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Attractions in North-East (Isan)

Situated on the plateau, northeast region has mountain ranges in the west and the south of the region providing spectacular attractions for tourism activities. Amidst these mountain ranges, there are also waterfalls, mountains in uniquely beautiful shapes with spectacular views. The body of waters such as Mekong River, Mun River or Chi River flowing through the region is also stunning places such as Sam Phan Bok Canyon for sightseeing as well as many tourism activities.

With the unique beauty, natural resources of ecological importance and plants and animals that have special importance, there are 23 national parks in northeast region out of 147 of the national parks in Thailand. Within the national parks, there is abundance of natural wonders including viewpoints, waterfalls, caves, lakes, cliffs, reservoirs, various animals and indigenous plants. Each one has got unique and stunning landscape. Camping is also an ideal when visiting these national parks although most national parks provide accommodation under the management of Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation as well as hotels and resorts.

Top Attractions in North-East (Isan)


1 Phu Kradueng

Location : Phu Kradueng District, Loei Phu Kradueng National Park Phu Kradueng is dream place for many Thai tourists by Phu Kradueng has long been the spot where tourists can experience the chill of the weather up to freezing point during winter season and a spectacular view. So, it is the most incentive to visitors who would like to be the Phu Kradueng conqueror at least once of their life. Its elevation is between 400-1,200 m above sea level. The summit is called Khok Moei at 1,316 m. The sandstone mountain of Phu Kradueng is a home to an abundance of flora and fauna, stunning cliffs, savanna, streams and waterfalls. The plateau on the top of the mountain consists of pine trees and grassland. Forest and vegetation provide food for wildlife including elephants, sambar deer, barking deer, bears, serong, White-rumped Shama, Black Eagle, Silver Pheasant and many more. There is also a rare species of turtle called Tao Poo Loo or Tao Hang living along the stream in the high elevation. There are accommodations provided by the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation. Camping ground is also available. The park is closed during rainy season between June and September every year.

How to get there
Take Highway No.201 from Loei town centre, pass Wang Saphung District and Nong Hin District. Turn right onto Highway no.2019, pass Phu Kradueng District centre and continue for 4 km to the National Park Office. The total distance from the town centre is 81 km.
Administered by Phu Kradueng National Park
Contact Tel. 0 4287 1333, 0 4287 1458

2 Tung Dok Krajeaw (Siam Tulip)

Location : Thep Sathit District, Chaiyaphum Tung Dok Krajeaw (Siam Tulip) Siam Tulip, locally known as Dok Kra Jeaw, is famous for its pinkish purple color petals. Despite its name, it is by no means related to tulip, but to various ginger species such as turmeric. Dok Kra Jeaw is seasonal flower that blooms at the beginning of rainy season, from June to August. More than 1,000 acres of Lan Hin Ngam to Sud Paen Din Viewpoint is covered with these pink and white flowers. Apart from the flowers, the same area also has beautiful and unique shapes of rocks as its name suggests; Lan Hin Ngam or beautiful rock field covering more than 10 rai. The rock formations were eroded by the sun, wind and rain over thousands of years. There is also a cliff of 846 metres above sea level with a panoramic view of valleys and rivers.

How get there:
Take Highway No.205 from Nakhon Ratchasima, head towards north, pass Non Thai District, Ban Nong Bua Khok, Ban Kham Ping and Thep Sathit District, until reaching an intersection and turn right onto Highway No. 2354 and continue for 17 km. Turn left to an asphalt road for 13 km. The national park office is located on the left.

3 Sam Phan Bok

Location : Pho Sai District, Ubon Ratchathani Sam Phan Bok Sam Phan Bok is a group rock under Mekong River, which appears only after the flood season. Sam Phan Bok means 3,000 holes which were created by the force of nature in different shapes and sizes. It makes Sam Phan Bok a grand canyon of Thailand. The scene is stunning, mystic and fantastic for photography opportunity. The best time to visit is during January to May.

How to get there
Take Highway No.2050 from Ubon Ratchathani town centre which heads towards northeast, pass Trakan Phutphon District until reaching Pho Sai District. Drive along for about 120 km keep your eye on the signs “Sam Phan Bok”

4 Haew Narok Waterfall

Location : Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima Haew Narok Waterfall Haew Narok Waterfall is the biggest and highest waterfall in Khao Yai. The Waterfall has 3 cascades gush down in 90 degree angle. The top tier is 60 metres and flows down to second floor, third floor and to the ravine down below. The total height is more than 150 metres. The waterfall has rapid stream and high volume of water during rainy season.

How to get there
Take Highway No.2 (Mitraphab Road) from Saraburi town centre and head to Nakhon Ratchasima at km 144 marker. The distance is around 37.7 km. Take the most right lanes to make a u-turn then go straight and turn left. Go straight until seeing the National Park ticket office at the entrance of the park.
Administered by Khao Yai National Park, Pak Chong District

5 Pha Taem

Location : Khong Chiam District, Ubon Ratchathani  Pha Taem Pha Taem is very famous place of Ubon Ratchathani Province which are located near the national park headquarters. On the cliffs surface are numerous prehistoric cave paintings dating back 3,000-4,000 years ago that offer insight into the way of life that existed during the pre-historic days and reflect the ancient lifestyle of the people who once lived in the area. These painting depict scenes of fishing, rice farming, figures of people, animals, hands and geometric designs. It should be noted that the most extensive site for cave paintings in the country is that of Pha Taem.

How to get there
Take Highway No.217 from Ubon Ratchathani town centre then take Highway No.2222 to Khong Chiam District. Continue to Highway No.2134 (Khong Chiam-Khem Marat Rd) then turn right to Highway No.2112 for about 15 km. The road leading to the east will take you 5 km to the National Park Office located in Nong Phue Noi Village.
Administered by Pha Taem National Park
Opening Hours 06:00 am. - 06:00 pm.
Contact Tel. 0 4531 8026, 0 4524 6332 – 3

6 Phu Pha Thoep

Location : Mueang District, Mukdahan Phu Pha Thoep Phu Pha Thoep are steep cliffs and wide rock plateaus which has rocks of peculiar shapes abound. It is believed that this area was once a dirt mountain that eventually eroded due to rain and wind. Around the end of the rainy season in October, flowers of different colors bloom from the rocks, giving the Phu Pha Thoep magnificent colors. Visitors can find a waterfall and a cave where hundreds of small wooden Buddha and animal images are placed. Another site is the Tham Fa Mu Daeng on Phu Pha Thoep where numerous prehistoric drawings of hands and people can be seen. Drawn with red paint, the drawings are estimated to be older than 5,000 years

How to get there
Phu Pha Thoep is 17 kilometres from the city on the Mukdahan-Don Tan Road. To get to the park, turn right at the 14-15 km marker and drive for 2 kilometres.
Administered by Phu Pha Thoep National Park
Opening Hours Tue – Sun from 08:00 am. - 06:00 pm.
Admission 50 – 200 Baht (Price are subject to change)

7Lan Hin Ngam

Location : Thep Sathit District, Chaiyaphum Lan Hin Ngam Lan Hin Ngam is a strange looking rock formation of Chaiyaphum Province. The sculptures that were created by the forces of nature, stand elegantly in the garden within 10-rai of Pa Hin Ngam National Park. The rain and wind that had eroded the soil and rock that were loose on the surface over times and created such beautiful formations. The rock garden is situated in the west side of the National Park and can be accessed by car.

How to get there
Take Highway No.205 from Nakhon Ratchasima towards the north. Follow the road which heads towards northwest and west for approximately 110 km, turn right onto Highway No.2354 and continue for about 20 km then take the road on the left for 14 km to the National Park Office.
Administered by Pa Hin Ngam National Park

8 Saeng Chan Waterfall

Location : Khong Chiam District, Ubon Ratchathani Saeng Chan Waterfall Saeng Chan waterfall or Long Roo waterfall is a very beautiful waterfall. It is a magical place famous for its shape and how water runs through a natural stone hole, creating an image similar to a giant ceiling shower. The best time to visit this waterfall is a little before noon as the sun shines through the hole and a gorgeous sight is created. It is said that on a full moon night, the water is reflected by the moonlight and glows in celestial beauty, and therefore has the name Saeng Chan or moonlight waterfall.

How to get there
Saeng Chan waterfall (Long Roo waterfall) is only 1 kilometer from Thung Na Muang waterfall. You can get there from Highway No. 2134, followed by Highway No. 2112, and then turn right to the waterfall.
Administered by Pha Tam National Park

9 Ban Ta Klang Elephant Study Centre

Location : Tha Tum District, Surin Ban Ta Klang Elephant Study Centre Ban Ta Klang Elephant Study Centre is a wonderful Experience between the Kui people and the elephant “where the elephant is like one of their family” not just an animal kept for work. The elephants here can amazingly be trained to be domesticated constituting the way of life between human and elephants which has eventually become the interesting belief, tradition and culture expressing a most precious relationship.

The Kui have had their own way of keeping elephants since the old times. They believe that “the elephant’s happiness is our family’s happiness”. The older elephants will be respected as their grandparents, while the younger elephants will be loved as their children.

Visitors here can learn the simple life of the Ban Ta Klang villagers by riding the elephant around the village, seeing the elephant’s talent, learning the Kui’s tricks to be the elephant keeper and walking the elephant across the river to clean up. These activities can count as once in a lifetime activities. There are also the traditions and other festival activities; such as, the Elephant Ordination which has been carried on for over 200 years, the Alms Giving on Elephants festival during the Buddhist Lent day of each year, the Surin Elephant Round-up around November where all elephants in Thailand get together, the Kui Marriage on Elephants in February, and the Songkran Festival in April.

How to get there
Located at Ban Ta Klang, Krapho Sub-district, Tha Tum District. From Surin town, take Highway 214 (Surin-Roi Et) and turn left at km 36, then drive along the road for 22 km.
Opening Hours Elephant Show: There are two rounds of the Elephant Show starting at 10:00 am. and 02:00 pm.
Contact Tel. 0 4414 5050, 0 4451 1975

10 Phu Thok

Location : Si Wilai District, Bueng Kan Phu Thok Phu Thok is consists of two hills, Phu Thok Yai and Phu Thok Noi, by Phu Thok is means an isolated mountain in Isan dialect. It located in Ban Na Kham Khaen, Tambon Na Sabaeng, this sandstone range stands out and can be seen from a distance.

Previously, this area was dense woods with many wild animals. Because of its tranquility, Phra Achan Chuan Kunlachettho, a meditation master, initially established a meditation place here for Buddhists to practise the Buddha’s teachings.

Phu Thok Noi is where Wat Chetiya Khiri Wihan (Wat Phu Thok) is situated. This temple is the starting point of a walk up to the top of Phu Thok, via a wooden bridge winding around the steep mountain. The bridge was built with faith from monks, novices and villagers. The construction began in 1969 and took five years to complete. This bridge is compared to a path of virtue that leads a righteous man to leave a world and enter into emancipation by their own efforts and determination. Phu Thok is still a meditation practice centre and a place for the community’s religious affairs. Visitors shall be calm in manner and pay respect to the place. The bridge’s stairs to the mountain top are divided into seven sections.

How to get there
Phu Thok is around 185 km. from the town of Nong Khai. Take Highway 212, past Pho Chai, Pak Khat and Bueng Kan districts. Then, turn left to take Highway 222 and head for Si Wilai district. From Si Wilai, take a turn left and go on for another 30 km., past Ban Na Sing, Ban Sai Ngam, to Ban Na Kham Khaen and Phu Thok.

11 Sirindhorn Museum

Location : Sahatsakhan District, Kalasin Sirindhorn Museum Sirindhorn Museum or know as "Kum Khao Dinosaur Museum" which the museum will research about dinosaurs. It is the perfect and largest in Southeast Asia. The governments in the name of HRH Princess Chakri Sirindhorn. HRH the Royal Kumari "Sirithorn Museum, the exhibition building is divided into three parts: Part one of the world's second generation of the origin of living things, including dinosaurs. Human origin to the exhibition is the third cycle. Current exhibitions. "Fossil fish, Phu Nam Chan," which remains a new freshwater fish species of the ancient world where the condition is called "Do Taste Le Pin, with the length of 30-60 cm in the era of So So Igor or 65. million years ago. The same dinosaur.

How to get there
Take Highway 227 (Kalasin - Sahatsakhan) for 28 kilometres. Two kilometres before Sahatsakhan, you will come to an intersection. Turn right and continue for another kilometre.
Opening Hours 08:30 am. - 05:30 pm.
Contact Tel. 0 4387 1014, 0 4387 1613-4

12 Phu Wiang National Park

Location : Phu Wiang District, Khon Kaen Phu Wiang National Park Phu Wiang is the name of the national park and a district. The National Park covers an area of 325 sq km which is a highland and valley. It is surrounded by 2 ring-shape mountains. Some areas have steep cliffs. Dinosaur fossils, dinosaurs’ footprints were found in some area in this Park. Besides, the trace of ancient civilisation was also found such as iron equipment and pre-historic human skeletons. A large area of the park is dipterocarp and dry evergreen forest.

Plants that grow in the Park are redwood, Para wood, sandalwood, ferns, bamboos, rattan and bananas. It is a habitat of barking deer, antelope, foxes, civet, tiger cats, squirrels, porcupines, flying lemur, monkeys, flying squirrels and many more.

How to get there
Take Highway No.12 (Khon Kaen – Chumpae) towards Chumpae. After passing Non Rua, turn right to Highway No.2038 to Phu Wiang District and continue for 4 km to Pak Chong Range Station of the National Park.
Administered by Phu Wiang National Park
Contact Tel. 0 4335 8073, 08 5852 1771

13 Hin Chang Si View Point

Location : Nong Ruea District, Khon Kaen Hin Chang Si View Point Hin Chang Si View Point is a group of rock which is the best view point of Nam Phong National Park for watching sunrise and sunset. It is located in the ridge of Soktae Forest Mountain north of National Park Headquarters. It is named Hin Chang Si (Elephant-rubbing Rock) because, in the past, there had wild elephants come to rub their body against the rock and left the soil on it. On the Hin Chang Si View Point lays a large floor of rock. And at the top of it is a skull-like rock located solely. Traveler on the floor can explore all surrounding sceneries, for example, in the north and south are covered with evergreen forest, very far away is Khon Kaen City, and in the west is the wonderful scenery of Ubonratana Reservoir which is not only beautiful but also very large and vastly far away until out of sigh at Phuwiang and Phukao Mountain Range.

How to get there
Take Highway No.12 from Khon Kaen town centre then turn right at km 30 marker and continue for 19 km. The National Park Office is located on the hill on the right. The total distance is 49 km. Once there, the viewpoint can be reached on foot. It takes approximately 3 hours to walk along the ridge of the mountain. Alternatively, you can reach the viewpoint from the other side of the National Park Office by driving to Ban Kham Ya Daeng and walking for about 10 minutes.
Administered by Nam Phong National Park
Contact Tel. 0 4335 8074, 0 4324 8006

14 Kaeng Khut Khu

Location : Chang Khan District, Loei Kaeng Khut Khu Kaeng Khut Khu is an islet in the middle of the Mekong River and well known for its colorful boulders that are clearly visible during the dry season and totally submerged in other seasons. Kaeng Khut Khu is located not far from Chiang Khan District Office, just 3 kilometers. On the opposite bank of the River, visitors can see “Chana Kham”, Vientiane District, Laos PDR. For tourists, there are traditional northeastern restaurants on the riverbank selling grilled fish and freshwater shrimp. A boat can be chartered to enjoy magnificent views along Maekong River.

How to get there
To get there from the city of Loei, take the Loei-Chiang Khan road and drive for 47 kilometers, turn right and proceed for another 3 kilometers to Chiang Khan District.

15 Phra Maha Chedi Chai Mongkol

Location : Nong Phok District, Roi Et Phra Maha Chedi Chai Mongkol Phra Maha Chedi Chai Mongkol is respected of Buddhist in Roi Et province and nearby province which is located on the grounds of the Wat Pha Namthip Thep Prasit Vararam. 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 final 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)

16 Mo I-Daeng Cliff - Khao Phra Wihan

Location : Kantharalak District, Sisaket Mo I-Daeng Cliff - Khao Phra Wihan Mo I-Daeng Cliff or well known as Pha Mo I Daeng, offers panoramic views of the vast Cambodian forest and Preah Vihear Sanctuary. It is the best view point of the northeast, this red-colour rock cliff is situated right on Thailand-Cambodia border. Under "Pha Mo I-Daeng" has convex sculpture pictures, it was an old art where is very interesting. It is the pictures of three angels which is located near Mo I-Daeng Cliff. Sisaket Province built the path and rail for tourists can walk down and see the surrounding area.

How to get there
From Sisaket town, you can use highway 221 (Sisaket -Kantoralak) pass Kantoralak district to the south for 36 km., then drive to Khao Phra Wihan.
Administered by Khao Phra Wihan National Park

17 Witness natural wonder of Naga Fireballs

Location : Mekong River, Phon Pisai district, Nong Khai Witness natural wonder of Naga Fireballs Naga Fireballs or well know as “Bang Fai Phaya Nak” is an interesting festival of Nong Khai province which a great number of fireballs are usually seen in Phon Phisai district. This phenomenon takes place once a year at the end of the three-month Buddhist Lent, in October. The highlight of the festival is on Ok Phansa Day. At night, fireballs of various sizes burst from the bottom of the Mekong River, sprint above the water surface, and then move skyward before disappearing. The Naga Fireball Festival also include a bazaar, a food fair, a contest of floating and illuminated boats in worship of the Naga, long-boat races, and light and sound presentation.

Contact Tel. 0 4232 5406-7

18 Nong Han Lake

Location : Kumphawapi District, Udonthani Nong Han Lake Nong Han lake is a natural freshwater lake located in Kumphawapi District. There are two large islands in the lake,Don Kaew Island and Don Pa Island. The earth in the area of Nong Han is relatively fertile with a small amount of saline soil. Approximately 80% of the area around Nong Han are paddy fields with the rest (approximately 20%) used for orchards and animal husbandry. There are at least 74 species of birds, 39 species of fish,and 15 species of aquatic vegetation in the area of Nong Han. The lake is an important aspect of the local economy. The area of Nong Han Lake has been a habitat for human communites from ancient times.

How to get there
It has a total area of 45 sq.km. or approximately 28,125 rai. The lake is 13 km. in length and is surrounded by marshland.

19 Suan Hin Pha Ngam

Location : Nong Hin District, Loei Suan Hin Pha Ngam Suan Hin Pha Ngam or well know as “Thailand’s Kunming” is limestone mountains aged around 230-280 million years. An uplift of the earth’s crust, together with millions of years of natural rot have made this mountain to be strangely beautiful, similar to the stone garden in Kunming. Therefore, it was named “Thailand’s Kunming”. Within the compound is also situated a tourist information centre. To admire the nature, interested persons can contact an officer to conduct a tour around the stone garden as a group of 10 persons, costing 100 baht per group.

How to get there
Suan Hin Pha Ngam is south of town on Highway No. 201. Proceed past Wang Saphung to Nong Hin then take another road for 20 kilometers.
Opening Hours 08:00 am. - 06:00 pm.
Contact Tel. 08 1462 1719

20 Haew Suwat Waterfall

Location : Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima Haew Suwat Waterfall Haew Suwat Waterfall is famous waterfall in Khao Yai National Park which is situated at the end of Thanarat Road and the waterfall so easy to access by foot from the parking lot and around the waterfall you can has a campsite. There is water dropped from 20-meter high cliff onto a pond below which is appropriate for playing water but not in the rains because there are very much cold and heavily flowing water.

How to get there
Take Highway No.2 (Mitraphab Road) from Saraburi town centre and head to Nakhon Ratchasima at km 144 marker. The distance is around 37.7 km. Take the most right lanes to make a u-turn then go straight and turn left. Go straight until seeing the National Park ticket office at the entrance of the park. The waterfall is situated at the end of Thanarat Road in Khao Yai National Park and approximately 10 km from the National Park Office.
Administered by Khao Yai National Park
Contact Tel. 08 6092 6529, 08 6092 6531

21 Si Kotra Boon Beach

Location : Mueang District, Nakhon Phanom Si Kotra Boon Beach Si Kotra Boon Beach is one of the amazing beaches of Nakhon Phanom which tourist don’t miss to visit. The beach has beauty of the nature with fresh water and sand beaches. The site only appears during summer from February to May. This fresh water sand beach protrudes into the middle of Mekong River. The sunrise here is not to be missed and the most beautiful moment lasts until 09:00 am. The sand beach lies opposite Kham Muan Sub-district Office of Laos.

How to get there
From Bangkok, take Highway No.2 to Khon Kaen province, continue to Highway No.209, 213 and 22, pass Kalasin, Sakon Nakhon to Nakhon Phanom province.

22 Khao Angkhan Temple

Location : Chaloem Phra Kiat District, Buri Ram Khao Angkhan Temple Khao Angkhan temple is located on Khao Angkhan. The temple represents an interesting mixture of architecture from various periods. The buildings within were designed to reflect architecture in various eras. All are breathtakingly beautiful. Inside the main chapel are mural paintings recounting the past lives of Lord Buddha in English.

How to get there
Khao Angkhan Temple is on an extinct volcano 20 kilometres from Phanom Rung. If travelling from Ban Ta Pek (between Ban Tako and Phanom Rung), use the road to Lahan Sai for 5 kilometres and onto a branch road to the temple for 10 kilometres.

23 Roi Et National Museum

Location : Mueang District, Roi Et  Roi Et National Museum Roi Et National Museum was established by Dr. Ko Sawatdiphanit with an aim to showcase local silk textiles and handicrafts of Roi Et. The museum located on Phloen Chit Road, near the city hall. 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.

Opening Hours Wednesday - Sunday from 09:00 am. - 04:00 pm. (Except for Mondays, Tuesdays and public holidays)
Admission 30 Baht (Price are subject to change)
Contact Tel. 0 4351 4456

24 Maenam Song Si

Location : Khong Chiam District, Ubon Ratchathani Maenam Song Si Maenam Song Si (two colour river) has two rivers join by the brown river come from Mekong River while the blue river come from Mun River. Maenam Song Si know as the Bi-colored River or the Mun Rivers alluvium which is located in Khong Chiam District, about 84 kilometers from Ubon Ratchathai City centre. Visitors can hire a boat from Khong Chiam district to see the alluvium.

How to get there
Just a 5-minute drive from Khong Chiam District.

25 Million-year-old shell fossils

Location : Mueang District, Nong Bua Lamphu Million-year-old shell fossils Million-year-old shell fossils is museum of shell fossils from Jurassic Era, dating back to 140-150 million years ago. A lot of bivalve fossils are found in good condition. These fossils are found in the mountain with 50 metres high cliff. In nearby area, 60 pieces of dinosaur fossils are found in the layer of siltstone, above the layer where fossils of shell, ancient crocodile and some minerals are found.

How to get there
Motorist can use highway 210 (Nong Bua Lamphu -Udon Thani). The museum is located in Huai Duea Village, Non Than Sub-district, at kilometre 88.5 on your left. Tourist can take Nong Bua Lamphu -Udon Thani Bus.
Contact Tel. 0 4281 2812

26 King Cobras Village

Location : Ban Khok Sa-nga, Nam Phong District, Khon Kaen King Cobras Village "King Cobras Village" was established by a local doctor, Ken Yongla in 1951 which initiated a cobra show and was successful to attract clients to the village. King Cobras Village located on Ban Khok Sa-nga in Sai Mun sub-district by they have many strange pets such as king cobra, kept at every house. The villagers formally earned extra income by selling herbal medicines by travelling around through viillages.

Anyway, a cobra show was too dangerous as the snake can spit its poison for two metres making a man blind. So he changed to conduct the show with a king cobra and inherited such skill to the villagers. Today, after the harvest season, with better transportation, villagers of Khok Sa-nga always travel around to organize a snake show and offer their herbal medicine. In the village, a snake show is held at Wat Si Thamma, performing different series of show such as snake dancing and boxing between king cobra and man. Exhibitions regarding the king cobra as well as nursery are located nearby.

How to get there
Ban Khok Sa-nga is 49 kilometres from downtown Khon Kaen. Visitors can go via Highway 2 and make a right turn at kilometre 33 to Highway 2039. At kilometre 14, opposite Phang Thui police box, turn right onto a soil road. Then keep going through Ban Na Ngam and make a left turn at the intersection, continue for another 600 metres.

27 Sakon Nakhon Wax Castle Festival

Location : Mueang District, Sakon Nakhon Sakon Nakhon Wax Castle Festival Sakon Nakhon Wax Castle Festival will celebration during the 12th-15th day of waxing moon in October to mark the end of Buddhist’s Lent. The festival has an exciting showcase such as Wax Castle procession, longboat races, and cultural performances.

One of the biggest events in the Ok Phansa Day (The end of Buddhist Lent), the assemble of the wonderful wax castles which are created from the talent artists in the province. Experience the magnificent Wax Castle Procession and feast your eyes on the wonderful tradition of Sakon Nakhon people. On the night of 13th day, people will join hands in decorating wax castle at Ming Muang Field. The 14th day, beautiful wax castle from different temples will join the procession, roaming the municipality to Wat Phra That Cherngchum Woravihara. Isan people believe that the wax will welcome Lord Buddha who comes back from the heaven to help all creatures on earth.

Highlight: Not only do you get to see the beautiful wax castles in the procession, but you learn more about the culture of Sakon Nakhon by visiting various temples around the city to observe the making of these structures. Several of the highly-revered monks of Thailand are from Sakon Nakhon, and visitors take the opportunity to visit their temples at this time.

Contact Tel. 0 4251 3490-1

28 Ko Sum Pii Forest Park

Location : Kosum Phisai District, Maha Sarakham Ko Sum Pii Forest Park Ko Sum Pii was declared to be Forest Park on October 1, 1966 by The Royal Forest Department which located in Moo 1, Hua Khwang Sub-district, Kosum Pisai District, Maha Sarkham Province, covered the area of 125 rais (50 acres).

The shady park is home to different big trees such as Yang, Tabaek (Lagerstroemia floribunda Jack) and Kathum (Anthocephalus chinensis (Lamk.) A. Rich.ex Walp.) whose canopies connect to each other. With natural pond and scenery, this park is home to different kinds of bird, big herd of crab-eating macaque, as well as rare golden crab-eating macaque. Attractions in the park include.

Kaeng Tat : Rapids in Chi River is situated at north and east of the park. Base rock acquires wide area in the river. When the river descends between November and May, shallow water allows rapids to appear. It has beautiful setting around the area.

Lan Khoi : The terrain is occupied by toothbrush trees. Today, over 200 of them are bended into different shapes.

Crab-eating macaque : The animals make this park their home. There are two kinds of crab-eating macaques in the park, the grey and golden macaque.

How to get there
From Maha Sarakham City, take highway 208 for 28 kilometres. At Kosum Phisai Intersection, get into asphalt road and keep going for 450 metres.

29 Bun Bang Fai Rocket Festival

Location : Phaya Thaen Public Park, Mueang District, Yasothon Bun Bang Fai Rocket Festival Bun Bang Fai Rocket Festival is the local way to bless the Earth with fertility and rain which is an ancient local festival. On the festival day, the beautiful rockets in different styles are paraded to the launch site. The local people dress in colorful traditional costumes and dance to accompany the procession. The highlight of the festival is the launch time. The rockets are fired from their launch platforms one by one. They shoot high into the sky, some as high as a kilometer. It is believed that the farther they go, the more rain will fall on the northeastern plateau, bringing good fortune and a bumper rice harvest. At the same time noisy folk music and cheers can be heard for each liftoff and the rocket that reaches the greatest height is declared the winner.
Contact Tel. 0 4571 1397 ext.112

30 Wat Tham Saeng Phet (Tham Saeng Phet Temple)

Location : Mueang District, Amnat Charoen Wat Tham Saeng Phet (Tham Saeng Phet Temple) Wat Tham Saeng Phet is famous temple of Amnat Charoen province which is located on spacious sandstone plain, Khemarat Road, 18 kilometres from the city, and 2 kilometres off the main road uphill. The temple has vihara, pagoda, and huge reclining Buddha. North of the vihara is a big cave housing a beautiful Buddha image. Tourist can walk around to enjoy rock formation of Sala Phun Hong. This cave is named Saeng Phet or ‘diamond’s glitters’ due to its flashing glitter rock. Wat Tham Saeng Phet is meditation centre of those who honour Achan Cha Suphatto, famous monk from Wat Nong Pa Phong. Foreign monks always come for practicing mediation here.

Opening Hours 08:00 am. - 05:00 pm.
Contact Tel. 0 5322 4333