National Park covers Amphoe Muang, Amphoe Phipun, Amphoe Phrom
Khiri, Amphoe Lan Saka, Amphoe Chawang, King Amphoe Chang Klang, and
King Amphoe Nop Phitam. Having a land area of 597 square kilometres,
it was declared a national park on December 18, 1974. The park has a
winding mountain range, with the Khao Luang peak the highest of the
peaks in southern Thailand at 1,835 metres above sea level. It is
the watershed of more than 15 streams and rivers. The park’s
rainforest is home to a multitude of tropical flora and fauna. There
is a route that takes visitors around the park to see unspoiled
natural scenery, the variety of wildlife and rare animal and plant
species, some of which can only be found in the park. The beauty and
completeness of the park, its fascinating nature, the park’s efforts
to encourage the local community and tourists to be aware of the
importance of nature, and its excellent tourist service system have
all combined to help the park win the 1998 Thailand Tourism Award in
the natural destination category. For more information and
accommodation bookings, please contact Khao Luang National Park at
Karom waterfall, Tambon Khao Kaeo, P.O. Box 51, Amphoe Muang, Nakhon
Si Thammarat 80000, tel. 0- 7530-9047.
peak features a trekking activity to enjoy nature on the Ban Khiri
Wong-Khao Luang peak route. The normal trekking time is 2 nights and
3 days. Permission can be obtained from Khao Luang National Park and
Tambon Kamlon Administration Office, who facilitates the trek and
provide coordinating activities with the communities who provide the
eco-tourism services. Treks are normally organized for groups of 10.
The best time for this is from January to June.
Wong is an ancient community that settled at the foot of Khao Luang
in Tambon Kamlon, near a path that goes up the mountain. This
peaceful village is like one big, happy family. The main occupation
is growing fruits, such as mangosteen, rambutan, durian, and Sato.
The village was faced with catastrophe on November 21, 1988 when a
flash flood swept away some 100 houses. The local monastery and
villagers still maintain the damaged convocation hall and houses as
monuments to those who perished. Ban Khiri Wong is considered a
prototype of eco-tourism management and the place won the 1998
Thailand Tourism Award in the city and community category.
The village is a good
example of local people living in co-existence with nature.
Residents have developed tourism services to be a new business for
the area through the Eco-tourism Club, a central organization that
delegates responsibilities to groups in the community to create
cooperation. The services include trekking tours, porters and
homestay programs. Tourists can appreciate the way of life here all
year round, with the most attractive time during July to September
when fruits are on sale. Trekking up Khao Luang must start at Ban
Khiri Wong. One can get to the village by taking a mini-bus from
Talat Yao. Buses depart from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. The fare is 17 baht.
Alternatively, one can drive on the Amphoe Mueang-Lan Saka route for
26 kilometres. The sign pointing to the village is at the 20-km
marker on the right. For more information, contact the Tambon Kamlon
Administration Office at tel. 0-7530-9010.
waterfall is 9 kilometres from the city. Take Highway No. 4016, then
turn left onto Highway No. 4015 for 20 kilometres, and the entrance
to the waterfall will be on the right. The waterfall originated in
the Nakhon Si Thammarat mountain range and cascades down 19 levels,
with names like Nan Phung, Nan Nam Ruang, Nan Dat Fa, and Nan Soi
Dao (the highest level at 1,300-1,400 metres). Kings and royal
family members have visited this waterfall, as evidenced by the
initials of King Rama V and King Rama VI carved there.