For true ecotourists and nature lovers, Nam Nao National Park is guaranteed to be somewhere on the top of their list of places to visit in Thailand. It is Phetchabun province’s pride as its most beautiful National Park standing grand and tall to border Thailand’s northern and northeastern lands.
One of the most attractive spots to check out while you are here is Tham Par Hong Viewpoint. Over millions of years, the rich minerals have created splendid stalactites and stalagmites in the cave above the viewpoint, also home for several types of bats including the near-extinct Marshall’s Horseshoe Bats. Travelers like to come here for a romantic view of sunset. But if you want to see the sunrise, Phu Kor Viewpoint is your best bet. As the sun comes up and the fog starts to disappear, you will have a good view of the Phu Kum Khao pine forest complementing the fresh green colors of the tropical rainforest below, with a background of Phu Kradueng national park and also Phu Pa Jit Mountain. In addition, Tham Yai Nam Nao or Tham Nam Rin is located close by. Nam Rin means pouring water so you can expect to see a stream of water pouring out from the mouth of the cave. Some bigger flows of water can be found at Namtok Tad Pran Ba and Namtok Hew Sai.
If you are a fan of trekking, we suggest the Pha Lom – Pha Kong trail which hemmed in acres of mixed forest and rainforest. It is only a 5-7 kilometer route from the second park office (Phu Pha Klang Dong). The more challenging one would be Dong Paek Pine Forest Or Suan Son Dong Paek. It is a 5-km hike from the entrance at the 49th kilometer marker on Highway No. 12 (Lom Sak – Chum Phae). Prepare to be mesmerized by the Sumatran Pine (Pinus merkusii) and variety of birds and shy wildlife. Between February and May is when wild orchid blossoms, adding more charm to the already magical jungle.
The name of the park foretells its weather condition. Nam means water and Nao means cold, so it is normally cool all year at this place. However, if you want to experience more of the “cold water” and witness the color changing of the forests, mark your calendar around December-January and you won’t be disappointed.
From Phetchabun province, follow Highway No. 21 (Phetchabun – Lomsak) for 39 kilometers. Take a right turn onto Highway No. 12 and turn left at the 50th kilometer marker. Proceed for another 1.5 kilometers to arrive at the park office.