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    Sakaeo Pang Sida National Park

    Sakaeo Pang Sida National Park

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    General Information

    Pang Sida National Park covers the area of Amphur Muang of Sa Kaew Province, Wattana Nakorn and Amphur Na Dee of Prachinburi Province. There are fertile forests consisting value natural resources and many beautiful natural uniqueness. Its area is about 594 km2. It was designated a national park on 22 February 1982 to be the 41st national park of Thailand.

    Geography

    The landscape is complex high mountains. It is fertile and composed of many kinds of plants. The forests include moist evergreen forest, dry evergreen forest, dipterocarp forest and grassland which are the important sources of water and streams. Wild animals found in the park, for examples, bull, elephant, red bull, tiger, deer, barking deer, bear, warthog, and hornbill. Tourists can easily see the wild animals living in the nature like Khao Yai National Park. There was also found white-water crocodiles in the year 1991 in the area of Huay Nam Yen Forest, Amphur Muang , Sa Kaeo Province. It was expected to be the biggest and the last living place for crocodiles in Thailand.

    Climate

    Most of the area is rain forest and in monsoon climate that causes rain regularly so that the temperature is not so hot. The rainy season starts from June to November. The winter is from December to February; approximately temperature is 8 15 degrees Celsius. The summer is from March to May.

    Flora and Fauna

    The forest in Pang Sida National Park is rain forest, semi-evergreen forest, montane forest and deciduous forest. There have valuable plants such as Yang, Krabak (a kind of Dipterocaparceae), Red Hopea, Makhaa mong, Tabak (a kind of Lagerstroemia), Sela (a kind of Lythreceae), Burmese ebony, hog plum, Samor (a kind of Terminalia) black wood and rosewood, each spreading in a forest of its kind, and lower plants such as rattan, fernmoss and many kinds of ground orchid.

    Because the forest in this area is productive forest, and the source of many rivers, so that there is a good habitat for wild animals, every big and small size and more than 200 kinds of bird, found and spreading there, such as wild elephant, seladang, banteng, tiger, Asiatic black bear, hill myna and dove, and also rare fresh-water crocodile.




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    Our June trip to Pangsida #1 - getting there

    The road from Sa Kaeo town to Pangsida - 25km from SK and good quality road, ideal for my planned cycling trip. Hills in the distance what we're aiming for.

    Getting closer and if you're on a motorbike pays to get gasoline here or in SK, from SK to lookout is just over 100km round trip

    The entrance to Pangsida National Park. 200 baht for foreigners and 40 for Thai nationals; not an issue I knew beforehand from their website, and 200 good value for a day out. Pleasant gate staff, one had a little questionnaire, usual questions 'where are you from' etc. One day I'll photocopy a thousand world maps to hand out.
    "New Zealand"
    "oh yes, Australia"

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    Pangsida #2 Visitors' Centre

    Just inside the gate is the visitors centre and small camping area.
    Couple of rooms of exhibits, t-shirt and souvenir sales. One staff member spoke reasonable English, overall very helpful with maps etc and ideas on where to go in the park. We wanted to go to the lookout - for this there is no fee but an entry permit required, filled this out and woman took off on her scooter to get it approved - don't know what this entailed but anyway was back in 10min with stamped form for us.


    not one of the staff, but a former resident


    Crocodiles.
    "Conservation of the remaining wild populations of Siamese Crocodile in Cambodia and Indonesia (Kalimantan) is considered a high priority for the CSG. The species is virtually extinct in the wild in Thailand, although recent surveys (in 2004) indicated that the total wild population may consist of about 100 individuals in 5 habitats. Reintroduction of captive-bred juveniles was carried out in 2005 and 2006 in Pang Sida National Park in eastern Thailand (UNESCO World Heritage Area)."
    Crocodile Specialist Group - Major Initiatives


    butterflies - these outside the visitors' centre
    "If you love butterflies, you are recommended to go to Pang Sida National Park where more than 400 kinds of them are seen"

    ok just one more butterfly; the road really is swarming with them in places, unfortunately quite a few came home with us as roadkill souvenirs

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    nice pics

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    Pangsida #3 the road to the lookout

    About 2km from the gates we had to produce our 'permit' and through the gate on the road to the lookout. And a joke from the man on the barrier arm "keep your windows up for tigers'. We were on a motorbike.
    What no one had told us was that the road from there was unsealed, 46km round trip on dirt road. OK when we were there in June as it was very dry but it'd be less fun in the wet

    Just 'take care'. The only dangers we faced were speeding 4WDs and the dust-storms they created

    23km each way of road like this, all a steady climb into the hills; unfortunately the roadside tree growth was so thick it obscures views over the valley - a couple of 'rest stop/viewing areas' please

    the end of the road. Hills.

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    Pangsida #4

    Pangsida National Park, Royal Forest Department, Online Reservation for Accommodations of Thai National Parks
    Because the forest in this area is productive forest, and the source of many rivers, so that there is a good habitat for wild animals, every big and small size and more than 200 kinds of bird, found and spreading there, such as wild elephant, seladang, banteng, tiger, Asiatic black bear, hill myna and dove, and also rare fresh-water crocodile.


    Pangsida National Park. Few roads, tracks or trails this really is how it should be. Various website mentioned tigers still living here but that is a long-gone dream I believe, especially after reading Bruce Kekule's threads on TD about declining tiger numbers in Thailand. I did formulate an escape plan though, fairly simple - throw the girlfriend off as bait and go like hell on the Fino.

    WWF World Wildlife Fund: WWF - Pang Sida National Park, Thailand
    Pang Sida national park covers an area of 844 km2. The landscape is complex and contains some high mountains. The fertile forests include moist evergreen forest, dry evergreen forest and grassland which are important sources of water and streams. Wild animals found in the park are, for example, elephant, red bull, tiger, deer, barking deer, bear, warthog, and hornbill.


    sometimes the Thai diet catches up with me and I just have to 'go'. And at least here I can blame the elephants

    You had to be there . . . from a distance this vine and tree creation looked like Godzilla waiting for us
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    Pangsida #5 The famous waterfall (or not, as the case may be)

    Pang Sida National Park, one of the five constituents of the UNESCO World Heritage Khao Yai National Park, straddles several districts in Sa Kaeo Province and Nadi District in Prachin Buri Province. Its total area is 844 sq.km. Its north boundary and some parts of its west are connected to Thap Lan National Park.

    We saved the waterfalls for our return trip, about 2km from the park entrance gate.
    Some simple forethought here would have helped.
    Drought?
    Waterfall?

    lots of water should be flowing through here. Well . . . this was it - not quite what we expected, but it was June:
    "Pang Sida Falls (น้ำตกปางสีดา) is the most beautiful and most famous scenic spot of this national park and of Sa Kaeo Province. It is easily accessible as it is situated on Highway 3462, about 800 metres from the park office. From the parking space, go 100 metres downhill and you will reach the waterfall. Pang Sida Waterfall is surrounded by green forests. About 10 metres high, the waterfall flows down to the pool below which is suitable for swimming. The falls becomes more graceful in the rainy season (June-September)."

    This is the pool at the base of what would have been a spectacular waterfall. Lots of folk swimming in this and other pools further downstream


    So I photographed a tree instead


    The Pangsida picnic area is for families. No handguns please!

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    Pangsida #6 and still at the picnic area

    So many cars up on the road had made us think the waterfalls were the attraction, but no, a huge picnic area spread through the vines and trees and plenty of families there on a Sunday afternoon

    and more outdoor eating

    Vines. Nothing else to say.

    Sa Kaeo Railway Station. 2 trains each day from Bangkok through to Aranyaprathet on the border with Cambodia

    Toilet block almost completed in June. Two months later they may even be finished by now. Nice of them to include some 'western' loos for us foreign folk

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    a bit more info

    from: Pangsida National Park, Royal Forest Department, Online Reservation for Accommodations of Thai National Parks

    By Car
    on the Bangkok - Aranyaprathet Road. From Moh Chit Bus Station to Amphur Muang of Sa Kaew Province for 256km. Then take the bus Sa Kaew - Khlong Nam Khaw on the highway 3462 for 27km you will reach the Park Headquarters.

    By Train
    Bangkok - Aranyaprathet. First departure is 06.00 hrs. The second is 13.00 hrs. Get off at Sa Kaew Railway Station


    http://www.thaiforestbooking.com/npark/pictures/npext/NP101S1T1P1N2E.JPG
    Waterfalls. They look better with water.

    Saw a few campsites, there are also cabins/bungalows available to rent withing the park

    and for the adventurous (mind the crocodiles and tigers!)
    Mantara Waterfalls are about 40 km away from the Park Headquarters. Travelling to here is inconvenient. Tourists need to camp in the deep forest.

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    That is some awesome photography on Thailand. The countryside, rivers, animals, and the nature. Good stuff.

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    Your pictures bring back memories. Bangsida is the only National Park where I have ever tried camping. We stayed 2 nights in November and had a great time.

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    Another great thread, brilliant mate. cheers.

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    Hope they put doors on the toilets unless you get to put on a show when you go!!!

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    With Thai drivers Lic. farangs get in for 40bt also, been there many times........

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    My favourite waterfall in Pang Sida....


    Namtok Pha Takien Trek. This a waterfall site in one of the streams that feeds the Pang Sida waterfall. The fall is dry throughout the dry season. Also, the track is closed during times of heavy rain so the window of opportunity is quite small to see the falls in flow, September - December. The forest is semi evergreen and there's a good chance of seeing smaller mammals. Indeed a friend saw a sun bear at this waterfall.

    To get to the track you need to take the pathway behind Bungalows number 1 and 2. They are located by turning right off the laterite road where the boom gate and butterfly watching area are (about 1.5 kilometers from the main gate)


    Important facts

    Length of trail :: 4.6 km (round trip)
    Hiking time :: 3 to 4 hours (includes return)
    Difficulty level :: moderate (scale : easy, moderate, hard, ouch)
    Terrain :: Mixed Evergreen forest
    Minimum essentials :: 2 L water, sugar source, snacks









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    Butterflies and birds in Pang Sida

    Birdwatching at its best in Sa Kaeo province
    3/06/2011

    June and July see two flora and fauna festivals in the eastern province of Sa Kaeo. The first is butterfly watching at Pang Sida National Park, and the second, Oriental Darter or Snakebird (nok ai-ngua or nok ngua in Thai) watching at Phra Prong Reservoir.


    The Butterfly Watching Festival at Pang Sida National Park in Sa Kaeo province

    Butterflies are ubiquitous in Thailand and the most populated area is at Pang Sida National Park in Sa Kaeo's Muang district. Butterfly watching is a popular eco-tourism activity there because it can be done around the clock, as both diurnal and nocturnal butterflies thrive there. The best time to watch them though is in the morning, when butterflies like to sunbathe on leaves to keep their bodies and wings warm.

    During this festival, visitors will enjoy the opportunity to see more than 100,000 butterflies of over 400 species. Nestled in Khao Yai-Dong Phrayayen Forest, Pang Sida National Park is 250km from Bangkok. It boasts many large trees, wild elephants, bulls, boars, deer, hornbills, peacocks and more.

    In addition, tourists can enjoy another festival by travelling by boat on Phra Prong Reservoir, in Watthana Nakhon district, to watch a rare species of water bird _ the Oriental Darter. These birds are about 90cm in length. Their necks are long and look like a snake, while their beaks resemble a sharp knife. Their backs and wings sport white-grey stripes and dots, their legs and feet are black, and their tails look like fans. When Oriental Darters swim, they look like snakes because only their head and neck are visible above the surface of the water.


    The Oriental Darter or Snakebird

    This species of water birds is quite rare and can be found only in Nakhon Nayok, Pathum Thani, Lop Buri, Chaiyaphum, Surat Thani and Chumphon provinces _ and only one or two at a time. However, Sa Kaeo province is home to more than 50 Oriental Darters and other various kinds of water birds, including Little Cormorant, Little Egret, Cattle Egret, Open-billed Stork, and Purple Heron. Unfortunately, Oriental Darters have declined in number due to deforestation and threat from crows and other animals who steal the eggs and offspring from their nests.

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    The butterfly effect
    June 8, 2011



    Pangseeda National Park on the Cambodian border vibrates with the batting of butterfly wings.


    The arrival of the rainy season in Sa Kaew's Pangseeda National Park brings with it swarms of butterflies of many different species, and to celebrate, the Seventh Butterfly Festival is being held this month and next.

    Visitors to the vast national park in the east of Thailand will have the opportunity to experience and photograph vibrant displays of species like the magpie crow, spotted sawtooth, the yellow-banded awl, banded blue pierrot and the chain swordtail.

    Among nature lovers, the popularity of butterfly watching is gaining ground on its cousin, birdwatching, and in Thailand it's becoming the "next big thing" in getting close to wildlife.

    Each weekend until the end of July, the park is hosting a variety of activities aimed at introducing visitors to the world of butterflies. Classes in butterfly photography and butterfly batik painting are on offer, as well as field trips and guidance on conservation. Leading lepidopterists will be on hand.

    A lush national park close to the Cambodian border, Pangseeda encompasses some 844 square kilometres of mountains and forested lowlands, and between summer and the rainy season is home to an estimated 350 species of butterflies.

    You don't need to be an entomologist to cherish the beauty of bugs. Gentle and angelic - the small butterflies hover above wildflowers and land to drink from rain puddles as their small and flimsy wings make them shimmy up and down like ballerinas with wings.

    The first butterfly you're likely to see in any great numbers is the swallow-tailed Papilionidae. At Larn Hin Dard, starting at Kilometre 6 on the Thung Krathing trail, you can expect to have anything from an orange-tail awl to a lemon emigrant cross your path.

    Those who've done their homework might recognise a gaudy baron, a kalib daeng, a prasao yai, Kaiser blue or koinu flutter by.

    Other species can be encountered right at the park's visitor centre and its surrounding campsite. They arrive each morning during the fruit harvest in April, drawn by the sugary ripened fruit.

    Further into the park at Pangseeda Waterfall, the parking area and trails up to the falls are usually garlanded with fluttering displays.

    Take a cool, refreshing walk along the banks of the Huay Nam Yen, which flows past Park Office 5, and there's a good chance you'll see rare species of the hesperiidae (skipper) family, including zigzag flats, spotted angels and scarce cateyes of the Nymphalidae (brush-footed) family.

    Lang Nam Sub at Kilometre 26 is an ideal spot to see butterflies thicken the air as they gather to feed.

    Here you can see blue gems, straight pierrots and common brownies of the Lycaenidae family.

    IF YOU GO

    Pangseeda National Park is tucked away in Sa Kaew province in Thailand's East. Two ordinary trains, with hard seats, depart Bangkok's Hua Lamphong Station to Sa Kaew daily at 5.55am and 1.05pm. Once in Sa Kaew, you could take a local bus (Sa Kaew - Baan Klong Namkhiaw) to Pangseeda National Park. The bus stands-by, waiting for passengers, at Sa Kaew market.

    Happy campers can pitch their tents at the national park - where they can spend a week-long vacation watching the butterflies, mountain biking or hiking along the evergreen forest trails.

    The "butterfly virgin" might need a guidbook to identify the butterflies around Pangseeda National Park. Look for aThai-language guidebook written by Sindhuyos Chandharalekha - the butterfly expert - at a bookshop in the national park.

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    Head to Sa Kaew, a province in Thailand's East, between June to August, and watch oriental darters in action during the Snakebird Watching Festival.

    Known as the snakebird to local fishermen, the darters have long necks and heads, making them look like snakes with wings. You can see flocks of the darters up close at Phra Prong Reservoir in Wattana Nakhon district.

    The locals are happy to take you on a cruise of the reservoir to watch the birds and their breeding grounds.

    Call Baan Klong Malagor school at (081) 861 249 or Chong Khum Administration Organisation at (037) 261 020.

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