Phu Luang -  Phu Luang View Point  
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 Description:   Phu Luang means a large mountain or the Mountain of the King, formed by an uplift of the earth’s crust and a slide of soft soil down to the lower land. Phu Luang was declared a wildlife sanctuary on 18 December, 1974. It covers an area of approximately 560,593 rai and is generally a plateau with a cool climate throughout the year. It is situated in Amphoe Wang Saphung, Amphoe Phu Ruea, Amphoe Dan Sai and Amphoe Phu Luang.

There are overall 3 types of climate on Phu Luang, similar to a plain, with different temperatures. Summer starts from February to April with an average temperature of 20-24 °C. During this season, there are colourful blossoms such as dendrobiums, white wild orchids, white and red rhododendrons. The period suitable to come and admire the fields of white and red rhododendrons is during February – March. The rainy season is from May to October, when the temperature is equally or slightly higher than in the summer. There will be tiny wild flowers in purplish pink scattered in the savanna. On the other hand, the temperature highly drops during the winter to 0-16 °C in November – January. On some days, the temperature can decrease to -4°C. During this season, Kuam Daeng (Acer calcaratum) or known as maple trees will transform into red and shed their leaves. Kradum Ngoen (Eriocaulon henryanum Ruhle) and lady’s slipper orchids (Paphiopedilum sukhakulii Schoser & Senghas) comprise the undergrowth of the hill evergreen forest. On the east of Phu Luang, dinosaur’s footprints on the rock, aged more than 120 million years were discovered. Besides, there are various kinds of forests such as mixed deciduous forest, dry evergreen forest, and hill evergreen forest. The most distinguished ones on Phu Luang are Pinus merkusii and Kesiya pine forests, savanna on plains, mounds, and stone terraces. Moreover, the wildlife sanctuary has organised the Phu Luang Nature Study Route, starting from Amphoe Phu Ruea at Khok Nok Kraba, passing Lan Suriyan, Pha Somdet, and the dinosaur’s footprints. Along the route, visitors will see white and red rhododendrons and various wild orchids. The trip takes 1-2 days. Interested visitors should be accompanied by a ranger.

Travelling to Phu Luang: Visitors have to contact the Wildlife Conservation Office, the Department of National Park, Wildlife and Flora in Bangkok at Tel. 0 2561 4292-3 ext: 706-707, 15 days in advance, or at www.dnp.go.th. The appropriate period to visit Phu Luang is during October – May. The sanctuary is closed during the rainy season. Entrance fee is 200 Baht for an adult and 100 Baht for a child.
Accommodation: The sanctuary provides accommodation for tourists. Reserve in advance at the National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department at Tel. 0 2579 9446, 0 2561 4836 or Phu Luang Wildlife Sanctuary at Tel. 08 1221 0547.

To get there: Take Highway No. 203, the Loei – Phu Ruea route, for approximately 36 kilometres to Ban San Tom, turn left at the side of the Ban San Tom School and go along the asphalt route for 18 kilometres until reaching the Huai Thong Checkpoint. Proceed further along the laterite path for approximately 10 kilometres to the Khok Nok Kraba Ranger Station. A four-wheeled drive car should be used. In case that the car cannot be driven uphill, there is a pickup for rent provided at the Huai Thong Checkpoint.
 Province   Loei  Direction:      
 District   Phu Luang    
 City   Loei Wang Sai  Comments:    Official Web:    
 Genre   Scenery      Related links:      
 Best exposure   Afternoon          
 Opening time   N/A          
 Entry fee   Free     GPS :   17.38914 N 101.46337 E  
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