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National parks in the North

Tham Sakoen National Park

Tham Sakoen national park is located in Pa Namyoaw and Pa Namsuad forest reserves in Song Kawae district in the northern part of Nan province, close to Laos. The 448 square kilometers park is comprised of north-south rugged mountains that cross the border between Laos and Thailand. The elevation ranges from 300 to 1752 meters above the sea level, the highest peak being Doi Jee at 1752 meters. The mountains are the head waters of Lamnam Yom and Lamnam Nan, two important rivers of the country.

The area receives south-west monsoon in rainy season, May to October, and north-east monsoon during November to Febuary. The hot season is from March to April. The average lowest tempeture is about 8.1º C over the past several years, and average highest temperature is about 40.9º C. The average yearly rainfall is about 1,211 mm.

Tham Sakoen cave which is within walking distance from the headquarters has a lot of stalagtites and stalagmites inside. There are a couple of other interesting caves, waterfalls, and nature trails in the park. At the moment (year 2000 to 2004) the authorities have been preparing the park to accept the tourists for nature study and overnight stay in the park.

How to go there
From Nan drive on highway 1080 to the north for around 42 km to Tha Wang Pha town where turn left onto highway 1148 and continue another 33 km to Song Kawae town. Then at the intersection a few kilometers after the town turn left to keep on the same road number 1148. Around 30 km more driving will take you to Ban Sakern village. Look for a right turn road to the park headquarters, which is about 6 km.

For more information please call the park at mobile phone 01-300 6474.

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