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

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Roi Et Attractions

Historical Sites
Prang Ku or Prasat Nong Ku
Location : Thawat Buri District
Prang Ku or Prasat Nong Ku
Prang Ku or Prasat Nong Ku
Prang Ku or Prasat Nong Ku is a stone castle was built from limestone and sandstone. Prang Ku is a complex of Khmer-style religious ruins that once been as a hospice and medical facility originating from the 12th-13th century. 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 with a lotus decoration at its pinnacle. Other ruins of the temple have been restored and are located in a shady environment.

South of the front-facing wall, many more archaeological discoveries can be enjoyed, such as a sandstone lintel depicting a figure sitting on an elephant’s or bull’s back in a niche. Two stone fragments, one with carvings of a hermit and the other with fertility carvings, were adapted to be the base of a stucco statue of a monk, Phra Sangkatchai.

How to get there: Prang Ku is located at Ban Yang Ku, Ma-ue Sub-district. From Roi Et town take Highway No. 23 (Roi Et - Yasothon) for 10 kilometers until Thawat Buri District is reached. Turn left for 6 kilometers to Prang Ku. Or take Highway No. 2044 (Roi Et - Phon Thong) for 8 kilometers, then turn right for just about 1 kilometer to Prang Ku.
Ku Ka Sing
Location : Kaset Wisai District
Ku Ka Sing
Ku Ka Sing
Ku Ka Sing is a rock castle in Khmer style architecture which comprising three prangs on the same laterite base and rectangular library buildings in front. It is believed the site was dedicated to the worship of Hindu god Shiva. Nowadays Ku Ka Sing is situated at Wat Burapha Ku Ka Sing in Ku Ka Sing Sub-district. The ruins 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 central Prang is larger than the other two prangs. It has a long antechamber with three entrances at the front and at two sides. The base of the Prang is made of sandstone and carved with lotus petals and the flame-like Kanok figures. Inside the inner chamber of the central prang, there is a Shiva Lingam, which represents the Supreme God Shiva and fertility, according to the beliefs of a Shiva-worshippingsect of Hinduism. One of the lintels found at the ancient site 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.

How to get there: There are two routes to get there. Follow the Roi Et - Kaset Wisai route or Highway No. 214 for 47 kilometers and continue on the Kaset Wisai - Suwannaphumi route for 10 kilometers. Turn right to Ku Ka Sing for 10 kilometers. Alternatively, take the Roi Et - Suwannaphum - Surin route (Highway No. 215) and continue onto Highway 214 for 60 kilometers until reaching a temple named Wat Ku Phra Kona. Opposite the temple is a route to Ku Ka Sing, which is about 18 kilometers further.
Ku Phra Ko Na
Location : Suwannaphum District
Ku Phra Ko Na is a middle archaeological site in Khmer style which included 3 prangs made from brick and 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. 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 meters away. All sculptural features suggest that Ku Phra Kona probably dates from the Baphoun period, or the 11th century.

The middle prang was built by plastering and making into tiers which of each tier has niches of Buddha images in four directions. In front of the middle prang was a ‘Wihan’ or house of the Buddha’s footprint, decorated with the 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.
Monuments
Phra Khattiya Wongsa (Thon) Monument
Location : Mueang District
This monument was built to honor Phra Khattiya Wongsa (Thon), who was 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. Phra Khattiya Wongsa monument is located at the centre of the Sai Nam Phueng Roundabout near the Roi Et College of Dramatic Arts.
Museum
Roi Et National Museum
Location : Mueang District
Roi Et National Museum
Roi Et National Museum
Roi Et National Museum exhibit the province’s geography, natural resources, archaeology, history, way of life and local hand-woven silk products. This museum was founded by Dr. Ko Sawatdiphanit to showcase local silk textiles and handicrafts of Roi Et province. It was later renovated and turned into a national museum when the Fine Arts Department passed a policy to set up a national museum in the province. Roi Et National Museum is located on Phloen Chit Road, the museum is also situated near City Hall.
Public Parks
Buddhism History Vessantara Jataka Park
Location : Mueang District
Buddhis History Vessantara Jataka Park serves as the tourist attraction as well as local people come here with their family to relax, do exercise or feed the fish. Around the park there are the large lagoon and decorated with the beautifully-designed statue of Vessantara of 13 chapters: Thossaphon, Himaphan, Thannakhan, Wanapawes, Chuchok, Chulaphon, Mahaphon, Kuman, Matsi, Sakkabap, Maharat, Chokasat and Nakhonkan. Thai people have known and learnt Vesstantara Jataka for a long time. It tells the story of one of Buddha’s past lives. The story is not only fun, but also gives moral lessons.
Phalanchai Lake
Location : Mueang District
Phalanchai Lake
Phalanchai Lake
Phalanchai Lake is situated in the heart of Roi Et, it’s important place for relaxing of local people of Roi Et. It features an island amidst a large size lake occupying an approximate area of 200,000 square meters decorated with a large flowers garden of various species surrounded with trees giving shady places to relax on a hot day. There are several kinds of fish in the lake and there are paddle boats are available for hire. In addition, within the area of Phalanchai Lake there are:
      » City Pillar Shrine which is highly revered by Roi Et people.
      » Large Walking Buddha is Buddha image located amidst the garden.
      » Pedestal in term of long leg bowl containing constitution book and flower clock.
      » Phu Phalanchai featuring an imitating zoo and artificial waterfall.
      » Health corner is where people can come for exercise.
      » Children's playground.
Somdej Phra Srinakharin Park
Location : Mueang District
The highlight Somdej Phra Srinakharin Park is the fountain in the middle of the park which is decorated the park with flowering plants and a variety of trees. The park was founded in 1986 on an area of nearly 90 acres which is located in the heart of the Roi Et city. In additional, there are a clock tower and a public library are interesting additions. The park is often used as a venue for cultural activities for the province and town.
Natural Attractions
Bueng Kluea
Location : Selaphum District
Bueang Kluea is popular place to relaxing of local people which it is a large salt lake with have water all year round covers an area about 3,000 acres. There is a vast white sandy beach on the bank, lined up with raft restaurants.

How to get there: From Mueang District, take Highway No. 23 passing Thawat Buri District and upon arriving at Selaphum District, take Highway No. 2259 for 10 kilometers and turn left and continue about 8 kilometers further.
Opening Hours : Daily 08.30 am. - 04:30 pm.
Laem Phayom
Location : Phon Thong District
Laem Phayom
Laem Phayom
Laem Phayom is a large reservoir with the total area of 700 Rais. This is relaxing place and breeding nature quality abounding with various types of birds and fish. It is popular for picnicking as people can lay mats to admire the nature and cook with their relatives or friends. In Songkran Festival at Laem Phayom, there are crowded people.

How to get there: Laem Phayom is around 2 kilometers off the heart of Phon Thong (Phon Thong District). Tourists will pass Phon Thong Wittayayon School, Phon Thong Industrial and Community Education College, about 150 meters off the petrol station, you will see the sign on the right then turn right and go on about 1 kilometer, Laem Phayaom is there.
Literature Botanical Garden
Location : Nong Phok District
Thai Literature Botanical Garden is pretty botanical garden houses plants featured in beloved Thai literary classics such as Phra Wet Sandon, Khun Chang - Khun Phaen, Lilit Taleng Phai and Lilit Phra Lo. It is the main literature-based botanical garden of the Northeast (Isan) region. Cover an area around 400 acres. An herb garden also shows off traditional Thai medicinal knowledge.

How to get there: The garden is situated in Dong Ma-i National Forest Reserve in Pha Nam Yoi Sub-district, about 85 kilometers from Roi Et town.
Pha Mok Mi Wai
Location : Nong Phok District
Pha Mok Mi Wai
Pha Mok Mi Wai
Pha Mok Mi Wai is the perfect viewpoint to see sunset surrounded with mist all year round, especially during cool season is very beautiful. From Pha Mok Mi Wai you can see an area of Roi Et, Kalasin and Mukdahan with complex beautiful of mountain. So the area is shady green and perfect for nature lovers.
Administered by : Tham Pha Nam Thip Non-hunting Area
Pha Nam Yoi (Isan Buddist Park)
Location : Nong Phok District
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, Khok Sawang Sub-district having an approximate forest area of 8,000 acres. 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.

On this hill there is a monastery "Wat Pha Nam Thip Thep Prasit Wanaram" which was built by Phra Achan Si Maha Wiro, a devotee of venerated monk Phra Achan Man Phurithat. The temple also houses Phra Mahachedi Chai Mongkhon, one of Thailand’s largest Chedis (stupas, religious relic structures), which was designed by the Fine Arts Department. The white Chedi is embellished with golden motifs and surrounded by smaller Chedis at the eight directions. It is beautifully decorated with a mixture of an ancient and contemporary-style of art.

How to get there: Pha Nam Yoi is located in the northeast of Nong Phok town. One can take a bus along Roi Et - Phon Tong District - Nong Phok District Road totaling a distance of 62 kilometers from Roi Et town.
Thung Kula Rong Hai
Location : Nong Phok District
Thung Kula Rong Hai is an area suffered desert-like conditions during dry season and flooding during rainy season. It is covers 5 provinces, 800,000 acres which are Roi Et, Surin, Buri Ram, Yasothon, and Maha Sarakham. Today this area is fertile due to the efforts of the government to develop it and is suitable for agriculture. Moreover Thung Kula Rong Hai is one of the regions has become a well-known rice producing area of Thailand. According to legend, the ethnic minority Kula people were nomadic traders known for their strength and determination. However, they experienced such hardship in attempts to traverse this area due to the arid conditions, that even they cried (Ronghai in Thai).

How to get there: The development center of Thung Kula Rong Hai is about 6 kilometers from the local district office of Suwannaphumi, 200 meters past the religious temple site of Ku Phra Ko Na and opposite Sopha Phitthayaphon School.
Tham Pha Nam Thip Non-hunting Area
Location : Nong Phok District
Tham Pha Nam Thip Non-hunting Area
Tham Pha Nam Thip Non-hunting Area
Tham Pha Nam Thip Non-hunting Area formerly known as Mok Mi Wai located in Bueang Ngam Sub-district, Nong Phok District cover an area around 60,000 acres, comprising steep and complex undulating sandstone mountains with abundant dry evergreen forest, deciduous forest, and deciduous dipterocarp forest. Wildlife found in this area includes boars, barking deer, foxes, monkeys, squirrels, and more. 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. Nature trails of a comfortable distance of 2-3 kilometers are available for short hikes. The park provides accommodation and camping areas for those who wish to stay overnight.

How to get there: From Bangkok to Khon Kaen take Highway No. 2, the Khon Kaen - Nong Phok route. Then take Highway No. 209 and 2116 from Nong Phok to Ban Tha Sa-Art around 9 kilometers. Turn left from Ban Tha Sa-Art and drive around 13 kilometers to the head office of the Pha Nam Thip Non-hunting Area.
Opening Hours : Daily 08:00 am. - 04:30 pm.
Contact : Tel. 09 4297 7404
Tham Soda Waterfall
Location : Nong Phok District
Tham Soda Waterfall
Tham Soda Waterfall
Tham Soda Waterfall is located in an area of Phu Khiao which administered by Tham Pha Nam Thip Non-hunting Area. Tham Soda waterfall has height about 50 meters flow pass the cliff to bottom which make a beautiful rainbow view. On the top of waterfall there is a house of Buddha image which people esteem tremendously.
Bo Phan Khan Rattana Sophon
Location : Nong Hi District
Bo Phan Khan Rattana Sophon is natural water pond which water is never dry. This place located in Wat Bo Phan Khan Rattanasophon. Bo Phan Khan Rattana Sophon was set up to commemorate the 50th Anniversary Celebrations of His Majesty’s Accession to the Throne. It is also where a beautiful statue, Phra Phuttha Sahatsakhantha Mahamuninat, is located which worship of local people in Roi Et.

How to get there: Take the Roi Et - Phanom Phrai route from Nong Hi District to Den Rat Sub-district. It is approximately 85 kilometers from Roi Et town.
Zoos & Amusement Parks
Roi Et Aquarium
Location : Mueang District
Roi Et Aquarium
Roi Et Aquarium
Roi Et Aquarium is the first underwater tunnel in Northeast of Thailand, which shows fresh water fish in underwater tunnel through. Aquarium one can view the movements of the marine animals from any direction. It has two buildings, the first comprising an auditorium, lecture rooms, exhibition rooms, offices, a ticket booth and a souvenir shop. The second features an aquarium with 24 small tanks and one 16-meter-long tank with a capacity of 400 cubic meters of water. A “bio-filter” system keeps the massive freshwater fish tank clean and habitable. The aquarium is located near Bueng Phalan Chai.
Opening Hours : Wed - Sun 08:30 am. - 04:30 pm.
Admission : Free Admission
Contact : Tel. 0 4351 1286
Other Attractions
Ban Wai Luem
Location : Thung Khao Luang District
Ban Wai Luem is a small village which is famous silk weaving under the OTOP project at the provincial and national levels. Additionally, it is a center of selling local handicrafts such as cotton bags, ready-made clothes, etc. Moreover there are a homestay to provide tourists to stay and attract them to experience the way of life and culture of the villagers. Ban Wai Luem sells culture, tradition and the way of life which focus on natural relaxation and local products as well, especially Ban Wai Luem silk. This can generate large amount of income to local people.

How to get there: Take the Roi Et - Yasothon route along Highway 23 at kilometer markers 145-146 about 25 kilometers from Roi Et town.