Tourist arrivals in northeastern Loei province are projected to expand by 5 percent next year from the 3.5 million expected this year, according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s Loei office. Office director Kietipong Kochawong said tourist spending in Loei this year is expected to be around Bt10,000 per person. Loei is reputed for its tourist attractions, rich culture, and nice environment, with one of the main magnets being Phu Kradueng National Park.
Phu Kradueng National Park is in the Si Than sub-district of Amphoe Phu Kradueng, Loei Province, which is one of the best known national parks in Thailand, with a high point of 1,316 m (4318 ft) elevation at Khok Moei. It was proclaimed a national park on 23 November 1962, the second national park of Thailand after Khao Yai National Park.

Phu Kradueng mountain, made up of Jurassic and Cretaceous sandstone formations, takes the form of a mesa towering some 1,000 meters above the surrounding valleys. The summit plateau is roughly square-shaped and 60 km2 (37,500 rai) in size, with an average elevation of about 1,250 meters. Sloping slightly to the north, it’s western, southern, and eastern edges are fairly straight and formed by abrupt sandstone cliffs, while the northern part is deformed in a more irregular shape, containing a number of streams and (seasonal) waterfalls. The summit itself, in the southwestern part of the plateau, is inconspicuous. The park occupies an area of 348 km2.

 

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