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Trips to the Tublan National Park

Places of Interest

   General Facts (Zoom in / zoom out by clicking an image)

Moon and Sun Thai-German Corner is located very adjacent to the trip destinations at Tublan National Park. This National Park has several public admissions, which are well accessible from Moon and Sun Thai-German Corner. The image left shows
Tublan Map
the area of the National Park Tublan.
The National Park Tublan covers 2,240 sqkm. This makes Tublan the second largest National Park of Thailand (largest is the adjacent National Park Khao Yai). Tublan is located in an average mountainous area with mountains, reaching 992 m (Mount Khao Lamang). The highest mountain near to Moon and Sun Thai-German Corner is 755 m.
Tublan has been founded at December 23, 1981 and represents the 40th National Park in Thailand. The park is located in the 2 counties (changwat) Nakorn Ratchasima and Prachin Buri.
The name Tublan is affiliated from a specific type of palm tree which is growing in the park. The Thais call this palm tree Lan. A Lan has large, fan-shaped leaves, which have been used in former times to build huts. In Thai language these huts are called 'tub'. Tublan means therefore correspondingly "hut, build from leaves of the Lan-palm tree".
The main entrance of Tublan is located about 32 km to the north of Kabinburi, directly aside the National Road 304. Here also the well signed Tublan Main Office is established. Around the Main Office the Lan palm forests are grouped but with these palm groves the points of interest of Tublan are not at all exhausted.

   Main Entrance

Tublan Gate
At the area of the main entrance a number of ornamental signs are positioned showing the name of the National Park in Thai and in English language. The writing in Thai language is spelled 'uthajun heng shud tublan'. The circular seal at the left pole marks the National Park Tublan as World Heritage Site, an attribute assigned by the UNESCO.
The left red-white-blue-white-red flag is the Thai National Flag, the white flags in the middle are the signs of the different involved Ministries, and the yellow flag at the right side is a symbol of Buddhism. The blue triangle at the right post is the common emblem of the Thai National Parks.
(Click the image of the Main Gate)

   Lan palm Forest and Recreation Garden

The Lan palm forest and recreation garden covers in total a little bit more than 30,000 sqm. The main attraction is aside spacious natural pools the forest of the Lan palm trees with a number of well-kept hiking trails. For those, who dislike roaming, because they feel it too exhausting, the staff of the National Park provides bikes for rent.
Lan palms
The left picture shows a Lan palm tree, which is withering. The branches on top of the fan leaves are the blossom. As the life time of Lan-palms ends with the wilt of the blossom and with the falling of the seeds, this tree dies now. That means the pictured palm is now about 60 years old (as per statement of a park ranger). The blossom time of the Lan-palms with hundreds of wonderful yellow blossoms at the branches on top is in the time from April to June for those palms which have reached their blossom age of about 60 years as per the park ranger.
On the right hand of the wilt palm tree grows a younger Lan-palm group, which most likely still will stay there for some more years.
The forest of Lan palms is unique in Thailand. There are about 2,000 trees of this type of palm in the Tublan forest.
The botanic name of the Lan palm is Corypha Lecomtei, which is a member of the Arecaceae family (alias name Palmae). The palm is mainly homed in Thailand, Laos, Kambodscha, and Vietnam. In Thailand this palm tree actually grows nearly only in the Tublan National Park. The tree grows hundreds of chicken egg-sized seeds at the huge blossom top, which are collected and kept in a nursery for reforestation. The palm is monocarpic, that means each tree grows in its life time only one time blossoms and seeds. Alias names of the Lan-palm tree are Buri Palm, Gebang Palm, or Talipot Palm.

   Lookout Point Pha Gaeb Tawan

The viewpoint Pha Gaeb Tawan at the National Park Tublan will be reached by leaving the National Road 304 near to Wang Nam Kiaw towards the municipality Thai Samakki. After the building of the municipality is passed and the natural road course is followed straight for another 6 km,
Lookout point
the viewpoint Pha Gaeb Tawan is reached. Here the visitor has a scenic view over a wide valley (see Image 1 left below). Pha Gaeb Tawan means translated "Lookout point Sun". From this point marvelous sun risings can be watched, provided one gets up early enough to be at the spot in time.
The map on top of the changing images marks the way from National Road 304 through Thai Samakki to Pha Gaeb Tawan. Also the location of Moon and Sun Thai-German Corner is marked as well as the area where some waterfalls (Namtok) are located.
The changing images below the map give an impression about Pha Gaeb Tawan and some activities, the visitors may enjoy at this lookout point. Image 2 shows a km stone, which carries the number 39 and the name of the National Park that is marked in Thai language. The stone shows an imaginary km 39, but there is nowhere given a hint, to which point this distance is related to. Even the view point crew does not know, for what this 39 km is standing for. The stone possibly marks the boundary of the district (Amphoe) Wang Nam Kiaw which is at the same time the boundary of the province (Changwat) Nakorn Ratchasima. Beyond this stone the Changwat Prachinburi may begin.
The subsequent Image 3 shows a part of a wide valley in Tublan that is spreading in front of the lookout point Pha Gaeb Tawan. The crew of the vantage offers for a small fee slingshots to shoot down into the valley the walnut sized seeds of the Makah tree. Makah is one of the hardest woods of South East Asia, and the reforestation of these trees is supported by shooting the seeds into the valley. The seed will be handed over together with the slingshots. Optionally, the visitors can also hire a golf club to hit down the seeds.
The next Image 4 shows a bamboo hut, which was built at Pha Gaeb Tawan to allow from this higher point a better overview over the wide valley. At the back of the tree house, a stable ladder leads to the cabin but the ladder is very steeply as shown at Image 5.
Image 6 shows a further activity, which is offered at Pha Gaeb Tawan. Stilts can be hired and visitors can show off their skill or lack of skill with this sporty device. Further a stable swing is installed at Pha Gaeb Tawan (Image 7) and at present a concrete viewing platform is under construction, which will be established at the cliff edge in direction to the valley. In fact this platform is useless.

   Namtok (Waterfall) Huai Yai

In the west of the National Park Tublan the waterfall (Thai language: namtok) with the name Huai Yai is located. The total height of the entire waterfall is about 50 m, the widest width is about 30 meters. The image run at the left shows details about the waterfall which is part of the Huai Yai Klong (in this context: Huai Yai rainy season river). The largest amount of falling water can be seen in the months from July to October (Monsoon time).
The road to the waterfall branches from the National Road 304 at km 79 if coming from direction Nakorn Ratchasima.
Guide sign
At that spot the Talat 79 (market at km 79) is located, mainly left of the street. A large blue sign at the first branching road at Talat 79 marks the entrance of the road to the waterfall Suan Hom (image right). This sign is misleading, because the use of this marked road leads to a round trip through the village of Talat 79. It is wiser, to follow after about additional 50 m the next road, left branching from the National Road 304, which leads straight through the village. In fact both roads lead to the 2 adjacent waterfalls Suan Hom and Huai Yai. The distance from the 304 to the waterfalls is about 7.9 km. For those who are in the possession of a programable GPS device, the coordinates of the Huai Yai waterfall are about N 14 20 31.7, E 101 53 40.2. In Google Earth at this spot are some images of the waterfall Huai Yai inserted.
Huai Yai Waterfall
The Huai Yai waterfall is well accessible from Moon and Sun Thai-German Corner. The distance is less than 20 km. The last about 8 km, beginning at the National Road 304 towards the waterfall, are mainly a concrete road which can be accessed by any vehicle.
Following the natural course of the road, after about 7.9 km a barrier will be reached as per image 1. Here are National Park Rangers positioned with whom a friendly chat may be performed. Left of the barrier a sign is fixed (image 2). There is marked a parting of the way, showing to the left the Huai Yai and to the right on the top the Suan Hom waterfall. After performing the about 100 meters to the parting of the way a guide post is found, directing left to the Huai Yai and right to the Suan Hom (image 3). At the location of the Huai Yai is a car parking area. The last about 30 meters down to the top of the Huai Yai waterfall are to be walked through a slightly sloping way as shown at image 4.
The water falls over 5 shoulders. After reaching the top of the waterfall, there is at the left hand the first shoulder as shown at image 5, which is about 1.5 meters high. This shoulder is followed by a pond, collecting the water before it continues falling over sholders 2 and 3 as per image 7.
By these impression everything has been viewed at the top of the Huai Yai waterfall. Going back to the parking area a sign only in Thai language is found, which shows an arrow pointing to 'floor 2' of the Huai Yai. Indeed a trail runs downhill, partly over adventurous but stable stairs (image 9). The trail ends up in a lower middle of the waterfall, not at the foot. Here is again a glance possible at shoulders 2 and 3 (image 10 very small in the top-middle) and in addition the mighty 4th shoulder is visible, where at the left side the water divides into some small ditches. At the right side the main stream is is roaring. The waterfall flows after shoulder 4 a little way horizontal below the feet of the observer and then finally, out of sight, is falling over the 5th and last shoulder (image 11).
These are the impressions, the Huai Yai waterfall is presenting to the visitor and due to our opinion it is a worthewhile target for a day trip. It should not be forgotten, that the waterfall is located inside a tropic rain forest.

   Namtok (Waterfall) Suan Hom

Also in the West of Tublan National Park the waterfall Suan Hom is located, too, near to Namtok Huai Yai. The access way to this waterfall is the same as the already above described way to the Huai Yai waterfall.
Suan Hom Waterfall
The locations of the waterfalls are roughly drawn at the previously inserted map, which shows the route to the viewpoint Pha Gaeb Tawan. The waterfall Suan Hom is fed by the Klong Huai Yai as well and the falling water is therefore, like at the waterfall Huai Yai, especially impressive in the rainy season from July to October.
The height of the waterfall's cliff is about 50 m and the width is in the range of 30 m. It is possible to take a bath or better, a shower in the falling water flow.
The fall takes its name from the nearby Wat (Temple) Suan Hom which was built by Buddhist Monks to perform their religion. The temple can be visited by everyone and visitors can enjoy the Asian hospitality at the Wat.
The waterfall can be accessed on top over the large boulder from which the water falls down. Further the visitor can also enter the rock tongue at the lower end of the waterfall to access the falling water curtain and, depending on the mood, a shower kann be taken in the falling water or a bath is possible in the pool in front of the waterfall.
With these statements the sights of the National Park Complex Tublan, Khao Yai, Pang Sida, and Ta Praya, which are all linked, are not exhausted. This park complex is home of lots of animal species like tigers, elephants, buffalos, black bears, sun bears, crown gibbons, bangtang, serow, hornbills, pheasants, and lorikeets, amongst others. A total of 149 bird species have been confirmed within the Park, such as the green imperial pigeon, stork-billed kingfisher and scaly-crowned babbler. If somebody is willing to spend time and patience, a lot of these animal population of the National Park can be observed in the wild.