When you are exploring Thailand and want to find its most beautiful regions and national parks, not many can match the stunning beauty of Pang Sida National Park. The park situated in the eastern Thai province of Sa Kaeo with a forest complex known as Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai.
You will find five protected forestry areas in the park on the Thai side of the park and also over in the Cambodian side. The UNESCO protected areas include Thap Lan National Park, Ta Phraya National park, Khao Yai National Park and the Dong Yai Wildlife Sanctuary.
The site covered 844 square kilometres and was first declared a national parkway back in 1982. The park enjoys lots of beautiful forests with a wide range of wildlife, mountains and cold waterfalls, grasslands, cliffs and much more.
Learning More About Pang Sida National Park
If you are a fan of flora and fauna such as flowers, birds, butterflies and lots of wildlife, the park is the perfect place to visit. The park is vast and sprawling with a lot of its attractions 22km north from the park’s main headquarters.
At the HQ you will find a nice choice of amenities and facilities such as two campsites, a quaint restaurant, a resort area with bungalows. There are numerous trails from easy to hard, so depending on your health and fitness, there is something for everyone. Not far from the base, you will find paths and a host of nearby waterfalls. If you want to camp but don’t have a tent, you can hire tents and accessories for a nominal charge.
Wildlife at Pang Sida National Park
There is a vast plethora of insects and wildlife at the park. The park is home to more than 400 butterfly species. There are spots in the park where you can find hundreds of butterflies flocking together near to mineral deposits, streams, puddles and ponds. If you are an avid butterfly fan, we would suggest you visit the park from May to July for the three-month-long butterfly festival.
The park is home to a wide variety of birds, reptiles, mammals and species, making it a memorable place to visit for wildlife connoisseurs. Some of the mammals you can find at the park include elephants, tigers, wild dogs, deer and gaur. If you are an avid bird-watcher, bring your camera and binoculars along to view kingfishers, oriental pied hornbills, dusky broadbills, Siamese firebacks and eared pittas.
Pang Sida is also a fantastic place for conservation. Not so long ago in 2005 and 2006, the Royal Thai Forest Service and Crocodile Management Association in Thailand reintroduced more than 20 Siamese crocodiles back into their natural habitat at the park. The Siamese Crocodile is an endangered species, so it is an essential park for the species.
National Park Accommodation
We already mentioned that you could camp in the park for very affordable prices, but if you are looking for something a bit more upmarket, the park is home to some bungalows, which are more suitable for visiting groups.
The 3-bed bungalows sleep up to 6 people and cost approximately 1200 to 1500 THB per night depending on the time of the year. If you want to stay outside of the park but within proximity, the Areeya Resort is 9km away and comes highly recommended. The owner is Dutch and speaks English, which is great for foreign tourists. The report can also organise transfers from the resort to the park and pick you up afterward. The Areeya resort bungalows will cost approximately 450 to 600 THB per night depending on the size of the accommodation and its amenities.
Pang Sida National Park Attractions
There are lots of things to see and do at Pang Sida National Park. Here are some of the most highly recommended.
We have already mentioned the main headquarters of the park, which is located 22km to the north of Sa Kaew, the main base and hub for the experience.
Pang Sida Waterfall
One of the most visited sites in the park is the 10-meter-high Pang Sida Waterfall. The falls are located 1.7km to the north of the base and are easy to find. The best time to visit is during the rainy season months of April to October, although the falls have water all year round.
Huai Nam Yen Campsite
If you want a bit more of a back-to-nature camping experience, the Huai Nam Yen Campsite is 18.5km from the base and located right next to the ranger station.
Namtok Pha Takien Waterfall
When you want to find a waterfall that is a bit more off-the-beaten-track, the Namtok Pha Takien Waterfall is an inspiring place to visit. The falls are located 2.4km from the main Pang Sida falls and can be quite dry between December and March. A very beautiful area with lots of streams and trails.
Huai Nam Yen Waterfall
If you are camping at the Huai Nam Yen Campsite, a waterfall of the same name is only 2km away. It is one of the most hidden falls at the park and is ideal for those who enjoy a jungle hike amidst the stunning terrain.
Thap Sung Waterfall
The Thap Sung Waterfall is located approximately 21km to the north of the main headquarters and is around 2km from the Huai Nam Yen Campsite. If you follow the trail to the falls, you will also encounter other falls such as Tham Khang Khao Waterfall and the Tharn PlaPlueng Waterfall. Make sure you know where you are hiking because there are no signs or directions along the trail.
Map & More
Pang Sida National Park
Address: Tha Yaek, Mueang Sa Kaeo District, Sa Kaeo 27000, Thailand
Area: 844 km²
Phone: +66 37 247 948
GPS Location: 13.982935, 102.204674
Price: The entrance fee into the park for foreigners is 200 THB (children 100 THB).