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Doi Fa Hom Pok National Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Doi Fa Hom Pok National Park is located in Fang District, Chiang Mai with its mountainous terrain with the height from 400 to 2285 metres above sea level. The major peaks include Doi Fa Hom Pok, Doi Pu Muen, Doi Laem and Doi Angkhang. The national park is one of the interesting ecological tourist attractions since its total area of 524 square kilometres is full of natural resources and various types of forest including dry dipterocarp forest, mixed deciduous forest, dry evergreen forest, pine forest and hill evergreen forest. Its forest is the source of the Fang River and due to its proximity to the biodiverse forest in Myanmar, there are different kinds of local and migratory animals.

In the national park, there are a lot of interesting tourist attractions, for example, Huai Bon Cave, a huge cavern with spectacular stalactites and stalagmites. Additionally, there is Pong Nam Dang Waterfall along with a small limestone cave full of stalactites and stalagmites. Despite being quite small, Pong Nam Dang is as fascinating as large waterfalls. Another tourist spot is Doi Fa Hom Pok Peak, Thailand’s second highest mountain with the height of 2285 metres above sea level. The peak is usually covered with fog and the climate is cold all year round. For bird and butterfly watchers, the mountain has various kinds of interesting birds and butterflies, for instance, the purple cochoa, the Brown-breasted Bulbul, and the Kaiser-i-hind, a rare species of swallowtail butterfly which, in Thailand, can only be found here. Moreover, in cool season, the mountain is the habitat of different kinds of migratory birds, for example, the Red-throated Thrush, the grey-winged blackbird and the Chestnut Thrush, etc.

After discovering the beautiful scenery of the national park, do not miss Fang Hot Springs. These fantastic year-round hot springs provide private hot mineral pools, steam rooms and outdoor public pools for visitors’ utmost relaxation. In addition, with its mountain trail, Doi Fa Hom Pok National Park is a place for those who love adventures. Visitors should have at least 2 days and 1 night for hiking and camping. For an overnight stay, the national park provides accommodations, a restaurant, a souvenir shop, a campsite with rental tent sets at Kiw Lom. Because there are not many facilities, tourists ought to be prepared for some difficulties.

The national park is closed annually from 1 July to 30 September. Those who wish to visit Doi Fa Hom Pok peak are required to contact the national park’s office first.

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