Category: Tak Province

Tak is a northern province covering an area of 6,406 largely mountainous square kilometres. The provincial capital is 426 kilometres north of Bangkok, and is situated on the Ping river basin. To the west, the border touches on Myanmar demarcated by mountain ranges and the Moei River.

King Taksin the Great Shrine

Located on Charot Withithong Road, this statue of Tak’s most famous native son (1734-1782) is the site of an annual fair from December 28 until January 3. King Taksin was the Thai monarch who expelled the Burmese from Thailand after the 1767 destruction of Ayutthaya as the Thai capital.

Mani Banphot Swamp

This scenic, extensive area within the heart of Tak city is located near Wat Mani Banphot on Phahonyothin Highway. Inside the temple, a Chiang Saen Buddha image dating from the late 1200’s is enshrined.

Khao Tham

Located in Tambon Mai Ngam, this 71-metre rocky hillock, near Phahonyothin Highway, contains replicas of the Lord Buddha’s Footprint on the summit. Tak residents pay homage throughout the year, most particularly during Songkran, which marks the traditional Thai New Year each April 13.

Wat Phra Boromthat & Ancient Tak City

This monastery, located 25 kilometres upstream, in Amphoe Ban Tak, in an area which used to be the former site of Tak city. There are several ruins in the area, including a hilltop pagoda which was constructed, according to legend, by king Ramkhamhaeng of Sukhothai (reign 1275-1317) to commemorate his victory in single combat on elephant back against King Khun Sam Chon, the ruler of Muang Shot (currently Amphoe Mae Sot).

Bhumibol Dam

Thailand’s largest dam is located some 60 kilometres north of Tak city in Amphoe Sam Ngao, and dams the Mae Ping River. The extensive reservoir forms a picturesque lake that extends northwards to Chiang Mai’s Hot districts. Accommodation is available at the dam.

Lan Sang National Park

Located on the Tak-Mae Sot Highway (Route 105), 17 kilometres from Tak city, and accessed by a 3-kilometres road, the park contains the scenic Lan Sang and Pha Phung waterfalls. Accommodation is available.

Taksin Maharat National Park

Originally named Krabak Yai National Park, after the name of Thailand’s biggest tree, this 37,250 acre national park is located 2 kilometres of the Tak-Mae Sot Highway, some 26 kilometres from Tak city. The mountainous area has several scenic viewpoints, evergreen forest, waterfalls and streams. Accommodation, primarily in the form of bungalows and campsites, is available.

Mae Sot

This riverside settlement on the Moei River, facing Myanmar on the opposite bank, and some 86 kilometres from Tak city, is well know for its shopping opportunities, especially for Burmese goods such as cloth lengths, gemstones and decorative items.