Khun Nan National Park
Nan Province





Khun Nan National Park covers an area of 246 square kilometres on the eastern edge of northern Thailand adjacent to the border with Laos. The habitat is mid elevation and evergreen forest - although access to it is somewhat limited by lack of trails. Only recently have facilities for visitors been established, which combined with its more remote location, mean few visitors and, close to zero, birders have visited.

Khun Nan view
View from viewing platform across to Laos border

If visiting Doi Phu Kha National Park, Khun Nan can easily be added as a half day trip, and with the accessible HQ area at 900 - 1,000 metres in altitude, the forest is slightly lower and may offer additional species. Two species which appear more common here are Indochinese Yuhina and Buff-breasted Babbler. Information on this page verified/accurate as of 11 July 2012


Khun Nan National Park lies a few kilometres north of the small town of Bo Kluea, itself about 60 kilometres northeast of Nan, and directly east of Doi Phu Kha National Park - for which see directions. From Bo Kluea head north, along Highway 1081 toward Chaloem Phraket, for 4.5 kilometres, to the park entrance, signed on the right hand side. Coming directly from Nan, on Highway 1081, is also possible. The park entrance is 300 metres after the Km 82 marker.

Khun Nan map

Accommodation and Facilities

The park itself has two or three newly constructed bungalows that can be booked in the usual way through the National Parks reservation system. Camping is also possible. Currently no restaurant facilities are available. However, as Khun Nan can be visited as a short trip from Doi Phu Kha, it would be easiest to stay at one of the small resorts at Bo Kluea which can be used as a base for both sites.


This area is not well studied. Other than inside the park, it may be possible to bird along the main Highway 1081, as it's not particularly busy with traffic. Continuing past the park entrance, northward for a couple of kilometres, there's a dirt track eastward into the valley below the viewpoint, where fallow rice paddies in the dry season might hold something interesting. Inside the park the best birding is found along the 1.3 kilometre access track to the viewpoint.

Viewpoint Track

Although this rough track is easily drivable in the dry season it's better to park in the HQ area at the end of the paved road and walk.

Black-throated Sunbird
Black-throated Sunbird

Blyth's Shrike-babbler
Blyth's Shrike-babbler

The forest along here is somewhat mixed with both open, and denser patches. Brown-cheeked Fulvetta is common, with other mid elevation species such as Grey-eyed Bulbul, Ashy Bulbul, Blue-winged Minla, Blyth's Shrike-babbler, Dark-necked Tailorbird and White-throated Fantail. Buff-breasted Babbler is regular, and Orange-breasted Trogon and Grey Treepie occurs. Careful attention to wintering Phylloscopus and Seicercus warblers could pay dividends here.

Blue-winged Minla
Blue-winged Minla

Oriental White-eye
Oriental White-eye


A wooden platform at the end of the track allows excellent views across forested slopes and the valley below, that has a small rice-growing community. Scanning for pigeons and raptors should be worthwhile. Both Indochinese Yuhina and Oriental White-eye appear to be regular around the platform.

Waterfall Trail and Sao Wa Stone Trail

Two short trails can be found off the main track. Both are sign posted, but lack of visitors and maintenance means both are likely to be overgrown. The Waterfall Trail passes through more open forest. The Sao Wa Stone trail is in evergreen forest.


Checklist of species.

Sunrise and Sunset

Detailed sunrise and sunset times.