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Mae Chaem River thunders through
a very narrow gorge. Footbridges
across the river at the Krairaj
Resort and high across the gorge
500 meters downstream make a circular
walk possible. A walk up from
the downstream bridge passes an
ancient burial site (Land of Prehistoric
Human), the remains of which are
in the National Museum in Chiang
Mai. Ancient drawings on rock
beneath an overhang higher up
are of questionable authenticity,
but a fine view over the valley
can be enjoyed from the rock outcrop
above at Doi Pa Chang.
The words "Ob Luang"
in the northern Thai language mean
"canyon, grand" therefore
this area has the nickname of "The
Thai Grand Cayon".
Our point of call is a place where
the river is forced by the earth,
to squeeze through a narrow gap as
seen in the picture.
Archeologists have determined that
humans have lived in this region for
28,000 years or so! Many artifacts
have been recovered from this area,
carbon-dated and displayed at the
museum in Krung Thep (Bangkok).
Ob Luang National Park
is an amazing attraction comprising
both splendid natural charms as well
as mysterious scenery. Under a bridge
connecting the two sides of the narrow,
steep gorge, a zigzagging river flows,
framed by teak forests and mountains.
During the rainy season, the flowing
rapids crashing on the boulders and
through the ravine are a dramatic
picture of nature's strength. Subject
to erosion by the strong currents
of the river, the rocks and cliffs
form the canyon and strangely shaped
rock formations. The water has to
force its way over rocks and boulders
that obstruct the course making a
This video shows the
beautiful views of Ob Luang National
park and explains the history in brief
and other attractions.