Thung Yai Naresuan
Thung Yai Naresuan in Tak Province
The eastern portion of Thung Yai Naresuan in the Um Phang District of the Tak Province is unknown to most. despite it being in the center of a preservation forest.
Location: Thung Yai borders the Um Phang Wildlife Sanctuary to the north, the Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary to the east and the Burmese border to the west.
Eastern Thung Yai Naresuan is the home to many species of flora and fauna.This sanctuary features rugged terÂ¬rain, towering mountains and has a rich variety of trees and plants. In addition, you will see evergreen, deciduous dipterocarps and mixed deciduous forests. Parts of the habitat consist of an expanse of savanna or open grasslands, creating the right conditions for a variety of different animals and a transition between Huai Kha Khaeng and Thung Yai.
This conservation area is the source of many rivers like the Huai Mae Lamung, Mae Klong. Huai Nam Khiaw, and Huai Kakatam Rivers. Each of them feed into the Mae Klong or Kwae Yai River, which is 800-1.200 meters above sea level. A cool breeze surrounds the forest all the yeas round and the still woodlands are always dewy at night.
The climate here is monsoon, meanÂ¬ing it has a cool season from November to February. a hot season from March to April and a wet season from May to October.
Due to the mixture of savanna and various types of forest, this environment provides good shelter and has plenty of food and water for the wildlife: thus. the fauna of Thung Yai varies enormously both in size and species.
Thung Yai Naresuan Outstanding features: The sanctuary is not open to the general public, but permission may be given to researchers, naturalists and education groups for specific purposes.
The headquarters of Eastern Thung Yai is forty-seven kilometers from Um Phang. A Mong village was the previous resident here. When the people moved, the area regained its pristine origins.
Nearby there is an observation spot perfect for bird watching. If you are lucky, you may even glimpse a samba deer.
Beyond the observation site is deserted swidden agriculture and a fertile dry dipterocarp forÂ¬est, which is home to many rare species of bird. From the winter to the hot season this track is a fascinating place to see the blossoming wild orchids.
At Utakhi Ranger Unit, you can see many beau-tiful wild orchids and colorful birds. After a long trek. you will find Huai Nam Khiaw at the end of road. Here, you will encounter birds, butterflies and other wildlife on nature’s display.
The habitat in the park is biogeographically unique, capable of sustaining flora and fauna indefi-nitely. However, if you spend all your time looking at the wildlife you will miss the beautiful waterfalls like Ka Ngae Sot and Huai Nam Khiaw. To get to Ka Ngae Sot, you should start your trip at the Ka Ngae Sot Ranger Unit. While here. there is a good chance of meeting some of the local barking deer, samba deer and guars because of the salt lick in this area.
One of the sanctuary’s most distinguishing at-tractions is a large grassland plain named Thung Yai (meaning “big field”), on the Ban Mo Tanoe Route. This expense of savanna is dotted with cycads and phoenix palms.
Other attractions of the eastern portion are Tham Ngu. Tham Kraduk. and Bung Lakato. a large swamp that the white-winged wood duck is inhabits.
Travel Thung Yai Naresuan : Hire a pick-up car from Um Phang Town to take you the rest of the Way.
Best time Thung Yai Naresuan : The best season runs from the win-ter to the beginning of the rainy season in November to May. Making a visit in the summer is not recomÂ¬mended because of the risk of forest fires.