Located in Amphur Phu Kradung of Loei Province, Phu Kradung's distinctive high plateau and unique cold weather make the park famous throughout the country.
The park and mountain get their name from ancient times. It is said that the sound of Indra''s (the Hindu God) bell could be heard from the mountain. "Phu"
(say ''poo'') which is short for "Phu Khao" meaning mountain, is combined with "Kradung" which is derivation of the local word "Krading," meaning large bell. Another explanation for the name comes from the bell-like sound that arises when you stomp the earth on the plateau, or strike it with a staff
Parts of Amphur Phu Kradung and Wansapong in Loei Province are within the park. The total area is about 217,576 rai.
Phu Kradung is a sandstone mountain with a vast plateau on top, surrounded by smaller hills. The highest peak is 1,316m above sea level. It is the watershed for the Pong River, which feeds the reservoir of Ubonrat Dam and Nong Wai Dam in Khon Kaen Province. The plateau of Phu Kradung is composed of pine forest and grassland, which have a variety of flowers, creeks, waterfalls and rocky fields. These features make in the park most pleasant.
Flora and Fauna
Phu Kradung has a variety of forest types including dry dipterocarp, mixed deciduous, hill evergreen, and pine. Dominant tree species are Siamese sal (Shorea obtusa), Shorea siamensis, Diospyros spp., Lagerstroemia spp., Podocarpis nerriifolius, maple, Pinus murkusii, and Pinus kesiya. The grass fields support a variety of flowers, such as Hydrocera triflora, Torenia fournieri and marigolds. These flowers bloom at different times of the year. Some grows well in the rocky fields including Dendrobium sp. Close to the ground are ferns, mosses, and Serissa sp. Which is an abundant and beautiful moss. Phu Kradung, with its variety of forest types and vegetation, provides abundant food for wildlife community, including elephants, bears, sambar deer, barking deer, serong, squirrel, fox. And wild dogs. Birds include White-rumped Shama, Black Eagle, Silver Pheasant, Red-wattled Lapwing, Chinese Francolin, and minivets. There is one rare species of turtle called "Tao Poo Loo" or "Tao Hang" which has a long tail and lives in high elevations along streams in the forests. It can also be found in Cambodia and Lao PDR.