Pha Taem Nationalpark part I

Not far north of Khong Chiam - the mouth of the Mae Nam Mun into the Mekong - is the Pha Taem National Park. It is known especially for its more than 3,000 year old wall paintings, but also offers a very attractive and interesting landscape high above the Mekong.

The steep cliff, that used to be a part of the riverside, today supports a rocky plateau to the west of the Mekong. It consists of alternating strata of different hard sandstones and shale layers, having different rates of erosion, which has created rock sculptures similar to those in the National Park of Mukdahan. The rocky overhang protects the prehistoric paintings that remain to this day.

The plateau is suffused with magnificent rock colors, which depending on the season are either fresh green or golden brown.

When walking on the cliff trail (about an hour) you should take water with you, and good shoes are highly recommended.

On the riverside directly below the cliff there are two fairly new resorts (with breakfast available), which are on a dead-end road which branches off from the Pha Taem road on the right. In the dry season it is a very quiet place to stay with the opportunity for wonderful excursions on the Mekong gravel banks.

We have published a map, coordinates for navigation aids and a link to Google Maps at the end of this article.

End of the first part of the travelogue. Please click here for the second part. Following this article, we have published the coordinates and map for directions to the National Park.


posted on: 17.06.2015

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Coordinates for your navigation device

Latitude: 15.39888
Longitude: 105.50769

Pha Taem Nationalpark part I on Google Maps



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