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    Pine Trees in Thailand
    by AlbuqRay
  • Elevation and Reststops
    Elevation and Reststops
    by AlbuqRay

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    Elevation map of Phu Kradung

    by AlbuqRay Updated May 31, 2004

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    Elevation and Reststops

    Favorite thing: It is hard to read here, but the map shows the elevation and reststops on the trail up Phu Kradung. The two steepest parts are at the beginning (Entrance Gate to Sum-Haek) and the end (Sum-Krae to Mountain Top).

    Fondest memory: It was a good feeling getting safely to the top. At my age, I may not be able to do it again. They have talked about building a tram to the top. The prime minister was there, a week after I was, to look things over (he took a helicopter). However, the environmentalists have strongly opposed it. As you will see in the pictures, there are already many buildings at the upper Visitors' Center. Also, the Forest Service staff get to use motorized vehicles. It is a little hard to believe that everything that is there was all brought up by hand or helicopter. In my humble opinion, it would be best to build a tram to the already developed part but designate most of the park as wilderness area and allow no development, vendors or motorized vehicles in that area (with no exceptions).

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    • Hiking and Walking
    • Mountain Climbing

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    Pine Forest in Thailand?

    by AlbuqRay Updated May 24, 2004

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    Pine Trees in Thailand

    Favorite thing: One does not expect to find a pine forest in Thailand. However, if you climb up almost 4000 feet, you can certainly find a beautiful, cooler place. The taller pines are Pinus merkusii. At least I think that's what the sign said.

    Fondest memory: I miss the vistas of pines, grasslands and flowers.

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    • Mountain Climbing
    • Hiking and Walking

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