National Parks are the best way to rest your head on the lap of nature. They help to conserve the endemic species and also help preserve the biodiversity of the environment. They attract a large number of travelers who wish to immerse themselves into the arms of nature. South East Asia is a haven for wildlife and nature enthusiasts and Phu Kradueng National Park is the best way to experience the serenity of nature.
About Phu Kradueng National Park
It is one of the most popular national parks in the state of Thailand. But it is not well recognized by the foreigners. The park is situated in the Phu Kradueng district in the central northern part of Thailand. It is a part of Western Isaan Forest Complex, which houses three other national parks and four wildlife sanctuaries covering a total area of about 4,600 km2. The other National Parks in the complex are Nam Nao National Park, Tat Mok National Park, and the Phu Pa Man National Park.
Best Time to visit Phu Kradueng National Park
There is a deluge of tourists in the month of January, February, and April and the prices for hotels and tickets are hiked in these months. Pre-booking of these amenities is suggested to save your precious bucks. The park is closed in the months of June all the way through September for the process of forest recovery.
Entrance Fees to the Park: 400 Baht for Adults and 200 Baht for foreigners. 40 Baht for Adults and 20 Baht for children is chargeable for locals.
Places to Stay at Phu Kradueng National Park
The National Park itself has two visitor centres, one of which is at the entry point of the park, which has bungalows, camping sites, and vendors. But, there are many places to stay near the park. Some of the nice places have been enumerated below to ease the traveller:
1. The Creek Villa
It is situated 19km from the park and the Loei airport is around 60 km from the hotel. The staff is comfortable in both English and Thai and also offers practical guidance around the area. It offers nice bathrooms and some rooms are also available with a terrace.
Price: Rs. 3,160/night
TripAdvisor Rating: 8.6/10
2. Smile Box Café and Resort
Situated at around 29km from the park, this has a nice surrounding and offers amenities such as a garden, terrace, and shared lounge. It is situated at around 38km from the Loei Airport. The rooms have also been rated as best for couples. It is also priced at a reasonable rate.
Price: Rs. 1,580/night
TripAdvisor Rating: 8.7/10
3. The Cozy Hotel
The hotel is one of the best in the area and has a garden with a bar, a terrace with an excellent view of the river and offers nice seating arrangements. It is at one of the best locations and is situated at around 48km from the park and at around 16km from the Loei airport.
Price: Rs. 1,245/night
TripAdvisor Rating: 9.0/10
Travelers can also choose to stay in a bungalow priced at around 900 Baht for 6 people. There are nice washroom facilities, which are cleaned regularly.
Things to Do at Phu Kradueng National Park
The Park is famous for hiking activities and offers a serene environment to undertake hiking sessions. It is recommended to start with the session by hiking uphill at early morning and one can stay at the bungalows at the lower visitor centre to start the hike.
Refresh your mind and soul at waterfalls in the park. There are numerous waterfalls which are accessible through various circular trails. The Wang Kwang, Tham Yai, Than Sawan, and Phen Pob are among the famous ones.
In the park, sambars are visible around the campsite. One can also witness Boars and golden jackals visiting the campsite. There are also various elephant trails along the hiking trail and these are closed in case of any elephant activity.
How to reach Phu Kradueng National Park?
As mentioned earlier, the park does not witness a large number of foreign tourists due to its remote location. But the best ways to get to the park are mentioned herein to help the traveller visiting through any modes of transportation:
By Car: From Bangkok, one can head north on highway-1 and then turn east on highway-2. While reaching midway between Pak Chong and Nakhon Ratchasima, take a left and head on highway 201 north. The total distance is around 500km. Moreover, it is possible to park the car at any designated spot for a few days as it is guarded at all times.
By Train: One can take a train from Hualamphong Railway Station to Khaon Kaen Railway Station. Once detrained, one can take a bus to Phu Kradeung and take a songthaew to a park.
By Bus: A person can take a bus to Loei and debus at the Mo Chit Bus Station 2 and get off at Phu Nok Khao and take a songthaew to the park.
The Phu Kradeung National Park has a lot of potential to offer and the hiking trail is challenging but perfectly doable. The place is perfect for a weekend away from bustling city life and pace. So, plan a Thailand holiday right now and indulge in the fun!