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Historical Sites in North-East (Isan)

1 Ban Chiang Archaeological Site

Location : Nong Han District, Udon Thani Ban Chiang Archaeological Site Ban Chiang Archaeological site has been on UNESCO World heritage list since 1992. The discovery of the site was in 1966. The site displays a great cultural evolution in pre-historic period of over 5,000 years ago. It is one of the greatest evolutions in Southeast Asia. It shows many aspects of the developed cultures in particular in skills and intellect that has been passed on from generations to generations. Ban Chiang is known for the beautiful pottery made by the ancient villagers and it also includes more than 100 archaeological sites in northeast region which has been a settlement for thousands years. The site includes burials, ceramics, crucibles, metals and other artifacts.

How to get there
The site is 55 kilometers from the town centre. Take Highway No. 22 (Udon Thani-Sakon Nakon). Turn left at the 50 km marker to Highway No.2225 and continue for 6 km.
Opening Hours Daily from 09:00 am. – 04:00 pm.
Admission 150 Baht for foreigners and 30 Baht for Thai citizen (Price are subject to change)
Contact Tel. 0 4220 8340

2 Fa Daet Song Yang

Location : Kamalasai District, Kalasin Fa Daet Song Yang This ancient town is believed to have been a flourishing settlement during the Dvaravati period circa the 13th-15th centuries. A heart-shaped stone layout defines the temple's boundary. It is of interest to see the two rows of moats and the ruins that have been found inside and outside the town. The most complete ruin is Phra That Yakhu, a brick pagoda. Sandstone temple markers found here can now be viewed at Wat Pho Chai Semaram in the village and at the Khon Kaen National Museum. Other artifacts like amulets and tobacco pipes made of fired clay and bronze were also discovered here.

How to get there
Take Highway No.214 (Kalasin-Roi Et). From Kalasin town, drive for 13 km to Kamalasai, then turn right and drive for 6 km.
Opening Hours Daily 08:00 am. - 05.00 pm.

3 Phanom Rung Historical Park

Location : Chalerm Prakiat District, Buri Ram Phanom Rung Historical Park Phanom Rung Historical Park is located approximately 64 km from Burirum town centre and 120 km from Nakhon Ratchasima town centre. It is a home to one of the most important Khmer sites in Thailand with a beautiful backdrop of Isan countryside. Based on an extinct volcano on Phanom Rung Mountain, the site boasts graceful temples, towers, Buddha images with Khmer-influenced architecture. It also features a Hindu Saivite or Shiva monasty, sculptures of Vishnu and a number of ruins which contain images depicting Hindu God Brahma and scenes from Ramayana. The sanctuary was built in laterite and sandstone, all with elaborate designs. The pagoda, the stairway and the Naga bridge were assumed to be built during the 12th century.

The 15 doorways of the ancient Shiva temple could be used as an astronomical device as they were built in a straight line which allows the sunrise and sunset through all doorways. This event happens 4 times a year. The sun rises straight through 15 doorways twice, in April and September. The sun sets through the doorways twice in March and October. more details

How to get there
There is a bus from Buriram city to Ban Ta-Ko and from there you can get a songtaew to Phanom Rung. To drive there, take Highway No.24 from Nang Rong to Prakhon Chai and upon reaching Ban Tako, there is a road to Phanom Rung, continue for 12 km. There is a bus from Buriram city to Ban Ta-Ko and from there you can get a songtaew to Phanom Rung. To drive there, take Highway No.24 from Nang Rong to Prakhon Chai and upon reaching Ban Tako, there is a road to Phanom Rung, continue for 12 km.
Opening Hours Daily from 08.00 am. - 05.30 pm.
Admission 100 Baht (Price are subject to change)
Contact Tel. 0 4478 2715

4 Phimai Historical Park

Location : Phimai District, Nakhon Ratchasima Phimai Historical Park Phimai is located 60 km northeast of Nakhon Ratchasima. It is one of the most important Khmer temples in Thailand. Most buildings were presumably built in the late 11th to late 12th century with Baphuon, Bayon and Angkor Wat style. The stone castle is located in the centre of Phimai Ancient City which is 665 metres wide and 1,030 metres long. It was built to worship both Mahayana Buddhism and Hinduism. The external lintels including pediments depict Hinduism, such as the carvings of Ramayana story, figures of Hindu Gods such as Shiva and Vishnu while the internal lintels depict religious art of Mahayana Buddhism. This site faces south as it is the direction of Ankor Wat while other Khmer sites face east.

How to get there
take Highway No.2 from Nakhon Ratchasima town centre, pass Prasat Hin Phanom Wan on your left. Continue for 51 km until the traffic light, turn right to Highway No.206 towards Phimai District and continue for 12 km to Phimai Historical Park.
Opening Hours Daily from 07:30 am. - 06:00 pm.
Admission 100 Baht (Price are subject to change)
Contact Tel. 0 4447 1535, 0 4447 1568

5 Phra That Kong Khao Noi

Location : Mueang District, Yasothon Phra That Kong Khao Noi Phra That Kong Khao Noi, the small, square brick-plastering chedi with a distinctive top was built during the 23rd - 25th Buddhist century in the late Ayutthaya period. Its architecture is influenced by Khmer style and it looks similar to rice box according to its tragic story. It was built by a hungry farmer who was repentant after killing his mother who brought him a small amount of food. The chedi is located in Phra That Kong Khao Noi Temple which was originally a rice field.

How to get there
Take Highway No.23 (Yasothon – Ubon Ratchathani) until km 194 marker then turn left for another 1 km. It is located in That Thong Sub-district.
Opening Hours Daily from 08:30 am. – 04:30 pm.

6 Phra That Nadun

Location : Wapi Pathum District, Maha Sarakham Phra That Nadun Phra That Nadun was built to house the Lord Buddha’s relics found in a small pagoda in the nearby area. It is assumed to be built during Dvaravati period in 8th – 10th century A.D. Phra That features a pagoda built with 3 tiers. The first tier or the base is used for ceremony which some may involve walking clockwise. The second and third tiers are decorated with miniatures of Phra That at all 4 corners. The third tier is where the bell-shaped pagoda stands.

How to get there
Take Highway No.2040 from Maha Sarakhram town centre, pass Jae Dam District, Wapipathum District and turn right to Highway No.2045 to Nadun District. It is 65 km from the town centre.

7 Phra That Narai Jeng Weng

Location : Mueang District, Sakon Nakhon Phra That Narai Jeng Weng Located in Phra That Narai Jeng Weng temple, Phra That Narai Jeng Weng is a stone castle influenced by Khmer architecture. The base was built with laterite, the prang was built with sandstone. It is believed that Phra Maha Kassapa brought the breast bone of the Lord Buddha from India to house at Phra That Phanom but during his way back through Nong Harn Luang city, the wife of Phraya Suwannapingkan, who ruled the city asked him to share the relics. Since Phraya Maha Kassapa had an attention to house the relics at the same place, he did not share the relics to her but he gave the ash of the relics to her instead. Afterwards, the ash was housed at a stone cave called Phra That Narai Jeng Weng.

How to get there
Take Highway No.22 (Sakon Nakhon – Udon Thani) until reaching Ban That which is located before Liang Muang intersection, turn left and continue for 400 metres.
Opening Hours Daily from 08:00 am. – 05:00 pm.

8 Phra That Nong Sam Mun

Location : Phu Khiao District, Chaiyaphum Phra That Nong Sam Mun Phra That Nong Sam Mun or Phra That Ban Keng was assumed to be built during 15th – 16th century A.D. (21st - 22nd Buddhist century). It was named after the name of a pond in the northeast of the temple. The architecture of the temple is the combination between Lanna, Lan Xang and Ayutthaya styles. The pagoda is about 45 metres high. Its base is a square shape and has stairs at all 4 sides. Within the pagoda, there are the Buddha’s relics. From the evidence, it is found that this area was an ancient town in Dvaravati era (6th - 10th century A.D.) as there are traces of ponds, canals, ridges as well as antiques which are now shown in a temple.

How to get there
Located at Ban Kaeng, 25 km northwest of the Chaiyaphum town hall. Take Highway No. 201 (Chaiyaphum - Chum Phae) to Ban Nong Song Hong and turn left onto Highway No.2055. The total distance is 115 km.
Contact Tel. 0 4481 1376, 0 4481 2406

9 Phra That Phanom

Location : That Phanom District, Nakhon Phanom Phra That Phanom Phra That Phanom is located 51 km from Nakhon Phanom town centre. It was built in the 16th century by the Laotian King Setthathirath of Lan Xang. It is used to house the Buddha’s breast bones. The architecture of the Phra That is found in the architecture of Khmer castles. It is 53.60 meters high and 12.33 meters wide. The site has been restored several times by the Fine Arts Department. The ground floor is a museum housing many ancient items. An annual celebration is held from the 10th day of the waxing moon to the 1st day of the waning moon of the 3rd lunar month.

How to get there
Take Highway No.212. There are also air-con and non air-con buses from the bus terminal in the town centre going straight to Phra That Phanom.

10 Phra That Si Song Rak

Location : Dan Sai District, Loei Phra That Si Song Rak Phra That Si Song Rak is located on the bank of Man River, 83 km from the town centre. It was built in 1560 and finished in 1563 during Ayutthaya period on the border of Ayutthaya Kingdom and Lan Xang Kingdom, with Lan Xang architecture. The pagoda is 19.19 metres high and its square base with 10.89 metres wide on each side. The pagoda symbolises the resolve of the kings of these two kingdoms not to invade each other’s territory and to join forces against Burmese invaders. There is a wax figure of the late Luang Pho Phra Maha Phan Sila Wisuttho, the founder of the temple.

In April to May annually, a ceremony is held to worship the pagoda. Dan Sai’s indigenous tradition, Phi Ta Khon is also held there in June or July every year.

Note: It is important not to offer any red colour items or dressed in red as it is believed that this pagoda was built on the purpose of honesty and friendship between the two kingdoms. Red is the symbol of blood and violence. Visitors should not use umbrella, wear hat and shoes while visiting Phra That Si Song Rak.

How to get there
Take Highway 203 (Loei – Phu Rua) from Loei town centre, turn to Highway No.2013 for 15 km to Dan Sai District, then turn right to Highway No.2113 for 1 km. There are also mini buses (songtaews) and tuk-tuks running from Loei town centre.
Contact Tel. 08 3145 3080

11 Phra That Yaku

Location : Kamalasai District, Kalasin Phra That Yaku Phra That Yakhu or Phra That Yai is the largest chedi in Fa Daet Song Yang. It is an octagonal-shaped chedi, made of bricks. Evidence shows that it was constructed for three periods. The pedestal was in a redented square shape, with staircases at the four directions and decorated with stucco built during the Dvaravati period. The upper pedestal was in an octagonal shape, built on top of the original one and supporting an old chedi of the Ayutthaya period. The body and the top were created in the Rattanakosin period. Around the Phra That, there are boundary stones with bas-reliefs depicting the life of the Lord Buddha. For this Phra That, local people believe that it stores the bones of a respected senior monk. It can be noticed that when Mueang Chiang Som won Phra That Yakhu the battle, Wat Pho Chai Semaram they destroyed everything in Fa Daet Song Yang, except for Phra That Yakhu. For this reason, the remains of the Phra That are still in perfect condition. In the month of May every year, there will be the annual Rocket Festival, which is the ceremony to ask for rain to make the village live in peace.

Wat Pho Chai Semaram or Wat Ban Kom is situated at Ban Sema, opposite the entrance to Fa Daet Song Yang. It is an old temple with a huge collection of old boundary stones of gigantic sizes, which are unique for the northeastern region. The boundary stones found in Fa Daet Song Yang are different from those discovered in other regions, as they were usually carved telling Jataka stories and the life of the Lord Buddha. There is one most beautiful boundary stone depicting the story when the Lord Buddha came back to Kapilavasdu. The boundary stone depicts King Suddhodhana (his father), Rahula (his son) and Yashodhara Pimpa (his wife) paying the greatest respect to the Lord Buddha, with Yashodhara Pimpa using her hair to clean the Buddha’s feet. As such, this boundary stone is called “Pimpa Philap” (crying Pimpa). The original of this beautiful boundary marker is now located at the Khon Kaen National Museum.
Contact Tel. 0 4381 1620

12 Phu Pha Ya Archaeological Site

Location : Suwannakhuha District, Nong Bua Lam Phu Phu Pha Ya Archaeological Site Situated north of Ban Na Charoen, Dong Mafai Sub-district, the site is in limestone mountain which separates itself from Phu Phan Range. Many pre-historical cave painting are found here. The first group of painting, in “Tham Lang (Lang Cave)”, line for 5 metres long on smooth cave wall. They comprise pictures of geometric, animals, hands, in red. The second group of painting, found in “Tham Bon (Bon Cave)”, comprises pictures of star, man, reptile, draft of big animal. All the pictures wee painted in red and scatter in small groups. These paintings are estimated to be 2,000-3,000 years old, as old as painting found at Phu Phra Bat Historical Park, Udon Thani, and their style are similar to those found in Guangxi Province of China. A meditation centre of Buddhist monk is located nearby.

How to get there
From Nong Bua Lam Phu City, use highway 210 (Nong Bua Lam Phu -Wang Saphung), turn right into highway 2097 to Suwannakhuha District, then use Suwannakhuha-Ban Na Charoen Road.
Opening Hours Daily from 08:00 am. - 06:00 pm.
Contact Tel. 0 4281 2812

13Phu Phra Bat Historical Park

Location : Ban Phue District, Udon Thani Phu Phra Bat Historical Park Phu Phra Bat Historical Park is stones garden which located on the foothills of the Phu Phan Mountains in Ban Phue district. Here tourist will see many rocks of peculiar shapes which resulted from glacial movement millions of years ago. It can be seen that most of the ancient buildings and objects found in this area were modified from what was naturally available and not built entirely by human beings. For instance, a rock was decorated to make a stupa or was chiseled into the shape of a foot.

Fine Arts Department was declared Phu Phra Bat (stones garden) to be historical park in 1991. Archeological evidence found at the site includes Phra Phuttabat Bua Bok, Phra Phuttabat Lang Tao, Phra Phutta Bat Bua Ban, religious buildings modified from rocks, sandstone bai-sema (leaf-shaped stones marking the limits of a Buddhist temple), sandstone images and idols, cave paintings and stone axes.

Phu Phra Bat Historical Park covers the entire area of the Phra Phutthabat Bua Bok which is around 1,200 acres. In addition to the beautiful landscape, caves and caverns, rocks of different sizes and shapes dot the area. Moreover, pre-historic paintings over cliff faces have been discovered, although many leave only the faintest of traces.

Visitors are recommended to explore Tham Non Sao Ae, Tham Woa Daeng, Tham Chang, and Tham Sung to see the paintings that depict the livelihood of pre-historical community which can be traced back to approximately 2,500-3,000 years ago.

The sandstone bai-sema, sandstone images and idols of Dvaravati era are also discovered at Poeng Hin Po Ta Luk Koei.
Opening Hours Daily from 08:30 am. - 06:00 pm.
Admission 30 Baht (Price are subject to change)

14 Prang Ku

Location : Thawat Buri District, Roi Et Prang Ku Prang Ku or Prasat Nong Ku, it is located at Ban Yang Ku, Ma-ue Sub-district. Prang Ku is a complex of buildings with a plan that resembles the Khmer nursing home known as "Arogayasala". It comprises the main prang, a library, wall and entrance pavilions, and a pond outside of the wall. The ruins are in good condition, especially the roof structure of the main prang which still maintains its three tiers and the lotus base of the pinnacle. Other ruins of the temple have been restored and are located in a shady environment.

Apart from this, to the southeast inside of the front wall, there are many more archaeological finds being kept such as a sandstone lintel depicting a personage sitting on an elephant’s or bull’s back in a niche above the Kala face. The abbot of Wat Si Rattanaram where Prang Ku is located said the lintel belonged to the front porch of the main prang. There are also 2 fragments of colonnette; one with a hermit at the base, a large Siva Lingam with its receptacle - Yoni - and a fragment of the pinnacle’s lotus base, which was adapted to be the base of a stucco image of Phra Sangkatchai. Prang Ku was built during the 12th -13th Century A.D.

How to get there
From the city, take Highway No. 23 (Roi Et - Yasothon) for 10 km. until reaching Thawat Buri district, then turn left for 6 km. to Prang Ku. Or take Highway No. 2044 (Roi Et - Phon Thong) for 8 km., then turn right for just about 1 km. to Prang Ku.

15 Prasat Ban Ben

Location : Thung Si Udom District, Ubon Ratchathani Prasat Ban Ben Prasat Ban Ben is a Khmer site of a small size. It is comprised of 3 brick prangs standing on the separate bases. In 1990, the Fine Arts Department restored the site and found lintels engraved with 9 gods and Indra on the Erawan elephant. It can be speculated that the engrave of the lintel originated around the end of 15th Buddhist century to 16th Buddhist century.

How to get there
It is on Det Udom - Nam Yuen route, located 63 km from Ubon Ratchathani town centre. Take Highway No.2192 until the Highway 2214, turn right onto that Highway which is before the centre of Si Udom District.
Opening Hours Daily from 08:30 am - 04:30 pm.

16 Prasat Ban Prasat

Location : Huay Thap Than District, Si Sa Ket Prasat Ban Prasat Located in Prasat Phanaram Temple, Prasat Ban Prasat is a Khmer ancient site built in 17th Buddhist century and restored in the end of Ayutthaya period and at the beginning of Rattanakosin period. The addition was done with the influence of Lan Xang. The compound is comprised of 3 prangs standing on the same base built with laterite. The wall of the compound was built with laterite as well. Presumably, there were at all 4 directions but at present, there are only the one in the south. It is believed the compound was built on the purpose of keeping the relics of the governor of the city.

How to get there
Take Highway No.226 from Si Sa Ket town centre, continue for 39 km to Huay Thap Than District and continue for another 8 km.
Opening Hours Daily from 08:30 am. – 04:30 pm.
Contact Tel. 0 4421 3666, 0 4421 3030

17 Prasat Hin Ban Phuluang

Location : Prasat District, Surin Prasat Hin Ban Phuluang Prasat Hin Ban Phuluang is a Hindu sanctuary of Baphuon Period dating back to the 16 th-17th century B.E. between the reigns of Jayavarman I and Jayavarman VI of the ancient Khmer Kindgon. A small sandstone Prang on laterite base, Prasat Hin Ban Phuluang was built and sculpted with fine craftsmanship. The pediment above the entrance depicts a scene of Krishna lifting Govardhana Mountain from the Hindu Story "Krishnavatar", and incarnation of the God Vishnu. The God Indra on elephant back centers the stone lintel. There is a pond on either side of the walkway to the entrance.

How to get there
Prasat Hin Ban Phluang is situated at Ban Phluang, Prasat District, 4 kilometers from the Town Hall along the Surin Prasat Chong Chom route with a left turn between kilometer markers 34-35 for another 900 meters.
Opening Hours Daily from 07:30 am. - 06:00 pm.
Admission 30 Baht (Price are subject to change)

18 Prasat Muang Tam

Location : Prakhon Chai District, Buri Ram Prasat Muang Tam Prasat Muang Tam is on Khao Kradong which is an extinct volcano. The mouth of the volcano is now a small pool which has water throughout the year. About 6 km. from the city on the Buri Ram - Prakhon Chai Road, the park can be reached via 2 ways which are by car on a concrete road lined with Buddha images in various postures and by a stairway which climbs to a level of 265 meters above sea level. On the mountain top sits Phra Suphatbophit, a large image sacred to the Buri Ram people. Adjacent to it is an ancient pagoda which houses a replica of Lord Buddha's footprint. The park is under the supervision of the Wildlife Conservation Office of the Royal Forestry Department. Buri Ram Provincial Authorities have developed it into a major tourist spot by conserving nature and the environment in pristine condition. Numerous tourists come here on weekends.

How to get there
From the Ram, then use Highway 219 and Highway 24, turn left onto the 2117 number. It will be noticed under the castle town. (Away from the Prasat Phanom Rung, about 8 miles).
Opening Hours Daily from 06:00 am. - 06:00 pm.
Admission 100 Baht (Price are subject to change)
Contact Tel. 0 4478 2715

19 Prasat Pueai Noi

Location : Pueai Noi District, Khon Kaen Prasat Pueai Noi Prasat Puei Noi is the largest Khmer sanctuary in the upper Northeast. Although it is not as big as Prasat Hin Phimai, it is one of the most complete ruins in the region. The compound consists of 3 brick buildings built on a laterite base in 10th – 11th century A.D. (16th – 17th Buddhist century) Its art and architecture is the combination between Khmer’s Babuan and Ankor Wat styles. It was built as a sacred temple in Hinduism.

How to get there
Take Highway No.2 from Khon Kaen for 44 km to Ban Phai, then take Highway No. 23 for 11 km to Borabu District, then take a right-hand road for 24 km to Ku Pueai Noi.
Contact Tel. 0 4322 7716-7

20 Wat Sa Kamphaeng Noi Stone Sanctuary

Location : Uthumphon Phisai District, Si Sa Ket Wat Sa Kamphaeng Noi Stone Sanctuary Prasart Khao Phra Vihan Situated in Wat Sa Kamphaeng Noi, Ban Klang, Khayung Sub-district, The Khmer Ruins comprises laterite stupa and chapel with a big pond at front, all are in the embrace of laterite wall. Once it had a stone carved lintel depicting ‘the Varun God’, the god of rain, sitting on the throne above three swans. The carving was placed over Kiattimukha. The Khmer Ruins in Bapuan is dated back to the 11th Century. At the first place, it was used for religious purpose. In the 13th Century, under the reign on King Chaya Varaman VII, Bayon Architectural style was added. During such time, the ruins was called “Arokaya Sala” to be served as community hospital.

How to get there
The Khmer Ruins is 8 kilometres from Si Sa Ket City, on the right of highway 226 (Si Sa Ket-Uthumphon Phisai).