Khun Khan National Park
Khun Khan National Park is situated in an approximate area of 240 square kilometers or 150,000 rai, covering the areas of Pa Sa-merng National Conserved Forest and Mae-Chaem Forest in Sub-District Mae-sarb, Sub-District Bor-kaew, Sub-District Sa-merng Nua, Sub-District Sa-merng Tai of Sa-merng Tai District, and Sub-District Ban Chan, Sub-District Mae Na-jarn of Mae-Chaem District, Chiang Mai Province.
The geographical features of the National Park consist of high mountains (500-1,708 meters above the medium sea level). Doi Pung-kia is the highest mountaintop (1,708 meters above the medium sea level), which is the source of Mae-khan River and Mae-Chaem River flowing into the Ping River.
The weather at the National Park is cool and breezy throughout the year. The average highest temperature is 28aC; the average lowest temperature is 18 C; and the average year-round temperature is 23aC; meanwhile, the average rainfall is 1,380 mm/year.
Varieties of Plants and Wild Animals
There are various kinds of forests within the areas of the National Park, including virgin forests, which can be found on mountains at the altitude of at least 1,000 meters above the medium sea level located on the upper part of the National Park and on mountains separating the areas between Sa-merng District and Mae-Chaem District, and of which major plants include Lithocarpus Cantleyanus (Kor), Pinus Kesiya Royle Ex Gordon (three-leaf pines), Talo, Duabanga Sonneratioides (Toom-ten), Malacca tree, Michelia Alba, Dillenia Aurea Smith (Ma-san), Mammea Siamensis, Planchonelia Cambodiana (Nom-nang), etc; arid, evergreen forests, which can be found in the areas of valleys and gullies (600-1,000 meters above the medium sea level) and of which major plants include rubber trees, Malabar Ironwood, Mangifera Caloneura Kurz (wild mango), Paranephelium Longifoliolatum Lec., Baccaurea Ramiflora, Ficus Glomerata, etc.; pinery, which can be found on mountaintops at the altitude of 700-1,300 meters above the medium sea level, and of which major plants include Pinus Merkusii Jungh (two-leaf pines), Pinus Kesiya Royle Ex Gordon (three-leaf pines), Lithocarpus Cantleyanus (Kor), Calotropis Gigantea (Rak), Shorea Siamensis (Rang), Dipterocarpus Intricatus (Hiang), etc.; mixed forests, which can be found in the east of the National Park and of which major plants include teaks, Therm, Terminalia Chebula, Dioscorea Alata (Sao), Xylia Xylocarpa (redwood plants), Leguminosae (Pradoo), Desmodium Renifolium Schindl. (Seaw), Protium Serratum (Ma-fan), Gmelina Arborea (Sor), etc.; timber forests, which can be found on medium-high mountains, of which major plants include timbers, Shorea Siamensis (Rang), Dipterocarpus Intricatus (Hiang), Dipterocarpus Tuberculatus (Pluang), Pinus Merkusii Jungh (two-leaf pines), olives, Dioscorea Alata (Sao), Desmodium Renifolium Schindl. (Seaw), etc.
Wild animals found in the National Park include Muntiacus Muntjak, wild boars, red jungle fowls, porcupines, Asiatic wild dogs, foxes, pangolins, moles, squirrels, wild rabbits, flying squirrels, bats, masked palm civets, mongooses, monkeys, gibbons, tigers, goral, Great Hornbill, etc.
Location and Journey
Khun Khan National Park
Mu 1, Mae Sab Sub-district,, Samoeng, Chiang Mai, Thailand 50250
From the city of Chiang Mai, you may access the National Park in 2 routes, including
You may take Highway No.107 (Chiang Mai – Fang) for 16 km until reaching Mae-Chaem District, then, make a left hand turn to Highway No.1096 (Mae-rim – Sa-merng) and go straight on for 35 km until reaching Sa-merng District Office
You may take Highway No.108 (Chiang Mai – Mae-sariang) for 10 km, then, make a right hand turn before reaching Hang-dong District and go straight on Highway No.1296 for 48 km until reaching Sa-merng District Office. From Sa-merng District Office, go straight on Ror.Por.Chor. Road (Sa-merng – Watjan) for 18 km until reaching the temporary office of the National Park.
Pha Sa-merng Km.24-25 Viewpoint
The sightseeing spot is located on the side of Sa-merng – Mae-rim Road (km24-km25) in Sub-District Sa-merng Tai of Sa-merng District, Chiang Mai
Luang Mae Sab Cave
Mae-sab cave is a medium-sized 2-step cave (approximately 150 meters deep), situated at Baan Mae-sab, Sub-District Sa-merng, Sa-merng District, Chiang Mai. And there are stalagmites, stalactites, and stone benches inside the cave.
Huai Tad Waterfall
Huai Tad Waterfall is a medium-sized 2-step waterfall (10 meters and 30 meters high) with the flowing water throughout the year, situated at Ban Khun Sab-tai, Sub-District Mae-sab, Sa-merng District, Chiang Mai Province.
Huai Mae Na-pur Waterfall
Huai Mae Na-pur Waterfall is a medium-sized 7-step waterfall (5-15 meters high) with the flowing water throughout the year, situated at Ban Om-long, Sub-District Mae-sab, Sa-merng District, Chiang Mai Province
Pha Mae Chaem Km.36-55 Viewpoint
The sightseeing spots are located on both sides of Sa-merng Watjan Road (km36-km55), extending on the mountain ridge, which separates Sa-merng District and Mae-Chaem District.
Pha Sam-na is a 3-side cliff on a mountaintop (1,253 meters above the sea level) inhabited by flocks of goral. Pha Sam-na is situated at Baan Sob Pha-luang, Sub-District Mae-najorn of Mae-Chaem District, Chiang Mai Province.
The office of the National Park is situated on the side of Sa-merng กV Watjan Road (km18) at Baan Mae-khan, Sub-District Mae-sab of Sa-merng District, Chiang Mai Province . There are artesian springs emerging from underground of Mae-tho River. The water temperature is 38aC. The National Park has provided a route for natural study, starting from the National Parkกฆs office, passing timber forest, mixed forest, arid, evergreen forest, and two-leaf pinery until reaching Sob Nam Mae-tho V Nam Mae Bor-kaew, then, going upstream of Mae Bor-kaew River passing a giant Malabar Ironwood. There are small reefsalong the River. In addition, there are many small-sized waterfalls and cliffs along the route, which finishes at the Hot Springs.