′29″E / 15.98778°N 102.04139°E / 15.98778; 102.04139Coordinates: 15°59′16″N 102°2′29″E / 15.98778°N 102.04139°E / 15.98778; 102.04139
Area 217 km2 (84 sq mi)
Established December 1980
Governing body Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation

Tat Ton National Park (Thai: อุทยานแห่งชาติตาดโตน) is a national park in Chaiyaphum Province, Thailand. The park, located in the Laen Kha mountain range, features waterfalls and mountain highland scenery.

Geography[edit]

Tat Ton National Park is located 23 kilometres (14 mi) north of Chaiyaphum town in Mueang Chaiyaphum District. The park's area is 217 square kilometres (84 sq mi).[1][2]

The park encompasses three peaks of the Laen Kha mountains: Phu Kaset, Phu Dee and Phu Youk.[2]

History[edit]

On 31 December 1980, Tat Ton was designated Thailand's 23rd national park.[2]

Attractions[edit]

The park's most popular attraction is Tat Ton waterfall, 6 metres (20 ft) high but expanding to 50 metres (160 ft) width during the rainy season months from May to October.[1] Tat Fa waterfall, at about 90 metres (300 ft) long, is more like a natural water slide. Other waterfalls in the park include Kaeng Huai Chan, Pha Eang, Pha Nit, Tam Here and Tat Bong.[2]

Flora and fauna[edit]

The park's forests are Dipterocarpus (including Dipterocarpus tuberculatus and Dipterocarpus obtusifolius) and dry evergreen. Other tree species include Shorea obtusa, Shorea siamensis and Pterocarpus macrocarpus.[2]

Animal species include barking deer, wild pig, mongoose and Siamese hare.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Williams, China; Beales, Mark; Bewer, Tim (February 2012). Lonely Planet Thailand (14th ed.). Lonely Planet Publications. p. 445. ISBN 978-1-74179-714-5. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Tat Ton National Park". Department of National Parks (Thailand). Retrieved 25 May 2013.