North-East (Isan) Attractions, Attractions in North-East (Isan), what to do in North-East (Isan)

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Natural Attractions in Northeast
Tung Dok Krajeaw (Siam Tulip)Tung Dok Krajeaw
Location: Pa Hin Ngam National Park, Amphoe Thep Sathit, Chaiyaphum
Siam Tulip, known as Dok Kra Jeaw in Thai, is seasonal flower that blooms at the beginning of rainy season, from June to August. More than 1,000 acres of Lan Hin Ngam to Sud Paen Din Viewpoint is covered with these pink and white flowers. Apart from the flowers, the same area also has beautiful and unique shapes of rocks as its name suggests; Lan Hin Ngam or beautiful rock field covering more than 10 rai. The rock formations were eroded by the sun, wind and rain over thousands of years. There is also a cliff of 846 metres above sea level with a panoramic view of valleys and rivers.

How to get there: Take Highway No.205 from Nakhon Ratchasima, head towards north, pass Amphoe Non Thai, Ban Nong Bua Khok, Ban Kham Ping and Amphoe Thep Sathit, until reaching an intersection and turn right onto Highway No. 2354 and continue for 17 km. Turn left to an asphalt road for 13 km. The national park office is located on the left.
Lan Hin Ngam
Lan Hin Ngam Location: Pa Hin Ngam National Park, Amphoe Thep Sathit, Chaiyaphum
The strange-looking rock formations, the sculptures that were created by the forces of nature, stand elegantly in the garden within 10-rai Pa Hin Ngam National Park. The rain and wind that had eroded the soil and rock that were loose on the surface over times and created such beautiful formations. The rock garden is situated in the west side of the National Park and can be accessed by car.

How to get there:
Take Highway No.205 from Nakhon Ratchasima towards the north. Follow the road which heads towards northwest and west for approximately 110 km, turn right onto Highway No.2354 and continue for about 20 km then take the road on the left for 14 km to the National Park Office.
Hin Chang Si, View Point
Location: Nam Phong National Park, Amphoe Nong Ruea, Khon Kaen Hin Chang Si, View Point
Hin Chang Si viewpoint is located in the ridge of Soaktae Forest Mountain in the north of Nam Phong National Park Office. It is the point that visitors can witness spectacular sunrise and sunset. On the viewpoint, there is a huge rock ground with a skull-like rock located solely on the top. From the viewpoint, a panoramic view of verdant forest and Ubonrat Dam in the west can be seen in a far distance with Phu Viang and Phu Kao Mountain Range as a backdrop. In particular, during the winter time, the mists and fogs floating above the surface of the water provide a scenic vista. The geometric paintings from prehistoric period are found in this area.

How to get there:
Take Highway No.12 from Khon Kaen town centre then turn right at km 30 marker and continue for 19 km. The National Park Office is located on the hill on the right. The total distance is 49 km. Once there, the viewpoint can be reached on foot. It takes approximately 3 hours to walk along the ridge of the mountain. Alternatively, you can reach the viewpoint from the other side of the National Park Office by driving to Ban Kham Ya Daeng and walking for about 10 minutes.
Pa Ya Nakarach Cave Pa Ya Nakarach Cave
Location: Phu Pha Man National Park, Amphoe Chumpae, Khon Kaen
Pha Ya Nakarach Cave is the most beautiful cave in Phu Pha Man National Park. The cave is pit dark and divided into different rooms. Each impresses visitors with glittering stalagmites and stalactites in particular in the big hall which has a curtain of stalactites hanging and expanding horizontally on the high ceiling.

How to get there:
Take Highway No.201, turn left at km 112 -113 marker and continue for 5 km to the National Park Office.
Si Kotra Boon Beach
Location: Amphoe Muaeng, Nakhon Phanom
Si Kotra Boon Beach (catergorised under ‘Unseen Thailand’). Isan is a land locked region but one of the amazing natural wonders that it has is a sand beach. The site only appears during summer from February to May. This fresh water sand beach protrudes into the middle of Mekong River. The sunrise here is not to be missed and the most beautiful moment lasts until 09.00 am. The sand beach lies opposite Kham Muan Sub-district Office of Laos.

How to get there: From Bangkok, take Highway No.2 to Khon Kaen, continue to Highway No.209, 213 and 22, pass Kalasin, Sakon Nakhon to Nakhon Phanom.
Haew Narok Waterfall
Haew Narok Waterfall Location: Khao Yai National Park, Amphoe Pak Chong, Nakhon Ratchasima
Haew Narok Waterfall is the biggest waterfall in Khao Yai National Park. 3 cascades gush down in 90 degree angle. The top tier is 60 metres and flows down to second floor, third floor and to the ravine down below. The total height is more than 150 metres. The waterfall has rapid stream and high volume of water during rainy season.

How to get there: Take Highway No.2 (Mitraphab Road) from Saraburi town centre and head to Nakhon Ratchasima at km 144 marker. The distance is around 37.7 km. Take the most right lanes to make a u-turn then go straight and turn left. Go straight until seeing the National Park ticket office at the entrance of the park.
Haew Suwat Waterfall
Haew Suwat Waterfall Location: Khao Yai National Park, Amphoe Pak Chong, Nakhon Ratchasima
Haew Suwat Waterfall originates from Huay Lam Takhong, flowing from high cliff of 25 metres to a basin underneath. During the dry season, when the water is low, visitors can walk to a small cave below the cliff of the waterfall.

How to get there: Take Highway No.2 (Mitraphab Road) from Saraburi town centre and head to Nakhon Ratchasima at km 144 marker. The distance is around 37.7 km. Take the most right lanes to make a u-turn then go straight and turn left. Go straight until seeing the National Park ticket office at the entrance of the park. The waterfall is situated at the end of Thanarat Road in Khao Yai National Park and approximately 10 km from the National Park Office.
Nong Han Lake
Nong Han Lake Location: Amphoe Mueang, Sakon Nakhon
A large freshwater lake covers an area of 123 sq km. It receives the flows of many streams in the area and is also the watershed of Lam Nam Kam which flows to Mekong River in Nakhon Phanom. The lake is the water source for plantation, livestock and fishery which are the main occupations of the Nong Han residents.

There are more than 20 big and small islands in the lake such as Koh Don Sawan, the biggest island, where a deserted temple is located. There are big trees which many species of birds make their home. Some islands have salas or Thai-style gazebos such as Koh Kaew, Koh Don Sakham and Koh Don Sathung, a home to algae that looks beautifully golden colour when the sun shines upon. There is also a big park called Somdej Phra Srinakarin or Suan Phang Thong, decorated with many plants.

How to get there: Take Highway No.2 to Saraburi via Nakhon Ratchasima, Amphoe Ban Phai of Khon Kaen to Ban Tha Phra. Then take Highway No.23 via Maha Sarakham and Kalasin then Highway No.213 to Sakon Nakhon.
Sam Phan Bok
Sam Phan Bok Location: Amphoe Pho Sai, Ubon Ratchathani
Sam Phan Bok is a group rock under Mekong River, which appears only after the flood season. Sam Phan Bok means 3,000 holes which were created by the force of nature in different shapes and sizes. It makes Sam Phan Bok a grand canyon of Thailand. The scene is stunning, mystic and fantastic for photography opportunity. The best time to visit is during January to May.

How to get there: take Highway No.2050 from Ubon Ratchathani town centre which heads towards northeast, pass Amphoe Trakan Phutphon untl reaching Amphoe Pho Sai. The distance is approximately 110 km.
Phu Foi Lom
Phu Foi Lom Location: Amphoe Nong Saeng, Udon Thani
Phu Foi Lom lies on the Phu Phan Noi Mountain with the height of 600 metres above sea level. The name derives from a species of lichen which was found on the branches of big trees. But at present, there are much less than before due to the deforestation and it has been set up as ecotourism for nature conservation. It is comprised of honourary plants commemorating 60th anniversary of Majesty the Queen as well as prehistoric park including dinosaur sculpture, fossil museum as well as study forest trail of mixed deciduous forest, dry evergreen forest, dry dipterocarp forest with savanna, small waterfalls and caves.

How to get there: Take Khon Kaen - Udon Thani Road, pass Amphoe Non Sa-ard, turn left at the intersection at Ban Huay Kerng to Phu Foi Lom. It is located approximately 35 km from Udon Thani town centre.