Mae Wang National Park: Discover Thailand’s Hidden Gem

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Mae Wang National Park, nestled in Chiang Mai Province, offers a diverse range of natural beauty and attractions, providing an unforgettable experience for visitors. With its lush forests, unique rock formations, and mesmerizing views, the park is a paradise for nature lovers and adventurers alike.

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General Information

Mae Wang National Park spans over 700 square kilometers in Northern Thailand and was established in 1990. The park is part of the Thanon Thong Chai Range and comprises mixed deciduous, evergreen, and bamboo forests.

Geography

The park features an undulating terrain, with elevations ranging from 400 to 1,917 meters above sea level. The Mae Wang River, which flows through the park, has carved stunning gorges and valleys over time, creating a picturesque landscape.

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Flora and Fauna

Maewang National Park is home to a rich variety of plant and animal life. The park’s flora consists of teak, bamboo, and various species of ferns and orchids. Among the park’s diverse fauna are elephants, gibbons, barking deer, and numerous bird species, including the rare crested serpent eagle.

Climate and Best Time to Visit

The park experiences a tropical climate, with three distinct seasons: cool (November-February), hot (March-June), and rainy (July-October). The best time to visit Maewang National Park is during the cool season when temperatures are comfortable, and the landscape is lush and green.

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The Attractions of Mae Wang National Park

Some of the park’s most popular attractions include:

  1. Pha Chor: A unique geological formation featuring towering sandstone cliffs, shaped by erosion over centuries.
  2. Bamboo Rafting: Experience a leisurely ride down the Mae Wang River on a traditional bamboo raft.
  3. Elephant Care: Learn about and interact with elephants at ethical elephant sanctuaries within the park.
  4. Trekking: Explore the park’s stunning trails, ranging from short walks to multi-day treks.
  5. Wat Luang Khun Win: A beautiful Buddhist temple nestled in the park’s serene surroundings.
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How to Get There

  • By car: Visitors can drive from Chiang Mai city to Mae Wang National Park in approximately 1.5 hours.
  • By tour agency in Chiang Mai: Local tour operators offer private group tours, car rentals with drivers and knowledgeable guides.
  • Join with group tour: Participate in 1-3 day trekking tours at Mae Wang National Park, with options to combine elephant care, bamboo rafting, and visiting hilltribe villages.

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