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National Parks in Chiang Rai – Explore the Golden Triangle

Chiang Rai perched amidst the mountains bordering Laos and Burma is inherent to a rich and diverse culture. The stunning environs are unmatched and best experienced while exploring the national parks.


Doi Luang National Park

This park is made up of mixed deciduous, evergreen and deciduous dipterocarp forests. Covering a total of 1,170sqkms in the Phan area the forest cover is home to a wide variety of exotic flora and wildlife. The most impressive waterfall in Chiang Rai is located here; this is the Pu Kaeng Waterfall. The gorgeous fall is made up of 9 cascades that contain stalactites and stalagmites. Plus the entire falls are engulfed in a beautiful virgin forest cover that enhances the pristine beauty of the whole experience. Nature lovers have the option of indulging in treks across the park and camping overnight. It is about 58kms on the Chiang Rai – Phayao route.


Khun Chae National Park

This park rich in natural resources was set up in 1995; it is a shady intact forest home to many beautiful features. With the aid of a camping assistant it is possible to set up camp and enjoy an overnight experience within this verdant forest; mind you camping equipment needs to be gathered personally. The rugged terrain of the park is best tackled by nature lovers and seasoned hikers. The beautifully rustic environ cover steep terrain and climb many hills and cliffs that in some places are over 1,400 metres in height. The trek is worth it though for sights of gorgeous waterfalls, crystal clear pools and pristine forests. Due to the elevated environs, there are a number of excellent lookout points scattered across the park. The park is located in the Wiang Pa Pao District in Tambon Mae Chedi Mai.


Lam Nam Kok National Park

This park encompasses Namtok Khun Kon Forest Park, Namtok Huai Kaeo-Bo Namron Huai Mok Liam Forest Park and Namtok Pong Phra Bat Forest Park all within the Chiang Rai Forest district. Recently established as a national park the area is yet to be developed as a tourist friendly area. Trekkers though will love the wild and virgin forests inundated with many natural wonders.


Elephant Park

If you are looking for a Lanna hotel, consider one that offers you loads of interactions with nature and indigenous wildlife of the area. For example, the Elephant Camp one of the more popular parks in Chiang Rai and part of the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort offers you a chance to intermingle with the gentle giants, by pitching in at feeding and bathing times as well as enjoying treks through the gorgeous forests of the Golden Triangle region. Walk through the forests, watch the animals snack on leaves of overhanging branches, play in mud holes and socialise with the herd; a guaranteed memorable experience.

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