Khun Sathan National Park covers the right bank of the southern Nan River. In the local area of Na Noi District, Na Muen District, Nan Province, and Tha Pla District Uttaradit Province. In 1998, National Park Centre in Nan sent a document to Royal Forest Department, saying that they found plentiful areas of Huai Mae Kaning Forest, Nam Sa Forest, Sakorn Forest, and the right-side forest of the southern Nan River. They believed that the areas were able to be developed and changed into a great tourist attraction. After all, the whole area was very large. Therefore, they asked the Royal Forest Department to sent officers to the areas, to survey and start the development.
Sloped complex mountainous laying north to south. The mountain ridge of Doi Prae Mueang separates the boundary between Phrae and Nan provinces. There are many rivers and streams such as Nam Sa, Nam Tha, Nam Haeng Nam Mae Sakhon, etc. Main Mountain is Doi Ku Sathan with 1,630 m high, Doi Mae Chok with 1,424 m, and the highest is Doi Phukha with 1,728 m high above MSL.
Climate There is three seasons, the summer runs from March to May, the rainy season runs from June to October and the cold season runs from November to February. The average rain amount per year is 1,194 ml. The temperature reaches a maximum in may with 30oC and dropping at 22oC in January. Year average temperature is 27oC.
Flora and Fauna
Hill evergreen forest is on a mountain ridge over 1,000 m above MSL, plant species found as Garcinia speciosa, Michelia floribunda, Symplocos sp., Styrax sp., and Cycas pectinata. Pine forest spreads on the summit of the mountain about 1,300 m high from MSL, plant species found as Pinus kesiya, P. merkusii, Dipterocarpus obtusifolius, and Shorea roxburghii. The dry evergreen forest spreads mostly of area with moist condition forest, wild and wooly, plant species found as Dipterocarpus costatus, Chukrasia tabularise, Turpinia cochinchinensis, Syzygium aqueum, and Ziziphus oenoplia. The mixed deciduous forest spreads most of the area which highs 250-1,000m above MSL, plant species found Pterocarpus macrocarpus, Dalbergia Oliveri, D. cultrate, Terminalia alata, Lagerstroemia spp. etc. Dry dipterocarp forest spreads on a mountain ridge in the range of 700-1,000 m above MSL, plant species found Dipterocarpus obtusifolius, Shorea obtusa, S. roxburghii, S. siamensis, Buchanania lanzan, etc. Moist Evergreen forest found along the edge of streamline through the area but not large area, plant species as Hopea odorata, Toona ciliate, Cinnamomum iners, Knema globularia, Duabanga Grandiflora, etc. Wildlife found as Indo-Chinese tiger, Asiatic black bear, sambar deer, wild boar, civet, birds, etc.
Now, it’s just what you see. It’s a beautiful national park full of greenery, water sources, forest areas, and animals. For forests, there are …
1.) Montane Forest, which will be found along mountain ridges that are about 1,000 meters high. Take Doi Khun Huai Ya Tai and Doi Khun Hua Hok as examples.
2.) Mixed Forest, which is the most common one. It can be found in most areas that are 250-1,000 meters high.
3.) Pine Forest, which can be found on mountaintops that are about 1,300 meters higher than the sea level. Take Doi Chuang Prasat a d Doi Phrae Muang as examples.
4.) Deciduous Dipterocarp Forest, which can be found on one mountain ridges that are about 700-1,000 meters high.
5.) Semi-Evergreen Forest, which can be found in regular areas, but not in large areas.
For animals, there are lots of them, for example, wild deers warthogs, monkeys, tigers, wild rabbits, birds, frogs, fishes, etc.
Tourist Attractions at Khun Satan National Park
Doi Ku Sathan: It is a mountain with about 1,630 m above MSL. There is an astonishing scenery viewpoint. Chilly temperature trough the year.
Doi Mae Chok: Doi Mae Chok scenery viewpoint and holiday place. It is the summit of the mountain with 1,424 m high above MSL, chilly all year long. Complex mountainous is charming, able to see the beauteous of the rising sun in the morning with foggy in the large valley.
Khun Li Waterfall: Large-sized waterfall about 100 m high. It is on Doi Ku Sathan, inconvenient to get there, have to walk pass slug before getting to the waterfall.
La-ong Cave: The large-sized cave with a length of about 1.8 km. Inside the cave stream an astonishing beautiful stalagmite and stalactite.
Sirikit Dam: Sirikit dam with the beauty of nature and scenery view of the dam, enclosing with laying straight hill range. Sometimes found the herd of fish among clear water. Able to use a raft to get there.
Tat Mok or Bansan Waterfall: Large-sized waterfall with three levels; total high is 50 m. it is on Doi Mae Chok that is about 3 km far away from the village.
It’s a great place to spend your holiday, of course. You will love the scenery of the high mountains around you. The mountains’ heights start from 120-1,726 meters. The highest one is Doi Phu Ka. The first shorter one is Doi Khu Sathan, about 1,634 meters. The second shorter one is Doi Mae Chok, about 1,469 meters. The third shorter one is Doi Chuang Prasat, about 1,193 meters. With all this, you will get stunning photos.
If you want to know your activities when you arrive at the place beside taking photos, well, the most suggested one is having a camp. You can set up your own tent or just book a shelter. We repeat you have to book your shelter, or it will be full-up when your holiday is near. There is a restaurant too, but you have to book your seat ahead.
But, for your best convenience, you should prepare some instant food for yourself too, in case you get hungry in the middle of the night. And, we suggest you set up your own tent, as it will get you closer to nature and you will learn how to live in the middle of nature.
Don’t worry about the internet signal. There are internet signals from different companies available at the national park: AIS, TRUE, DTAC, and lots more. Don’t be afraid that you’re not going to be able to upload your photos to social media sites.
Sleep in the middle of the mountains and be happy. Don’t forget to wake up early in the morning to see the beauty of the thick fog around Doi Mae Chok.
Khun Sathan National Park Map
Address: 3 Moo 3 San Tha, Na Noi District, Nan 55150
92.8 kilometers from Nan Nakhon Airport.
88.1 kilometers from Nan Bus Terminal.
88.8 kilometers from Nan Province.
168 kilometers from Pua District.
176 kilometers from Bo Kluea District.
121 kilometers from Santi Suk District.
38.8 kilometers from Na Noi District.
47.5 kilometers from Na Muen District.