The Chompoo Phukha or Bretschneidera sinesis is a rare
species of tree found only in Thailand. This is now being used as a tourist
attraction, said Poonsatit Wongsawat, chief of the Doi Phuka National Park
in tambon Phukha, Pua district, Nan province.
a bucket of ‘salty water’ from the underground in Bor Klua village near
the Doi Phukha National Park which was a sea 300 million years ago.
Normally, it is in full bloom during March and April. Now
more than 700 trees have been planted under a cultivation project by park
officials in the Doi Phuka Mountain.
mountains around the Doi Phukha National Park are always engulfed by white
clouds during the rainy season.
Poonsatit said that cultivation of the Chompoo Phuka in
other parts of the country was not possible as the trees would die. However,
one strain of the tree could be cultivated in Chiang Mai, in the Huay
Namdang mountain range, but it has not yet blossomed.
produced by the villagers in the Bor Klua district area, near the Doi Phukha
Apart from the Chompoo Phuka tree, a rare bird seen in
the region is the Nok Tai Mai Sri Suay or Beautiful Nuthatch, of which there
are only eight in Thailand.
“These have been drawing foreign tourists and
visitors,” noted Poonsatit.
tree strains cultivated from the original Chompoo Phukha that were planted
by Her Royal Highness Princess Galayani Vadhana at the Park.
The Doi Phuka National Park is located about 70 km north
of Nan provincial town along Highway No 1080 (Nan-Pua). It is in the high
mountains and covers a wide area with tropical green forests, the Pua River,
caves, waterfalls and beautiful views.
Poonsatit said that a 218 million year old Nudularia
scobinata (Carditidae) or a kind of shell sanctuary is also only found here.
He said 300 million years ago this area was a sea. Nearby is the Bor Klua
district which has salt water, and there is a salt production industry in
Chompoo Phukha or Bretschneidera sinesis tree is being promoted as a tourist
The Doi Phuka National Park’s visitor center has
tourist information, accommodation, and a camping site. There are seven
guest houses, for up to seven persons, tents and food shops. (For more
information, please contact the Park Office, tel 054-701000-1).
There is a star-gazing observatory site at 1,464 meters
above sea level, and a revered image of Phra Buddha Shinaraj Doi Phukha near
Meanwhile, in the nearby Mae Charim district is the Mae
Charim National Park, which is situated on the Nan-Mae Charim Highway No 11,
where one can find a most interesting tourist spot, the Kaeng Luang Namwa.
He said the Namwa River is one of the five most beautiful
spots in Asia for rubber-boat rafting. Elephant rides and camping facilities
are also available. The river is situated in Ban Sai Moon, tambon Nam Pai,
about 20 km from the Mae Charim district office. Rafting from Ban Nam Wat,
tambon Nam Phang, about 10 km from the district office, is also recommended.
Camping in the Mae Charim National Park is available. (For more
information, please contact Mae Charim district office on 054-769.050 or the
park itself on 054-710136 ext 18.)