Ramkhamhaeng National Park ( Khao Luang ) continued
Historical points of interest
Phra Ruang road: It is believed that this historic road was built around 700 years
as a strategic route connecting Kamphaeng Phet to Sisatchanali via Sukhothai. The
length of this road is 123 km. This road might be the first national highway of Thailand.
Buddha's footprint ( Roypratputabaht ) This stone structure is located on a slope
of Buddha footprint mountain. There are 108 auspicious symbols on the carved stone
Bang Khao Phu Ja Jedi: This large brick jedi, or Stupa, is situated on a small hill
within the park. It is a Khmer style Stupa, and is believed to have been built about
1,500 years age.
Taam Pra Na Rai cave: Legend has it that a sacred statue was found here radiating
light. All that remains today in this cave is the base of the statue. This cave is
near the Khao Luang high country hiking trail.
Plong Nang Nak hole: This hole in the high country of the Khao Lung range is believed
to be extremely deep.Taam Pra
Mae Ya cave: This cave is located near one of the park's substations. A statue of
Pra Mae Ya, the mother of King Pa
Khun Ramkhamhaeng, was discovered here. This statue is now in the provincial headquarters.
Siripong dam: This ancient dam was built by one of the Sukhothai Kings. It is located
near Sukhothai historical park. In the old days the water from the dam would flow
through canals to the capital city's walls and into holding ponds. The city inhabitants
could then use the water. The dam is still being used today.
For accommodation, reservations for bungalows and tents can be made through the National
Park Section, the Royal Forest Department by Tel: 0 2562 0760 0 2562 0760 or P.O.Box
1 Amphoe Khiri Mat, Sukhothai 64160 www.dnp.go.th Visitors have to start trekking
before 3.30 a.m. everyday and bring food and essential equipment with them. Bungalows
and tents are available. Admission is 200 Baht per person.