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.
image located amidst
in term of long leg bowl containing constitution book and flower
» Phu Phalan Chai
featuring an imitating zoo and artificial waterfall.
» Health corner
where people can come for exercise.
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.
06:00 am. - 05:00 pm.
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.
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.
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 Museum
Pleonjit Road, Naimuang Subdistrict,
Muang District Roi Et Province 45000 Tel. 043 514 456
: Museum tour and bookshop
: 09.00 am. - 04.00 pm. Wednesday - Sunday
: 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.
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
Location: Amphoe Kaset Wisai
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.
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.
Daily from 08.30 am. - 04.30 pm.
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
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
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.