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On traveling to Tak Province, expect to discover a place with long history, where natural wonders are magnificently enhanced by ethnic diversity.

Mostly forested and mountainous, Tak is a northern province peacefully situated on the Maenam Ping basin. The province covers an area of 16,406 square kilometers and is 426 kilometers north of Bangkok. As Tak shares natural border with Myanmar, it is highly regarded as a western gateway to Myanmar, and a northern doorway to Thailand’s major cities such as Lampang and Chiang Mai.

The Past

A province with a long history, Tak was earlier called Mueang Rahang. Historians believe it was built prior to the Sukhothai era and was treated as the western frontier of the Kingdom. Tak was also associated with Thailand’s former Great Kings, from King Ramkamhaeng the Great, King Naresuan the Great, King Narai the Great to King Taksin the Great. These four Kings usually called their troop assemblies in Tak. That is why the seal of the province depicts King Naresuan the Great on the royal elephant, pouring sacred water on the ground. This is a symbolic representation of the declaration of the independence of the Kingdom of Ayutthaya during the war with Burma in 1584. Tak was considered the first district to be liberated from the power of the Burmese Kingdom.

The Present

Today, Tak is no longer a strategic military frontier between two great nations. It is however a trading gateway to Myanmar at Amphoe Mae Sot, where lots of economic activities take place daily along the border. In addition, the province has the Asian Highway that runs from Thailand’s western border towards the northeastern region at Chong Mek (Mae Sot Sukhothai Phitsanulok Ubon Ratchathani – Laos).

Apart from Tak’s military and economic importance the province is also an environmental and cultural center with magnificent forests, spectacular waterfalls and caves and fascinating hill tribes such as Karen, Lisu, Musoe (Lahu), Akha, Yao and Hmong.

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Tak features many stunning natural attractions, including national parks with pristine forests and exotic wildlife, such as Taksin Maharat National Park, Mae Moei National Park, Lan Sang National Park, and Namtok Pha Charoen National Park. There are also many rivers and spectacular waterfalls, many of which are ideal for swimming and rafting. The following are some of the most popular attractions in Tak

 

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Trok Ban Chin (Ban Chin Alley)

Attraction Details :An old port area, Trok Ban Chin used to be the center for trade and business transactions and also a distribution center for goods to and from Pak Nam Pho in Nakon Sawan Province. Today, Trok Ban Chin is not only a distant memory of the past but is also an ideal place for antique lovers and visitors interested in seeing original Thai-style teak homes.

Thai – Myanmar Friendship Bridge

Attraction Details :This bridge which connects the Asian Highway between Thailand and Myanmar, is located at Tambon Tha Sai Luad, opposite a town called Myawadi in Myanmar. The Asian Highway also runs to other regions in South Asia, the Middle East and Europe. The bridge opens daily from 8.30 a.m. until 4.30 p.m. Border passes for a fee of 20 baht for Thais and 10 baht for people from Myanmar can be obtained from either Mae Moei City or Mae Sot Municipal.

Museum of Indigenous Arts and Culture

Attraction Details :Situated inside the compound of the Educational Welfare School (Suksa Songkraw Tak School), just 12 kilometers from the city is the Museum of Indigenous Arts and Culture.This museum features a colorful collection of art representing the exquisite culture of six hill tribes including Karen, Lisu, Musoe (Lahu), Akha, Yao and Hmong. Silver ornaments crafted and produced by hill tribe residents are also displayed. To get reach the museum; take Highway No. 105 (Tak-Mae Sot).

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Tham Mae Usu (Mae Usu Cave)

Attraction Details :Located on the magnificent Mae Sot, Mae Sariang Highway No. 1085 at Km. 95-96, this cave boasts an underworld of natural wonders. Inside the cave are striking stalactites and stalagmites formations. It is not advised to visit the cave during the rainy season as the only entrance for visitors is through Mae Usa stream at the entrance of the cave.

Tham Takhobi

Attraction Details :A spacious cave naturally and beautifully decorated with stalagmites and stalactites is located in Ban Mae Klong Mai, approximately 3 kilometers from Umphang.

Bhumiphol Dam

Attraction Details :The Bhumibol Dam was constructed across the Ping River at Khao Kaew Sub-district, Sam Ngao District of Tak Province. Constructed in 1958 and completed in 1964 with the dam height of 154 m, crest length of 486 m and retention capacity of 13,462 million m3, the dam is the first and largest multipurpose concrete arch dam in Thailand. It has provided great benefits to the country including electrical generation, irrigation in collaboration with the Sirikit Dam for the areas under the Greater Chao Phraya Project of 1,200,000 ha in the wet season and 480,000 ha in the dry season, flood mitigation of the Central Plain, inland navigation as well as prevention of sea water intrusion in the lower Chao Phraya and Tha Chin river basin.

Mani Banphot Swamp

Attraction Details :This big swamp is located in the heart of the city on Phahonyothin Road, next to Wat Mani Banphot. Covering an area of 60 rai, the swamp, which has a pavilion situated in the center, provides both visitors and local residents with a beautiful view. Lately, the place has become an increasingly interesting site for relaxation.

Valentine Island

Attraction Details :Another interesting attraction at Bhumibol Dam is Valentine Island where visitors can enjoy sandy beaches suitable for swimming. To get to the island, the Dams office provides rental boats for the trip that takes only 15-30 minutes.

Doi Hua Mot

Attraction Details : Doi Hua Mot is situated in Ban Umphang, just 4 kilometers from Umphang city. Limestone hills without single large tree but carpeted by blossoming shrubs and wild flowers stretching for approximately 30 kilometers, Doi Hua Mot is definitely a place for people who welcome a break from typical hills.

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Take the Umphang – Ban Pa La Tha route to Doi Hua Mot for around 10 km. There are two viewpoints: the first at Km 9 plus a 20 – minute – mountain walk, and the second at Km 10 — take a left turn to the parking lot and a further 5 – minute walk. It is suggested to arrive at Doi Hua Mot before sunrise around 5.00 – 6.00 a.m. On the mountain top, it is rather cool and the wind blows all the time.

Doi Muser Crops Research Station

Attraction Details :The research station is stationed on Thanon Thongchai Mountain, which is 900 meters above the sea level. With an average temperature of 4 degrees celsius during the cool season and 25 degrees celsius in the summer, the Research Station is considered a perfect place for cold climate crops such as tea, coffee, flowers and fruits. In addition, during the cool season, visitors will be able to see Dok Bua Tong (wild sunflowers) like those found on mountains in Mae Hong Son Province.

Doi Musur Hilltribe Development Welfare Center

Attraction Details :The Center is located on the Tak-Mae Sot Highway No. 105 at km. 29 marker. It is the area where Lahu, Lisu and Hmong hilltribes are located. Visitors find this place to be a living library as they can actually observe the lifestyles of hilltribe people. Staying overnight, or over a week with a hilltribe family is highly recommended visitors will be provided with the chance to learn about their culture. For more information, please call the Center at 0 5221 3614.

Lan Sang National Park

Attraction Details :This national park is located at Ban Lan Sang, Tambon Mae Tor, Amphoe Muang Tak, approximately 17 kilometers from the city. To get there, take Tak-Mae Sot Highway No. 105 to the west, at Km. marker 12-13 turn left into a road which leads to the National Park and proceed for 3 kilometers.

Covering an area of 104 square kilometers, Lan Sang National Park has scenic trails leading to a number of waterfalls and high granite peaks including Lan Sang, Pha Lad, lan Liang Ma, Pha Nguen, Pha Yoi and Pha Thae. The highest peak is Khao Umyorm, which is 1,065 meters above sea level. The crystal clear water of Namtok Lan Sang flows all year round and rare wildlife are frequently sited in the forest. Accommodations are available, for more details contact Lan Sang National Park at 05 5519278

Taksin Maharat National Park

Attraction Details :This national park is located at tambon Mae Tor and Pa Wor, 2 kilometers off of the km. 26 marker on the Tak-Mae Sot Highway No. 105. The Park was previously known as Krabak Yai National Park, after the name of Thailand’s record-holding tree which has a height of 50 meters and a circumference of 16 meters. With an area of 37,250 acres comprised mostly of high-altitude mountains, the park features several stunning attractions including the nine-tiered Nam Tok Mae Ya Pa, a natural stone bridge and giant Kabak trees. The stone bridge is a 25-meter high stone strip that bridges two cliffs with a brook flowing below the bridge. Approximately 78.5 meters further from the cliff is a cave with beautiful stalagmites and stalactites. Bird lovers, should not miss the opportunity to see both resident and migratory birds in the park. Accommodations available include bungalows and campsites; call the Park Office at 0-5551-1429. Entrance fees are 200 for adults and 100 for children.

Mysterious Hill

Attraction Details :Believe it or not, a small hill on Tak-Mae Sod Highway No. 105 at km. 68 marker attracts flocks of visitors. They have traveled to this spot to investigate something. Park your car at the foot of this hill, turn off the engine, a mysterious force will push your car up the hill.

Namtok Mae Kasa

Attraction Details :Lcated in Mae Ka Sa village, this small waterfall can be traveled to all year round. The waterfall has a stream running down from a high cliff in the midst of lush forest. A large pond situated on the upper level is perfect for swimming as it is filled with water all year.

Namtok Nang Khruan

Attraction Details :A medium-size waterfall with a stream running down the different tiers, Namtok Nang Khruan is another tourist attraction for nature lovers. It is located 12 kilometers from Phop Phra District. To get there, drive along Highway 1090, turn right at Km. 31-32 towards Highway No. 1206 (to Phop Phra).

Namtok Pha Charoen

Attraction Details :A spectacular 97-tiered waterfall is located between kilometers 36 and 37 on Highway 1090. To enter the site, turn left at approximately km. 36-37 markers to a dirt road off of the highway and proceed for another 700 meters to reach the site.

Namtok Se Pla

Attraction Details : This medium-size waterfall is located in the area of Ban Sepla, Tambon Mae Lamung.

Namtok Thi Lo Cho or Namtok Saifon

Attraction Details :Thi Lo Cho is an 80-meter high medium-sized waterfall. Its first tier, located on a high cliff, has a stream of water that flows to the second tier which then flows down to Maenam Mae Klong.

Namtok Thi Lo Re

Attraction Details :A newly-developed tourist attraction, Namtok Thi Lo Re is also situated in the Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary (declared by the UNESCO as a world heritage in 1999).

Namtok Thi Lo Su

Attraction Details :Namtok Thi Lo Su is located in the Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary, a UNESCO World Heritage site, which links with the Thung Yai Naresuan and Huay Kha Kaeng Reserves, as well as Khlong Lan and Mae Wong National Parks. Together, they form Thailand’s largest wildlife haven and Southeast Asia’s top virgin forest.

The Umphang forest Wildlife Preservation Office, Amphoe Umphang , Tak province will close the road from the Huai Nong Luang forest Protection Unit to Thi Lo Su Waterfall, a distance of 25 kilometres, as of 1 June – 30 November of this year, which is also the monsoon season. Travel in the area during this period is very diffcult, and it also allows the forest to recover and for wildlife to search for food and breed.

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– From Amphoe Umphang, follow the Umphang – Mae Sot route and take a left turn at Km 161 (Ban Mae Klong Mai) to De Lo Pass or the “Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary” checkpoint for 30 km. Visitors should use a pick-up truck or a four-wheel drive car which has high performance. During the rainy season, it is impossible for a car to access the sanctuary. To visit the waterfall, visitors are required to use a rubber dinghy and walk to the headquarters before going further for around 3 km on foot to the waterfall. Admission fees: 20 Baht/person, 30 Baht/car.

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