Mae Ping national park covers Doi Tao district of Chiang Mai province, Li district
of Lamphun province and Sam Ngao district of Tak province. It is a fertile forest
with lot of plants and animals. Its 1,003 square kilometres area contains the rugged
mountain ranges and rivers. The northern parts of Bhumipol dam are popular places
It is generally steep mountain range with average height of 900 meters above sea
level. The hills are the sources of head waters for the streams flowing into Mae
Flora and fauna
About 80% of the park's total area is shading-leaves forest especially on the hills
less than 1,000 meters elevation above the sea. The other 20% is mainly moist evergreen
forest. Teak, Shorea obtusa, Shorea siamensis, Dipterocarpus macrocarpus are found
as dominant trees.
Wild life found in the park are barking deer, banteng, wild pig, serow, gallus gallus,
goral, fishing cat, asiatic black beer, small indian civet, macaque, langur and gibbon,
and birds and fishes.
How to get there
From Lam Phun take the highway no. 106 to the south for about 80 km to a small town
called Li. From there take the highway no. 1087 ( Li - Ko ). Between km marks 20
and 21 you will see the park's headquarters. By river the park can be reached from
either Doi Tao reservoir ( sailing downstream on Mae Ping river ) or from Bhumipol
dam ( sailing upstream on Mae Ping river ).
Mae Ping national park provides bungalows at the headquarters and floating raft houses
at Kaeng Kor lake ranger station.
Highlights and tourist attractions
Mae Ping national park is known as one of the most beautiful parks in Thailand. The
interesting features include caves, waterfall, grassland, river routes and viewpoints.
Camping: The peaceful and pleasant climate of the forest made this activity popular
among the visitors.
Bird watching: Due to its broad altitudes, high elevation and cool climate, the park
supports many bird species.
River trip: During the trip, you will be impressed by the beautiful scenes of mountains
and cliffs dotted with wild flowers and plants along the river.
Trekking: Visitors can hike through the fertile forest and do study on wildlife and
plants. There are many interesting spots such as waterfalls, caves, lakes, grassland,
view points in the park.