Located in the north eastern province of Loei , the park is one of Thailand's most romantic spots. The 1360 meters high mountain might have received its name Phu Kradung from its bell like shape ( kradung means bell in Thai ).
The park is largely covered with seasonal tropical rain forest and ever green forests. The 60 square kilometers (mountain top) plateau is a savanna of pines, oak, beech, etc.
There are some mammals including elephant and barking deer, and many bird species in the park.
The region receives heaviest rain in October and there is almost no rain during December to February. The park is closed from June to August because of intense pressure on the environment by the visitors. Most popular months are October to January when the park can be crowded on weekends.
Tents and porters can be arranged at the park offices located at the foot of the mountain and at the top.
It is a 9 km distance from the base of the mountain (park's headquarters) to the camp ground and office at the top of the mountain. The final 4 km is a walk on the plateau to reach to the park head quarters and the camping ground.
Villagers have set up food and drink stalls along the climb. The trek takes 3 to 6 hrs. On the plateau visitors have 50 km of marked trails to cliffs, waterfalls and meadows. Expedition into the deep forest where large animals exist should be accompanied by a guide provided by the park office.
Accommodations and facilities On the Phu Kradung mountain top there is a camp ground with tents for rent. A number of restaurants are available.
How to get there From Khon Kaen or Loei take a local bus going to Phu Kradung district. Get off at Pha Nok Khao village where there is a 5 km road to the park headquarters. Normally there are pick up trucks running this stretch.
Contact address Phu Kradung National Park
Moo 1, Tambol Sitan
Amphur Phu Kradung
Loei Province 42180