Close June - September
Thai people say that if a couple wants to prove true love, they should try to summit the Phu Kradueng peak together. This is because the 9-kilometer steep hike up to the top will clearly tell you whether the person walking next to you will be the right one by your side for the rest of your life or not. There might be some difficulties and challenges along the way that make you want to give up, but at the end it will all be worth it.
Phu Kradueng is a sandstone mountain with a wide plateau on top 400-1,200 meters above sea level. Its overall feature is composed of pine forest, grassland, cliffs, waterfalls, and creeks allowing diverse types of plants and animals to inhabit. It is also the headwater of pong river, one of the main water sources for Northeastern Thailand.
On Phu Kradueng, visitors love to visit Pha Nok Ann (Swallow Cliff) which is a sunrise watching spot only 2 kilometers away from Wang Kwang Waterfall. For the sunset, Pha Lomsak is a perfect point even it is a little further (9 kilometers) from Namtok Wang Kwang. However, you could also go to the more crowded spot, Pha Mark Duk, which is only 2.5 kilometers away from the visitor center. For those of you who are in a swimming mood, there are many waterfalls for you to pick from depending on your physical endurance (and more-or-less your partner’s).
The park allows visitors in from 7 AM to 2 PM as you will need 4-5 hours to make your way atop with the littlest disturbance to the home owners, the wild animals. Furthermore, its opening season is between October and May and it is closed during the rainy season (June-September) for visitors’ safety as well as forest recovery at the same time.
From Highway No. 201, take a left turn onto Highway No. 2019 at the 276th kilometer marker. Continue for 8 kilometers you will reach the park office
Take the Bangkok-Loei bus at the Mo Chit 2 Bus Terminal, get off at Pha Nok Khao Station. From there, take the local bus from Je Kim’s shop to the park. Or get from the bus at Phu Kradueng intersection, and also take the local bus to the park.