Khao Kitchakut National Park



Khao Kitchakut National Park

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Covering an area of just 23 sq miles (59 sq km), this is one of Thailand’s smallest national parks. It encompasses Khao Kitchakut, a granite mountain just over 3,300 ft (1,000 m) high. The park’s best known site, the 13-tier Krathin waterfall, is located near park head quarters. From here a relatively easy trail can be taken to the top.

More ambitious hikers and large numbers of pilgrims make the arduous four-hour climb to the summit of the impressive Phrabat mountain. They come to see two sights: an image of the Buddha’s Footprint, which is etched here in granite, and a strange collection of natural rock formations shaped like an elephant, a large turtle, a pagoda, and a monk’s bowl.

Khao Kitchakut is near the much larger, but less visited, Khao Soi Dao Wildlife Sanctuary (290 sq miles, 745 sq km). Both protected areas enclose some of the last surviving tracts of a once-great lowland forest. They are vital to the economy of the region as their slopes collect water for orchards. They also provide protection for many endangered species, including sun bears, spot-bellied eagle owls, silver pheasants, spiny-breasted giant frogs, bintu rongs (bear cats), and elephants. The upland forests of Khao Soi Dao provide a habitat for the tree-dwelling pileated gibbon

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