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Ko Kradan : Trang

Posted by arnon_k On February - 28 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

Set to the south of Ko Muk and Ko Ngai, Ko Kradan is one of the most isolated of all the islands in Trang province — or at least of those with accommodation on them anyway.

Add to the isolation a generous dose of pristine white-sand beaches, a lushly jungled interior and just a handful of places to stay, and you’ve got the full desert island package.

Because of the isolation, many choose to visit Ko Kradan on a daytrip from Ko Ngai or Ko Muk, but with one particularly great place to stay, it’s not a bad spot for a longer break — especially if you’re in need of some time out from the world.

There’s not much to do here — but then again, that’s sort of the point. You can easily fill your days lying in the sun, and admiring the views out over distant neighbouring islands. Ko Kradan enjoys splendid views of Ko Muk, Ko Libong and the mainland.

If you’re feeling a little more active, you can snorkel out to the nearby reef, in hope of glimpsing a sea turtle or a lionfish.

That said we have heard reports that the reefs are pretty banged up around Ko Kradan, so you’re more likely to see lots of fish rather than too much in the way of spectacular corals.

Ko Kradan is also the site of the underwater weddings the TAT organise every year — so if you’re looking for a unique way to tie the knot — Ko Kradan could be an option.

Doi Khun Tan National Park

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General Information

Located in the mountain of the northern Thailand, Doi Khun Tan National Park is home to many interesting species both flora and fauna, as well as many historical spots of interest. Its most renowned feature is Thailand’s longest railroad tunnel, which is 1,352 m. long. Doi Khun Tan National Park straddles the mountains separating Lamphun and Lampang Provinces, covering 255.29 and ranges in elevations from 325m to 1,373m at the summit. Established in 1975, it was the 10th National Park in Thailand.


Doi translates to mountain in Northern Thai, while Khun Tan refers to the numerous streams and watershed flowing down from the mountain.


The three basic seasons are summer, from March to June, rainy, from July to October, and winter, from November to February. The temperature varies from 38 degree celsius during the hot season, to as cold as 5 degree celsuis. Rainfall, which falls mostly during the rainy season, averages about 1,034 mm. per year.

Flora and Fauna

The forests of Doi Khun Tan have changed dramatically in the past century due to human disturbance. The forests can be divided into three types, with distinct elevational ranges.

Lowland elevations (325-850 meter). Originally a teak forest, the lowland elevation is composed of a degraded mixed bamboo deciduous forest as deciduous Dipterocarp- oak forest.

Middle elevations (850-1,000 meter). This is a transitional area where the lowland deciduous forest and upland evergreen- pine forest mix to from the mixed evergreen and deciduous forest. Here are only two species of pine trees in Thailand, a two –needle pine (Pinus merkusii) and three-needle pine (P. kersiya) both of which can be found here.

Upland Elevations (1,000-1,373 meter). The forest here is composed mostly of evergreen hardwood trees and a minority of pine (Pinus merkusii) to from an evergreen- pine forest . Much of the forest and watershed on the west side of the national park have been distrubed; however, pristine conditions are found on the east side

In addition, Doi Khun Tan offers year-round viewing of wild-flowers such as orchids, and gingers. Doi Khun Tan is botanically very diverse, home to over 1,300 different vascular species. Numerous edible and fungi fond in the park.

Some wildlife still exists in Doi Khun Tan, including the Siamese hare, porcupine, wild chicken, wild boar and weasel, as a variety of birds, reptiles, spiders and insects. The effects of hunting, logging, frequent fires and human encroachment have greatly reduced their numbers. In the past, gibbons, tiger, elephants, bears, wild cattle, serow, slow loris, barking deer and many other species were also residents of Doi Khun Tan, but they are all gone.

Doi Khun Tan National Park
Mu 8, Tha Pla Duk Sub-district, Amphur Mae Tha Lamphun Thailand 51140
Tel. 0 5354 6335 (VoIP), 08 1032 6341 E-mail

Wat Phra That Hariphunchai : Lamphun

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Wat Phrathat Hariphunchai was built in the reign of King Athittayarat of the Raman dynasty in 897. Later on in 1433 during the reign of King Tilokraj, the King of Chiang Mai, it was repaired and renewed ; five new pagodas in the Srilanka style were built and added. The pagodas enshrine the ashes of the Lord Buddha. Religious ceremonies of the province are performed here.

The Phrathat Hariphunchai Pagoda has a nine-tiered umbrella made of gold weighing about 6500 grams. The square-shaped base of the 46-meter-high gold-topped chedi in the center of the courtyard is the oldest structure in the temple. Ten centuries younger world. The sala was restored in 1915 after it was damaged by fire.

Though plot details of the much buzzed about “Hangover 2” remain mostly under wraps, Liam Neeson is spilling a few secrets from the set.

“I play an Irish tattooist, strangely enough, living in Bangkok,” Neeson, who replaced Mel Gibson in the role, tells MTV. “At least, I made him Irish.”

And although the movie finds the original “Hangover” gang — Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), Alan (Zach Galifianakis) and Doug (Justin Bartha) — heading to Thailand for Stu’s wedding, Neeson’s scenes were actually filmed in California.

“Didn’t make [it to] Thailand,” he says. “I made [it to] Warner Bros.’ studio… They built a set, which could’ve been in Thailand.”

Still, Neeson had a blast with his hilarious co-stars, whom he likens to a legendary comedy trio.

“It was good to be with Bradley Cooper — he’s a buddy — and the other two gentlemen. I’d never met them before, but I love what they do,” he says. “The three of them are just, they reinvent the Three Stooges in a very funny way.”