Sakhon Nakhon Attractions, Attractions in Sakhon Nakhon, what to do in Sakhon Nakhon, Sakhon Nakhon Sightseeing

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Sakhon Nakhon Attractions

Historical Sites
Phra That Dum
Location : Mueang District
Phra That Narai Cheng Weng
Phra That Narai Cheng Weng
Phra That Dum is a lone stupa was built around the 11th or 12th century with laterite in the Bapuan Khmer art style. The stupa located in Wat Phra That Dum and it is only one of three brick Khmer stupas that has remained standing. Four lintels are found on each side. The lintel featuring God Vishnu in reclining position is placed on the northern arch. Furthermore, there are carving regarding gods riding different animals over the Rahu.
Phra That Narai Cheng Weng
Location : Mueang District
Phra That Narai Cheng Weng is ancient pagoda was built from sandstone on laterite base and carved beautifully its lintel feature Lord Krisna killing Lion in Bapuan Khmer art. Legend says this stupa was built by women, who competed with the men group that built Phra That Phu Phek. According to its design and art, it is assumed to be from 11th - 12th century. The Art appears on this stupa is quite similar to many Khmer ruins found in Isan. Stone Carving on door arch and window remain very clear.

How to get there: The stupa is located in Wat Phra That Narai Cheng Weng about 5 kilometers from Sakon Nakhon City. Take highway No. 22 to Ban That, a bit before bypass intersection. The stupa is located around 400 meters from the main road, on the left.
Saphan Khom or Saphan Hin
Location : Mueang District
Saphan Khom is ancient bridge which believed to connecting between Sakon Nakhon and the countryside as this area once was swamp. The present bridge made from laterite, replacing the old one that was removed for road construction.

How to get there: Saphan Khom or Saphan Hin is located on Nittayo Road, at Km. 161 off Highway No. 22. It is located just prior entering Sakon Nakhon town on Sakon Nakhon-Udon Thani Road.
Pha That Phu Phek
Location : Phanna Nikhom District
Pha That Phu Phek
Pha That Phu Phek
Phra That Phu Phek is an ancient stupa located on the top of Phu Phan Mountain. Phrathat Phu Phek is believed to be built in the 11th century to serves as Hindu temple and was changed to serve Buddhism later. The sandstone stupa was built on rectangular laterite base. The front of the stupa connects to a pavilion whose first floor is 1.58 meters high and second floor is another 0.70 meters high. The stupa is 7.67 meters high. But this stupa was not completed and it has not any roof and crown. Pilgrim needs to go up 491 steps to reach the stupa, at the top has a rest amidst beautiful views. Moreover, this Khmer Ruins is special as it houses solar calendar, cube-shape rock, in its stupa. The ancient people used it for indicating position of the sun to indicate date for religious rites and agricultural seasons.

How to get there: From Sakon Nakhon city, take Highway No.22 for 22 kilometers and turn right for another 14 kilometers.
Prasat Ban Phan Na
Location : Sawang Daen Din District
Prasat Ban Phan Na or Ku Phan Na is an ancient Khmer castle which served as a religious place for ‘Arokaya Sala’ or hospital. It is estimated that the construction took place during the 18th Buddhist Century in the reign of King Chai Voraman VII of the Khmer Kingdom. Prasat Ban Phan Na consists of “Prasat Prathan” (the main hall), a square shape structure with balconies and one laterite stupa, and there is “Viharn” (the assembly hall) in the southeast. This castle is surrounded by a laterite wall in which there is an enormous arch in the east. Outside the wall in the southeast sits a small rectangular pond. The pond is lined with layers of laterites and can retain water throughout the year.The excavation in 1999 revealed numerous archeological ruins, namely the head of Phra Watcharadhorn, fragments of Phra Bodhisattva Watchara Pranee on Garuda, Yama on buffalo, and hands of Phra Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara. These figures are related to Maha Nikaya Buddhism and Bayon Khmer art.

How to get there: Prasat Ban Phan Na is at Ban Panna, Panna sub-district, Sawang Daen Din district, Sakon Nakhon province. It is 11 kilometers away from the center of Sawang Daen Din district, or 70 kilometers away from Sakon Nakhon downtown.
Opening Hours : Daily from 08:30 am. - 04:30 pm.
Contact : Tel. 0 4251 3490-1
Religious Sites
Wat Phra That Choeng Chum
Location : Mueang District
Wat Phra That Choeng Chum
Wat Phra That Choeng Chum
Wat Phra That Choeng Chum is highly revered as it is believed that the four incarnations of the Buddha came to this spot and pressed their footprint in the soil as well as the pagoda was built to cover the footprints of the four Buddhas namely Phra Kakusantha, Phra Konakhom, Phra Katsapa, and Phra Khodom (The present Lord Buddha) and call that pagoda is Phra That Choeng Chum. The history of this pagoda is unclear, however, Phrathat is considered sacred icon for Sakon Nakhon. The pagoda is the Lao style slender chedi set on a square base with 24 meters high and decorated with 3.75 kilograms golden umbrella. Next to the Phrathat is the chapel that houses Luang Pho Ong Saen, a sacred Buddha image of the province. On Wan Phra or Buddhist Day, lots of Buddhist always pray homage to the Buddha image at night. The temple holds annual celebration between the 9th and 15th date of waxing moon of January.
Wat Tham Pha Daen
Location : Mueang District
Wat Tham Pha Daen is a beautiful temple located on the side of Phu Phan Mountain. This is very unique temple with many rock relief statues of the Buddha, biography of Lord Buddha which is over 100 years old. This temple surrounding with many tree offers the great overlooking of Sakon Nakhon and also beautiful Nong Han view from bird's-eye view.
Wat Kham Pramong
Location : Phanna Nikhom District
Wat Kham Pramong was served as meditation place for Phra Kru Santi Worayan (Luang Pu Sim Phuttharo), a famous monk of Thailand. Moreover this temple there is Arokhayasal was established by Pra Paponpatchara, where is the strong intention to render service of Cancer treatment and healing by using herb and meditation therapy. Arokhayasal is very well known in term of “Free of Charge Treatment”. There never be any charge even a single baht from Cancer sufferers. There have been donations over Baht 100 million over 6 years during 2005 until Apr 2010. This amount of money were spent for approximately 1,900 cancer patients. Half of them have been able to go home and live happily with their family.
Wat Tham Kham
Location : Phanna Nikhom District
Wat Tham Kham or Phu Kham is ancient temple it once was meditation place of Achan Fan Acharo, who stayed here unil 1964. He moved to stay at Wat Pa Udom Somphon when he got sick. The temple also houses ashes of Phra Achan Thet Thetrangsi which pilgrims always come to pay homage to.

How to get there: Take highway 22 for 22 kilometers, turn left and keep going for other 10 kilometers. The temple share entrance with Phra That Phu Phek, but turn right and keep going for other 30 kilometers.
Wat Phra That Si Mongkhon
Location : Warichaphum District
Wat Phra That Si Mongkhon
Wat Phra That Si Mongkhon
The highlight of this temple is Phra That Si Mong Khon, it is ancient a pagoda which is considered the sacred icon of the local district, Waritchaphum district. No record in history which year was constructed Phra That Si Mong Khon. The religious structure, which has a square base, is decorated with terra cotta depicting the history of the Lord Buddha. It was once only a laterite pagoda, but was renovated and turned into its present state.

How to get there: Take Phang Khon - Waritchaphum Road. The temple is 200 meters from the Waritchaphum district office.
Opening Hours : Daily from 08:00 am. - 04:00 pm.
Contact : Tel. 0 4278 1146
Wat Tham Phra Buddha Saiyard
Location : Warichaphum District
In this temple there is Tham Phra Buddha Saiyard or Phra Buddha Saiyard Cave which was built from the stone shed near the cave went under an adaptation until it became the sermon hall. Moreover there are an enormous reclining Buddha image, Buddha images engraved on the cave’s stone wall, ancient Buddha images in several different postures, etc. Stones in peculiar shapes can be found sporadically around the cave.

After entering Phra Buddha Saiyard Cave, it is recommended you should take a leisure stroll around the temple ground and get some fresh air because the temple is situated on a hill and surrounded by shady trees. From there, visitors can also admire the awe-inspiring views of green lush mountains.

How to get there: Wat Tham Phra Buddha Saiyard is located about 16 kilometers west of Warich Bhume district office. The direction to get to the temple is covered with lush forest and villagers’ orchards.
Opening Hours : Daily from 08:30 am. - 04:30 pm.
Contact : Tel. 0 4251 3490-1
Palace
Phu Phan Ratchanivet Palace
Location : Phu Phan District
Phu Phan Ratchanivet Palace
Phu Phan Ratchanivet Palace
Phu Phan Ratchanivet Palace was built to serves as the royal residence of Their Majesties the King and Queen, as well as other royal family members during their visits to Northeast Thailand. When this palace is not in use, the Bureau of the Royal Household allows general public to visit around the palace. Around this palace surrounded with assorted kinds of trees and beautiful gardens, particularly decorative plants. Among others, wild flowering-plants from Phu Phan, e.g. Dusitta, Manee Dheva, and Thip Kesorn, appear most popular. However, it is only in winter that tourists can enjoy the blooms.

All buildings in the palace are collectively called “Muu Phra Tam-nak” (a cluster of royal residences). The interior design and modern architectural style instill the sense of classicism. However, the residence named “Piik Mai” which is used as a guesthouse has been uniquely designed to look like a log cabin.

How to get there: From Sakon Nakhon downtown, drive along Highway 213 (Sakon Nakhon - Kalasin). Phu Phan Ratchanivet Palace is situated just off the road at KM 14.
Opening Hours : Daily from 09:00 am. - 04:00 pm.
Admission : Free Admission, but it is necessary to get permission from the Office of His Majesty’s Principal Private Secretary, Grand Palace, Na Phra Lan Road, Bangkok
Contact : Tel. 0 4271 4499
Museums
Phra Archan Man Phurithatto Museum
Location : Mueang District
Phra Archan Man Phurithatto Museum
Phra Archan Man Phurithatto Museum
Phra Archan Man Phurithatto Museum is located in Wat Pa Sutthawat was built to honored venerated monk is Phra Acharn Man. The architecture of the museum building is contemporary style with local materials, look like boat shape. The museum houses bronze statue of Achan Man Purithatto in meditation posture and the glass box that houses his ash that turns into crystal. The display, including his tools, is placed in marble altar and his history is shown nearby.

Achan Man Purithatto is a famous Buddhist monk. He born in Kaenkaeo family, in Ubon Ratchathani province, he was a novice when he was 15 year olds and entered to monkhood was 22 year olds at Wat Leap, Ubon Ratchathani. Achan Man always practiced meditation on the trip to remote area and he had many followers such as Luang Pu Fan Acharo, Luang Pu Khao Alanayo, Luang Pu Waen Suchino. Achan Man moved to stay at Wat Pa Suthawat and passed away on November 11, 1949. Furthermore, the Museum of Luang Pu Lui is located also in the temple’s compound. The museum is built to house ashes of Luang Pu Lui (1901-1989). This famous monk in Wipatsana is follower of Achan Man. He loved to travel around until his last day in his life. His Majesty the King, Rama IX presided over his funeral and mentioned “a pagoda to house his ashes should be built in Wat Pa Suthawat, where the pagoda housing ashes of Achan Man is located for they can stay close together” His Majesty the King, Rama IX has designed the pagoda.
Opening Hours : Daily from 08:00 am. - 06:00 pm.
Contact : Tel. 0 4251 3490 - 1
Achan Fan Archaro Museum
Location : Phanna Nikhom District
Achan Fan Archaro Museum
Achan Fan Archaro Museum
Achan Fan Archaro Museum is located in Wat Pa Udom Somphon. The museum building is pagoda shape (also known as a stupa), with three lotus folds. Inside is a life-size wax statue of Achan Fan, along with his ashes in a glass box, his tools, as well as his life story. Achan Fan Archaro Museum dedicated to a nationally renowned Buddhist monk, Achan Fan Acharo, has a variety of exhibits and displays dedicated to the sage figure. The venerated monk was born in 1899, part of the respected Suwannarong family, in Phanna Nikhom district. When he was 19 years old, he was ordained as novice monk at Wat Phon Thong. A year later, he entered the monkhood to follow another widely venerated monk, Achan Man Phurithatto.

How to get there: Achan Fan Acharo Museum is located in Phanna Nikhom sub-district en route to Udon Thani province. To get there, take Highway No. 22 and turn right past Phanna Nikhom district for 2 kilometers.
Phrathat Mee Chai Folk Museum
Location : Sawang Daen Din District
Phrathat Mee Chai Folk Museum was established out of the strong determination of the villagers, reflecting the empowerment of the community. They brainstormed, provided labor and financial support and coordinated with both state and private sectors until the museum was completed. At present, the museum is under the supervision of the village committee and the Khok Si Local Administration organization.

The exhibition is divided into four parts. The first part is about the museum and its architecture, the overview of the village and its topography.

The second part is concerned with archeological works of the villages, which include the restoration of the pagoda, the excavation, interpretation and analysis of the data and evidence found from the excavation and restoration.

The third part chronicles the cultural developments of the community according to the discovered archeological evidence, from the prehistoric period, and the historic period of the Lan Chang culture to the contemporary period.

The fourth part presents tourism routes from the village to natural and cultural attractions in the province and neighboring areas.
Admission : Free Admission
Contact : Tel. 0 4477 6060
Thai So Museum
Location : Kusuman District
Thai So Museum
Thai So Museum
Thai So originated from the mountainous region in the east of Laos. They fled from Chinese wars in their homeland to Sakon Nakhon between 1883 and 1887. Thai So museum is the single-storey building located around Kusuman district office area. Inside the museum exhibit old equipment from generations to generations such as bowls, plates, tiles, Podduang money, hunting tools and agricultural equipment are kept. Moreover Thai So have clothings of many tribes such as Phu Thai, Thai Yo, Kaleng, Thai Lao and Thai So. In the front of Thai So museum, there are Phra Aran Asa, Kusuman leader and ruler statue and statues portraying the lifestyles in different manners which look real. Thai So people is most population of Kusuman district and they will have own language call “So language” which it sounds like Khmer language. If you are not Kuruman people or have no knowledge about So language, you will barely understand what the person is talking to you because the language is quite difficult to understand.

The clothing of the tribe are black cloth, black tube-shaped shirt decorated in red color at the hem and sleeves, long black sarong decorated with different clothing at the hem, silver accessory such as necklace, belt and earrings. If you would like to see the tribe’s clothing, it is recommend to visit the place in the beginning of February which is the annual festival of Kusuman district. The festival is called Ngan So Rumruk (Recall of So). Kusuman people, both men and women, will dress in tribe’s clothing and join the festival.

How to get there: Thai So museum is located between Kusuman district office and Kusum district local police station. It is approximately 40 kilometers away from Sakon Nakhon city and 55 kilometers away from Nakhon Panom city. From Sakon Nakhon, when you enter Kusuman district, on the right-hand side is a fresh market. Drive straight for 1 kilometer will see the Y-intersection on your left-hand side of Tha Uthen district, Nakon Phanom province. On the right-hand is Kusuman district office. Turn right into Kusuman district office and drive straightly to Kusuman district local police station. The museum is on the right-handed side. There is Phra Aran Asa statue in front of the museum.
Achan Wan Uttamo Museum
Location : Song Dao District
Achan Wan Uttamo Museum is located in Wat Tham Phuang. The museum is a 2-storeyed marble building with a cruciform plan. The lower storey features a room with paintings depicting the birth and life of the revered Phra Achan Wan Uttamo. The upper storey houses a life-like statue of the monk seated in meditation with off erings and a cabinet displaying his eight requisites. Nearby is located Tham Phuang where a large Buddha image seated under the Naga’s hood is enshrined.

How to get there: Follow Highway 22 (Sakon Nakhon - Udon Thani) for approximately 84 kilometers to Sawang Daen Din district and turn left toward Song Dao district until reaching the Vessantara or Wetsandon Roundabouts. Turn right for about 5 kilometers to Wat Tham Aphai Damrong Tham.
Public Park
Princess Srinakarin Park
Location : Mueang District
Princess Srinakarin Park
Princess Srinakarin Park
Princess Srinakarin Park is a large public park with 192 square kilometers, which are 112 square kilometers of land and 80 square kilometers of water which was established in order to celebrate Princess Srinakarin’s 80th year of birth. Princess Srinakarin park Sakon Nakhon is the park close to the big pond called Nhong Harn. The pond is a natural pond in the northeastern region which covers many districts. It is also the house and habitat for many aquatic animals and water birds. One part of the park is protruding into the pond which is the front part of the park. It makes the surrounding nice and graceful. In the middle of the pond is “Sra Pang Thong”. Princess Srinakarin Park Sakon Nakhon is not only used for relaxation, but also a tourist attraction and a place which holds festivals.
National Parks
Phu Phan National Park
Location : Mueang District
Phu Phan National Park is cover an area of Phanna Nikhom, Mueang, Kut Bak and Phu Phan districts of Sakon Nakhon, Somdet and Huai Phueng districts of Kalasin with a total area of 664.7024 square kilometers. By the headquarters is situated in the area of the charming Phu Phan Mountains.

Most of the region is limestone mountain range. Many streams such as Huai Lao, Huai I Khok, Huai Khae, Huai Saen Kong, Huai Phrik and Huai Sai originated here. The streams are tributaries of the Un, Phung, Lam Pao and Yang rivers. There is numerous wildlife such as Phayre’s Leaf-monkey, Sunda Flying Lemur, Malayan Porcupine, Fishing Cat, Common Palm Civet, Sambar, Tiger, Northern Red Muntjac and Wild Boar. The best time to visit is winter season during November to February.

How to get there: From Mueang district, take Highway 213 and pass the Phu Phan Ratchanivet Palace. The park headquarters is located on the Highway.
Opening Hours : Daily 08:00 am. - 04:30 pm.
Admission : Thai 20 Baht for adult and 10 Baht for child
  Foreigner 200 Baht for adult and 100 Baht for child
  (Price are subject to change)
Contact : Tel. 08 6459 5600
Phu Pha Yon National Park
Location : Tao Ngoi District
Phu Pha Yon National Park
Phu Pha Yon National Park
Phu Pha Yon National Park formerly name from Huai Huat National Park features plateau and sandstone mountain range covering 828.56 square kilometers encompasses parts of Phu Phan, Khok Si Suphan, Tao Ngoi district of Sakon Nakhon Province; and also Na Kae district of Nakhon Phanom; and Dong Luang and Khamcha-i districts of Mukdahan. Phu Pha Yon National Park was established in 1988 as Thailand’s 57th national park. It is one of five national parks established to celebrate the 60th anniversary of His Majesty the King Rama IX in the year 1987.

The mountain range embraces a 10 kilometer long plateau with elevations between 300 to 600 meters above mean sea level. The forest is watershed and fills the stretch of streams, rivers and 19 reservoirs, including Huai Huat and Tao Ngoi reservoirs. Phu Pha Yon have to varieties of middle include Northern Red Muntjac, Wild Boar, Siamese Hare, Kloss's Mole, Sunda Flying Lemur, Northern Treeshrew, Squirrel, Parakeet, Hill Myna, Hawk, Swallow, Drongo, Kingfisher, Dove, King Cobra, Reticulated Python, Monocled Cobra, Reeves' Butterfly Lizard and Bengal Monitor Lizard. Fish found in the park include Scissortail Rasbora, Siamese Mud Carp, Barb and Walking Catfish can be found in water area. The best time to visit is winter season during November to January and summer season is February to April.

How to get there: From Sakon Nakhon, please take Sakon Nakhon - Nakhon Phanom route and drive around 14 kilometers. Turn right and drive for another 12 kilometers and you will reach Tao Ngoi district. Drive for another 6 kilometers and you will reach the national park office. Another way is to take Sakon Nakhon - Kalasin route. Then, drive for 5 kilometers. Turn left to Highway Number 2339 and drive for another 35 kilometers to reach the national park.
Opening Hours : Daily 08:00 am. - 04:30 pm.
Admission : Thai 20 Baht for adult and 10 Baht for child
  Foreigner 100 Baht for adult and 50 Baht for child
  (Price are subject to change)
Contact : Tel. 0 4270 7214
Phu Pha Lek National Park
Location : Song Dao District
Phu Pha Lek National Park
Phu Pha Lek National Park
Phu Pha Lek National Park is part of Phu Phan Range mountain that stretches in east-west direction. The important national park as the only watershed forest in the upper northeast region the park whose boundary covers parts of three provinces: Song Dao, Waritchaphum, Nikhom Nam Un and Kut Bak districts of Sakon Nakhon province; Wang Sam Mo district of Udon Thani province; and Somdet and Kham Muang districts of Kalasin province. Phu Ang So is the highest peak, towering at 695 meters above mean sea level. Deciduous and evergreen forests blanket the park, along with various types of bamboo and herbs. Wild hogs, barking deer, mouse deer, and many species of birds are also found here.

How to get there: Phu Pha Lek National Park’s Headquarters is located in Song Dao district, Sakon Nakhon. It is very near Udon Thani province so that more convenient way to enter the area is to start from Udon Thani. Motorist can use Highway 22 (Udon Thani - Sakhon Nakhon), turn right at KM. 95 and get on Ban Tai-Don Som Hong Road, turn right at KM. 17 (Ban Phon Junction) to Ban Phon Swang-Phu Pha Lek Road. The park is another 6 kilometers. It is approximately 82 kilometers from Udon Thani.
Opening Hours : Daily 08:00 am. - 04:30 pm.
Admission : Thai 20 Baht for adult and 10 Baht for child
  Foreigner 100 Baht for adult and 50 Baht for child
  (Price are subject to change)
Contact : Tel. 0 4270 7214
Natural Attractions
Kham Hom Waterfall
Location : Mueang District
Kham Hom Waterfall
Kham Hom Waterfall
Kham Hom Waterfall is popular waterfall of Sakon Nakhon situated close to Namtok Tad Tone and the royal palace. Nearby are many waterfalls such as Heo Sinchai, Samlan, Sao Hai, Pha Hin Son. Entrance to Kham Hom Waterfall, on Sakon Nakhon-Kalasin Rd, is very winding like the grilled snake, or Kong Ping Ngu in Thai. On the road side, there is the country’s biggest road mark, decorated around with beautiful flower. The waterfall can be accessed safely, however, it is good to visit during rainy season only.

How to get there: Kham Hom Waterfall is some 14 kilometers from Sakon Nakhon city.
Administered by : Phu Phan National Park
Lotus Memorial Park
Location : Mueang District
Lotus Memorial park is located in Kasetsart University, Chalermphrakiat Sakon Nakhon Province Campus opposite Nong Han Lake. The park was built in 2010 to collecting and learning the lotus varieties and also relaxing place for local people. The highlight is a large swamp lotus which located at the entrance. The visitor can walk along on a red bridge which connecting with public rest-house to relaxing with the charm of lotus.
Nong Han Lake
Location : Mueang District & Phon Na Kaeo
Nong Han Lake
Nong Han Lake
Nong Han is a large freshwater lake covers an area 123 sq km. of Mueang district and Phon Na Kaeo district so this is the largest natural lake of northeast and the second largest lake in Thailand. 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 which the biggest island is Koh Don Sawan, where a deserted temple is located. There are big trees which many species of birds make their home. Some islands have pavilion 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, Ban Phai District of Khon Kaen to Ban Tha Phra. Then take Highway No.23 via Maha Sarakham and Kalasin then Highway No.213 to Sakon Nakhon.
Pha Nang Moen and Lan Sao Ae
Location : Mueang District
Pha Nang Moen is a cliff top terrace offer a good place for camping and watch sunset view. Below the cliff, there is a track leading to Lan Sao Ae, literary means the place for the lady to show beautiful attire. The rock plain is situated amidst wilderness and towering cliff. During August to October, wild flower will blossom and allow visitor to enjoy the colourful scenery.
Administered by : Phu Phan National Park
Pricha Suksan Waterfall
Location : Mueang District
Pricha Suksan Waterfall
Pricha Suksan Waterfall
Pricha Suksan Waterfall is located at Phu Phan Mountain around 50 kilometers from head quarter Phu Pha Lek National Park which can accessible easily by car. The waterfall is 12 meters wide falls cascade through mountain foot, some part looked like slider. It is quite safe and tourist can enjoy swimming here all the year round.
Administered by : Phu Phan National Park
Seri Thai Cave
Location : Mueang District
Seri Thai Cave once served as armour storage of the Seri Thai when fighting against the Royal Japanese Army during World War II. Seri Thai Cave is located around 4.5 kilometers from Phu Phan National Park headquarters.
Administered by : Phu Phan National Park
Stone Arch (Thang Phi Phan)
Location : Mueang District
Stone Arch (Thang Phi Phan) is the same as a rock bridges connecting between two groups of rock so, it’s beneath becomes a wonderful shelter. The stone arch is 1.5 meters wide and 8 meters long.
Administered by : Phu Phan National Park
Huai Huat Reservoir
Location : Tao Ngoi District
Huai Huat Reservoir
Huai Huat Reservoir
Huai Huat Reservoir is only 500 meters from the park’s head quarter of Phu Pha Yon National Park, it is a nice place to picnic and enjoy with beautiful serene sunset. It is created by the irrigation dam by the initiative of His Majesty the King. On the right-handed side of the water reservoir is a weird shaped stone. From the pavilion, visitors can see two waterfalls which flow to Huai Huad water reservoirs.

How to get there: From Sakon Nakhon, please take Sakon Nakhon - Nakhon Phanom route and drive around 14 kilometers. Turn right and drive for another 12 kilometers and you will reach Tao Ngoi district. Drive for another 6 kilometers and you will reach the national park office. Another way is to take Sakon Nakhon - Kalasin route. Then, drive for 5 kilometers. Turn left to Highway Number 2339 and drive for another 35 kilometers to reach the national park.
Administered by : Phu Pha Yon National Park
Kham Nam Sang Waterfall
Location : Tao Ngoi District
Kham Nam Sang Waterfall
Kham Nam Sang Waterfall
This is a highest waterfall in Phu Pha Yon National Park with is 25 meters high. The water comes from Khum Namsang Stream and goes to Huai Huat Reservoir. If you stand on the dam’s edge and look at the south, you will see the waterfall. The waterfall is located 1.8 kilometers from the park’s headquarter and to reach by walking only.
Administered by : Phu Pha Yon National Park
Laan Dusita
Location : Tao Ngoi District
Laan Dusita is a big wide stone field covered with Dusita flowers especially in late rainy season the flowers blossom full field in this area. Moreover there are many other flowers such as Kradum Ngern, Sroi Suwanna, En-ah and Yard Namkhang. The national park has provided a route so visitors can observe the beauty of nature without stepping on these small beautiful plants.
Administered by : Phu Pha Yon National Park
Phaya Tao Ngoi Cliff
Location : Tao Ngoi District
Phaya Tao Ngoi Cliff has the shape similar to Ngoi turtle going to enter the water of Lum Nam Pung. It is believed that the area where they can find Ngoi turtles is a fertile. This belief is also a reason why people call this village Tao Ngoi.

How to get there: Phaya Tao Ngoi Cliff is located 7 kilometers away from the national park office according to Ban Huai Huat - Khok Klang route. The cliff is located near the road.
Phu Pha Yon
Location : Phu Phan District
Phu Pha Yon is a big cliff located on mountain range with 200 meters in height. Phu Pha Yon has a very beautiful viewpoint. Around the cliff, there are many engraved statues which are around 3,000 years old.

How to get there: Take highway 2339 then turn left to the route Ban Na Ang - Muang Kham and drive through Ban Pon Bok - Pon Paeng to Ban Na Phang which is 5 kilometers away from Tao Ngoi district. It can be accessed by car.
Administered by : Phu Pha Yon National Park
Nam Oun Dam
Location : Phang Khon District
Nam Oun Dam is a clay dam was constructed to store water from a tributary of the main river, Songkram River, which originates from the PhuPhan mountain range. Nam Oun Dam managed by the government’s Royal Irrigation Department. The large reservoir both supplies water for irrigation of local agricultural zones, as well as acts as a great aquatic sports spot. Surrounding it is the PhuPhan range and beautiful, lush forests. A small waterfall lies close to the dam outlet.

How to get there: From Mueang District towards Udon Thani for 57 kilometers and then turn left for 6 kilometers towards Waritchaphum district.
Nam Pung Dam
Location : Kut Bak District
Nam Pung Dam
Nam Pung Dam
Nam Pung Dam is the first electricity development project driven by the water energy dam in northeastern region. Nam Pung Dam has supported electricity production system and electricity current in Sakon Nakhon and Nakhon Phanom provinces for building secure state to meet the need of electricity usage. Moreover, the scenery around the dam is very beautiful with the small and giant mountains. The atmosphere is very serene. Nam Pung dam is another place where visitors also come to experience the pure nature.
Phu Ang So
Location : Waritchaphum District
Phu Ang So is the place for camping lover which it is suitable for group camping, especially in winter is no less beautiful than Phu Kradueng. Phu Ang So also known as Wat Phu Ang So Thep Khiri, is in Waritchaphum sub-district, Waritchaphum district, Sakon Nakhon province, or 18 kilometers from the governmental service center.
Ho Song Dao
Location : Song Dao District
Ho Song Dao is a great place to watching the star and meteor shower. Ho Song Dao is a observatory situated at 700 meters elevation above sea level on Phu Pha Lek’s peak, visitor can see stars by panoramic view.
Administered by : Phu Pha Lek National Park
Lan Usa Sawan
Location : Song Dao District
Lan Usa Sawan is plateau located on the top of Phu Pha Lek cover an area acquiring 1,550 rais. Lan Usa Sawan there are many wild flower and comprises mountain, rock and grassland around the area.
Administered by : Phu Pha Lek National Park
Pha Dong Ko
Location : Song Dao District
Pha Dong Ko is a high cliff offer beautiful view of complex mountains of Phu Phan Range, including Phu Pha Hak, Phu Mai, Phu Sak Lak in Wang Sam Mo district of Udon Thani.
Administered by : Phu Pha Lek National Park
Pha Nam Chok
Location : Song Dao District
Pha Nam Chok offers a great view of Huai Huat Reservoir and overview of Udon Thani and Khon Kaen. Pha Nam Chok is a high cliff located on the peak of Phu Pha Lek.
Administered by : Phu Pha Lek National Park
Pha Phak Wan
Location : Song Dao District
Pha Phak Wan
Pha Phak Wan
Pha Phak Wan is a big rock with the 3,600 years old painting. They feature an image of women standing in line and holding each other’s shoulder. The petroglyphs were created on one side of a gigantic sandstone that measured 12 meters from the bottom to the top, 5 meters above the ground on the western cave wall are the paintings in red ink.

How to get there: Pha Phak Wan is located at Ban Phu Ta Kham, Song Dao district, Sakon Nakhon province, or 18 kilometers away from the headquarter of Phu Pha Lek national park.
Administered by : Phu Pha Lek National Park
Pha Suriyan
Location : Song Dao District
Pha Suriyan is one of great viewpoints in Phu Pha Lek National Park which tourists can watch beautiful sunrise from here. Pha Suriyan is located on Phu Pha Lek Mountain with 622 meters above sea level.
Administered by : Phu Pha Lek National Park
Other Attractions
Kong Ping Ngu
Location : Mueang District
Kong Ping Ngu is a winding road like a slithering snake, hence the name 'Ngu' ('snake' in Thai). The landmark of this road is a large kilometer marker. Along the road there are many beautiful waterfalls, such as Heo Sin Chai, Tat Ton and Kham Hom, which are easily accessible from this stretch of road.
Phu Thai Ethnic group at Ban None Hom
Location : Mueang District
Phu Thai Ethnic Group at Ban None Hom offers wonderful opportunities to observe the lifestyle of Phu Thai ethnic people. The tourist can enjoy with their indigenous dinner called “Pa Laeng”, watch cultural performance and ancient boxing dance routines. Ban None Hom was founded in 1882 after Mr. Hom leaded villagers to settle down in this area. The immigrants in Ban None Hom belongs to the minor ethnic group called “Phu Thai” who managed to maintain their culture and lifestyle. Therefore, Ban None Hom serves as a venue to perform Phu Thai traditional ceremonies.

The history of Phu Thai None Hom village dates back to 1857. A group of Phu Thai immigrants from the city of Phu Wana Kadaeng in Laos crossed over Mekong River and skirted around Phu Phan mountain ranges. They headed west to a spacious basin plain, which is currently known as Nong Han Luang, and started to settle down. Some stayed close to water resources, while others preferred hilly areas near the foothill of Phu Phan (Nowadays it became part of None Hom district). Ancestors of the Phu Thai Ethnic group at Ban None Hom took up residence in small villages around paddy fields or borders of Bung Pa Tham forest.

How to get there: From Sakon Nakhon downtown, drive along Highway 223 (Sakon Nakhon - Na Kae) for about 13 kilometers. At the intersection, make a right turn and continue for a few of kilometers.
Tha Rae Village (Catholic Community)
Location : Mueang District
Tha Rae Village
Tha Rae Village
Tha Rae Village is an old community with over 100 years old and having the largest amount of population who are Christians in Thailand. In the past back to 1884, Tha Rae people were Christians who migrated from Vietnam. There were only 40 people. They lived in Sakon Nakhon city and had Keko father (French missionary) as the caretaker. However, when the number of population increased and the problems with some government officers happened, they moved to Tha Rae where it was full of light-brown stones. People call it as “Hin Hae”. It is where Akkara Sangha Monthon Tha Rae Nhong Saeng or Tha Rae missionary office located. The village has square city plan which looks like a cheese and similar to European city. Moreover, the residences are built in French style which is very beautiful especially along the main road of the village. Therefore, every 25th December of every year, this community will hold Christmas star festival.

How to get there: Tha Rae Village (Catholic Community) is located near Nhong Harn on Highway Number 22 (Sakon Nakhon - Nakhon Phanom), Tha Rae sub-district, Mueang district, which is 21 kilometers away from the city.