Thailand has declared a new national park that covers rich forest areas in Chiang Mai and Lamphun provinces.
The declaration of the 354.3-square-kilometre Mae Takhrai national park was published in the Royal Gazette on Dec 12 after receiving royal approval.
It will be the country's 131st national park.
Mae Takhrai national park covers Mae Kuang, Sansai, Mae On, Khun Mae Tha, Mae Ti-Mae Tip, Mae Sarn forests in Doi Saket, Sansai, San Kamphaeng of Chiang Mai, and Muang district of Lamphun province.
The areas are rich with a varieties of plants, wildlife species, and beautiful sceneries, according to the announcement.
The declaration of this new national park will help to preserve the ecological system for environmental, recreational and education purposes. The are will be protected under the National Parks Act B.E.2504.
According to the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plants Conservation, the Mae Takhrai national park is haven to many rare plant species and a varieties of animals which include barking deers, deers, rabbits, monkey, gibbon, civets, porcupine, tigers, and bears.
Tourist spots in the new national park include Doi Lang Ka, Doi Pha Ngum, Doi Mon Lan and Tadmei waterfall.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)