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A Weekend at the Emerald of Isan: Exploring Phu Luang Wildlife Sanctuary and Phu Ruea National Park

Approximately twenty percent of the total area of Thailand is still covered by forest. Most of this forest cover has been maintained as national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, forest reserves and other forms of protected areas. Each forest has its own distinctive characteristics with varied fauna and flora. Some, like Doi Inthanon, the highest mountain in Thailand, are cool all year round and abound with beautiful birds. Some, such as Huay Kha Khaeng, are dry and hot. On the other hand, places like Khao Sok are damp, humid and wet.

The forest at Phu Luang, our destination for this trip, is home to an estimated 40-50 wild Thai elephants, along with tigers, mountain goats, barking deer, monkeys, gibbons and many other animals. The 560,000 rai of this extensive plateau was officially declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1974 and can be entered only for scientific and educational purposes.

Phu Luang Wildlife Sanctuary rises more than 1,500 meters above sea level. The skirts of the mountain are forested with deciduous and evergreen formations, but the most rewarding part is the 100-square-kilometre plateau on top. Phu Luang is one of the most crucial sanctuaries for orchids in Asia, for within its 100 square kilometres it supports about 160 species, some of them rare and some of them unique to northwest Isan.

The Natural History Section of the Siam Society has obtained special permission for a limited number of members to take part in this trip, which will be led by Thailand’s outstanding naturalist and scientist, Dr Weerachai Nanakorn, 1st Vice President and Honorary Leader of the Natural History Section.

Please note that this programme requires attendees to be in good physical health condition. We will be spending two nights at a resort near the mountain at an elevation of 500 metres. Amenities and dietary choices may be limited.

 

When

Friday, 24 to Sunday, 26 February 2023

Leader

Dr Weerachai Nanakorn, 1st Vice President and Honorary Leader of the Natural History Section

Booking

The tentative programme will be as follows:

Day 1: Friday, 24 February: Bangkok – Loei – Phu Ruea – Phu Ruea Keeree Resort
07:20 Meet at Nok Air check in counter, Don Mueang Airport
09:20 Depart to Loei Airport by Nok Air flight DD 372
10:25 Arrive at Loei Airport and proceed to Phu Ruea National Park by bus
Enroute Lunch at a local restaurant
Afternoon Take a walk at Phu Ruea National Park. The park is located about 50 km west of Loei, about 120 square kilometres. The highest point of the ridge, Phu Peak (1365m), offers one of the most spectacular Panoramas in Thailand: The land drops away sharply on the Laos side, allowing views over towns and villages to countless green-ridged mountains spreading towards Luang Prabang. To the northwest rises Phu Soy Dao (2102 m) on Laos’s western border; to the south are the Phetchabun mountains.

Evening

Check in at Phu Ruea Keeree Resort

Dinner and followed by a lecture on wildflowers of Phu Luang by the trip leader

Overnight at the resort

 

Day 2: Saturday, 25 February: Phu Luang
Breakfast at the hotel
08:00 Depart to Phu Luang Wildlife Sanctuary
All day

18:00

Evening

Visit many places in Phu Luang Wildlife Sanctuary

Picnic lunch in Phu Luang Wildlife Sanctuary

Return to the resort

Dinner and overnight at the resort

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3: Sunday, 26 February: Loei – Bangkok
Breakfast at the hotel
08:00 Check out and proceed to Loei Airport
10:55 Depart Loei Airport for Bangkok Don Muang Airport by Nok Air flight DD373
11:50 Arrive at Don Muang Airport

 

                          The Siam Society reserves the right to change the programme as necessary.

Booking

The contribution of THB 23,500 (THB 24,500 for non-members), single room surcharge THB 2,600,            will cover transportation, accommodation for 2 nights (two persons per room), meals as mentioned in the programme, gratuities and other costs incurred to make this trip possible. In addition, basic travel insurance is included. There is a 4% surcharge for credit/debit card payment to cover bank charges. Please pay by cash or cheque payable to “The Siam Society”. Alternatively, you can transfer the money to The Siam Society travel account at TMBThanachart Bank (ttb), saving account no. 053-2-18000-7. Please fax or e-mail the deposit or transfer docket to us.

Important notes:

Please note that this programme requires attendees to be in good physical health condition. We will be spending two nights at a resort near the mountain at an elevation of 500 metres. Amenities and dietary choices may be limited.

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For further information and bookings please contact Khun Thun Tel. 02-661-6470-3 ext. 205, Fax 02-258-3491 or email: thun@thesiamsociety.org. The Society office is open from 09:00 to 17:00, Tuesday to Saturday.

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