Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park
Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park information
The park covers about 307 sq km of rugged mountains and forest, much of it covered by rocks and wildflowers. The elevation at park headquarters is about 1000m, so the area is refreshingly cool even in the hot season. The main attractions don’t tend to stray too far from the main road through the park and include the remains of the CPT stronghold – a rustic meeting hall, the school of political and military tactics – and the CPT administration building. Across the road from the school is a water wheel designed by exiled engineering students.
Phu Hin Rong Kla can become quite crowded on weekends and holidays; for a more peaceful visit schedule for midweek.
If you’re not interested in the modern history of Phu Hin Rong Kla, there are waterfalls, hiking trails and scenic views, as well as some interesting rock formations – jutting boulders called Lan Hin Pum and an area of deep rocky crevices where PLAT troops would hide during air raids, called Lan Hin Taek. Ask at the visitor centre for maps.