BY The Bear Travelers

Mo Hin Khao National Park in Chaiyaphum

If you’re looking for a spiritual and mysterious national park with compelling and awesome views, we recommend visiting Mo Hin Khao National Park in Chaiyaphum. The park has been used in TV promotions and for movie locations which are hugely popular with Thai people.

Mo Hin Khao National Park in Chaiyaphum is no big secret even if it's classified as an “Unknown Destination” to tourists in Thailand. The reason for TAT (Tourism Authority of Thailand) putting it this way is that foreigners don’t go there very much. This is a great shame because this area has more of Thailand to see at better prices than anywhere else. 

You will be compelled to admire the natural beauty of  Mo Hin Khao so make sure you join us on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

What to Do at Mo Hin Khao National Park in Chaiyaphum?

Mo Hin Khao is actually one of five parks clustered together along the ridgeline of the Petchabun mountains in Chaiyaphum. These parks, together with Phu Laen Kha National Park are some of the best-kept tourist secrets in Thailand. Considered the best of Chaiyaphum attractions in the Isaan region, there are camping, hiking, and breathtaking views rewarding all travelers. The weather is cool all year round, and the unique food in Isaan is an adventure worth seeking by itself. The thing to do in these parks is to seek the peace of mind that only comes by communing with nature.

 

The Bear Travel  Fun Fact!

Mo Hin Khao Park is famous for its geological appearance. Visitors are sure to admire the natural beauty such as the famous “Thailand Stonehenge” and wildflower blossoms through the seasons.

 

Why Visit Mo Hin Khao National Park in Chaiyaphum?

1. The Mystery

Mo Hin Khao National Park in Chaiyaphum gets top billing amongst the national parks as “The Stonehenge of Thailand”. This is because it is a cluster of towering rocks like the English landmark of the same name. But the similarity ends there. These are natural formations, there is no wondering “How did they do it” because there is no “They.” Humans didn’t make this place. The mystery is not about the forces that created these towers, it’s the spirituality of the place that is mystifying. It is said the site was discovered by people seeing white moonlight shining off the stone during Buddhist holy days. Is this a coincidence? Or is it a blessing by a higher force that draws humans to reflect on their place on the earth?

 

2. The Photography

Mo Hin Khao is maybe the most photogenic site in all of Thailand. For photographers, it is comparable to the seascapes of the Island and beach areas. It is just as amazing as the cityscapes of Bangkok or shots of the incredible Wats around the country. The mountain views are unparalleled in their beauty and pictures of the stone towers hold a mystique as great art. Beautiful photos are so simple to create - put the sun in the frame with the stones and you have it! Selfies with the towers will be the memory of a lifetime, and pictures of friends/family with them will be cherished.

 

3. The Road Trip to This Paradise

This drive is special because the landscape is so different than the ones of the other parks in the chain. One can see for miles in every direction. You pass through a long stretch of villages and get to see how the local Thai people live. There are endless fields of fruit to marvel at, primarily Pineapples, and Dragonfruit, which are the cash crop of the area. Make sure to stop somewhere along the route to take in some of the local Isaan specialties and meet people. Even if you can’t speak Thai, the broken conversations still convey how friendly they are to visitors. Pick up some pineapple, it is better than most in the world and unbelievably cheap! Buy some local veggies or chicken at a village shop and take them with you to camp for dinner. You will greatly help the local economy with even just a small purchase.

 

4. The Majesty of the Sun

The Mo Hin Khao National Park in Chaiyaphum is the land of inspiring sunrises and sunsets. The reason is that they are framed by incredible natural beauty. The rolling hills and farmland form a multicolored base to all views of the east. Valley floors soak up the depth of field and the mountains add a filter to the light from the west. The clouds up top add a different reflection of color every day to either view. Some people come here just for this. The line of cars heading north around 5 PM makes you think there is a concert or something going on. But the early crowd is usually already in place at the campsites to take in the sunrise. In between zenith views, during the day, the sunshine feels beautiful because it is much cooler up near the parks. The light through the trees is warm but not hot.

 

5. Pha Hua Nak Cliff

Mo Hin Khao is the lowermost of the parks, and Pha Hua Nak is at the top. Here there is a cliff about 1000 meters up, with a rock ledge over one kilometer long across the top. This ledge is the seating for the sunset theater in the evening, and the viewpoint of the spectacular scenery below. All along the drop-off are small platforms to look out from. 

These are all made of welded steel and do not have the dangerous look of those at Phu Laen Kha. There are no guardrails, so caution is a must, but there is no danger because the drop looks so ominous. Nobody tries to press their luck to see if they will fall or not, it’s obvious you will! But caution aside, the ledge is nice and wide and people can pass in either direction without risk. You want to move along the edge until you find a good seat for the show and have fun waiting.

 

Camping at Pha Hua Nak National Park

Camping at this park is much different than the other ones in the Chaiyaphum National Park Region. The campgrounds are larger and typically more people stay each night to see the sunrise at the parks below. There is also a lot more staff at this location, and they are very helpful. They will even set up your rental tent for you if you wish! That simply can’t happen at the other spots. For instance, the lady at Phu Laen Kha’s rental shop is all by herself, and the sites are far away. There is also much more of a party atmosphere amongst the campers.

Alcohol is still not permitted, but the campers quietly, and sometimes not so quietly, flaunt this. Most of the staff goes home at night, so it is up to the campers to maintain control. Generally speaking, they do, and if anybody needs to complain there are rangers on duty, but complaints are rare. Like the other places, there is plenty of deadwood for fires, but most people use charcoal anyhow. The convenience store at the head end of the campground is very good and has almost everything you need. But if you left something at home or want some midnight snacks to go early, it closes at 6 PM.

 

Camping Logistics at Pha Hua Nak

There are nearly 3 kilometers between the different Parks from Mo Hin Kha to Pha Hua Nak. And there is only one convenience store all the way at the top end. You can reach the villages in a short drive from the lower parks, but those are even further away. So, in the words of the boy scout motto, “Be Prepared”! Supplies are available but it’s not a simple walk to find them. Water faucets for cooking etc. are at the toilet stations, but remember, water is heavy to carry. Camping close to the toilets is more of a good idea than just the convenience of relieving yourself.

It is also worth noting that these parks don’t have the campfire emplacements that PLK does. You need to make rock rings for the fires, and be aware to keep the fire inside the ring. It would be a smart idea to bring a mettle barbeque with you in the car. Grilling over an open fire is rustic like in the cowboy movies, but it's challenging to cook well like that. Boiling water for coffee, tea, or soup, also requires more stability than holding a stick of chicken over the flame. A 20 Baht metal mesh-like those at Thai village hardware stores is a great solution to this problem.


The Bear Travel  Did You Know?

There are five pillar rocks with a structure eroded by thousands of years of weathering. This place is called Mo Hin Khao because white light would appear during Buddhist Sabbath nights (full moon, the 8th and 15th days of the waxing moon).

 

Hiking in the Mo Hin Khao Area

Hiking in this Chaiyaphum National Park is also different from other areas in the park system. The trails aren’t as well-marked, and the tracks aren’t as clearly defined. This park area is also much bigger so it is easier to get lost, especially in the east-west direction. North-south is pretty easy to figure out. The villages are south, and the mountaintop is north, but going out from this axis there are only forests and fields. Keep the rocks in sight and you will be ok.

The fun part about hiking through here is looking at all the rocks. In between Mo Hin Khao and Pan Hin Nak are 3 other rock parks famous for their interesting sandstone formations. One is called the Pagoda/Elephant park because the figures carved by weather look like those things. On top of the “Pagoda” stone, you can get a gorgeous view of the sunrise. There are around 80 different formations to explore and hike around in this part. The next one north is Lan Han Ton Sai with about 50 more such figures. One of the most interesting looks like the Sphinx in Egypt! There are a lot of cool Banyan trees here too. Usually, Banyan trees are found individually, so an entire forest of them is quite unique.

Hike up about another 600 meters and you come into the “Million Years Stone Park”. There are interesting formations here too but not as many as below. What is noticeable when hiking is that a lot of groundwater comes to the surface from the springs below. These springs are the headwaters of the Lam Pa Thad river that flows through Tad Ton Waterfall National Park. During the calendar summer months, this area has many fields of wildflowers that thrive on this moisture.

 

Things to Do Outside the Area of Mo Hin Kha National Park in Chaiyaphum

The Parks of the Mo Hua Hin chain of parks are very remote compared to other National Parks in Chaiyaphum. There is no town to go to for supermarkets or shopping malls, or other trappings of “civilization”. Instead, there is a string of quaint little villages all along the road leading to the parks. There are many little stores and restaurants in these places, but the variety featured in larger towns is not available. However, visiting small villages and seeing the people is how you will discover the heart and soul of Isaan life. The eateries may not look so great but the Isaan-style food they serve is fantastic. It helps a lot to figure out what to eat if you or somebody with you speaks Thai.

Another Thai tourism classic is visiting the Temples, or “Wats” and there are a few good ones on the way. The most attractive one is called Wat Arun Dhamma Sathan about 10 KM from the park. This is known as the sister Wat to the famous Wat Arun in Bangkok. It has very large Buddha Sculptures and brightly colored buildings with ornate roofs as well as dragon and snake figures. This is a great shortstop for photos or just sightseeing going to or leaving the parking area.

 

The Bear Travel  Trivia!

In 2006, this park was selected for filming of “The Legend of King Naresuan”.

 

Discover More of Thailand in Isaan and Chaiyaphum

The Isaan region of Thailand is almost as big as Cambodia, and Chaiyaphum is one of its heartland provinces. There is much more to explore in Chaiyaphum and Isaan, and traveling in Thailand is a wonderful adventure when you go beyond the cities and tourist areas.

 

 

 

Map & More Information 

 

 

Mo Hin Khao National Park in Chaiyaphum is another tourist attraction due to its natural beauty. It is located in Phu Laen Kha National Park. The famous Thailand Stonehenge and other rock formations are its main attraction points.

 

Mo Hin Khao National Park in Chaiyaphum

 

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