Ban Mae Kampong – Chae Sorn National Park

Ban Mae Kampong forest
Ban Mae Kampong forest. Picture by Frans Betgem

Location of Ban Mae Kampong – Chae Sorn National Park

Ban Mae Kampong is about 60 kms northeast of Chiang Mai, only about one hour driver
It is located very close to the Chaesorn National Park.

Protected areas

Chae Sorn National Park is often spelled Jae Son National Park. Confusing.
This National Park’s area is 592 square kilometres. In 1988 Chae Sorn National Park become Thailand’s 58th protected area. The mountains are part of the Khuntan range and are an important water source for the surrounding area. Highest peaks in the park reach elevations of 2000 meters.

Trekking

We offer several trips to Mae Kampong. We offer a two day homestay program as well as a program that combines homestay and hipline. More programs are under preparation. Mae Kampong gets many visitors due to Flight of the Gibbon. Not many people venture out into the forest.
Chaesorn National Park gets many Thai visitors over the weekend but during weekdays it is very quiet.
We plan to offer a couple of multiple day programs in the Chaesorn National Park, starting in Ban Mae Kampong.

view Ban Mae Kampong
Ban Mae Kampong view. Picture by Frans Betgem.

Other activities

Mae Kampong is the base of Flight of the Gibbon, the first zipline in Chiang Mai. We include this in one of our programs.

Villages

Ban Mae Kampong is a Thai village. There are no tribal villages in the vicinity.

Attractions

Mae Kampong waterfall and Doi Mon Lan from where you have a view over Chiang Mai, Lamphun and Lampang provinces.
Chae Sorn National Parks has hot springs which are the main attraction of the park.
There are several waterfalls such as the Chae Sorn waterfall which is a six-tiered waterfall. Less visited falls are the Mae Peak, Mae Koon and Mae Mawn Falls. The park also has numerous cave systems including Pha-ngam, Mor, Luang and Loug Kae which are seldom visited.

Forest

there are two types of forest on the mountain: Deciduous forest below about 1,000 m elevation and evergreen forest above. The deciduous is further divided into two kinds, deciduous dipterocarp-oak forest in the driest areas and mixed evergreen deciduous forest along streams and gullies. Common species are trees of the families Dipterocarpaceae, Fagaceae and Magnoliaceae.

Fauna

Animal species in Chae Sorn National Park include serow, barking deer, mouse deer, Siamese Hare, Malayan flying lemur, langur, macaque, golden cat, porcupine, treeshrew and wild boar. Don’t count on seeing any of these through.
Bird life in Chae Son includes White-rumped Shama, Red Junglefowl, woodpecker, bulbul, barbet, Tailorbird, green pigeon, warbler, babbler and dove.

View over Chiang Mai. Ban Mae Kampong.
Ban Mae Kampong. View over Chiang Mai. Picture by Frans Betgem.

Royal Projects

On the way to Mae Kampong you can visit the Tok Teen Royal Project, definitely worth a visit.

For more information on our Jungle trekking tours in the area, have a look at our trekking programs.