Roi Et town
is built around a large artificial lake,Bung Phlan
Chai,where a large,walking Buddha stands on a small island in its centre.
Tall Buddhas are popular in Roi Et as Wat Buraphaphiram features a 68-metres
walking Buddha,with a staircase that enables visitors to climb to knee-high level.
Sixty kilometres outside of town, Ku Kasing is a large Khmer
sanctuary dating from the 11 th century,and under restoration.
Handicrafts are the province's main product,particularly
the Isan khaen, a kind of panpipe made from wood and reeds.
These are best made in the small village of Si Kaew.
Thanon Phadung Phanit is a good place to buy silk and cotton fabric.
» North : Kalasin and Mukdahan
» South : Surin and Sisaket
» East : Yasothon
» West : Maha Sarakham
Distances from Roi-Et city to :
| Nearby Provinces:
|- Maha Sarakham
|- At Samat
|- Chaturaphak Phiman
|- Kaset Wisai
|- Muang Suang
|- Nong Phok
|- Pathum Rat
|- Phanom Phrai
|- Pho Chai
|- Phon Tong
|- Phon Sai
|- Si Somdet
|- King Amphoe Chiang Khuan
|- King Amphoe Nong Hee
|- King Amphoe Tungkao Luang
The history of Muang Roi Et started around late Ayutthaya period, i.e., a king
of Laos with his people migrated from Champasak City to settle down in the
area which is currently Amphoe Suwanna Phum. Later, during the reign of
King Taksin of Thon Buri era Muang Roi Et was moved to the present site
while Muang Suwannaphum is still located at its original location till now.
In addition to historical evidences, there have been findings of archaeological
evidences showing that the area used to be the habitat of pre-historic people.
It was also under the influence of ancient Khmer kingdom due to several
findings of Khmer style archaeological sites as Ku Phra Kona, Amphoe Suwannaphum;
Ku Kasing, Amphoe Kaset Wisai; Prang Ku, Amphoe Thawatchaburi; etc.
Bangkok-Roi Et buses depart from Mochit 2 Bus Terminal every day. Contact
Transport Co.Ltd at Tel: 0 2936 2852-66 or visit www.transport.co.th for more information.
There is no direct train running to Roi Et. Visitors can take a train to Khon Kaen,
then continue the trip by bus to Roi Et. Call 1690, 0 2223 7010-20 for more information.
Traveling by plane:
Nok Air has a flights into and out of Roi Et from Bangkok’s Don Mueang
Airport, which Roi Et Airport is about 18 km. from the
city. A shuttle bus from the airport to the city is available.
Bun Khao Chi Festival
This fair takes place at Amphoe Pho Chai, Roi Et. First held in the year 1993 and aimed to conduct every year during the 2nd weekend of February.
Kin Khao Pun Bun Phawet
This fair was first held in 1991 and will
be conducted every year on the first Saturday-Sunday of March. The fair
takes place in Somdet Phra Si Nakharin Park and Phalanchai lake. 13 processions
of Phawet, according to the number of Maha Chat Preaching episodes, are
the main feature of the tradition. The processions will be arranged and
decorated by the amphoes and other agencies. After arrival at the ceremonial
place they will listen to the preaching sermon of the 13 episodes of the
Maha Chat. In this affair, the province will prepare Khao Pun (Khanom Chin....small
rice flour noodle) for all participants and visitors at no cost.
Buddhist Lent Candle Procession
This festival takes place on Asalha Puja
Day of every year in the area of Somdet Phra Si Nakharin Park. The main
feature is to carry the decorated Buddhist Lent Candle in terms of a procession
from each community, accompanied by beautiful ladies, to display around
town, and finally to be gathered at the 4-Gabled Pavilion in Somdet Phra
Si Nakharin Park for the contest of both the decorated candle and the procession.
Bun Bang Fai Featival
There are such old fashioned rocket festivals in several Amphoes of
the province during May-June expressing the local tradition and culture.
Especially, at Amphoe Phanam Phrai and Amphoe Suwannaphum the processions
are as great as what they perform at the provincial level thus causing
a huge number of audiences both from their own province and
from the neighboring provinces to view the activity.