Attractions in Loei

Suan Hin Pha Ngam National Park also known as Khun Ming Muang Loei

Suan Hin Pha Ngam National Park is close to the town of Nong Hin in the province of Loei. Nong Hin is about 40 kilometers from Loei city. Suan Hin Pha Ngam National Park is commonly called Khun Ming Muang Loei. This name is used to help promote the park.

Suan Hin Pha Ngam translates as ‘The Beautiful Rock Garden.’ The real Khun Ming is a famous place in China that has similar rock formations to this park, hence the name. The park is a park of limestone rock formed millions of years ago.

Suan Hin Pha Ngam is famous in Thailand. There is a steady stream of Thai visitors, but very few foreign visitors come here.

There is little information about the park in English. In my article, I will try to help explain what this park is about and what you can expect to see when you get there.

Let’s explore Suan Hin Pha Ngam National Park.

Where is Suan Hin Ngam National Park?

Suan Hin Pha Ngam is in Loei province. Loei province is in the North East of Thailand.

The park is only 19 kilometers from a town called Nong Hin. If you stay in Loei city, then the distance to the park is about 60 kilometers.

The park is in the countryside, so it is a little bit difficult to get to in regards to finding transport.

You will need to hire a car or scooter, book a tour, or find a taxi to take you.

Here is Suan Hin Ngam on Googe maps.

How much is it to get in?

The entrance fee is 100 baht for a group of no more than ten people. That means if you go on your own you will still have to pay 100 baht. If you are in a group of 10 people, then you all share the cost of 100 baht.

The 100 baht entrance fee includes a guide. The guide is not optional, every visitor group must have a guide.

Please be aware that the guides speak little or no English. They are locals trying to earn a few extra baht for their families. They get very little in the way of a salary.

Once you arrive at Suan Hin Pha Ngam the entrance road will lead you to the visitor car park and visitor center.

There are lots of stalls selling food, drink, and souvenirs between the car park and visitor center.

The visitor center is on the left a little past the car park. It is here that you need to pay for your ticket.

Opposite the visitor center is an area set up for park visitors to take some photographs.

They have done a good job here of creating scenes with random bits of furniture and flower arrangements.

Here is a section of the photo area.

Suan Hin Pha Ngam National Park
Photo opportunity opposite the visitor center

You can walk the park trail or take a tractor ride to the viewpoint

Once your guide arrives and introduces themselves, they will ask if you want to walk or take a tractor.

There are two routes to get to the top view point. The first route is the nature trail.

This trail is about 1 and a half kilometers. It follows a path through the rock formations and forest.

This path can be quite hard in some places due to the trail taking you over, under, and through some rock formations. Comfortable walking shoes are a must on this trail.

The trail looks like this.

Part of the trail at Suan Hin Pha Ngam
Part of the trail through the rock formations
Part of the trail at Suan Hin Pha Ngam
The trail takes you through forest

The second route is by a tractor. The tractor will take you directly to the steps leading to the top viewpoint.

Once the tractor parks, your guide will then take you to a set of stairs that take you all the way to the last viewpoint.

The fee for the tractor ride is 20 baht.

Most Thai visitors opt for the tractor route. Most foreigners opt for the walk.

I have been to this park many times and most often than not, I have had the trail to myself.

The trail is very peaceful. You only have the sounds of the birds and the wind passing through the trees.

Here is one of the tractors waiting for visitors to come down from the viewpoint.

One of the tractors used at Suan Hin Pha Ngam
One of the tractors used at Suan Hin Pha Ngam

How long does it take to walk the trail?

I have walked this trail a few times, and it takes about an hour or so.

It depends on how many stops you take for rests or photographs.

One group that I went with took photos of everything. That trip took about one and a half hours.

If you are a keen photographer, you will like this park. The natural light and the colors will make for some great pictures.

Pictures like this one.

Khun Ming Muang Loei

Is the trail hard?

The trail, in my opinion not that difficult.

There are some steps to climb at the beginning of the nature trail.

At the halfway point on the trail, you have to climb through a passage in the rocks. This passage starts with you having to crouch down. This is only for a meter.

Then from that, the trail follows a winding upward path through the rock formations to an opening.

You have to watch your footing a bit here, especially if it is wet.

Apart from the points I highlighted, the trail is quite level and easy to walk.

There are many trails in the park. Your guide will keep you on the right trail.

Your guide will help you navigate the trail
Your guide will help you navigate the trail

What is at the viewpoint like at the end of the trail?

The end of the trail takes you to a set of steps leading to a viewing platform.

It is on this platform that you get to see the cliff face that is similar to the Khun Ming site in China.

It may be a little crowded on the platform because the visitors that did not want to walk and took the tractor route will come to this point.

Here is the viewpoint platform.

The viewing platform at the end of the trail of Suan Hin Pha Ngam
The viewing platform at the end of the trail of Suan Hin Pha Ngam

How do I get back to the visitor center?

Once you are ready to come down from the platform, your guide will lead you down a path that takes you to where the tractors are parked.

There are also a few souvenirs stalls at the bottom of this path.

Your guide will tell you a number that match one of the parked tractors.

The fee for the ride back is 20 baht per person. Please use this as a guide price, it may go up.

Once you are on the tractor, the driver will take you to back to the visitor center.

You pay the tractor driver when you reach the center. Your guide will also travel back with you.

If you can, please give your guide a tip. They get very little salary and rely on their tips.

Are there any attractions that are close to Suan Hin Pha Ngam National Park?

Yes, there are. Just three kilometers away is Phu Pa Por. To read more, please read my ‘Phu Pa Por, Loei‘ post.

In the other direction, about five kilometers is Suan Sawan. To read more, please read my ‘Suan Sawan, Loei‘ post.

Suan Hin Pha Ngam National Park on Trip Advisor

At the time of writing this post, Suan Hin Pha Ngam had a score of 4.5 out of 5. Be sure to find out what people had to say about Suan Hin Pha Ngam on Trip Advisor.

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2 Comments

  1. Hi,
    thank you for all those information, I found this very helpful, since there is not much about Suan Hin Pha in English.
    cheers
    Jacek (Poland)

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