Banthat Mountains



Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park

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Covering an area of 120 sq miles (307 sq km), Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park has a wide variety of flora and fauna and an unusual open-air museum with exhibits of the Communist camp based here in the 1960s and ’70s. The spread of Communism in Southeast Asia from the 1950s alarmed the Thai goverment, and hostilities between the Communist Party of Thailand (CPT) and the military commenced in 1964. Soon after, the open forests of the Phu Hin Rong Kla mountain range became a CPT stronghold. An average elevation of 3,300 ft (1,000 m), proximity to Laos – run by the Communist Pathet Lao from 1975 (see p299) – and the access this facilitated to headquarters, at Kunming in China, all made it an ideal site. The CPT was active after 1976, when thousands of students fled here after a coup in Bangkok. By 1979, disillusioned with Communism, many began to take advantage of an amnesty from the Thai government. Dwindling support and government attacks on Phu Hin Rong Kla in the early 1980s led the site to fall to the authorities in 1982. Two years later it opened as a national park. Its highest peak, Phu Man Khao, rises to a height of 5,300 ft (1,620 m)

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