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National parks in the North

Mae Tho National Park

Mae Tho national park contains areas of Mae Line forest reserve in Hod district and Pha Mae Chaem forest reserve in Mae Chaem district of Chiang Mai province. The park covers 990 square kilometers of forested mountains.

Most of the land is of high steep hill ranges running north-south. Northern park of the park is higher, the highest being Doi Kew Rai at 1688 meters above sea level.

Evergreen forests are found in the north; hill evergreen forest at elevations of 800 to 1400 meters. Dry dipterocarp and pine forest are found in in Hod district and around. Mixed deciduous and hill evergreen forest also exist in the park. There have been veriety of wild animals seen in the park.

May to September is rainy season. Cold season is from October to February, and it always brings drought and cold. The temperature may plunge to 4º C. Summer months are March to April. The average maximum temperature has been 30º C.

Mountain climbing, view points, rafting on the Mae Chaem river are few of the popular tourist attractions. Camp site is available, however tourists have to bring their own equipment. For more information please call 053-248 604, 053-248 607 or 053-241 466.

To get to the park, if you are coming from Chiang Mai, at first drive to Hod district town. Then continue to the west on the highway 108 to Ban Klong Loi. You will pass Ob Luang national park (also spelled Aob Luang) on the way. When you meet the intersection with the highway 1270 turn (right or to the north) onto it and drive for about 16 km. It is the road from Ban Klong Loi to Ban Mae Tho. You will see a dirt road to the park headquarters.

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