Phu Chong Na Yoi National Park : Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand

Phu Chong Na Yoi National Park covers a total area of 686 sq. kms. in Amphoe Buntharik, Amphoe Na Chaluai and Amphoe Nam Yuen, Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand. Its boundary connects to Lao PDR. and Cambodia in the area called the Emerald Triangle. With a lush jungle of the Dongrek Range, the park was established on 1 June, 1987. The park’s headquarters is located at Ban Kaeng Rueang, Amphoe Na Chaluai, 150 kms. from downtown Ubon Ratchathani.

Its attractions include;

Namtok Huai Luang or Namtok Bak Teo. The waterfall is situated 3 kms. from the park’s headquarters and accessible by car. Plunging for three steps from the elevation of 30 metres, the waterfall has a small pool with a white beach and turquoise colour water that allows tourists to enjoy from September to February. There is a trail leading to Namtok Chum Chim or Namtok Pra-on La-o downstream.

Phlan Yao Rock Garden. Rocks in different formations are scattered around the area.

Pha Phueng Viewpoint. The viewpoint is just next to the rock garden. From there, tourists can enjoy the scenery of the Lao and Cambodian border. Its small cave houses beautiful rocks and a large beehive.

Namtok Koeng Mae Phong. The waterfall is 9 kms. south of Namtok Huai Luang along the nature trail. It originates from the Lam Dom Noi Stream.

Kaeng Sila Thip. The large rapids is 3 kms. from the park’s headquarters. Huai Luang Stream runs over a rock terrace and turns fierce in the rapids. In the middle of the stream, stream power has created lots of holes on the rock surface in different sizes and depths called “Kumphalak.”

Phlan Kong Kwian. The vast rock terrace with rock shelters at the front is home to wild flowers and plants. In previous days, travellers could seek shelter from this place. Thus, it is called Phlan Kong Kwian which literally means cart terrace.

Phu Hin Dang. The cliff-top viewpoint allows tourists to witness the forest scenery of Lao PDR. and Cambodia. Its cliff is especially painted with natural bright hues. Geologists explain that dry weather millions of years ago catalyzed the mineral residues in the seawater and resulted this way. Tourists can enjoy a misty view during winter. The viewpoint can be reached via Highway 2248, 15 kms. from Amphoe Na Chaluai. Turn left at Ban Huai Kha into Highway 2254, through Ban Nong Mek to Sae Lamduan. The viewpoint is another 2 kms. away on foot.

To get there, the park can be accessed via two routes. 1. Motorists can travel from Ubon Ratchathani – Det Udom – Nam Yuen – Na Chaluai and turn right 10 kms. before reaching Na Chaluai. The park is 8 kms. away. The total distance is 140 kms. 2. Ubon Ratchathani – Det Udom – Buntharik – Na Chaluai. Turn left after passing Na Chaluai for 10 kms., the park is 8 kms. away. Phu Chong – Na Yoi National Park provides guesthouses and camping ground, but no camping gear for rent.

Phu Chong Na Yoi National Park

Location: Na Chaluai, Na Chaluai District, Ubon Ratchathani 34280 Thailand

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