Pha Taem National Park is notable for its Dipterocarp forest cover and for extensive three thousand-year old rock art on cliffs, above the Mekong River (Wikipedia). Open link for excellent photos in public domain.
We started at Sao Chaliang, where amazing giant mushroom pillars are a natural wonder – the core pillars are prehistoric but the mushroom shape arose as a result of erosion over many years. Open link for fabulous photos in public domain.
The national park provide high cliffs with stunning views of the Mekong and Laos beyond. The site is famous for shooting the film ‘Alexander the Great’.
Our driver spoke virtually no English. When we asked to see the famous waterfalls, by pointing to a picture, she agreed to take us there, a drive of forty five minutes one way. However, she did not mention that the falls are dry at this time of year and we only saw the rock face that will become a waterfall in June, July and August. We used our imaginations – we don’t plan to return just to see the falls with water!
Apart from the non existent waterfall, we had a splendid day.
We’ll publish our own best photos as a separate blog.