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Maha Sarakham Attractions

Historical Sites
Ku Mahathat (Prang Ku Ban Kwao)
Location : Mueang District
Ku Mahathat (Prang Ku Ban Kwao)
Ku Mahathat (Prang Ku Ban Kwao)
Ku Mahathat or Prang Ku Ban Kwao have construction age of over 700 years ago which is a laterite Mahayana Buddhist religious place whose architectural structure resembles other archeological ruins, especially Arokayasala or hospital. During the reign of Khmer king Chaivoraman VII in the 18th century, there were 107 hospitals like this standing around the kingdom. It was the tradition to construct a religious place together with a hospital. The religious places share a fixed building format plan: the Bannalai main castle must be surrounded by cloister, and there must be a pond adjacent to the northeastern corner of the wall.

Nowadays, Ku Mahathat or Prang Ku Ban Kwao is one of Thailand’s archeological ruins. It was officially declared on the Government Gazette in 1935. Meanwhile it is also considered a place of worship among Ban Kwao residents. The ceremony to pour water onto Ku ban Kwao take place annually on the 15th day of waxing moon of the 5th month. In addition to pouring water and performing meritorious deeds, typically there is a small shopping fair. The ceremony also features entertaining activities, e.g. drum contest, Isan folk singing, tom-tom performance and sky rockets.

How to get there: Visitors can reach Ku Mahathat (Prang Ku Ban Kwao) by car. Drive along Chaeng Sanit Road for 13 kilometers (Highway 208 Maha Sarakham - Roi Et).
Ku Ban Dang
Location : Wapi Pathum District
Ku Ban Dang
Ku Ban Dang
Ku-Ban Dang is a small monument of Mahayana Buddhism that was built as a monastery forthe city. It was built in the Bayon Architecture Period of Ancient Khmer Kingdom in the late 12th Century. Ku-Ban Dang is composed of three towers sitting on a large laterite platform built for religious ideals of Mahayana Buddhism. The main central tower contains a Buddha Image on a Naga Base. The north tower contains a Prajnapararamita and the south tower contains a Bodhisiattva Avalokesvara.
Ku Santarat
Location : Na Dun District
Ku Santarat is a historical site was constructed of sand stone in Bayana style of art during Lop Buri period approximately from 1107-1157 A.D. during the reign of King Chaiya Woraman VII, the last emperor of the Khmer Kingdom. The construction was made for use as Celestial Place of Worship and Buddhist Place of Worship. Surrounding Ku Santarat was made with sand stone cloister of 1.5 meters high while the Ku itself is approximately 10 meters high. Moreover there are many pieces of archaeological objects found in this place such as sand stone Buddha images, one in the attitude of multi-headed naga's protection (Nag Prog), and another is Watcharathon Bodhisattava, etc.

How to get there: Go along Highway No.2040 passing Kae Dam District, Wapipathum District then make a right turn to join Highway No.2045 (to Nadun District) for a distance of about one kilometer where one can see the Ku on the right hand side.
Religious Site
The City Shrine of Maha Sarakham
Location : Mueang District
The City Shrine of Maha Sarakham
The City Shrine of Maha Sarakham
The City Shrine of Maha Sarakham was established in 1865 by Thao Mahachai who is the first ruler of Maha Sarakham. Thao Mahachai established the city after moving from nearby Roi Et, now another province in the Northeast. The city shrine is a sacred icon and heart of the town, where locals come to pay their respect to the city.

How to get there: The City Shrine of Maha Sarakham located in front of Lak Mueang Maha Sarakham School, Mueang District, Maha Sarakham Province.
Phra Phuttha Ming Muang
Location : Kantharawichai District
Phra Phuttha Ming Muang has another name is Suwan Mali made of red sand stone in Dvararavati period and people of Maha Sarakham believe that this image maintains regular season for them as same as Phra Yuen Mongkhon. Therefore Phra Phuttha Ming Muang and Phra Yuen Mongkhon are the most important Buddha images of Maha Sarakham.

How to get there: Phra Phuttha Ming Muang is located in Wat Suwannawat, take Highway No.213 (Maha Sarakham-Kalasin), 14 kilometers from the township area (on the left).
Phra Yuen Mongkhon
Location : Kantharawichai District
Phra Yuen Mongkhon
Phra Yuen Mongkhon
Phra Yuen Mongkhon is a Buddha image of Dvaravati period made of red sand stone as same as Ming Muang Buddha image. It has been said that the two Buddha images were made at the same time when there was a drought in the area of Kantharawichai Distict, the man arranged to make Ming Muang Buddha image while the woman arranged to make Mongkhon Standing Buddha (Phra Yuen Mongkhon). There was a great celebration of the two images after completion. However, there have been regular rainy season causing perfect cultivations in the area since then.

How to get there: Phra Yuen Mongkhon is located at Khanthararat Sub-district, Khatharawichai District along highway No.213 and about 14 kilometers from township area (on the right side).
Wat Yang Thuan Wararam
Location : Borabue District
The interesting thing in Wat Yang Thuan Wararam or Wat Ban Yang is ordination hall which has perfect murals on both of outside and inside. The mural paintings outside ordination hall is depicting scenes from the Vessantara Jataka (a story of a past incarnation of the Buddha) as well as scenes from the Phra Malai epic and rural folk legends.
Phrathat Nadun
Location : Nadun District
Phrathat Nadun
Phrathat Nadun
Phrathat Nadun is landmark of Maha Sarakham 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. Phrathat Nadun consist with 3 tiers as follow, 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 Phrathat 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 center, pass Jae Dam District, Wapipathum District and turn right to Highway No.2045 to Nadun District. It is 65 kilometer from the town center.
Museums
Ban Chiang Hian Museum
Location : Mueang District
Ban Chiang Hian Museum was established by Mr. Santhiphap Khamsa-ard which the aim to collect and exhibition the antiques of Mr. Boonman Khamsa-ard. The museum included two floors by the first floor is exhibition of “Boonman Contemporary Art Gallery” and the second floor is introduce attractions in Saimai - Isan route and exhibit history of Ban Chiang Hian Village.
Opening Hours : Daily from 08:00 am. - 04.00 pm.
Contact : Tel. 0 4374 6303
Bun Tam Tan Museum
Location : Mueang District
Bun Tam Tan Museum
Bun Tam Tan Museum
Bun Tam Tan Museum is the house to collect the antique which it has during 30 - 100 years old. The museum was established by Mr. Surasak and Mrs. Jureerat, who are falls in love with antiques and spending more than thirty years in order to collect all these things. The museum included 4 main as follow are: the first part exhibit Thai Ceramics antique and antique brass, the second part display history of Nakhon Champasri City and Salakham City and old equipment of Isan people, the third part are antique toys of Isan people and the fourth part is Panrak Market, where sell souvenir and Thai handmade produce.

How to get there: Bun Tam Tan Museum is located Kaeng Leng Chan Convention Center. Take highway No. 23 to Borrabue District, pass Kaeng Leng Chan intersection about 2 kilometers, U-turn and will see the guide post of the museum in the left side.
Opening Hours : Daily from 09.00 am. - 06.00 pm.
Admission : 30 Baht for adult and 10 Baht for child (Price are subject to change)
Contact : Tel. 0 4377 7717, 08 3354 8778
Isan Cultural & Art Center
Location : Mueang District
Isan Cultural & Art Center
Isan Cultural & Art Center
Isan Cultural & Art Center is northeastern culture exhibition recognizable through various ways of learning which the few people have a chance to see and experience with the real Isan culture and art. Inside there are the exhibitions representing the origin of Isan art and culture, which is outstanding and unique such as cloth pattern weaving. Moreover, there are palm leaves Isan literatures which are rare to be seen nowadays, only a few have a chance to see these palm leaves literatures. To provide a chance to people or students, university students to study and experience the real Isan culture and art, the Isan Cultural & Art Center is built. The center plays an important part to conserve and spread Isan culture and art, so as not to be lost or forgotten when time passes by. Isan Cultural & Art Center is located in Mahasarakham University.

How to get there: Take the same route to Rajabhat Maha Sarakham University.
Opening Hours : Mon - Fri 08.00 am. - 04.00 pm.
Contact : Tel. 0 4372 1686
Museum of Mahasarakham University
Location : Mueang District
Museum of Mahasarakham University
Museum of Mahasarakham University
The museum is open opportunity to learn about the traditional local Isan lifestyle and the history of MSU for everyone. The museum included 6 buildings, there is a building in the museum has been devoted to a display showing the history of MSU. Interactive displays show the ways our university has changed over the years. Outside the museum there are a pond and among trees creating a delightful and peaceful atmosphere for relaxing while learning about local culture, the university and nature. Moreover there is a mini zoo at next door of the museum, it containing four species of deer, rabbits, guinea pigs, green peafowl, red jungle fowl and several species of parrot. The zoo was set up with assistance from Nakhon Ratchasima Zoo. It is a place where families can bring their children to enjoy the animals as living creatures and also to provide opportunities for farmers to investigate possibilities of farming different species.
Opening Hours : Mon - Fri from 08.30 am. - 04.30 pm.
Contact : Tel. 0 4375 4380
Wat Mahachai Museum
Location : Mueang District
Wat Mahachai Museum is the place to collect and exhibit the north eastern antiques such as sema stones, ancient Buddha images, door panels, carved ox-cart wheel cross bars having the age from 100 to 200 years are stoned here. The museum is a two-storey Thai style building. Items on display are priceless, such as ancient pottery, Davaravati stone slabs, wooden Buddha images and ancient documents. The second floor displays golden-designed scripture cabinets, glass cabinets showing prehistoric and historic pottery and coated jars from the 12th and 13th centuries as well as a large number of palm-leaf scriptures wrapped in intricately and exotically designed cloth. The second floor displays glass cabinets showing huge seashells, herbal stone grinders and pottery. The other side of the room exhibits over 30 coated jars, Buddha images and idols.
Contact : Tel. 0 4392 5786
Nakhon Champa Si Museum
Location : Nadun District
Nakhon Champa Si Museum is located at south of Phrathat Nadun, it is an excellent source of history of Nakhon Champa Si where ancient city in Dvaravati period during 13th - 16 th century A.D. Nakhon Champa Si Museum was built in 1997, architecture is 2 Thai style connector buildings, inside the museum exhibits history of Buddha, the finding of Buddha's relics, the finding of ancient pottery Buddha in Nadun City and display ancient city of Isan model.
Natural Attractions
Kaeng Leng Chan
Location : Mueang District
Kaeng Leng Chan is a large sized reservoir was established to be a fishery station which aims to breed and distribute different types of freshwater fish to provinces in the region. Kaeng Leng Chan is surrounding with a large tree and beautiful view of the lake especially when the sunset. It is located behind Maha Sarakham Rajabhat University, about 3 kilometers from Maha Sarakham City.
Khong Kut Wai Fish Sanctuary
Location : Mueang District
Khong Kut Wai Fish Sanctuary is located at Ban Khong Kut Wai Moo 7, Keang Sub-district, about 10 kilometers from Maha Sarakham town. This lake and Khong Kut Wai Fish Sanctuary is home to over 100 species of freshwater fish. This is great place to spend time with the children who love feeding the big fish, seeing turtles and enjoy with foods & sweets drink.
Kae Dam Wooden Bridge
Kae Dam Wooden Bridge
Kae Dam Wooden Bridge
Location : Kae Dam District
Kae Dam Wooden Bridge is the new landmark in Maha Sarakham which the bridge is ancient wooden bridge was constructed by villagers over 50 years ago and has 1 kilometer long. The bridge use to connecting between Wat Daowadueng Kae Dam and Ban Hua Kua, around this place there are many lotus plant and aquatic plant. Moreover, it's also a breathtaking sunrise and sunset viewpoint that reflects a scent of folkways.
Bueng Bon
Location : Kosum Phisai District
Bueng Bon is a large lake is situated about 100 meters from Kosamphi Forest Park in Hua Khwang Sub-district, Kosum Phisai District. It is the place to relaxing, bicycling and picnic for local people as well as their neighbors. The lake covered an approximate area of 120 rai and having an average depth of 2.50 meters. The road around the lake 5 meters widht and 2,689 meters long. To reach there, one can use the same route of Kosamphi Forest Park.
Had Wang Go
Location : Kosum Phisai District
Had Wang Go or Wang Go Beach is located in Ban Tha Duea, Nong Bon Sub-district, on the roadside of Tha Phra - Kosum Phisai. This is a beautiful beach follow the curve of the Chi River with has one kilometer long. Around the beach also offers various water sports such as banana boat as well as enjoying fresh caught menu from the restaurant nearby.
Isan Core Area
Location : Kosum Phisai District
Isan Core Area located near Kosamphi Forest Park which it is the Center Point of Isan. Inside is a wide shady park area surrounded with Bueng Kui which it is a large lake of Maha Sarakham. It is a great place for relaxing and seeing beautiful view of the lake.
Opening Hours : Daily from 08.00 am. - 05.00 pm.
Kosamphi Forest Park
Location : Kosum Phisai District
Kosamphi Forest Park
Kosamphi Forest Park
Kosamphi Forest Park is situated at Hua Khwang Sub-district, Kosum Phisai District on the bank of the Chi River. Kosamphi Forest Park covered an area 50 acres of tree-shaded land and was announced as an arboretum on October 1, 1976. The park is home to different types of large trees such as Yang (rubber trees), Thai crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia floribunda) and Kadam (Anthocephaluschinensis), their branches creating a continuous canopy. Besides that there is a natural reservoir with picturesque scenery and the park is a habitat of several kinds of bird and many hundreds of unforceful monkeys. Attractions in the park include Kaeng Tat when the river descends between November and May shallow water allows rapids to appear. It has beautiful setting around the area.

How to get there: From the township area one can travel through Highway No.208 for an approximate distance of 28 kilometers reaching Kosum Phisai 4-way intersection where a journey is to be made through a 450 meter asphalt road to the Park.
Dun Lamphan No-hunting Area
Location : Na Chueak District
Dun Lamphan No-hunting Area
Dun Lamphan No-hunting Area
Dun Lamphan Non Hunting Area or Chulaphon Park is a small forest covered area only 343 rai. The area is rich in endemic and rare plants and animals. The most famous native species found locally is the Mealy crab (also known as Pu Thunkramom), which was named by HRH Princess Chulabhorn. A bit larger than the Thai paddy crab, this kind of crab is quite colorful, with purple, orange, yellow and white shells. At present, this animal is a protected species. This reserve is also a fascinating spot for ecological studies and bird-watching.

How to get there: Dun Lamphan Non Hunting Area is located about 60 kilometers from Maha Sarakham City. It is situated on Highway 219 (Borabue - Na Chueak - Phayakkhaphum Phisai), approximately 3 kilometers from Na Chueak District Office.
Administered by : Phu Ruea National Park
Other Attractions
Ban Nong Khuan Chang Handicraft Village
Location : Mueang District
Ban Nong Khuan Chang Handicraft Village is a famous village of Maha Sarakham Province. This handicraft center is famous for producing quality cotton and silk textiles. Visitors can watch as artisans weave scarves, shoulder cloths, cotton shirts and Isan-style (Northeastern-style) trousers as well as peruse the souvenir store.

How to get there: The village is situated at Moo 7, Ban Song Khon Sub-district about 12 kilometers from Maha Sarakham town on the Maha Sarakham-Kosum Phisai Road. Turn left at the Km. 12 marker onto Highway No. 1027 and drive for an additional 2 kilometers.
Pottery Village
Location : Mueang District
Pottery Village or Ban Pan Mo is a big village and has about 100 households and every of them are engaged in the occupation of making pottery. The pottery is used to make water pots, curry pots, and pots for use on the stove, among other purposes. In this village the process used to construct the pots is an original, ancient style. Most of the villagers originally have migrated from Non Sung District, Nakhonrajasima Province since 120 years ago. The potters have a special talent in making pottery. When they first migrated to Ban Mo, Maha Sarakham Province, they found the land very prosperous and good for making pottery. And this village also has enough water all round year to make pottery. The lake nearby the village which is called Nhong Leang Ben has been the place where the potters have brought clay to make their pots since they first came here.

How to get there: Pottery Village or Ban Pan Mo is located in Kwao Sub-district, approximately 5 kilometers along Mahasarakham - Roi-Et (208) from the township area where a left turn needs to be made and then traveled for another kilometer along the compact laterite road.
Walai Rukhavej Botanical Research Institute
Location : Kantharawichai District
Walai Rukhavej Botanical Research Institute
Walai Rukhavej Botanical Research Institute
The institute located 65 kilometers to the south of Maha Sarakham city, on a 104-hectare land in the east of Na Dun Pagoda. Walai Rukhavej Botanical Research Institute has expanded the scope of its research, from exploring local useful plants and identifying plant communities to deeper understanding of ecological systems and biodiversity in our region. The institute also has improved its research methodology, from pure botanical approach to integrated approach by bringing socioeconomic and geographic perspectives together.

Currently, Walai Rukhavej Botanical Research Institute has strengthened its capacity to be an excellent center of investigating cultural and biological diversity through academic research. Inside are a bamboo garden, herb garden and an Isan (Northeastern) Cart Museum. Moreover, the Isan Traditional House Museum gives visitors a chance to explore the typical homes of the ethnic minority Phu Thai people, of local fishermen, musicians, doctors and weavers. Tourist can stay overnight in the unique and interesting homes.
Opening Hours : Mon - Fri from 08.30 am. - 04.30 pm.
Contact : Tel. 4375 4407
Ban Phaeng
Location : Kosum Phisai District
Ban Phaeng is an old village founded in 1823 or 191 years ago. Most of the villagers make their living from rice farming and earn supplementary income from weaving reed mats, while a handful of people are freelancers. Ban Phaeng is home to a swamp called Bung Phaeng. This swamp is so spacious that it covers an area of 970 Rai in 3 villages, namely Moo 1, Moo 11 and Moo 13. Villagers utilizes clear water from the swamp for daily consumption, plantation and water supplies. A large number of teals also find this swamp their habitat, so the area of 80 Rai adjacent to the bridge is strictly restricted from field sports (fowling and fishing). Bung Phaeng is close to Maha Sarakham - Khon Kaen Road where visitors can find numerous restaurants to enjoy homely and tasty Isan dishes in reasonable price and can admire the beautiful views and the waterfowls swimming in the swamp at the same time.

How to get there: To across the village from the township area, one can use Highway no.208 (Maha Sarakham - Kosum Phisai) where a left turn is to be made between KM 20-21 to join Kosum Phisai - Khon Kaen road totaling a distance of nine kilometers from Kosum Phisai District and 38 kilometers from the province township area