Doi Khuntan National Park
Location of Doi Khuntan National Park
Doi Khuntan National Park is located 70 kms south of Chiang Mai. It takes about 1 hour to drive from Chiang Mai to Doi Khuntan National Park.
Doi Khuntan was declared a national park in 1975 and covers 225 square kilometres. It is the only national park in Thailand with a railway station.
Doi Khuntan gets very few visitors apart from during the weekend when there are many Thai visitors.
The Thai Elephant Conservation Center is not far from Doi Khuntan National Park.
There are no villages in this park.
Doi Khuntan is the highest mountain at 1363 meters elevation.
there are a number of smaller waterfalls in the park
the 1,3 kilometres long Khuntan railway tunnel is the longest in Thailand. Construction was begun in 1907 and completed in 1918.
At lower elevations there is deciduous dipterocarp forest, which covers about half the park. Closer to the summit you will find degraded evergreen forest and lots of pinetrees, both the Pinus Merkusii (two-needled pine) and the Pinus Kesiya (three-needled pine).
(Elliot, The National Parks and other Wild Places of Thailand)
Only small mammals such as Siamese Hare, Slow Loris, squirrels, civet and marten live in the park. In the 1920s Doi Khuntan National park supported gibbons, hornbills, bears, monkeys and even tigers.