Thale Ban National Park
|Thale Ban National Park|
|Location:||Satun , Thailand|
|Founding:||October 27, 1980|
|Visitors:||36,167 (as of May 2010)|
|Address:||Mu 4, Samantarat Vitee Rd., Wangprachan Sub-district, Khuan Don Amphoe, Satun, Thailand 91160|
Thale Ban National Park is located in the Banthat Mountains in the southern part of Satun Province, right on the border with Malaysia . The national park extends over the forest reserve of Ku Pang Pu To, Hua Ka Ming and Khuan Bo Nam Pu Yu in Tambon Pu Yu. The distance to the capital Bangkok is about 1000 kilometers.
In the first ten years, 14,300 visitors were registered, many of them from Malaysia. By the end of 2007 there were 30,815 visitors.
When the cultivation of rubber was introduced in southern Thailand in 1906 , the end of the rainforests seemed to have been initiated. Remains of the extensive monocultures can still be seen in the park today.
The highest point in the park is the Chin with a height of about 750 meters.
The average rainfall in the park is 2,600 millimeters, with most rainfall falling from May to October. The driest months are December to March. The mean temperature is between 27 and 28 ° C, with April being the hottest month and November and December the coolest.
Many different mammals are said to have been seen in the park: the Asian elephant and a tiger species, the black-backed tapir , the sun bear ( Ursus malayanus ), species from the taxa giant gliders , macaques , civets and porcupines . The difficult, mountainous terrain makes it difficult to verify the truth of these descriptions. However, the southern spectacled langur ( Trachypithecus obscurus ), the white-handed gibbon ( Hylobates lar ) and the small squid ( Tragulus javanicus ) can be seen frequently . The barking tree frog ( Hyla gratiosa ) is easy to spot because its barking sounds like that of a dog; it is particularly vocal at spawning time.
Thale Ban is a great bird watching area . Over 210 species of birds have been spotted, including the very rare rhinoceros bird ( Buceros rhinoceros ), the peregrine falcon ( Falco peregrinus ) and the rush rail ( Heliopais personata ). Other birds of prey of the National Park: Black Baza ( Aviceda leuphotes ) Kiefernteesa ( Butastur indicus ) and Crested Honey Buzzard ( Pernis ptilorhynchus ).
- Denis Gray (inter alia): National Parks of Thailand . Communications Resources Ltd., Bangkok 1991, ISBN 974-88670-9-9
- dnp.go.th ( Memento of the original from September 23, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , accessed October 15, 2013
- Thale Ban National Park from the Thai Department of National Parks - description in English [last accessed on October 15, 2013]