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A November 2002 trip to Loei by markiemark

Nam Nao National Park Photo, Loei, Thailand More Photos
Quote: Sitting in a valley running north to Chiang Kham on the Mekong River and the Laos border, Loei province is home and neighbor to half-a-dozen mountainous national parks.

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At Phu Kradung National Park, I was told by two tourists that there was "nothing there" in Loei. A small, quiet, sleepy town; a provincial capital though. It was ideal for me to relax after my exertions in Phu Kradung and Nam Nao National Parks. A friendly place, it has a good market and a small but very interesting and unmissable night food market near the junction of Ruam Jai and Charoenrat Streets. There isn't a lot in Loei, but a chance to experience a Thai/Isan town almost untouched by tourism. Quick Tips: If you're going to any of the national parks and are interested in identifying the birds, butterflies or wildflowers you'll see, a bookshop on Charoenrat Street near the corner of Chum...Read More
Sarai Tong Hotel Photo, Loei, Thailand
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Pretty much the only budget option in town (the Friendship Guesthouse has closed), the Sarai Tong is a pretty uninviting concrete block sitting around a courtyard. The place is very popular with traders as each morning over the balcony, I saw trucks loaded with goods parked in the courtyard. The room I occupied had size in its favour at least -it was huge! For my 140B, I got a double bed, fan, and private WC. While it could be described as functional, it was pretty clean except the whole place could do with a paint job! Up on the roof, there's a nice view over town and of Bo Bit Mountain - it's also a handy place for drying laundry! The ladies that ran Sarai Tong spoke no English, but were very friend...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 25, 2002

Sarai Tong Hotel
Ruam Jit Road
Loei, Thailand

Nam Nao National Park

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Attraction | "Phu Kradung National Park (part one)"

Nam Nao National Park Photo, Loei, Thailand
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Designated in 1952 as Thailand's 2nd national park, Phu Kradung is a sandstone, table-top mountain with a vast plateau of grassland and pine forest. Its highest peak is 1,316m above sea-level and covers an area of around 350km squared. The Loei-Khon Kaen bus stops every half hour in Phu Kradung village from where it's a short 5km, 20B songthaew ride to the visitor center where you book your accommodation at the top and get a trail map. The walk up is quite challenging, and the reason a lot of Thai visit this park is just to get to the top. However, it's a very beautiful and peaceful park in which to stay a couple of days, and walk around the plateau to see many waterfalls and vistas. There are porters...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 25, 2002

Nam Nao National Park
Loei/Petchabun/Chaiyamphun Provinces
Loei, Thailand

Phu Kradung National Park

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Attraction | "Phu Kradung National Park (part two)"

Phu Kradung National Park Photo, Loei, Thailand
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I was out walking early next morning around a circuit of six waterfalls. After an hour of walking across the rocky plateau, the trail dips into a valley formed by a small river along which there is some nice evergreen forest and these very beautiful waterfalls. I started to keep a lookout for birds as the forest isn't dense here, so they're more easily spotted. I had to commit to memory what I saw, and hoped to be able to look them up later to identify them - which I was able to do in Loei. On the second day, I walked across the grasslands to the southwestern edge of the plateau and then back along a path that parallels the cliff's edge. The views out across the countryside were, again very hazy,...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 25, 2002

Phu Kradung National Park
Loei Province
Loei, Thailand

Nam Nao National Park

Attraction | "Phu Bo Bit Forest Park"

Nam Nao National Park Photo, Loei, Thailand
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Bo Bit Mountain can be seen to the east of Loei and this small forest park makes a good half-day workout. Following Ruam Jai Road past the market and over the bridge to route 2138, the park is just past the 3km stone. Where the road bends right, a sign to the park, amongst a gaggle of other signs all clustered together, points down a side road to the left. About 200m down this road is a flight of concrete steps that lead from a monastery up the side of Bo Bit Mountain. After a 10 minute climb, these led to a cave shrine containing many Buddha images. The trail from there became narrow, overgrown and steep, but persistence led me to the top after an additional sweaty 20 minutes or so. Although there is...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 25, 2002

Nam Nao National Park
Loei/Petchabun/Chaiyamphun Provinces
Loei, Thailand

Phu Pha Man National Park

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Attraction | "Phu Rua National Park"

Phu Pha Man National Park Photo, Loei, Thailand
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Named "Boat Mountain" because the 1,365m cliff resembles a Chinese Junk to somebody, Phu Rua is very popular with day-trippers driving up (and walking the last kilometre) to the top for the view and the Buddha statue. While I found the view not particularly inspiring, there are some nice trails to walk on the hillside. These take you through a variety of different forest habitats from dry dipterocarp to moist evergreen, pine forest, and grasslands. It's not such a doddle to visit, however. It's a straightforward route to Phu Rua village as buses pass every hour on the Phitsanulok-Khon Kaen route. It's not so easy to get from the village to the park (or to see the sign at the turn-off by the bus statio...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 25, 2002

Phu Pha Man National Park
Na Nong Tum, Chum Phae
Khon Kaen, Thailand 4217-

Nam Nao National Park

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Nam Nao National Park Photo, Loei, Thailand
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At the intersection of Loei, Petchabun, and Chaiyamphun provinces, this is really a jewel of a park! Getting off the bus at kilometer 50 on route 20, I was surprised to pay only 20B entry fee instead of the standard 200B. A 2km walk took me to headquarters and the campground. It was 30B per night to pitch my tent. I had food and a stove, but there are five or six small restaurants by the visitor center which also houses a small museum and library. The computer terminal has great information on all of Thailand's national parks, and there are bird, butterfly, and plant identification books and charts. There are five main trails which are well-signed and clear except for the walk to the sunrise view...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 25, 2002

Nam Nao National Park
Loei/Petchabun/Chaiyamphun Provinces
Loei, Thailand

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