One of the best parts about visiting Thailand for a holiday adventure is that there is so much to see and do. Are you are tired of relaxing on the beach in Phuket or Samui or partying in Pattaya? Do you want to experience something different? Come along to explore the stunning Pha Taem National park.
Thailand is home to some of the most awe-inspiring national parks and some of the most unique wildlife, flora, and fauna.
Exploring Pha Taem National Park
Pha Taem National Park is set over 140 square kilometers in the Khong Chiam District, Ubon Ratchathani. The park is close to the Cambodian border in Eastern Thailand. This national park enjoys lots of dreamy rain forest areas. There are stunning plateaus, rolling hills, and mesmerizing cliff faces that are from earthquakes in bygone times.
The range of flora and fauna at the park is impressive. With beautiful wildflowers that grow amongst the rocky outcrops, you can get some fabulous photo opportunities. Some of the main highlights are Pha Taem and Pha Kam, which are both located near the national park base.
Ancient Prehistoric Caves
The national park is an extremely old place and has been inhabited for thousands of years. There are some stunning prehistoric caves that have paintings that date back to 3,000 to 4,000 years ago. This offers a fascinating insight into how the local people lived back then. There are cave paintings of rice farming and fishing like you would expect from hunter-gatherers. There are also paintings depicting human figures, animals, hands and even some strange geometric designs.
This is now believed to be the site of one of the oldest agrarian communities in this part of the world. It seems that Ubon Ratchathani could well be the cradle of civilization in the northeastern part of Thailand.
In recent times, archeologists discovered evidence that makes them believe that this site is older than once thought. It is now believed that human settlers lived in this area between 6,000 and 14,000 years ago, which would date back to before the last ice age.
The park is open daily from 6am to 6pm with an admission fee of 400 THB for adults and 200 THB for children. This is quite possibly the foreign tourist price and would be much cheaper if you have a Thai driving license or work permit.
If you want to explore a national park that is not just mesmerizingly beautiful but is also home to ancient settlers, the Pha Taem National Park is simply stunning.
Directions: You can find Pha Taem National Park 18km from Khong Chiam. From here you can take the Highway 2134 and then the Highway 2112. Turn right at kilometer 8 and keep going straight for 5km until you see the national park grounds
Pha Taem National Park
Address: Huai Phai, Khong Chiam District, Ubon Ratchathani 34220
Opening hours: Daily from 6.00-18.00
Admission fee: 400 THB for adults and 200 THB for children.
Phone: 045-318-026, 045-246-332-3.
GPS Location: 15.442313, 105.512308