Ramkhamhaeng National Park
Ramkhamhaeng National Park
Besides historical artifacts since Sukhothai Kingdom, the national park, features lush uxuershed. forest and beautiful natural attractions such as Sai Rung Waterfall. Ramkhamhaeng National Park acquires total area of 341 square kilometres, covering parts of Amphoe Ban Dan Lan. Hoi, Khiri Mat, and Mueang of Sukhothai
Ramkhamhaeng National Park History
According to the policy of the Forestry Department to establish additional wildlife sanctuary and national park, the reserved forest of Khao Luang in Sukhothai was surveyed and named after the great king of Sukhothai period. The country’s 18th national park was established in 1980.
Ramkhamhaeng National Park Geography
Rugged mountains towers in the mid of the park like “Chom Phluak” or home of white ant of the lower Northern region. Khao Luang Range, comprising Khao Narai, Khao Phra Chedi, Khao Phra Mae Ya and Khao Phu Ka, has the highest peak at 1,200 metres above mean sea level. The forest originates many tributaries of Yom River.
Ramkhamhaeng National Park Climate
Summer is from March to May. It rains heavily in September. The climate is quite comfortable in winter and quite cold at the peak. The most comfortable period is from December to January .
Ramkhamhaeng National Park Flora and fauna
Dry evergreen forest occupies the plain. Furthermore, there are mixed deciduous forest, deciduous dipterocarp forest and grassland which houses lots of herbs, particularly around Suan Kaeo Suan Khwan area. The significant plants include Hopea odorata, Toona ciliata, Tetrameles nudiflora, S.obtusa, S.siamensis, S. roxburghii, Pterocarpus macrocarpus and Xylia xylocarpa. The wildlife found in the park includes Elephant, Sambar Deer, Common Muntjak , Common Wild Boar, Macaque, Squirrel and Gibbon. Different kinds of birds such as Hawk, Leafbird, Sunbird, Spiderhunter, Flowerpecker, Myna, Starling, Wood-swallow, Pipit, Lark, Trogon, Laughingthrush, Flycatcher , Stonechat , Shrike, Hoopoe, Roller , Barbet, Bulbul, Pheasant, Munia, Swallow, Tailorbird and Woodpecker.
Ramkhamhaeng National Park Attractions
â€¢ Khao Luang. Lying at the south of Sukhothai, The mountain range with the highest peak looked like a lying lady. Her face is mostly decorated with while cloud. The mountain has four peaks blanketed with grassland namely Khao Narai, Khao Phra Chedi, Khao Phra Mae Ya and Khao Phu Ka. The latter two is the highest peaks at 1,200 metres elevation.
â€¢ Grassland. Acquiring area of 3,000 rais or 4.8 square kilometres, the grassland with different kinds of grass carpets the mountain peaks. Herbs can be found particularly around Suan Kaeo Suan Khwan area where huge banyan tree spans its branches, providing shade to mountaineer along the way.
â€¢ Herbs. The park is home to hundreds of herbs such as Cinnamomum iners.
â€¢ Sai Rung Waterfall . In rainy season, Phai Na Canal from Khao Phra Chedi falls into steep cliff over a hundred metres deep.
Motorist from Bangkok can use highway 100 to Amphoe Khiri Mat and turn into the park at kilometers 414. The park is a kilometre off the main road. From Phitsanulok, use highway 117 to Sukhothai then bound for Amphoe Khiri Mat.Â