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Attractions in Chaiyaphum province in Thailand

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With an area of 12,778 sq. km. and with its capital 342 km. from Bangkok, Chaiyaphum lies in the geographical centre of Thailand, although, ironically, it is one of the country's more obscure and least known provinces.

It nonetheless has a long and interesting history, the area having once been under the sway of the Khmer, then in the 18th century was settled by a group of 200 Laotians who were brought here from Vientiane by Nai Lae, an official of the Lao court. The main attraction of the province is that it's somewhere different, somewhere off the well-trodden tourist path. It is also notable for the production of silk.

Prang Ku

 

Chao Pho Phraya Lae Shrine

 

Pa Hin Ngam National Park

 

Tat Ton National Park

 

Pa Hin Ngam National Park

 

Chao Pho Phraya Lae Festival

 

Chaiyaphum

 

Attractions in Chaiyaphum

Prang Ku

At Ban Nong Bua, 3 km. from town, Prang Ku is a Khmer-style monument built in the 13th century. The main stupa is square and beside it is a Buddha image from the Dvaravati period (6th- 10th centuries). In front of the chedi and surrounded by a wall is a laterite building with door and window frames, as well as lintel and columns made of sandstone. Beyond the wall lies a ceremonial pool.

Tat Ton National Park

About 20 km. from town on Highway 2051, this 218-sq. km. park on the edge of the Phu Laen Kha mountain is noted for its extremely scenic waterfalls of Tat Ton, Tat Klang and Pha Iang.

Phraya Phakdi Chumphon Monument

By the Sun Ratchakan roundabout on the way into the city, the monument honours the city's founder.

Chao Pho Phraya Lae Shrine

A large tamarind tree on the banks of Nong Pla Thao, 3 km. from the city, is said to be where the ruler of Chaiyaphum, Chao Pho Phraya Lae, died fighting against an invasion from Vientiane in 1826.

Phu Phra

Located at Ban Nakaisa, Tambon Na Siao, this small mountain has a cliff face with drawings of Buddha images dating from the early Ayutthaya period.

Ban Khwao

This village, 13 km. from town along Highway 225, is famous for silk weaving, especially distinctively patterned , tie-dyed Mut Mi silk. Here visitors can see the whole process from the propagation of silkworms to weaving and the finished product.

Pa Hin Ngam National Park

Scattered throughout the park, located in Amphoe Thep Sathit, are large rocks of unusual shapes, variously resembling a nail, a serpent's head and an ancient castle. From Sut Phaen Din, a steep cliff dividing the Northeast and Central regions, visitors can get a panoramic view of the surrounding area.

Sai Thong National Park

The park covers 340 sq. km. of the Phang Hoei mountain range, with the park headquarters located at Tambon Wang Takhe in Amphoe Nong Bua Rawe. The main attraction of the park is Namtok Sai Thong, located 1 km. from the park office. The fall tumbles 100 metres over rocks.

Nongnut Orchid Farm

Located 1 km. from Phu Khieo on Phu Khieo-Chum Phae Road, the 10-aere farm is noted for its Oncidium orchid, the winner of an international competition.

Phrathat Nong Sam Muen

Reached from Chaiyaphum via Highway 201 to Ban Nong Song Hong and then along Highway 2055 to Ban Kaeng, this splendid 45-metre-high square-based stupa dates from the 16th or 17th centuries and blends Lanna, Lao and Ayutthaya architectural styles. It is constructed over the site of an ancient city of the Dvaravati period.

Phu Khiao Wildlife Reserve

The reserve has an area of 1,560 sq. km. spread over a sandstone mountain range wih high cliffs. The verdant jungle is the watershed of Chi River and is home to an abundance of wildlife, including over 350 bird species. The most interesting spot is Thung Kamang, a grass field that is the grazing ground for many animals. Permission to visit must be obtained by writing to P.O. Box 3, Chum Phae Post Office, Khon Kaen, or contact the National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department Tel. 0 2562 0760.


Special event in Chaiyaphum

Pho Phraya Lae Festival

January
The festival's highlight is a procession to pay homage to Phraya Lae and features a parade of elephants. There are also exhibitions and stalls selling local products.

 

Candle Procession Festival

July
This Buddhist ceremony, with a procession and a candle-carrying contest, is similar to that held in Ubon Ratchathani.


Shopping in Chaiyaphum

Among the best buys are Mut Mi silk, Khit cloth, Khwan pillows and other woven products.

 

 

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