About Tat Mok National Park
Tat Mok National Park is a relatively small national park at 290 km², around 15 km east from Phetchabun City in Phetchabun Province. The main attraction of the park is Tat Mok Waterfall. Both park and the waterfall are named after Tat Mok Mountains.
The park forests consists of mixed deciduous, deciduous dipterocarp and dry evergreen forests. Some of the tree species to mention are takian, Dipterocarpus alatus, Xylia xylocarpa, teak, Pterocarpus macrocarpus, tabaek as well as various bamboos (Source Wikipedia).
Being so small, the park still have some impressive wildlife thanks to being adjacent to two major protected sites like Nam Nao National Park to north and Phu Khieo Wildlife Sanctuary to the east. Although not commonly seen, elephant, gaur, boar, muntjac, serow are few of the bigger mammals found in the park.
There are no public transportation services that passes by the entrance of the park. Visitors must have their own vehicle, lighter motorcycles are allowed inside the park.
The entrance fees are 100 Baht for adults and 50 baht for children. The park is open 6 am to 6 pm all year round.
The park has two camping grounds, the first one is Lan Chom Dao, 5 km from the entrance at top of a montane area called Lan Chom Dao, 630 meters asl, with 180° clear open view over Phetchaburi valley, the other is at Huai Bong Ranger Station 11 km from the entrance around 9 km before the trail head to Tak Mok Waterfall. Tents are available for rent at the both campsites, but there may not be staff at the first campsite on week days to help with tents. The second campsites have permanent staff all year round. Tents are available for rent for 225 Baht (4 people), accessories not included, accessories (pillow, sleeping bag etc) from around 30 Baht up.
There is no restaurant or shops inside the park, visitors are recommended to have snacks and beverages with them. There is one restaurant a bit from the checkpoint at the junction to the main road to Phetchaburi, but it is only open during the week-ends and other busy days. Sometimes they can be open briefly on late afternoon. Alternative restaurants are more near Phetchabun.
There is mobile reception on the first campsite with view on Phetchabun Valley, but further inside the park there is no mobile reception at all. The visitor center at Huai Bong Ranger Station Campsite has free wireless internet, but on very low speed and connection is lost from time to time. Ask rangers for password.
There are four bungalows at Huai Bong Ranger Station where the main campsite more near to the waterfall is located, two of bungalows are for 6 people each for 1,000 THB per night, the other two are for 40 people each 4,000 THB per night. A significant discount will apply when booked for Mon-Thu. Bungalows can 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.
Western Isaan Forest Complex
Tat Mok National Park is part of Western Isaan Forest Complex including three other national parks and four wildlife sanctuaries covering 4,594 km² all together.
The protected areas within the complex are;
- Nam Nao National Park
- Tat Mok National Park
- Phu Pa Man National Park
- Phu Kradueng National Park
- Phu Khieo Wildlife Sanctuary
- Pha Phung Wildlife Sanctuary
- Phu Pha Daeng Wildlife Sanctuary
- Taboa Huai Yai Wildlife Sanctuary
Attractions of Tat Mok
Tat Mok Waterfall
The main attractions of the park at around 200 to 300 meter high. The waterfall is accessible by a 2 km long rocky trail along Song Nang Nature Trail, this trail also lead to Song Nang Waterfall. The trail head is found at the end of the road 19 km east from the park entrance. The trail ascends from around 630 meters asl up to around 850 meters asl, couple of hundred meters before reaching Song Nang Waterfall trail there is a trail fork, the trail to right will lead to Tat Mok Waterfall. The last few hundred meters of the trail is quite steep. No guide needed to walk the trail.
Song Nang Waterfall
A 12 tiered waterfall accessible by same trail to Tat Mok, compared to 200-300 meters high Tat Mok Waterfall, quite small, but in relatively term quite high, multi-tiered and impressive waterfall. Only first couple of tiers accessible by trail.
Lan Chom Dao Campsite
It is the first camp in Tat Mok National Park, 5 km from the checkpoint accessible from a side road north from around km 3. The campsite is relatively spacious, has very good and clear view over Phetchaburi valley. There are tents available for rent.
Huai Bong Ranger Station Campsite
Next to the main visitor center at km 11, it is actually two separate camping grounds with 300 meters between. The first one is quite a small one right behind the visitor center, the second one is very spacious. There are tents available for rent.
Both camping grounds have shower and toilet facilities.
There are few viewpoints along the road through the national park. These viewpoints have relatively clear view, facing mountains with good view of a narrow valley between.