Posted on: 22nd February 2016
Featuring a remote location and a rugged terrain, Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park offers scenic viewpoints with a dramatic history. Spanning an area of about 307 square km, this is a place for you if you enjoy being surrounded by natural beauty. Here, the mountainous terrain at its highest point reaches up to 1,800 meters, with several breathtaking viewpoints atop the breezy cliffs. The eastern and southern regions of Phu Hin Rong Kla reach into Phetchabun and Loei provinces.
Sightseeing at Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park
At the visitor center of Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park, there is a small museum showcasing various artifacts including paintings, Chinese anatomy charts and medical instruments. Near the museum, a pleasant 3.5 kilometer trail leads to an air raid shelter, the old CPT headquarters and the Flag Pole Cliff. Not far from this cliff lies the natural highlight of the park: Lan Hin Pum – a nodulated stone hill whose surface looks like that of another planet. Elsewhere in the park, you’ll find the remains of a Communist military school. A 300-meter hike from here will get you to a water wheel and a small waterfall. There are plenty of other small waterfalls in the park, some just a few hundred meters off the main road, while some requiring a more strenuous 4-5 km hike through the jungle. Aside from an impressive variety of flowering plants, Phu Hin Rong Kla also has a range of wildlife including Asiatic black bears, monkeys and even a tiger or two.
How to Get to the Park
Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park is approximately a 120-kilometer drive east of Phitsanulok. The best available travel option to reach the park from the city is a car rental. Follow Highway 12 before taking a left turn at the 68 km marker, on to Route 2013 towards Nakhon Thai. From here, you’ll find signs pointing the way (east) down a side road that runs into the park, much before you enter Nakhon Thai. Almost the entire road from Phitsanulok is pretty flat, except for the last 10 km which are quite steep. Foreigners are charged around 200 Baht per person at the entrance.