Let the All New Mitsubishi Pajero sport and the Luscious Jungle of Chaiyaphum Stun You
This week, Amazing Road Trips with All New Mitsubishi Pajero sport will bring you to visit Chaiyaphum Province in the Northeast with its stunning nature and fields of Siam Tulips at the Pa Hin Ngam National Park and the Sai Thong National Park, strange stone formations at the Stonehenge of Thailand at Mo Hin Khao and Pa Hin Ngam National Park, and the spectacular Kaew Cave and waterfall at Tad Tone National Park. What are you waiting for? Head out now with your All New Mitsubishi Pajero sport.
Get to Know Our Destination
The Pa Hin Ngam National Park got its name from the 1,000-rai plateau of stone formations of different shapes such as animals, ancient castles, the FIFA trophy, mushroom, etc, which was caused by millions of years of erosion of wind and water. The Sud Paen Din Cliff is the highest point of the park at 846 meters and marks the westernmost edge of the Korat Plateau. The cliff protrudes out into the air, giving an expansive view of the surroundings. The park also boasts wide fields of Siam Tulips, which can also be seen at the Sai Thong National Park, location of the famed Hum Hod Cliff. The cliff protrudes out into the air at a height of 864 meters, which can give quite a scare to anyone standing on it. Another national park in the area is the Tad Tone National Park with the Tad Tone Waterfall at 6 meters tall and 50 meters wide. The cascading water along the rocks, with a backdrop of lush jungle, makes for a picturesque view.
That’s not all for the places not to be missed in Chaiyaphum. Kaew Cave, located at Thum Kaew Temple, resembles a hall within the mountain and is chilly and humid all year round. Stalactites abound in the cave, bouncing off the light and giving beautiful reflections. Mo Hin Khao is located within Phu Lanka National Park. The area used to be a forest but was cleared by locals to grow tapioca. They paid little heed to the abundance of huge stone formations in the area but what is strange is that 5 huge stones will have white light shining up every Buddhist Holy Day, earning the name Mo Hin Khao or group of white stones from local elders. This so-called Stonehenge of Thailand was also the location of the blockbuster Naresuan.
Fun is sun
- You can view the sea of mist at the Pa Hin Ngam National Park toward the end of the rainy season up until the start of the cool season. The sea of mist can also be viewed on Hum Hod Cliff at the Sai Thong National Park.
- Don’t forget to pay your respect to the Buddha statue situated at the lowest part of Kaew Cave.
- You can enjoy swimming all year long at the Tad Tone Waterfall at the various pools because the water there flows all year long. It can be particularly scenic during the rainy season from June-September but do be cautious as the cliffs in the area are tall and dangerous. There is also a shrine of Chao Por Tad Tone, who is said to be a Cambodian national who migrated to Thailand and lived a frugal life of meditation, adhering to Buddhist beliefs, and helping to cure the sick. He remained widely respected even after his death, hence the establishment of various shrines in his honor.
- The Siam Tulips will bloom only 2 months out of the whole year from June-August while the national parks are primed for a visit during the rainy season.
- The Pa Hin Ngam National Park does not allow tourists to bring their vehicles into the park so you must pay 30 Baht to board their buses. The first stop is Sud Paen Din Cliff where you can walk downhill to view the Siam Tulip field. Once you are done, you can board any bus back to the parking lot.
- Every national park has accommodations and a tent pitching area but with limited space, you should book well in advance. If you’d like to sleep in tents, feel free to bring your own or rent one from the park. Mo Hin Khao has only a tent pitching area as overnight accommodations. Every national park has restaurants, convenience stores, and toilets for visitors.
How to Get There
To get to Chaiyaphum from Bangkok, use Highway 1 (Phaholyothin Road) and head out in the direction of Saraburi. Then proceed on Highway 21 (Saraburi-Lomsak Road) for about 90 kilometers and you will see a sign for Chaiyaphum Lumnarai. Turn right onto Highway 2129 and once you see the Lumsonthi sign at the intersection, turn left to Highway 205 (Suranarai Road). Drive another 50 kilometers to Highway 2354 (Thepsathit Road) and proceed a farther 35 kilometers and you’ll reach the entrance of Pa Hin Ngam National Park. To get to Sai Thong National Park, turn left onto Highway 2354 for about 2 kilometers and make another left onto Highway 5057. At the 3-way junction to Highway 225, you’ll see a sign to turn right for the park. To go to Kaew Cave, turn left in the direction of Pakdee Chumpol District and drive about 8 kilometers before making a u-turn. Then drive another 17 kilometers and you’ll reach the Thum Kaew Temple. To go to Tad Tone National Park, use Highway 225 from Sai Thong National Park to Chaiyaphum’s downtown area. Once you reach the monument of Chao Por Praya Lae, turn left and then right at the next 4-way junction onto Highway 2051 (Non Muang Road). You can also reach Mo Hin Khao using this route.
Safe Driving Tips
Nakhon Ratchasima Tourism Authority of Thailand Office
Areas of jurisdiction: Chaiyaphum, Nakhon Ratchasima
2102-2104 Mittraparp Road Tambon Nai Muang, Muang District, Nakhon Ratchasima Province 30000
Tel: 0 4421 3666, 0 4421 3030
Fax: 0 4421 3667