Finding your next adventure...

Pha Taem National Park

Pha Taem National Park, Ubon Ratchathani - taken on our off the beaten track Thailand and southern Laos tour Emerald Triangle

A selection of photographs of our recent trek through the picturesque but remote Pha Taem National Park in Ubon Ratchathani Province of far northeastern Thailand. We have already blogged about Pha Taem in some detail so what follows is mostly a collection of photos from our last Emerald Triangle tour. We joined up with a bunch of monks from Uttaradit Province who were good fun as well as adding some welcome colour to our park photos.

Pha Taem National Park
Monks at Pha Taem looking across the Mekong to Laos
Pha Taem National Park
Some orange amidst the greenery
Pha Taem National Park
Pha Taem National Park
View across the Mekong from Pha Taem
View across the Mekong from Pha Taem

Being rainy season July’s a good time to visit the park since every where’s lush; fauna abounds, flowers are in bloom and the rocks are covered with myriad ferns and mosses. (Plus, of course, there’s very few other people there!)

In the ginger or Curcuma family
In the ginger or Curcuma family

At some 340 square kilometres Pha Taem is a small park so you’re not going to come across any of the larger mammals though bird-life, insects and butterflies and reptiles abound.

Lizard in the sun
Lizard in the sun
Wild orchids
Wild orchids

A great hike and despite it being ‘officially’ the rainy season the weather remained clement throughout. Our Pha Taem National Park visit was followed by a return boat trip down the Mekong River itself to Kong Chiam Town for our overnight’s accommodation. Full details of our Emerald Triangle itinerary plus all our Thai tours can be found here and Lao options at this link.

Note also that a visit to Pha Taem National Park is also included in our new Thailand World Heritage tour which takes you overland from Bangkok to Ubon Ratchathani via the contrasting World Heritage Sites of Ayutthaya and Khao Yai National Park as well as Phnom Rung – an Angkor-period temple perched atop an extinct volcano.