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Introduction

introductionOnce a strategic military region between Thailand and Burma, Tak is now known for its bustling border markets, ethnic diversity, and natural beauty.

On traveling to Tak Province, expect to discover a place with long history, where natural wonders are magnificently enhanced by ethnic diversity. Historians believe the city of Tak had been built prior to the Sukhothai era and later served as the western frontier of the Kingdom. Tak was also associated with Thailand's former Great Kings, including King Ramkhamhaeng, King Naresuan, King Narai, and King Taksin, all of whom are thought to have assembled their armies in Tak. Tak is believed to have been the first district liberated from the Burmese Kingdom and that is why the seal of the province depicts King Naresuan the Great on the royal elephant, pouring sacred water on the ground. This is a symbolic representation of the declaration of the independence of the Kingdom of Ayutthaya during the war with Burma in 1584.

Today, Tak is no longer a strategic military frontier between two great nations. It is however a trading gateway to Myanmar, particularly at Amphoe Mae Sot, where lots of economic activity takes place along the border. In addition, Tak is located at the nexus of three major highways that connect Thailand's western border north, south, and east to Chong Mek and eventually Laos.

Apart from Tak's military and economic importance the province is also an environmental and cultural center with magnificent forests, spectacular waterfalls and caves, and fascinating hill tribes such as Karen, Lisu, Musoe (Lahu), Akha, Yao and Hmong.

Tak is a beautiful province almost entirely off the tourist map; consequently, visitors looking for true Thai hospitality and a peek at everyday Thai culture, unspoiled by the influences of mass tourism, are in for a real treat. While there are few tourist oriented sights and activities, this does not mean Tak is absent of attractions; in fact, Tak features spectacular natural attractions, including jungle covered mountains filled with exotic animal life, many hill tribe villages living traditional lifestyles, and opportunities to go white water rafting, play golf, or visit a gibbon rehabilitation center.

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Attraction


Thai – Myanmar Friendship Bridge

This bridge which connects the Asian Highway between Thailand and Myanmar, is located at Tambon Tha Sai Luad, opposite a town called Myawadi in Myanmar. The Asian Highway also runs to other regions in South Asia, the Middle East and Europe. The bridge opens daily from 8.30 a.m. until 4.30 p.m. Border passes for a fee of 20 baht for Thais and 10 baht for people from Myanmar can be obtained from either Mae Moei City or Mae Sot Municipal.

Namtok Thi Lo Su

Namtok Thi Lo Su is located in the Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary, a UNESCO World Heritage site, which links with the Thung Yai Naresuan and Huay Kha Kaeng Reserves, as well as Khlong Lan and Mae Wong National Parks. Together, they form Thailand's largest wildlife haven and Southeast Asia's top virgin forest.

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Shrine of King Taksin the Great

Located near the Tak TAT office, at the intersection of Charojwithithong Road and Mahatthai Bamrung Road, the Shrine houses Tak's most famous statue of King Taksin the Great. The Shrine was established in 1947 to honor King Taksin the Great who, as a designated ruler of Tak, successfully defeated the Burmese invasion of the Kingdom of Ayutthaya. During his reign, he moved the capital from Phra Nakon Si Ayutthaya to the bank side of Maenam Chao Praya and named it Krung Thonburi. That is why his statue, which is in the sitting position with a sword lying across his lap, has the following inscription at the base Phra Chao Taksin of Krung Thonburi. The site is also a center of an annual celebration during December 28 January 3.

Taksin Maharat National Park

This national park is located at tambon Mae Tor and Pa Wor, 2 kilometers off of the km. 26 marker on the Tak-Mae Sot Highway No. 105. The Park was previously known as Krabak Yai National Park, after the name of Thailand's record-holding tree which has a height of 50 meters and a circumference of 16 meters. With an area of 37,250 acres comprised mostly of high-altitude mountains, the park features several stunning attractions including the nine-tiered Nam Tok Mae Ya Pa, a natural stone bridge and giant Kabak trees. The stone bridge is a 25-meter high stone strip that bridges two cliffs with a brook flowing below the bridge. Approximately 78.5 meters further from the cliff is a cave with beautiful stalagmites and stalactites. Bird lovers, should not miss the opportunity to see both resident and migratory birds in the park. Accommodations available include bungalows and campsites; call the Park Office at 0-5551-1429 or email: reserve@dnp.go.th for more details. Entrance fees are 200 for adults and 100 for children.

Wat Phra Boromthat and Ancient Tak City

The area of Wat Phra Boromthat in Amphoe Ban Tak is the former site of Ancient Tak City. Lying along the bank of Maenam Ping, approximately 25 kilometers north of the City, the site contains several ruins including the legendary hill-top pagoda in Phum Khao Binth style (of Sukhothai era).

Khuean Bhumibol

Located approximately 60 kilometers north of Tak city in Amphoe Sam Ngao is Bhumibol Dam, Thailand's largest dam. Formerlly known as Yanhi Dam, this is Thailands first all-purpose dam, built from concrete designed as a huge curve cutting across Maenam Ping between Khao Kaew and Khao Yanhi. The dam produces most of Thailand's hydro-electric power and ranks 8th in the world of hydro-electricity producing dams. The Dam is operated by the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand, which also provides on-site accommodations. Call 02 436 - 3179 or 02 424-0101 for further details.

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Transportation


As a major hub for transportation in the region, Tak is easily reached directly by car or bus. However, it is also possible to take a train or plane to nearby Sukhothai or Phitsanulok and then a bus to Tak. Once there, it may be easier to get around with your own car, but there are standard forms of local transport available for visitors: i.e. songtaews, motorbike taxis, samlors, and tuk tuks.

By Air
Thai Airways flies from Bangkok to Mae Sot, it is 86 kilometers from Bangkok to Tak.

By Train:

There are no trains going directly to Tak. The nearest train station is in Phitsanulok. From there, tourists can take a local bus to Tak. Contact Bangkok Railway Station Tel. 1690, 0223 7010, 0 2223 7020 for more information.

By Bus:

Air-conditioned coached and non-air buses leave Bangkok's Northern Bus Terminal throughout the day. Please contact Bangkok 279-4484-7( air ) and 271-0101-5 ( non-air ) for further details.

By Car:

The 5-6 hour road journey by car from Bangkok is made via Sing Buri, Chai Nat and Nakhon Swan. The distance is 426 kilometres.


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