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Ob Luang Gorge
Chiang Mai, Thailand
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The Mae Chaem River thunders through a very narrow gorge. Footbridges across the river at the Krairaj Resort and high across the gorge 500 meters downstream make a circular walk possible. A walk up from the downstream bridge passes an ancient burial site (Land of Prehistoric Human), the remains of which are in the National Museum in Chiang Mai. Ancient drawings on rock beneath an overhang higher up are of questionable authenticity, but a fine view over the valley can be enjoyed from the rock outcrop above at Doi Pa Chang.
 
Ob Luang Gorge [2]

 

The words "Ob Luang" in the northern Thai language mean "canyon, grand" therefore this area has the nickname of "The Thai Grand Cayon".
Our point of call is a place where the river is forced by the earth, to squeeze through a narrow gap as seen in the picture.
Archeologists have determined that humans have lived in this region for 28,000 years or so! Many artifacts have been recovered from this area, carbon-dated and displayed at the museum in Krung Thep (Bangkok).[1]

Ob Luang National Park is an amazing attraction comprising both splendid natural charms as well as mysterious scenery. Under a bridge connecting the two sides of the narrow, steep gorge, a zigzagging river flows, framed by teak forests and mountains. During the rainy season, the flowing rapids crashing on the boulders and through the ravine are a dramatic picture of nature's strength. Subject to erosion by the strong currents of the river, the rocks and cliffs form the canyon and strangely shaped rock formations. The water has to force its way over rocks and boulders that obstruct the course making a magnificent sight.[3]

 

 

This video shows the beautiful views of Ob Luang National park and explains the history in brief and other attractions.

 

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References
 
1. Rose of Suthep Homestay- Ob Luang Gorge-retrieved 8/11/2009
2. Chiangmai1.com-Ob Luang Gorge-retrieved 8/11/2009
3. Ob Luang National Park- retrieved 8/11/2009
 
 
 
 

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