Loei Travel Guide, Loei Travel Information, Loei Thailand

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Welcome to Loei
Introduction
Phu Kradueng National Park
Phu Kradueng National Park
Loei the city of the Sea of Mountains, Coldest Place in Siam, and Beautiful Flowers of Three Seasons. Loei is in many ways more similar to the north of Thailand than to the rest of Isan and the province are Sharing a Mekong River border with Laos. Literally speaking, the province deserves its name “Loei” which means ‘beyond’ or ‘to the furthest extreme’ as Loei lies in the northernmost part of the Northeastern region. Most notable is that Loei is the only province in Thailand where the temperature can drop to as low as zero Celsius in winter while it can become hotter than any province during summer. Loei has unique cultures and traditions in addition to beautiful geographical surroundings, such as the colorful Phi Ta Khon Festival.

Loei is an up-and-coming ecotourism region surrounded by undulating mountain ranges, abundant with various kinds of flora and capped with fog enshrouded summits. The most majestic mountains are Phu Kradueng, Phu Luang and Phu Ruea. There are many spectacular sights and exiting outdoor activities and fascinating cultural attractions awaiting travelers to come and experience the miracle of this land.
Borders
North : Lao People's Democratic Republic
East : Nong Khai, Nong Bua Lam Phu and Khon Kaen
South : Khon Kaen and Phetchabun
West : Phitsanulok
Distance
Distances to Other Provinces
Nong Bua Lam Phu 106 km Khon Kaen 206 km
Udon Thani 152 km Phitsanulok 269 km
Phetchabun 190 km    

Distances from Mueang District to Other Districts
Wang Saphung 23 km Phu Ruea 50 km
Na Duang 32 km Pha Khao 70 km
Chiang Khan 47 km Phu Kradueng 73 km
Tha Li 47 km Dan Sai 82 km
Phu Luang 49 km Pak Chom 90 km
Erawan 50 km Na Haeo 125 km
Nong Hin 50 km    
Festivals & Events
Dok Fai Ban Makham Wan Mueang Loei Red Cross Fair
When: Early February
Where: City Hall of Loei
The fair is held in front of the provincial hall during Chinese New Year in January-February. The underlined activity of this fair is a procession represented by each district decorated by the cotton products and highlighted by the beauty queen outstandingly sitting among the cotton decorations. There is also Phi Ta Khon Ghost procession. In this festival there are parade, booths of local products and OTOP products, music performances, Moh Lum, Red Cross Beauty Contest, Thai country music singing contest.
Phra That Si Song Rak Fair
When: Late April - early May
Where: Wat Phra That Si Song Rak
The event aims to celebrate the age old bond between the Thai people of Northern Loei and their boarder kin of southern Lao. The people preparing propitiation sets which include one big banana leaf receptacle (Krathong) and eight small ones. The ceremony must be finished before the monks’ midday meal by floating the big receptacle on water and putting the small ones around the temple.

After that, the public will bring scented water in the basin to douse a banquet before sprinkling it against the relics. Males are allowed inside the parapet enclosing the relics with Lord Kuan as the Ablutions Head. Females will perform the ablutions only around the outside.

Explore the religious ceremonies: food offering, chamber cleaning, the Lord Buddha’s relics homage paying, novice monk blessing, the Lord Buddha’s relics worshipping, wax tree offering, Buddha image bathing, candlelight procession, and the launch of bamboo rockets.
Phi Ta Khon Festival
When: June - July
Where: Dan Sai District
Phi Ta Khon Festival
Phi Ta Khon Festival
Phi Ta Khon is one of the most colourful traditional festivals of Loei province and it offers a unique experience to anyone who visits. Phi Ta Khon is a distinct masked procession which takes place on the first day of the three-day Buddhist merit-making holiday called Boon Prawat in Thai. This annual event, known to visitors as The Ghost Festival takes place in June, usually the first week after the 6th full moon of the year. The whole event is called Bun Luang, and the great highlight of this unique festival is a long, colourful parade of young men who dance and strike poses while wearing huge masks made from carved coconut-tree trunks, topped with wicker work and sticky-rice steamers. These represent ghosts and as they parade they carry a sacred Buddha image.

It is thought that the festival originated as a form of spirit worship with music and dancing to appease the spirits who protect the local villages and ensure plenty of rain for the upcoming harvest season. On the second day of the festival, the villagers gather at the temple of Wat Ponchai to listen to the thirteen sermons of Prince Vessandorn being recited by local monks.
The Poinsettia Phu Ruea Festival
When: November - January
Where: Phu Ruea National Park
This is largest producer of Christmas trees or poinsettia in Loei province, on the area nearly 100,000 poinsettia trees are grown over 5-rai in Phu Ruea, giving the provincial authorities a good reason to organise the Christmas tree festival or Phu Ruea Poinsettia Festival. Visitors can enjoy to taking a picture of beautiful red leaves of Christmas trees and at night, also enjoy beautiful lanterns lightened up to celebrate the Christmas event.