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Visit Hup Pa Tat (Uthai Thani)

g_translate Thai name : หุบป่าตาด
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In the heart of the Khao Pla Ra mountains, Hup Pa That (pronounced hoop pa tât) is located in the Tham Prathun Non-Hunting Area about fifty kilometers west of Uthai Thani city. It is a superb area of nature with lush primitive forest and a superb cave with a collapsed ceiling. Undoubtedly one of the hhidden gems of Uthai Thani province!

The path leading to Hup Khao Pa Tat is quite dark, so bring a flashlight with you, those provided by the park are not always very powerful. After walking, not very long after the entrance, you will come to the famous big hole through which the light enters on the ancient palm trees. This is the iconic image here.

The main element that made the reputation of Hup Pa Tat, the partly collapsed cave, was discovered by chance by the monk Phra Khru Santithamma Kosol (Luangpho Thongyot), abbot of the nearby Wat Tham Thong temple in 1979. He found there a lot of Arenga Pinnata, ancient trees close to palm trees. They gave the place its name since in Thai, they are called tat while pa means forest, and the word hup refers to the chasm formed by the cave with its collapsed ceiling. The access to the cave was then simplified in 1984 by digging a 70-meter passage that visitors still use today. Legend says that the monk dug it himself but I imagine he was helped ;). Later, the Ministry of Forests declared Hup Pa That a preserved area due to its incredible topography and the rare plants you can find there.

Note that among the wild animals living in Hup Pa Tat, there are elongated turtles (Indotestudo elongata). You may be lucky enough to see some if you are attentive.

Practical information about Hup Pa Tat

Entrance fee for foreigners: 200 THB per adult and 100 THB per child
Entrance fee for Thais: 20 THB per adult and 10 THB per child
Open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

How to get to Hup Pa Tat ?

There is no public transport to visit Hup Pa Tat which is located 50 kilometers from Uthai Thani.
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