Located near the Tak TAT office, this statue of Tak's most famous
native son (1734 - 1782) is the site of an annual fair from December
28 until January 3. King Taksin was the Thai monarch who expelled
the Burmese from Thailand after the 1767 destruction of Ayutthaya as
the Thai capital.
Mani Banphot Swamp
This scenic, extensive area within the heart of Tak city is
located near Wat Mani Banphot on Paholyothin Highway. Inside the
temple, a Chiang Saen Buddha image dating from the late 1200s is
Located in Tambon Mai Ngam, this 71 - meter rocky hillock, near
Paholyothin Highway, contains replicas of the Lord Buddha's
Footprint on the summit. Tak residents pay homage throughout the
year, most particularly during Songkran, which marks the traditional
Thai New Year each April 13.
of City Attraction
Wat Phra Boromthat and
Ancient Tak City
This monastery, located 25 kilometers upstream, in Amphoe Ban Tak, in
an area which used to be the former site of Tak city. There are
several ruins in the area, including a hilltop pagoda which was
constructed, according to legend, by King Ramkhamhaeng of Sukhothai
(reign : 1275 - 1317) to commemorate his victory in single combat on
elephant back against King Khun Sam Chon, the ruler of Muang Shot
(currently Amphoe Mae Sot).
Thailand's largest dam is located some kilometers north of Tak city in
Amphoe Sam Ngao, and dams the Mae Ping River. The extensive
reservoir forms a picturesque lake that extends northwards to Chiang
Mai's Amphoe Hot. Accommodation is available at the dam. Contact the
Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand at ( Bangkok ) 436 -
3179 or 424-0101 for further details.
Mae Ping Lake Cruises
Popular cruises originate from the Bhumibol Dam to Chiang Mai's Doi
Tao Self - Help Settlement edging the dam reservoir, a total
distance of 140 kilometers. Full details may be obtained from the
Educational Tour Center, Tel : ( Bangkok ) 221-5183, or the
Thongnatee Company Limited, Tel : 457-3428, 467-2557.
Lan Sang National Park
Located on the Tak-Mae Sot Highway
(Route 105), 17 kilometres from Tak city, and accessed by a
3-kilometre road, the park contains the scenic Lang Sang and Pha
Phung waterfalls. Accommodation is available. Contact the National
Park Division of the Royal Forestry Department in Bangkok, Tel:
579-0529 or 579-4842 for further details.
Taksin Maharat National Park
Originally named Krabak Yai National
Park, after the name of Thailand’s biggest tree, this 37,250-acre
national park is located 2 kilometres off the Tak-Mae Sot Highway,
some 26 kilometres from Tak city. The mountainous area has several
scenic viewpoints, evergreen forest, waterfalls and streams.
Accommodation, primarily in the form of bungalows and camp sites, is
available. Contact the National Park Division of the Royal Forestry
Department in Bangkok, Tel: 579-0529 or 579-4842 for further
Doi Musur Hill Tribe Development and Welfare Center
Located on the road to Lan Sang
Waterfall, the area is one is which Lahu, Lissu and Meo hilltribes
reside. Hilltribes products are for sale at Km 29 on the Tak-Mae Sot
This riverside settlement on the Moei
River, facing Myanmar (Burma) on the opposite bank, and some 86
kilometers from Tak city, is well known for its shopping
opportunities, especially for Burmese goods such as cloth lengths,
gemstones and decorative items.
Tham Mae Usu
This cave, boasting notably beautiful
stalactites and stalagmites, is located on the scenic Mae Sot-Mae
Sariang High-way (Route 1085), at Km. 95-96. It is necessary to ford
the Mae Usa stream in front of the cave to gain acccess. This may
not be possible during the annual Rains Season (July through
Doi Mae Ramoeng & Mon Krathing
Doi Mae Ramoeng is some 130
kilometres north of Mae Sot on the Mae Sot-Mae Sariang Highway.
Mountain scenery is particularly spectacular in the morning when
mist swirls through the peaks. The area is rich in wildlife,
particularly deer species and numerous types of birds.
Amphoe Umphang is 164 kilometres
south of Mae Sot on Highway 1090. The scenic highway’s highest point
is some 1200 metres above sea level. The winding route takes some 4
hours to complete, particularly during the Rains Season or the Cool
Season when mountain mists impede progress.
Thi Lo Su Waterfall
This spectacular waterfall is located in the Umphang Wildlife
Sanctuary and can be visited only from November through May. Would -
be visitors to the waterfall and wildlife sanctuary are recommended
to enquire first with the TAT office in Tak Tel : (055)
514-341-3 for information regarding travel conditions and camping
The border town of Mae Sot is a
favourite place for purchasing Burmese handicrafts; the spectacular
Thi Lo Su Waterfall in Umphang Wildlife Sasnctuary misty mountain
scenery on the Thai-Burmese border Overleaf : Tak's annual Loi
Krathong Sai festival and a hilltribe village in northern Tak