This place is called the Ang Ka Luang Nature Trail. It’s located at the very top of Doi Inthanon Park, and its name “Ang Ka” in Thai means Crow Pond. It’s actually a swamp surrounded by dense evergreen forest and is said to be the tallest natural body of water in Thailand. The trail is about 350 meters long, and you can see everything in 30 minutes.
We were completely isolated on this trail, in the midst of a strange misty forest high in the mountains. Dark branches of trees overgrown with moss interwove overhead, and a veil of white milky murk obscured the outlines of the space around us, creating a mysterious, mystical atmosphere. This tropical thicket elicited a mix of delight and anxiety, and at times it seemed as though the trees were about to come to life, and we, like dwarves lost in the Mirkwood, would fall into a trap set by a magical forest…
About Ang Ka
Nestled within Doi Inthanon National Park, the Ang Ka Luang trail is a realm of timeless wonder. Here, amidst the evergreen embrace, a unique peat bog cradles ancient secrets, and the air is perpetually cool.
Paths blanketed by the rare Sphagnum moss lead adventurers through fog-kissed terrains, where the elusive Rhododendron blooms. This flower, with its fiery red petals, is a gem found only in this Thai sanctuary.
The forest pulses with life. Dominant trees like Oaks, Chilaune, and Black Plum dance in a canopy that blurs the lines between tropical and temperate. Beneath them, mosses, ferns, and lichens thrive, showcasing nature’s intricate web of interdependence.
Above, the skies are alive with 384 bird species, including the native Green-tailed Sunbird and Ashy-throated Warbler. Their melodies celebrate the park’s unique microclimate, where clouds often reign and temperatures defy Thai norms.
When rain graces this land, trees shield and roots channel, giving birth to creeks that feed Thailand’s mighty Chao Pra Ya River. And in this cycle, even fallen trees play their part, nurturing life in their afterlife.
In Ang Ka Luang, every corner whispers of nature’s enduring magic and our role in safeguarding its tales for future explorers.
The main tip for visitors and photographers
Aim to capture the twilight hours, when the day’s waning light filters delicately between the leaves, casting a golden hue upon the forest floor. Dive deep into the mystical ambiance that only early evening darkness can offer, where every shadow tells a story and the very air seems charged with ancient secrets.
In essence, the Ang Ka Luang Nature Trail is more than just a walk; it’s an experience that offers insights into the delicate balance of nature and the importance of conservation.
How to get to Ang Ka Forest Trail
It’s located at the very top of Doi Inthanon Park. There is a parking near it.
We were driving back at dusk when we suddenly found ourselves in a cloud of fog right on the road. It was barely visible for a meter around us, and we were driving slowly, as if we were floating in a muddy thick haze. The headlights couldn’t see through it at all. The silence around us was only broken by the sound of the bike’s engine, and occasionally cars drove by just as quietly. Fog covered a significant part of the way and it was a strange, eerie feeling to ride into the foggy unknown in the dark.
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