Yasothon is famous for its boisterous Rocket Festival every May,when giant home-made missiles are
launched into the air in a symbolic rain-making gesture.
In the town at Wat Mahathat,Phra That Yasothon is a much-visited Lao-style chedi,
said to be over 1,200 years old. It enshrines holy relics of Phra Ananda,one of Lord Buddha's chief disciples.
That Kong Khao Noi is an ancient Khmer chedi with a much revered brick and stucco Buddha that is ritually bathed
every April. The handicraft village of Ban Si Than is famed for the triangular pillows used in most Thai households.
Yasothon has an area of 4,161 square kilometres. It is divided into the following districts: Muang, Kham Khuean Kaeo,
Maha Chana Chai, Pa Tio, Loeng Nok Tha, Kut Chum, Kho Wang, Sai Mun and Thai Charoen.
||: Mukdahan, Nakhon Phanom and Roi Et Provinces
||: Sisaket Province
||: Ubon Ratchathani Province
||: Roi Et Province
The distances from Amphoe Muang to other Amphoes are as follow :
|From Yasothon City of nearby Provinces
||: 111 kms.
|Nakhon Phanom Province
||: 215 kms.
|Roi Et Province
||: 71 kms.
||: 159 kms.
|Ubon Ratchathani Province
||: 98 kms.
|From Yasothon City to other districts.
|Amphoe Kham Khuean Kaew
||: 23 kms.
|Amphoe Kho Wang
||: 70 kms.
|Amphoe Kut Chum
||: 37 kms.
|Amphoe Loeng Nok Tha
||: 69 kms.
|Amphoe Maha Chana Chai
||: 41 kms.
||: 0 kms.
|Amphoe Pa Tio
||: 28 kms.
|Amphoe Sai Mun
||: 18 kms.
|Amphoe Thai Charoen
||: 51 kms.
How to ge there
From Bangkok, take Highway No. 1 to Saraburi and Highway No. 2 to Ban Phai, then take Highway No. 23
to Yasothon via Borabue and Maha Sarakham and Roi Et, a total distance of 531 kilometres.
Bangkok-Yasothon buses depart from Mochit 2 Bus Terminal every day.
There is no direct train running to Yasothon. Visitors can take a train to Ubon Ratchathani, then continue
the trip by bus to Roi Et..
There is no direct flight to Yasothon. Visitors can fly from Bangkok to Ubon Ratchathani and continue
the trip by bus to Yasothon.
Festivals & Events
Bang Fai Rocket Festival - Phaya Thaen Park
Date : May (second weekend)
Yasothon is most famous for its spectacular Rocket (Bung Fai) Festival, an
event which draws visitors from all over the country. The festival
features large home-made rockets, fireworks displays, parades and
beauty contests. Traditionally northeastern villagers have created
and launched rockets of all kinds and sizes as a belief that this
will ensure that the gods will send plenty of rain for the rice
planting season. As part of this two-day festival there are beauty
pageants and various forms of folk and cultural entertainment full
Meritorious Garland Tradition
Date : February
During the season for merit making and local festival of the Magapuja, worship for the full moon Day
of te third lunar mnth in commemoration of the Great Assembly of Disciples, there was, believed
to be the only one in the world, a spectacular traditon which has long been practiced by the villagers
of Ban Fayart, mahachanachai district, Yasothon. And this merit making festival is called
BOON HAE MALAI of the Meritorious Garland Tradition.
Being the devout Buddhists, all people in Ban Fayart would take exquisitedly decorated handmade
garland flowers which were made from pop-paddy to worship to the Lord Buddha.
Later, local wisdom of the people of Ban Fayart have played a great role to the tradition.
They apply the pop-paddy to decorate and beautify the garland, all are hand decorative garlands.
There are various style of garlands according to the decorators. They also try to use cotton yarn,
artificial plastic flowers, flowers made from crepe paper, and plastic beads to make them more attractive.