Roi Et Attractions, Attractions in Roi Et, what to do in Roi Et, Roi Et Sightseeing

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Phalanchai Lake The lake, situated in the heart of Roi Et township, is regarded the symbol of the province. It features an island amidst a large size lake occupying an approximate area of 200,000 square metres. Being a relaxation place, it is decorated with a large flowers garden of various species of trees giving shady area to the place. There are several kinds of fish in the lake and boats for people to row are available. In addition, various festivals within the area of Phalan Chai Lake are :
  » City Pillar Shrine  which is highly revered by Roi Et people.
  » Large Walking Buddha image located amidst the garden.
  » Pedestal in term of long leg bowl containing constitution book and flower clock.
  » Phu Phalan Chai featuring an imitating zoo and artificial waterfall.
  » Health corner where people can come for exercise.
  » Children's playground. It is located at the centre of the Sai Nam Phueng Roundabout near the Roi Et College of Dramatic Arts. Phra Khattiyawongsa (Thon) was the son of Thao Chan Kaeo. He was appointed to be the first ruler of Roi Et in 1775 during the reign of King Taksin the Great. He was the leader in setting up this city, by migrating people from Mueang Thong to settle at Mueang Kum Rang or Mueang Roi Et. He was considered a great ruler as he could restore the city until Roi Et became one of the most prosperous cities in the region. Location: Nong Phok District
Phra Maha Chedi Chai Mongkol is located on the grounds of the Wat Pha Namthip Thep Prasit Vararam, a temple complex in Roi Et province in rural North Eastern Thailand. This huge chedi is 101 meters long, 101 meters wide and 101 meters high and was built on a plot measuring 101 Rai, which is about 40 acres. The number 101 comes from the name of the province it is located in, namely Roi Et, which means 101 in Thai.

The chedi, which is also known as Phra Maha Chedi Chai Mongkhon is highly revered in Roi Et province, since relics of the Buddha are contained in the top of the pagoda. The fairly new chedi was designed by the Department of Fine Arts, and was built to serve as a center of learning for Buddhist monks. The very elegantly shaped chedi is painted in white color and very elaborately decorated in golden colored artwork in modern style. Surrounding the chedi are eight smaller pagodas. The finial on top of the chedi is made of 60 kilos of pure gold.

How to get there: The Phra Maha Chedi Chai Mongkol is located in Nong Phok district, some 80 kilometers from Roi Et town. Getting to the chedi by public transportation from Roi Et town could be a hassle, by far the most convenient and comfortable option is to hire an air conditioned car with driver to take you there. Most hotels will be able to arrange one for you. Agree on the price before leaving.
Opening Hours: 06:00 am. - 05:00 pm.
Admission: 20 Baht per person (Price are subject to change)
Sim Wat Traiphum Khanachan
It is situated at Ban Tak Daet, Tambon Hua Thon. The architectural structure suggests that it is a traditional small ‘Sim’ – local dialect for Ubosot - of the Northeast with a low boundary wall. Its gable and ‘Rang Phueng’ – decoration underneath the lower tie beam – are elaborately carved. The Sim houses murals illustrating Buddhist stories. It is assumed that it dates back to around the Ayutthaya or early Rattanakosin period. Outside the Sim is situated an Isan-style Buddha image which was moved from Wat Tai Wilai Tham (same district). Sim Wat Traiphum Khanachan was renovated by the Fine Arts Department in 1998 and awarded for outstanding architecture by the Association of Siamese Architects under Royal Patronage in the year 1998. To get there: From Mueang district, take Highway No. 214 to Highway No. 215 until reaching Suwannaphum district, then turn left and continue for 5 km. Wat Buraphaphiram It is located in Roi Et city. The third-class royal temple was formerly known as Wat Hua Ro and was later renamed as Wat Buraphaphiram. There is the tallest standing Buddha image in Thailand known as Phra Phuttha Rattanamongkhon Mahamuni or Luangpho Yai, which was built with reinforced concrete in the blessing attitude. The Buddha image is 59.2 metres tall and if the base is included, it would be 67.85 metres tall. There is a museum at the base. Luangpho Yai is highly-revered by the people of Roi Et. It is located on Charoen Phanit Road. The old temple is believed to have existed before the establishment of Roi Et. The Ubosot was built during the late Ayutthaya period. In the past, it was used for the Oath of Allegiance Ceremony. At present, it is a venue for dharma practice and is known as Sunthon Thamma Pariyat School. The Ubosot houses beautiful murals depicting the life of the Lord Buddha. For more details, call Tel. 0 4351 2400. Wat Sa Thong It is located in the city on Hai Sok Road. The temple houses Luangpho Phra Sangkatchai (Kaccayana), a sacred Buddha image highly revered by the people of Roi Et. It is not known when it was built. In 1782, Phraya Khattiyawongsa (Thon), the first founder of Roi Et, discovered this image and relocated it to Wat Sa Thong to be the image of the city. In the past, all civil servants had to make a promise before the image that they would be honest in their work.
Mueang Roi Et Municipality Aquarium
It is located near Bueng Phalan Chai. One of its twin buildings comprises an auditorium, lecture room, exhibition room, office, a ticket booth and a souvenir shop. The next building features an aquarium comprising 24 small tanks and one 8 x 16 metre tank with a capacity of 400 cubic metres of fresh water and a ‘bio filter’ system, which shows fresh water fish. The highlight of the exhibition is the underwater tunnel through which one can view the movements of the marine animals from any direction. The aquarium is open everyday (except Mondays, Tuesdays and public holidays) from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Located on Phloen Chit Road, near the city hall. It was initially established by Dr. Ko Sawatdiphanit with an aim to showcase local silk textiles and handicrafts of Roi Et. It was later renovated when the Fine Arts Department had the policy to set up a national museum. Today, it showcases the province’s geography, natural resources, archaeology, history, way of life and local hand-woven silk products.

Roi Et National MuseumRoi Et National Museum
Pleonjit Road, Naimuang Subdistrict, Muang District Roi Et Province 45000 Tel. 043 514 456
Services  : Museum tour and bookshop
Open : 09.00 am. - 04.00 pm. Wednesday - Sunday
Closed : Monday, Tuesday and National Holidays
Admission Fee: 30 Baht where villagers earn their living by making silk cloth under a cooperative set up for joint marketing.  The products from this village have won several awards for their quality.  The village is on Highway 23, around the 145 km. market.
Roi Et Somdet Phra Srinakharin Park
It is a public park in the heart of the city, located in front of the city hall. The park was founded in 1986 on an area of 225 rai. It is decorated with a variety of flowers and shady trees. The highlight is the fountain in the middle of the park and a clock tower. There is also a public library. The park is used as a venue for various cultural occasions and events of the province. It is located at Ban Yang Ku, Tambon Ma-ue. Prang Ku is a complex of buildings with a plan that resembles the Khmer nursing home known as ‘Arogayasala’. It comprises the main prang, a library, wall and entrance pavilions, and a pond outside of the wall. The ruins are in good condition, especially the roof structure of the main prang which still maintains its three tiers and the lotus base of the pinnacle. Other ruins of the temple have been restored and are located in a shady environment.

Apart from this, to the southeast inside of the front wall, there are many more archaeological finds being kept such as a sandstone lintel depicting a personage sitting on an elephant’s or bull’s back in a niche above the Kala face. The abbot of Wat Si Rattanaram where Prang Ku is located said the lintel belonged to the front porch of the main prang. There are also 2 fragments of colonnette; one with a hermit at the base, a large Siva Lingam with its receptacle – Yoni - and a fragment of the pinnacle’s lotus base, which was adapted to be the base of a stucco image of Phra Sangkatchai. Prang Ku was built during the 12th – 13th Century A.D. lies in the heart of Muang Roi Et.  The place features an island amid a large freshwater lake.  On the island are large trees and other decorative plants.  The lake is home to many kinds of fish.  Boats are available on have here. Location: Amphoe Kaset Wisai
Ku Kasing It is situated in Wat Burapha Ku Ka Sing, Tambon Ku Ka Sing. It is another huge temple with Khmer-style architecture, comprising three prangs on the same laterite base, and rectangular library buildings in front. All of them are surrounded by a wall, with entrance pavilions known as Gopura at the four directions. Outside is a U-shaped moat surrounding the wall.

The three prangs of the main building are situated on a single base in the north – south direction. They have a square shape, facing east. The central prang is larger than the other two prangs. It has a long antechamber with three entrances at the front and on the two sides. The base of the prang was made of sandstone and carved in various rows and strips of motifs such as lotus petals and the flame-like ‘kanok’ motifs. Inside the inner chamber of the central prang, there is a Siva Lingam, which represents the Supreme God Siva and fertility, according to the beliefs in the Sivaite Sect of Hinduism. Several lintels were also found here. One piece depicts the God Indra on his mount – the Erawan or Airavata elephant – in a stylized arch above the Kala face whose hands hold the garland. There is also a gable depicting the God Indra sitting on his mount, Erawan elephant, amidst the ‘kan khot’ or scroll motif. The other two prangs have the same size and common features, having a sandstone base and brick wall with a single front entrance. There are pedestals of sculptures inside. Considering the art style, architectural plan, as well as archaeological evidence, they show that Ku Ka Sing followed the pattern of the Baphoun style of Khmer art, which is dated around 1017 – 1087 A.D. It was meant to be a shrine dedicated to Siva, one of the supreme gods in Hinduism. Ku Phra Kona Location: Amphoe Suwannaphum
Ku Phra Ko Na is comprised of 3 brick prangs built on sandstone base, lining from north to south and facing east. The wall and gates at all 4 sides was also built with sandstone.

The central prang was renovated in 1874 by plastering and making the roof into tiers. Each tier has niches of Buddha images in four directions. The front of the central prang was a ‘wihan’ of the Buddha’s footprint, decorated with the original six-headed Naga. The northern prang was covered with a ‘sala’ building providing shelter for a gable depicting the Ramayana. The lintel carving representing the reclining Vishnu remains in situ above the front entrance. The lintel of the western false door was laid on the floor; it depicts the God Vishnu on his mount Garuda. The southern prang still has lintels above the false doors.

It is assumed that Ku Phra Kona formerly had a Naga bridge and causeway lined with boundary stones on both sides from the front entrance pavilion (Gopura) to the lake (Baray), which was located about 300 metres away. All sculptural features suggest that Ku Phra Kona probably dates from the Baphoun period, or the 11th century.

Opening Hours: Daily from 08.30 am. - 04.30 pm.
Admission: Free
How to get there: Take Highway No.215, pass Amphoe Mueang Suang, Amphoe Suwannaphum and then to Highway No.214, continue for 12 km. Ku Phra Ko Na is on the left. Location: Amphoe Selaphum
Situated in Tambon Bueng Klua, it is a large lake covering a total area of 7,500 rai, with water all year round. There is a vast white sandy beach on the bank, lined up with raft restaurants. It is one of the favourite spots for tourists who come for relaxation and water sports. Location: Amphoe Phon Thong
This cape, being a relaxation spot, is located in the east of Phon Thong Lake which is a large reservoir occupying an approximate area of 20 Rai. It is located approximately two kilometres east of Amphoe Phon Thong Office (Phon Thong-Nong Phok Road). Location: Amphoe Nong Phok
It is the regional literature botanical garden of the Northeast situated in Dong Ma-i National Forest Reserve, Tambon Pha Nam Yoi, about 86 km. from the city. It covers a total area of about 1,000 rai, featuring plants mentioned in Thai literature such as the Vessantara Jataka, Khun Chang - Khun Phaen, Lilit Phra Lo, Lilit Taleng Phai, Buddha’s history, etc. There is also an herb garden. The entire garden has a lively atmosphere. Location: Amphoe Nong Phok
Pha Nam Yoi AboretumThe park is located in the northeast of Amphoe Nong Phok township. One can take a bus along Roi Et-Amphoe Phon Tong-Amphoe Nong Phok Road totaling a distance of 62 kilometres from Roi Et township. Pha Nam Yoi is a large stone cliff having running water and small springs coming out from the cliff all year round. Its location is on Phu Khao Khieo, Ban Khok Klang, Tambon Khok Sawang having an approximate forest area of 20,000 rai surrounding the cliff. There are various kinds of hard wood in the forest which is regarded a valuable and exquisite one. It is also the habitat of several kinds of animals such as wild boar, barking deer, deer, wild cock and hen. There is a monastery built on this hill occupying an area of 2,500 rai. There is a very large multi purpose pavilion (Sala kan prian) on the hill shelf having the width of 40 metres and the length of 80 metres. The name of this monastery is "Wat Pha Nam Thip Thep Prasit Wanaram". Phra Achan Si Mahawiro, a follower of Phra Achan Man Phurithatto arranged to have it built. In addition, there is a special construction of a pagoda named "Phra Maha Chedi Chaimongkon" which is the biggest pagoda is Thailand having a width of 101 metres, a height of 101 metres and it was in the area of 101 rai. Location: Amphoe Nong Phok
This land used to be an expansive, dry, harsh place in the middle of the region. It covers 5 provinces which are Roi Et, Surin, Buri Ram, Yasothon, and Maha Sarakham. One-third of the area is in Roi Et. There is a legend that says the Kula people were traders in ancient times who were also great fighters with excellent stamina. However, they cried when they got to Thung Kula Rong Hai because it was such a desolate place without water and big trees. Nowadays the area is fertile due to the efforts of the government to develop it and is suitable for agriculture. The development centre is 6 kilometres from the district office, a bit past Ku Phra Ko Na.
Tham Pha Nam Thip Non-hunting Area
It covers a total area of approximately 151,242 rai, comprising steep and complex undulating sandstone mountains with abundant dry evergreen forest, deciduous forest, and deciduous dipterocarp forest. Fauna found in this area include boars, barking deer, foxes, monkeys, squirrels, etc. The interesting sight-seeing spot is Pha Phu Thai, which is the best point to view the sunrise; and Pha Mok Mi Wai is the best spot to view the sunset. There are also two nature trails of about 2 km. and 3 km. which tourists can trek by themselves. The park provides accommodation and camping areas for those who want to stay overnight. Reservations should be made in advance to the Head of the Northeastern Literature Botanical Garden, Pha Nam Thip Non-hunting Area, P.O. Box 1, Tambon Bueng Ngam, Amphoe Nong Phok, Roi Et 45210.