Phu Kradueng National Park

The Phu Kradueng National Park, Phu Kradung also written ( Thai: อุทยานแห่งชาติ ภูกระดึง ), located in the district ( Amphoe ) Kradueng Phu Loei province in Northeast Thailand. He is one of the most famous national parks in Thailand, its highest elevation is 1,316 m.


The park was declared in 1943 to the protected forest and converted into a national park on 23 November 1962. He is so after the Khao Yai National Park, the second oldest national park of Thailand. Each year the park attracts several thousand visitors.


The park is located 520 km northeast of Bangkok and about 70 km from the provincial capital Loei in the area of ​​Phang- Loei - ridge. He is best reached via the Khon Kaen - Loei highway.

The park itself consists of a plateau with meadows, cliffs, forests, waterfalls and evergreen monsoon forests at lower altitudes. The park is home to numerous animal species and a few tigers.

The medium temperature is about 20 ° C. From December to January, there can also cool down to 2 ° C overnight, however. In the rainy season and during the colder months of the mountain is mostly in the fog.

For the six -km-long main trail to the plateau you need in about three hours; distributed over the route there are several rest stops. At the top there are then again about three km to the headquarters of the National Park management.

The hottest season is from March to June at this time would be best to break even at sunrise so as not to get in the midday heat during the hike.

For security reasons, the park is closed during the rainy season from July to October visitors.


The beautiful nature attracts year after year, tens of thousands of visitors.

  • The most beautiful view is the Pha Nok Aen has of cliff ( ผา นก แอ่น ), especially at sunrise; the sunset is best from Pha Lom Sak Cliff ( ผา หล่มสัก ) watch.
  • The waterfalls Wang Kwang ( น้ำตก วัง กวาง ) and indeed Hong ( น้ำตก ตาด ฮ้อ ง ).
  • Among the climbers the rocky phase Lomsak Cliffs are very popular.
  • " Fai Duean Ha " ( ไฟ เดือน ห้า, fire of the fifth month ), maple trees with bright red leaves.