Mukdahan Attractions, Attractions in Mukdahan, what to do in Mukdahan, Mukdahan Sightseeing

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Mukdahan Attractions

Historical Site
The Princess Mother Park - Woraphat Base
Location : Don Tan District
The Princess Mother Park was used as a military base during 1977 - 1983, when there was a strong conflict between the Communist Party of Thailand and the government. Today, the base is used as a historical site for tourism and occupational training for locals. The base comprises a royal pavilion of the Princess Mother, the Princess Mother’s statue, bunker, and historical building where HRH the late Princess Mother and HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana stayed on 5 - 7 June 1977 during their trip to visit the state officials, military officers, and people in the area. It is Thailand’s only military base that HRH the Princess Mother and HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana spent overnight.

How to get there: Take the Mukdahan - Don Tan Road and turn left at Km. 6-7.
Religious Sites
Chao Mae Song Nang Phi Nong Shrine
Location : Mueang District
Chao Mae Song Nang Phi Nong Shrine
Chao Mae Song Nang Phi Nong Shrine
Chao Mae Song Nang Phi Nong Shrine is located near the Mukdahan Immigration Bureau. It was originally built of wood and rebuilt later with concrete. There are no records regarding the shrine’s origins but there is legend says that two Laotian princesses boarded a boat to Mukdahan but an accident in the river lost their lives therefore, a shrine was built by a seven-topped sugar palm tree in the same time that the Mukdahan city was constructed by Chao Kinnari. Both the Chaomae Song Nang Phi Nong and Chaopho Chaofa Mung Mueang Shrines are twin sacred icons of the city. Every year, on the full moon day of the sixth lunar month, around May, a celebration for both shrines will be held.
Opening Hours : Daily from 08.30 am. - 04.30 pm.
Chao Por Fah Moong Muang Shrine
Location : Mueang District
Chao Por Fah Moong Muang Shrine is considered a sacred and holy place that brings peace and prosperity to the people of Mukdahan. It is believed that constructed at the same time as the city and the shrine is located on Song Nang Sathit Road. Before the shrines is the original wooden and was renovated with replaced by a concrete.
Wat Sri Boonrueng
Location : Mueang District
Wat Sri Boonrueng was built during the same period of building the Mookdaharn city (around 1767 - 1774) for the monks to stay. During that time, there are a few number of monks therefore there is no regular resident. Therefore this temple is like the temple for pilgrimage monks. Then, Chao Kinnaree the ruler of the Mookdaharn city invited the government officials and the villagers to renovate this temple and made it a residence for the monks. Chao Kinnaree built an Ubosot in front of the temple and after it was finished, he named this temple Wat Sri Boonrueng. After the ubosot were finished, he told the villagers to invite the two Buddha statues from Wat Sri Mongkol Tai to be the main Buddha Statue in this temple. Both of these Buddha Statues were from the northern region. The Ubosot of Wat Sri Boonrueng was constructed in 1957 and was finished in 1966. It was granted as a royal land in 1970. The abbot of this temple is Father Vitoon Thammaporn. During Songkran festival, the Buddha images is carried out in a processions.

How to get there: Wat Sri Boonrueng is located at Moo 3, Baan Sri Boonrueng, Sri Boonrueng Sub-district, Mueang Mookdaharn District, Mukdaharn.
Opening Hours : Daily from 08.00 am. - 04.30 pm.
Contact : Tel. 0 4261 1388
Wat Sri Mongkol Tai
Location : Mueang District
Wat Sri Mongkol Tai
Wat Sri Mongkol Tai
Wat Sri Mongkol Tai is ancient temple was built in Thonburi period located on Samran Chai Khong Road of Mukdahan. Inside the temple is enshrined of Phra Chao Ong Luang, the province’s important image of the Lord Buddha. Phra Chao Ong Luang was discovered by the first lord of Mukdahan while overseeing the construction of the city. The temple was built to house the sacred 2.2 meters in length and 2 meters in height. The temple also owns another image of a steel Buddha with its top part protruding from beneath a Bodhi Tree.
Opening Hours : Daily from 08.00 am. - 04.30 pm.
Wat Phu Dan Tae
Location : Nikhom Kham Soi District
Wat Phu Dan Tae or Wat Phuttho Thamma Tharo is situated at Ban Chai Mongkhon, inside the temple there is a big Buddha statue adorned with a halo on top designed by Phra Lee Thamma Tharo which can be seen from quite a distance.

How to get there: Visitors can travel here by taking the highway no. 212, Nikhom Kham Soi District which is around 15-16 kilometers away from the city. At the 134 kilometers milestone turn right then you will see a big Buddha statue on the Chayangkul Road.
Opening Hours : Daily from 08.00 am. - 04.30 pm.
Wat Mano Phirom
Location : Wan Yai District
Wat Mano Phirom
Wat Mano Phirom
Wat Mano Phirom or Wat Ban Cha Nod is ancient temple located on the bank of the Mekong River. The temple was built by artisans from Vientiane. In 1904, a fire broke out and severely damaged the temple which renovation was completed by 1911. The architecture of Wihan is Lan Xang style adorned with a stucco gate and wooden bas-relief gable. The temple houses statues of eight Buddhas carved from black ivory and Phra-ong Saen, a sacred Buddha statue of Mukdahan.
Wat Phra Si Mahapho
Location : Wan Yai District
Wat Phra Si Mahapho is ancient temple with over 100 years old, situated in the heart of the city of Khong riverside in Ban Wan Yai, Wan Yai Sub-District. The unique thing of this temple is Sim or Ubosot was built since 1916 in the folk northeastern style with beautifully carved wooden brackets supporting the roof. The murals inside feature the Vessantara Jataka and depict Prince Damrong Rajanubhab riding a cart when he made an inspection trip in Isan. There is also a 2-storey building of French architecture used as the monk’s residence.
Wat Song Khon
Location : Wan Yai District
Wat Song Khon or Our Lady of the Martyrs of Thailand Shrine is the most beautiful and biggest Catholic Church in the South East Asia stand close to bank of Mekong River. The church won the Architectural Design Award 1996 from the Association of Siamese Architects under Royal Patronage. The church was constructed in honor of the 7 Christian Martyrs who sacrificed their lives to protect their religion. The 7 martyrs along with their ashes inside wax figures are displayed in the rear of the Church. Celebrations are held twice annually on 22 October and 16 December.

How to get there: From the heart of Mukdahan, follow the highway 212 (Nongkai-Ubon) to Nakornpanom province for around 21 kilometers. Take the right route to Baan Kam Pa Lhai for around 7.5 kilometers. Then, turn left at Whan Yai junction and go for around 5 kilometers. The church is on the right side.
Opening Hours : Daily from 08.00 am. - 04.00 pm.
Contact : Tel. 0 4232 5406
Wat Banphot Khiri (Phu Chor Ko)
Location : Nong Sung Distict
Wat Banphot Khiri (Phu Chor Ko)
Wat Banphot Khiri (Phu Chor Ko)
Wat Banphot Khiri or Wat Phu Chor Kor is located on the small hill which temple was once accommodation for Luangpu La Khemapatto, a famous monk in Vipassana meditation of Mukdahan. After Luang Pu Lha passed away, Luangta Maha Bua YannaSampanno of Wat Pa Ban Tat, Udorn Thani province with disciples discussed and agreed in the funeral ceremony and decided to build “Kham Patta Jedi Luang Pu Lha Khem Pattato” pagoda as a memorial monument. It was completed in 1999. Khem Patta Jedi is an overturned-bell-shaped pagoda with over 22 meters height. It is decorated with fine ceramic from Italy. The lower floor is a multi-purpose hall for conducting religious ceremonies. The upper floor is used as a museum to tell the story, work and eight necessities of Luang Pu Lha including the bones and the wax model so Buddhists can pay their respect to him.
Museum
Ban Kwian Muk Folk Museum
Location : Mueang District
Ban Kwian Muk Folk Museum exhibits a collection of antiques from home and abroad such as Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and China. A large part of the exhibit tells the story of Vietnamese immigration to northeast Thailand, and shows the lifestyles and relationship of the two countries. The museum was established on 5 January 1996 by Mr. Somsak Sibunruang. The Antique House is a two-storey wooden building. The upper floor is used as his living quarters while the lower floor exhibits Isan household utensils, craftsmen’s tools and animal traps.

The Cart House is the highlight of the museum. There are two cart houses. The walls of the first cart house display a photo exhibition about oxen-drawn carts, a caravan of carts on trade missions and history of the province. The exhibition is accompanied by Thai and English descriptions. Different kinds of carts are displayed in the middle of the room. Mr. Somsak said that the characteristics of carts are different depending on the locality and their function, e.g., those for sandy or hard earth. It is said that carts from Na Sa Mai Village of Yasothorn Province are the most beautiful and delicate.
Opening Hours : Daily from 09.00 am. - 06.00 pm.
Admission : Free Admission
Contact : Tel. 08 1369 8724
Market
Indochina Market
Indochina Market
Indochina Market
Location : Mueang District
Indochina Market is a big market center of Mukdahan Province, don’t miss this place if you travel to Mukdahan. The products are from every country such as Russia, China, Vietnam and Laos which the most of product are clothes, ceramics, electricity devices and consumer goods. Moreover, Indochina market there is a great viewpoint of Khong River, tourists can also see Second Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge at the west side of the river.
Opening Hours : Daily from 08.00 am. - 06.00 pm.
Natural Attractions
Hin Thoep Rocks
Location : Mueang District
Hin Thoep Rocks is one of UNSEEN in Thailand, it is the origin of natural sculpture which have been eroded by rain, water, wind and sun for 95 - 120 million years later, these rocks have been transformed to different shapes similar to jet planes, flying saucers, Chinese patterned small houses, crowns, crocodile heads, and conches. Each layer of the rocks has different durability depending on the different contents of the sandstone. The upper brown layer is more durable with lots of silica and small stones. The lower layer has a paler colour with high content of carbonate, making it less durable. The geologic condition of Hin Thoep Rocks consists of sedimentary rocks in Sao Khua formation and Phu Phan formation in Khorat group. Their geologic structural model is in Mesozoic era which comprises of mud rocks, sandstones, siltstones, and conglomerates which are around 200-meter thick.
Administered by : Phu Pha Thoep National Park
Lan Mutchalin
Location : Mueang District
Lan Mutchalin is located about 500 meters from headquarter of Phu Pha Thoep National Park. It is a vast rock plateau among the embrace of dwarf deciduous dipterocarp forest featuring bushes, with its uniqueness being the community of tiny plants such as Soi Suwanna, Yat Nam Khang, Nao Duean Ha, Dao Ruam Duang and Dusita. These tiny plants that cover the whole rock terrace it will be in full bloom during October to December of each year. From the mid of Lan Mutchalin, also there is great scenery of the Mekong River can be seen.
Administered by : Phu Pha Thoep National Park
Pha Manao
Location : Mueang District
Pha Manao is a steep cliff with has a waterfall that plunges below to feed the forest and wildlife. The name of Pha Manao came from there are a lots of wild lime tree growing in this area. The tourists can see the wide scenery of Hin Thoep Rocks and the Ganges River on the cliff top and can enjoy with the beauty of waterfall, forest, and wild animal at the mountain foot.
Administered by : Phu Pha Thoep National Park
Phu Manorom
Location : Mueang District
Phu Manorom
Phu Manorom
Phu Manorom is situated in Wat Roi Phra Bat Phu Manorom which is located about 5 kilometers from Mukdaha City. Phu Manorom offers a beautiful scenery viewpoint of Mukdahan, the Mekong River, the Second Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge, and Savannakhet Province in Lao. Phu Manorom has had the road up the hill improved, and provided a parking area and viewpoint pavilion.
Phu Tham Phra
Location : Mueang District
Phu Tham Phra is the cave where enshrined of wooden Buddha images. It has legend says that this area was once a settlement of the Khmer people. Before escaping from natural disaster, the villagers kept lots of Buddha images made from silver, alloy, gold, jade, sacred plants, and wood in the cave. Now only the wooden Buddha images remain. There is also a beautiful waterfall called “Phu Tham Phra Waterfall.”
Administered by : Phu Pha Thoep National Park
Pha Ut
Pha Ut
Pha Ut
Location : Mueang District
Pha Ut or Ut Cliff there is a stone sculpture with the shape like camel. Pha Ut has a scenic viewpoint that allows visitors to see Phu Tham Phra, Pha Phak Wan and Pha Khi Mu. Below this cliff is the vast valley blanketed with lush forest.
Administered by : Phu Pha Thoep National Park
Tham Fa Mue Daeng
Location : Mueang District
Tham Fa Mue Daeng is located in Phu Pha Thoep National Park Protection Unit 1 (Huai Sing) which is approximately 8 kilometers from the national park office. Inside the cave there are pre-historical color paintings which the archeologists assume to be more than 5,000 years old.
Administered by : Phu Pha Thoep National Park
Wang Duean Ha Waterfall
Location : Mueang District
Wang Duean Ha is a small waterfall originates from many streams that run through Lan Mutchalin. There are ponds that help absorb water to nourish plants and wild animals around there. Inside the waterfall, there are rock basin, rock valley, and large rocks. A number of tourists usually visit this place and admire the scenery.
Administered by : Phu Pha Thoep National Park
Huai Khi Lek Reservoir
Huai Khi Lek Reservoir
Huai Khi Lek Reservoir
Location : Nikhom Kham Soi District
Huai Khi Lek Reservoir is natural resource, making the area covered with trees. The damp soil creates natural food for humans and animals. It is a large lake for a habitation of freshwater animals, including shrimps, shellfish, crabs, and fish. The reservoir is also important tourist attraction with breath-taking scenery and relaxing place. As for the tourists who love ecotourism and adventure, Huai Khi Lek Reservoir in Mukdahan can be one of good choices that the tourists should not overlook.

How to get there: Huai Khi Lek Reservoir is located on the highway number 212 (Mukdahan- Loeng Nok Tha route) before the entrance to Phu Mu Forest Park, which is 2 kilometers from Nikom Kham Soi District and approximately 23 kilometers from the city center of Mukdahan Province.
Phu Mu Forest Park
Location : Nikhom Kham Soi District
Phu Mu Forest Park
Phu Mu Forest Park
Phu Mu Forest Park or the Pig Mountain is a plateau with an area of 4 square kilometers at the mountaintop. The mountain is 353 meters high above sea level and there are 3 vantage points overlooking Mukdahan at 100, 400, and 800 meters from Phu Mu Forest Park’s office.

Phu Mu is included 3 viewpoints are follows:
The first viewpoint is situated east of the park’s office. Tourists can enjoy the scenery of Phu Tham Men, Phu Mai Sang, Phu Phaeng Ma, and Huai Khi Lek Reservoir.

The second viewpoint is in the west. Tourists can see the road up to Phu Mu, Phu Noi, Phu Tio, Phu Lon, Phu Kalon, Wat Phu Dan Tae, and Phu Phan Range.

The third viewpoint is on the mountain crest in the south. Tourists can see Phu Tham Phra and Amphoe Loeng Nok Tha. A rock terrace and shady area for relaxing is available nearby.

How to get there: Take Highway 212 (Mukdahan - Loeng Nok Tha) and turn left at Km. 128-129. The park is 12 kilometers off the main road via a narrow up-hill asphalted road which is not convenient for buses.
Opening Hours : Daily from 08.00 am. - 04.30 pm.
Contact : Tel. 0 4261 9077
Administered by : Phu Sa Dok Bua National Park
Pha Makluea
Location : Don Tan District
Pha Makluea is the rock terrace under the tree’s shade and cliff offers a beautiful scenery viewpoint and rest area. Pha Makluea is located not far from Phu Pha Taem.
Administered by : Phu Sa Dok Bua National Park
Phu Pha Hom
Location : Don Tan District
Phu Pha Hom is a great place to see sunset with high 386 meters above sea level. The tourists will trekking to Phu Pha Hom about 2.30 hours or 4 kilometers from Ban Phu Pha Hom. The picturesque viewpoint of Phu Pha Taem Range offers a panoramic view to the west. Turning around, tourists will see numerous mountains such as Phu Mu, Phu Phaeng Ma, Phu Mai Sang, Phu Song and Phu Akkharachat.
Administered by : Phu Sa Dok Bua National Park
Phu Pha Taem
Location : Don Tan District
Phu Pha Taem
Phu Pha Taem
Phu Pha Taem is a cliff looks like a cave with a 60-metre-long sliding rock. The interesting thing in Phu Pha Taem is 98 paintings of hands and symbols from the prehistorical period with are some 3-5 meters high from the ground. It may be created in the same era as Tham Fa Mue Daeng in Pha Taem National Park, Khong Chiam District, Ubon Ratchathani province.
Administered by : Phu Sa Dok Bua National Park
Phu Sa Dok Bua
Location : Don Tan District
The highlight of Phu Sa Dok Bua is the pools are fascinating as they have lots of lotus of a small size, therefore the mountain is called Phu Sa Dok Bua. The mountains high 423 meter above sea level, at the top of mountain there are 11 rock pools which are about 2 - 3 meters wide and have the water all year round. According to the locals, these lotuses have grown wild there since a long time ago. Tourists will have to trek for one day to get there.
Administered by : Phu Sa Dok Bua National Park
Phu Wat
Location : Don Tan District
Phu Wat is a middle mountain with high 367 meters above sea level. It is located in the north of Phu Pha Taem about 500 meters. In the past, this area was used for religious rites. There is the vast rock terrace covered with beautiful of various kinds of flowers such as En A, Kradum Ngoen, and Dusita which the best time to visit in Phu Wat is the late rainy season.
Administered by : Phu Sa Dok Bua National Park
Stone Age Shells
Location : Don Tan District
Stone Age Shells occurred from the alternating mountain and valley has a geological change since the ancient time resulting the land to change into different kinds. There are also lots of fossils that show the development of the world and the human being which is very important to the geology studies and history. Some locations are worth seeing such as “Hoi Samai Hin”. Hoi Samai Hin is an important geological site in Thailand. It was discovered by the geologist at Kok Hin Daeng, Baan Na Yor, Lao Mhee Sub-district. Hoi Samai Hin is a conch buried into the soil for around 40 feet. There is also limestone for around 1 foot. After doing research on the conch, it can be referred that the earth crust in that area is more than 27 million years of age. The Hoi Samai Hin was the third location found in the world. It shows the history of this area and is suitable for those who are interested in geology.

How to get there: Take the highway 2034 and turn left at the 17th - 18th kilometer milestone at the Ban Na Pho entrance.
Phu Pha San
Location : Khamcha-i District
Phu Pha San is the newest attraction in Mukdaharn was opened in 2007. It is located in Ban Mad, Ban Lao Sub-district. Phu Pha San is highest mountain in Mukdaharn which has high 617 meters above sea levels offer with the great view of Mukdaharn City.

How to get there: Phu Pha San is located about 10 kilometers from Khamcha-I district and about 42 kilometers from Mukdaharn City.
Kaeng Kabao
Location : Wan Yai District
Kaeng Kabao is big rapids which situated parallels the Mekong River with a large rock terrace. During the dry season, islands and beaches emerge from the Mekong River, creating a marvelous scenic beauty. It is a great place for local people to spend their time relaxing, picnic spot, swimming and there is local restaurant for serve tourists.

How to get there: Kaeng Krabao is situated 29 kilometers from Mukdahan, taking Highway no. 212 from Mukdahan for 20 kilometers and turning into Wan Yai and proceeding for another 9 kilometers north of the district office.
Tad Ton Waterfall
Location : Non Sung District
Tad Ton Waterfall
Tad Ton Waterfall
Tad Ton Waterfall is a largest waterfall in Mukdahan with 7 meters high and 30 meters width and there is waterfall round year. There is a big pool for swimming and relaxing with the family and friend. The best time to visit is during October to February. Around waterfall there are many restaurants and souvenir shop.

How to get there: Tad Ton Waterfall is located 67 kilometers from Mukdahan City and situated on the west of Nong Sung District about 3 kilometers. Take Highway No. 2042 Mukdahan - Kuchinarai Road, waterfall is located between the 67-68 km markers and then turn right about 400 meters to reach waterfall.
Other Attractions
5 Junction Vietnamese Communities
Location : Mueang District
5 Junction Vietnamese Communities have many Vietnamese restaurants with great taste especially Vietnamese food is so popula menu here. This place is also popular morning market which is located on Phithak Santirat Road of Mukdahan. If the tourists have any chance to visit this place, they will get to taste the local food such as rice paste, paste of rice flour, boiled rice, white pork sausage and etc. Another popular menu is the fried egg especially when ordered together with coffee in the morning. This is a perfect menu to fulfill your early morning. Normally, the people here used to eat breakfast at the restaurants around here to absorb the atmosphere in the mornings. The tourists should come early morning before all the menus are sold out.
Mukdahan Tower
Location : Mueang District
Mukdahan Tower
Mukdahan Tower
Mukdahan Tower is the landmark and don’t miss if you travel to Mukdahan Province. The formal name is Ho Kaeo Mukdahan Chaloem Phra Kiat Kanchanaphisek was built to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of His Majesty’s Accession to the Throne. The tower is an observation tower standing tall at 65 meters high including 2 floors at its base. By the first floor are exhibition of local tools and utensils used in daily life. The second floor is a museum that features the history of Mukdahan, antiques, old photographs, and traditional attire of the 8 ethnic minorities in the province. On the top of the tower or the sixth floor is the observation deck that allows visitors to enjoy a panoramic view of the city, the Mekong River and Lao. Moreover there is a Buddha image “Phra Nawa Ming Mongkhon Mukdahan” and 7 Buddha statues in 7 different attitudes for each day of the week.

How to get there: Mukdahan Tower or the observation tower is situated 2 kilometers on Mukdahan-Don Tan route.
Opening Hours : Daily from 08.00 am. - 06.00 pm.
Admission : 20 Baht (Price are subject to change)
Contact : Tel. 0 4387 3480
The second Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge
The second Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge
The second Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge
Location : Mueang District
This is important bridge to connect between Thailand and Lao. The Second Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge was constructed in 2003 and completed in 2006 for across Mekong River liking Mueang District, Mukdahan to Savannakhet Province, Lao. A passport will be needed for foreigners to cross the border. A trip to Savannakhet can be made either by a personal car or regular bus, which leaves the bus terminal on an hourly basis during 08.15 am. - 05.00 pm.
Bronze Kettledrum
Location : Don Tan District
Bronze Kettledrum is ancient drum probably more than 3,000 years old, was found in 1983 at the eroded bank of the Mekong River at Ban Na Tham which was previously kept at Wat Woen Chai Mongkhonnow but now it keep at Wat Matchimawat. The one-sided bronze kettledrum is 86 centimeters in diameter and 90 centimeters long. The drum face’s features a relief of the sun with 14 rays in the centre and 4 frogs at 4 directional points around the edge.
Ban Phu Village
Location : Nong Sung District
Ban Phu Village is an old village of the Phu Thai people that evacuated from the left bank of Mekong River in 1844 and settled down here for more than 130 years. The first leader of this village is Chao Supo Sombat. Since this village is located between the valleys, it was named Baan Loop Phu and nowadays it is called “Baan Phu”. Most of the people here are Phu Thai people which have a unique culture such as music, language and tradition. The tourists can join the Rocket Festival and experience a homestay with the villagers here. Moreover, the tourists can learn all the preserved cultures of this village via living with a homestay. Around the village is surrounded by mountains and beautiful nature that gives clean fresh air. There are roads to access this village and all the facilities are ready.

How to get there: Baan Phu Village is about 7 kilometers from Nong Sung District which is approximately 57 kilometers from the center of Mukdahan. Follow the highway 2370 (Nong Sung - Nikhom Kham Soi) from Nikhom Kham Soi for around 29 kilometers.