Thai National Parks

About Mae Wong

Covering 894 sq km, Mae Wong is situated in the Dawna Range, West of Thailand in Nakhon Sawan and Kamphaeng Phet provinces. The park is rugged and hilly with the highest peak Khao Mo Ko Chu at 1,964 m., one of highest in Thailand.

Mae Wong is one of the best places in Thailand for birdwatching, home to many rare birds such as rufous-necked hornbillBurmese yuhinacoral-billed scimitar babblergrey peacock-pheasantmountain hawk-eagle. According some sources, with migratory birds counted 450 species of birds has been seen in the park.

Get there & get around

The headquarters and the main visitor center are located in northern parts of the park on the main road where some of the main attractions can be found. The headquarters is 16.5 km from nearby Khlong Lan town center where public buss services to/from Bangkok does operate several times a day. There are no public transportation options into the park, so private transportation is a must.

The park offers many short, mid and longer trekking options with longest ones up to a week long journey deep into the heart of the jungle. Several of longer trails leads to waterfalls deep inside the jungle, but there are also few waterfalls easily accessible with up to a days return hiking.

Camera traps from August 2011 released by DNP, Wildlife and Plant Conservation and WWF reveals that tigers are still around in Mae Wong, there are 9 tigers recorded. Some other exiting mammals that can be found in the park are Asian black bear, Phayre's leaf monkey, golden jackal, lar gibbon, and Malayan tapir among many others.

Due to high altitude, the night temperatures may drop down to 8-9º C. Visitors are recommended to have sweaters with them.

Visitors are adviced to have insect repellents and leach socks during wet periods. There are some annoying flies called "khun" on local language, the bite from these can cause itchiness and biting marks.

  • Rainy season is June to October
  • Winter season with cooler weather is November to February
  • Summer (hot) season is March to May

Entrance fees for the foreigners are 200 THB for adults and 100 THB for children.

Stay & eat

There are some basic accomodations with smaller rooms for rent as well as few camping grounds along the road for the visitors who wish to camp.

Tents can be rent at spot, 250 THB for 2 people or 225 THB for 3 people. Sleeping bag and other accessories costs 60 Baht per person. It may be better to have own sleepings bag with as Mae Wong is a popular park visited by many locals, sleeping bags can be on poor condition.

There are 9 bungalows for 5 to 7 people but some beds are double. The price ranges from 1,500 THB to 2,400 THB per night and a significant discount applies for stay Monday to Friday with except to holidays.

Bungalows can only be booked through DNP website in advance. As the money transfer must be done within 2 days and the fact it takes longer time with transfers from abroad, it is only possible to book from within Thailand only. Payments can be done at 7-Eleven convinicence stores or banks.

(all price in this page updated July 2018)

Attractions of Mae Wong

Headquarters & Visitor Center

Both headquarters and the visitor center are located 16.5 km from Khlong Lan town and 6 km from the checkpoint on northwest of the park. There are basic facilities such as shower, toilet, restaurant, parking area but also a cafeteria and a gift shop. Bungalows are also found around the visitor center are.

The designated area for the campsite is 400 meters west from the visitor center nearby a smaller waterfall called Kaeng Pha Khoi Nang. Tents and accessories are available for rent from the Visitor Center (see price above). Another km west from the campsite there is an open place called Kaeng Pa Nang Roy Rapids, ideal for swimming and picnic.

Khun Nam Yen Campsite and Viewpoint

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Located 3.7km from Chong Yen, and 24km from HQ. Compared to Chong Yen, there are a bit bigger and cleaner toilet and shower facilities in this campsite. There are no restaurants or rooms available.

The view point here has 360 degrees visibility at 1248m altitude, one of best in Thailand.

Chong Yen Campsite and Viewpoint

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Chong Yen is a substation and campsite located at north west edge of the national park. It is on the end of main road (km 93), 27.5km from the headquarters.

The viewpoint 300-400m north is the highest peak of the road with an altitude of 1420m, a popular destination for local tourists. The campsite area is the main destination for the birders within the national park.

Permission from HQ needed to stay at Chong Yen, rooms can only be rented from HQ. There are no restaurants at the campsite, visitors should take food and necessary equipment with them. Toilet and shower facilities are very basic and may get a bit unplesant during the week-ends when it is very busy.

There are couple of smaller trails around. The Umphang trail to south west leads all the way to Umphang town, the trail itself is an overgrown old road. We don't have information about the exact length, but we have been able to map 10.7km of it as seen on the map above. Strict permission from HQ needed to walk this trail for a longer hiking.

Park rangers at Chong Yen regularly maintain few bird hiding spots where grey peacock-pheasant, rufous-throated partridge, white-necked laughingthrush and white-necked laughingthrush among some others can be seen regularly.

Khao Mokoju Summit

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Located 38 km from the headquarters, it is the highest peak of the park at 1,964 meters asl.

It is possible to get to the summit with a 5 days round trip hiking accompanied with a park ranger. It is not always posisble to get there, a Facebook page informs when it is possible, questions can be asked there in Thai only.

The price for a ranger to accompany as guide is 13,500 THB per group. Participants are also responsible to buy enough food/water for themselves and staff, have all their own equipment such as tent, sleeping bags, rain cloth ets with them. Locals can be hired to carry the equipment for 550 THB per day (excluding food/water).

November to February is best time to see sea of mist from top of the summit, hills below covered in white mist creating a spectacular view.

Mae Kra Sa Waterfall

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Formed by streams from Thanon Thong Chai mountain range with drop of 900 meters over 9 tiers. It is located 18 km from park visitor center on same trail as Khao Mokoju Summit, required guide to visit.

(The marker on the map for this waterfall is based on analysis of several sketch maps, it is not accurate)

Mae Gee Waterfall

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With one tear over 200 m high, one of the highest waterfalls in Thailand. Mae Gee is originated from Tanon Thong Chai maountain range, accessible by same trail to Khao Mokoju Summit. It requires a guide to visit.

(The marker on the map for this waterfall is based on analysis of several sketch maps, it is not accurate)

Mae Rewa Waterfall

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A 5 tiered waterfall with deep pools located about 21 km from the visitor center on the same trail to Khao Mokoju Summit. It requires 3 days guided return trekking.

(The marker on the map for this waterfall is based on analysis of several sketch maps, it is not accurate)

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Phone(s)

  • 090 457 9291
Rufous-necked Hornbill

Rufous-necked Hornbill

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Grey Peacock-Pheasant

Grey Peacock-Pheasant

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