Sa Nang Manora Forest Park is situated inside the Khao Thoi Nang Hong National Forest Reserve area in Tambon Nop Pring, covering a total area of 180 rai. It has a topography of limestone mountains lying in the Northeast – South direction covered with an evergreen or rain forest. The Park is very shady with large trees and a stream flowing by from the headwater forest on the mountain ridge down the valley to the plains.
The different altitudes of the landscape result in many small waterfalls. Many economic plants are grown here; such as, Malacca teak, ironwood, and Champa Pa – Magnolia elegans. Its fauna include Sumatran serow, monkey, langur, bear, tiger fish, soro brook carp, and soft-shelled turtle. The name of the forest park, ‘Sa Nang Manora’, is based on a folk tale that 7 Kinnari sisters flew from Kailasa Mount to swim in the pond here and the youngest sister, Manora, was caught by the loop of Hunter Bun who took her to offer to Prince Suthon.
Interesting Attractions within the Forest Park:
Namtok Sa Nang Manora:
Features a medium–sized pond and a small waterfall with water all year round.
Tham Plueak Hoi:
Tham Plueak Hoi is a medium–sized cave located 1,300 metres from the Park’s headquarters. It houses a shell cemetery with a sloping trail for an easy walk.
Tham Khi Khangkhao:
Tham Khi Khangkhao is located 2,300 metres from the Park’s headquarters and of a larger size than Tham Plueak Hoi. It is a habitat of a large flock of bats, with a not so steep trail suitable for walking.
Tham Kaeo is 3 kilometres from the Park’s headquarters and 1,500 metres from Tham Khi Khangkhao, but more spacious. It houses beautiful stalactites and stalagmites but a guide will be needed for the walk.
In addition, the Park also provides a nature trail with natural interpretation signs of its flora and fauna along a distance of 2 kilometres, taking approximately 1 hour. No guide is needed.
There is no accommodation available but a camping area is provided. However, visitors have to bring their own tents, sleeping gear, and camping equipment. There is a restaurant in the park, which is open during 9.00 a.m. – 4.30 p.m. For more details, please contact the Head of Sa Nang Manora Forest Park, Tambon Nop Pring, Amphoe Mueang Phang-nga, Phang-nga 82000.
To get there:
From Phang-nga, take Highway No. 4 (Phetchakasem Road) via Tambon Nop Pring. The Park is approximately 4 kilometres from the provincial town. Turn right for another 4 kilometres at the direction sign.