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Study Trip

Three days at Phu Luang Wildlife Sanctuary in Loei Province

Friday 3 – Sunday 5 March 2017
Leader: Dr. Weerachai Nanakorn, Vice- President and Leader of the Natural History Section of the Siam Society

 

Approximately 20% of the 513,115 sq.km. total area of Thailand is still covered by forest., Most of this forest cover has been maintained as national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, forest reserves and other forms of protected areas. Each forest has its own distinctive characteristics with varied fauna and flora. Some, like Doi Inthanon, the highest mountain in Thailand, are cool all year around and abound with beautiful birds. Some, such as Huay Kha Khaeng, are dry and hot. Some, like Khao Sok are damp, humid and wet.

The forest at Phu Luang, the destination of this Siam Society trip, is home to an estimated 40-50 wild Thai elephants, along with tigers, mountain goats, barking deer, monkeys, gibbons and many other animals. The 560,000 rai of this extensive plateau was officially declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1974 and closed to casual tourists and sightseers and can be entered only for scientific and educational purposes. The Natural History Section of the Siam Society has obtained special permission for a limited numbers of members to join this study trip, which will be led by Thailand’s outstanding naturalist and scientist, Dr. Weerachai Nanakorn, Vice-President and Leader of the Natural History Section of the Siam Society.

Phu Luang Wildlife Sanctuary rises more than 1,500 meters above sea level. The skirts of the mountain are forested with deciduous and evergreen formations, but the most rewarding part is the 100-square-kilometre plateau on top. Phu Luang is one of the most crucial sanctuaries for orchids in Asia, for within its 100 square kilometers it supports about 160 species, some of them rare and some of them unique to northwest Esarn.

On Friday 3 March 2017 at 9:10 a.m., members will leave Bangkok Don Mueang Airport for Loei province by Nok Air flight DD9704 and will return to Bangkok on Sunday 5 March from Loei by Nok Air flight DD9713 at 7:00 p.m., arriving at Bangkok Don Mueang Airport at 8:25 p.m. This will be a good opportunity for those members who would enjoy a real hike on the mountain, with the opportunity for nature study, photography and walking in a unique area. The weather early March can be cold, and sometime windy.

THIS HIKE REQUIRES STAMINA AND MEMBERS MUST BE PREPARED TO SPEND
3 DAYS AND 2 NIGHTS ON THE MOUNTAIN. ACCOMMODATION AND FOOD
WILL BE IN CAMPING CONDITIONS AND DORMITORY STYLE.

 

 

Booking

A contribution of Bt. 20,500 (Bt. 23,500 for non-members) is solicited.  The contribution includes airfares, all transportation, all meals on the mountain, accommodation on the mountain and all arrangements to make this hike possible. Please supply a copy of your passport or Thai ID card and make payment when you book. There is a 4% surcharge for credit/debit card payment to cover bank charges. Your reservation will be not confirmed until full payment has been made.

A deduction of Bt. 3,000 will be made if members arrange their own transportation from Bangkok to Loei and from Loei to Bangkok. Then, please meet the group members at Loei Airport on Friday 3 March 2017 at 10:00 a.m.

Please pay by cash or cheque payable to ‘The Siam Society’. Alternatively you can deposit/transfer the money to the Siam Society travel account at the Thai Military Bank, Asoke Branch saving account no. 053-2-18000-7. Please fax or e-mail the deposit or transfer docket to us.

The Siam Society reserves the right to change the programme as necessary. Seats are limited. Please book your place as soon as possible. For further information and bookings please contact Khun Prasert or Khun Pinthip.