Phu Wua Wildlife Sanctuary
Thailand Painting Holidays provides trips to many unusual and beautiful destinations in the NE of Thailand. There are no tour buses with a guide. Locations are difficult to access, with few tourists, so your hosts Jeremy and Waree will personally show you around during your holiday.
From Mekong House 122 kms 1 hour 31 mins
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Phu Wua Wildlife Sanctuary covers 186 sq km in the northernmost part of North-east Thailand, near the border with Laos. It is situated in Nong Khai province, and is approximately 170km east of Nong Khai city.
The Sanctuary was created in 1975, and ever since then, has protected the forests, rocks and animals of one of the most beautiful areas of Thailand.
Phu Wua Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Ban Don Chik, 3 km from Bung Khla district before taking a right turn and keep going for around 6 kilometers. It covered an area of around 186 sq. km. or 116,562 rai, taking over some part of Bueng Kan, Bung Khla, Seka and Bueng Khong Long districts, and nearly bordering Laos. This sanctuary is around 150-300 meters above sea level. Types of forest here are mostly Deciduous Dipterocarp Forest, Dry Evergreen Forest and Moist Evergreen Forest. Some parts of the area are sandstone mountain ridges, rocky grounds and grass fields.
Places of Interest include;
Namtok Tham Funis located in Ban Phu Sawat, Tambon Nong Doen. Drive on Highway 212, and 7 km. before reaching Bung Khla district, turn right to go on for around 4 km. The waterfall is encompassed by a timber forest with a scenic view of the northern Phu Wua. A walking trail passes a rocky ground to the cascade which is seen along the long narrow channel on the sandstone cliff. There is water only in rainy season.
Namtok Chet Siis located in Ban Don Siat, Tambon Ban Tong, Amphoe Seka. This very beautiful waterfall, especially during the rainy season, originates from a stream of Huai Ka-am and flows along a high sandstone cliff to spread over a long line. The falling water that hits the rocks below causes a spray of water which gives rainbow colours when seen in sunlight. So came the name “Namtok Chet Si,” which means a waterfall of seven colours.
· Getting to Namtok Chet Si: Drive on Highway 212, and 12 km. before reaching Bung Khla district, turn right at Ban Chai Phon. Head for the waterfall past Ban Phu Ngoen and Ban Don Siat, for 28 kilometersm. Or from Phu Thok, take the route via Ban Na Tong and Ban Don Siat, 14 kilometers in total.
Namtok Phu Tham Phrais located in Ban Tham Phra, Tambon Sok Kam, Amphoe Seka. It is around 34 kilometers from Seka district. Like other waterfalls at Phu Wua, it has water only in the rainy season. A monastic residence or Samnak Song here is tranquil and shady. Walking down to the rocky ground at the back, visitors will find a valley with a deep bottom of around 200 sq. m. where a waterfall flows down the valley. The waterfall is on a cliff of around 100 meters wide and 50 meters high. Visitors can also swimming in the pool below.
· Getting to Namtok Phu Tham Phra: It is a slightly difficult trip. From Bung Khla district, drive on Highway 212 for 24 km. to Ban Tha Dok Kham. Turn right to take a dirt road to Huai Bang Bat and go further by boat to the waterfall.
Namtok Chanaen is located in Ban Phu Ngoen, Amphoe Seka. Originally, it was called “Namtok Tat Sanaen.” “Tat” literally means a place where water flows. “Sanaen” refers to “summit” or “excellence.” This waterfall has its origin from Lam Huai Sanaen. It is 100 meters wide and has two tiers with an interval of 300 meters. This is a large and beautiful waterfall which has water only in the rainy season. The path to the waterfall passes Khua Hin or a natural stone bridge of around 100 meters long, where a phenomenon of water disappearing under the bridge can be witnessed. A walk up to the second tier passes along a stream dotted with boulders. Following the stream on its left bank, visitors will find a broad ground by a large pool. There is another small waterfall called Namtok Bueng Chorakhe, rushing down to the pool.
· Gettingto Namtok Chanaen: Use the same route to Namtok Chet Si. Take the Ban Chai Phon – Ban Phu Ngoen route for 13 kilometers. Follow a small road off the route for another 5 kilometers. Go further for the final distance on a bumpy narrow dirt road accessible by only motorcycle.