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Thung Salaeng Luang National Park In 1959, some important forests in Phitsanulok province were proposed for inclusion in the national parks system, among them was the once vast and malarial infested Thung Salaeng Luang. Eventually, in 1972, 1262 square kilometres of area were declared as Thung Salaeng Luang national park. From the late 1960's to the early 1980's the forest was being used as a major base and infiltration route for guerrillas of the outlawed Communist Party of Thailand ( CPT ). It was sealed off by the Thai military. One of the climactic crucial war between Communist insurgents and the government forces took place at Khao Kor. Government forces defeated the guerrillas in a series of tough battles in 1981 and 1982. Khao Kor is now the site of a resort and community-based development projects.

Some hill Tribe people and other intruders were  also blamed for the destruction of parts

of the park's f lora and fauna. Composing  the park are limestone hills, slate and hardpan

between altitudes of 300 to 1,028 meters. A long north - south stretch of limestone hills run

down the  western section of the park. Thung  Salaeng  Luang, the origin of numerous

streams, is inlaid with meadows, especially in its southern area. Mixed species deciduous

forest predominates the park, with lowland scrub and tropical broad leaved evergreen covering

smaller areas.

The average annual temperature is 25ºC, rising to 30ºC in summer months from March to June. The best time to visit is in the cool season: November to February. Many of the wild meadow flowers bloom in November. The average annual rainfall is 1,700 millimetres, the wettest months being July to October.17 mammal species, including

elephant, yellow - throated marten and masked palm civet, are confirmed as park dwellers.

A significant number of others are possible residents. These include

tiger, gaur, barking deer, wild dog, wild pig, langur and slow loris. A 1987 study estimated that

between five and 20 elephants survived in the park.

The best places to see wildlife are on the park's meadows and, during the dry season, around ponds

and salt licks. There is a large salt lick at Pong Sai in the north-west and Pong Thung Phaya in the

South - west.

More than 190 bird species have been confirmed, among them species of heron, eagle, partridge, pheasant, pigeon, owl, swift, hornbill, barbet, woodpecker, bulbul, babbler, warbler, flycatcher and flower pecker.

Phitsanulok Province, Page 10, Thung Salaeng Luang National Park
Phitsanulok Province, Page 10, Thung Salaeng Luang National Park