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Phu Kradueng National Park, Phu Kradueng
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Phu Kradueng National Park, in the Si Than sub-district of Amphoe Phu Kradueng, Loei Province, is one of the best known national parks of Thailand, with a high point of 1,316 m (4318 ft) elevation at Khok Moei. It was proclaimed a national park on 23 November 1962, the second national park of Thailand after Khao Yai National Park.The park is closed to visitors during the rainy season (1 June - 30 September).GeographyPhu Kradueng mountain, made up of Jurassic and Cretaceous sandstone formations, takes the form of a mesa towering some 1,000 meters above the surrounding valleys. The summit plateau is roughly square-shaped and 60 km2 (37,500 rai) in size, with an average elevation of about 1,250 meters. Sloping slightly to the north, its western, southern, and eastern edges are fairly straight and formed by abrupt sandstone cliffs, while the northern part is deformed in a more irregular shape, containing a number of streams and (seasonal) waterfalls. The summit itself, in the southwestern part of the plateau, is inconspicuous. The park occupies an area of 348 km2 (217,575 rai)History"Phu" comes from the Thai-Isan word "phukao", meaning mountain. The name "kradueng", or "krading" in the local dialect of Loei Province, can be translated as "rakhang yai", meaning "large bell". This name comes from a legend relating to a Buddhist holiday. During the holiday many of the townspeople heard the sound of a large bell. They believed it to be the bell of Indra.
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  • It is not a walk in the park with 5,5K upwards hiking and another 3,5K to the campsite. But it is worth it! There's food/drinks stations at every 1K, and it is quite beautiful to see the forest changi...  more »
  • If you live to walk and hike. This could be the place. The hike is good with natural stairs and more challenging hike at the end of hike. The plateau at the top is a place to be explored. Many cliffs ...  more »
  • Amazing! The trip is a little bit hard, but I did it with my (not so sportt) 52-years old mom, and we made it in 3,5 hours. It's really amazing! When you get on the mountaintop, you can hire a mountai...  more »
  • One of the most beautiful places I've been to in Thailand. The trip is very tiring. First you have to go up to the plateau. It's around 6 km walk. And then you can either take a bicycle or walk to the camp site. It's around 4 km from there. You can get the tents and sleeping bags from the accommodation center. (the tents are already built, so you don't have to worry about it) There are many places to travel once you are on the plateau. Spots to see sunrise, sunset , waterfalls etc. I think a 3 day trip would be perfect for anyone who's interested in going there. First day to go to the camp site and see the sunset (there is a spot which is few km from the camp) The second day you can go to the waterfalls and then either directly go to the Lom Sak cliff to see the sunset ( the most famous spot to see the sunset..just google to see the pictures) or come back to the camp, take a bicycle and go there. ( I recommend you to come back and take the bicycle, because the cliff is around 10 km from the camp. If you decide to walk you'll have to walk around 40 km in the whole day) In the following day you can go back. I went there with my university mates. And we walked around 70 km in three days. We were very exhausted but the trip is worth going. That experience is priceless. There are shops at some places (while going up and travelling on the plateau), but the price is little high on the plateau. (for example a fried rice might cost 60 baht ) If you are planning to go there take a good pair of shoes (there's a lot of walking to do), a pair or slippers for casual wear at the camp site, some warm cloths since it's cold at night, a tripod ( this is a must if you are into photography. I didn't take a tripod and still angry with myself about it. This is one of the best places to watch the night sky in Thailand), some balms and paracetamol.
  • Naturally exceptional view on top of flat sandstone mountain. But trashes can be seen along the way from irresponsible hikers. I disagree the cable car project as soon as I visited this place for its nature undisturbed by humans. Convenient for hiking for many food shops on the way.
  • It's around 6 kilometers hike to the summit. And another 3 kilometers flat trail to the camp ground. The trail is quite steep for some part. There's also porter which charge around 30 baht per kilogram. If you want to walk in a waterfall trail, the best time is before mid November or else the waterfall will start to dry up.
  • Amazing place to visit you can see a really animal wild there.
  • really a great experience! specially the walk up is quite demanding. 3h in lush green forest, steep an hot, but very interesting. every 1/2 are foodpoints to eat and drink. on the top a miraculous view. sleep in the tent, many young thai people. i loved it!