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Attractions in Mukdahan province in Thailand

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Directly south of Nakhon Phanom and also bordering the Mekong River, Mukdahan covers an area of 4,339 sq . km., its provincial capital lying 642 km. northeast of Bangkok. The principal attractions of the province are its tranquil atmosphere, beautiful riverine scenery and the possibility of crossing the river to Sawannakhet, Lao P.D.R. There is a lively cross-river trade and together with the intriguing cultural mix of the population, this makes Mukdahan a bustling and fascinating market town. Popular with shoppers is the lndochina Market, which sells goods from Thailand, Lao P.D.R,Vietnam and China. Beyond the town, curious natural rock formations add interest to the landscape.




Mukdahan National Park



City attractions in Mukdahan

San Chao Pho Chao Fa Mung Mueang

The city shrine, located on Song Nang Sathit Road, was built at the time of the founding of the city, during tile Ayutthaya period, and is highly revered by the people of Mukdahan, who believe that it preserves the city's happiness.

San Chao Mae Song Nang Phi Nong

On Samran Chai Khong Road next to the Mukdahan immigration checkpoint, the shrine is regarded as being as sacred as the Mung Mueang Shrine, and a celebration to pay homage to both shrines is held annually in May.

Wat Si Mongkhon Tai

Located near the immigration checkpoint, the temple houses the important Buddha image of Phra Chao Ong Luang, which predates the city's founding and measures 2-metres wide by 3-metres high. According to legend, the first lord of Mukdahan discovered the image while he was overseeing the city's construction.

Phra Phuttha Sing Song

This 1.2-metre high bronze Buddha image, at Wat Si Bun Rueang (Ban Tai) on Samran Chai Khong Road, was brought from Vientiane to Mukdahan when the city was built. A ritual to pay homage to the image takes place in April during the annual Songkran Festival (the traditional Thai New Year).

Ho Kaeo Mukdahan

Located 2 km. outside of town on the Mukdahan-Don Tan route, this 65-metre high tower block features an exhibition on Mukdahan's history on its lower floors, while the top floor has an observation room commanding panoramic views of the Mekong River, Sawannakhet and Mukdahan. Open dai ly 8.00 a.m.-6.00 p.m. Tel. 0 4263 3211

Excursion to Sawannakhet

This is the second largest city in Lao P.D.R. after the capital Vientiane, and is also a gateway to Danang in Vietnam. It can be visited from Mukdahan if travelers have a valid Lao visa, obtainable from either the Lao Embassy in Bangkok or the Lao Consulate in Khon Kaen.

Out of city attractions
in Mukdahan

Mukdahan National Park (Phu Pha Thoep)

Located 17 km. south of Mukdahan, off Highway No. 2034, the Park has an area of 48.5 sq. km. and comprises hills, caves, rocky plateaux and unusual mushroom-shaped rock formations. The Park's largest peak, Phu Tham Phra, has a waterfall and a cave containing hundreds of small wooden Buddha and animal images. Another cave, Tham Fa Mue Daeng on Phu Pha Thoep, is noted for its prehistoric rock paintings. The Park's hardwood forest is a habitat for barking deer, wild boars, monkeys and civets.

Phu Nang Hong

In the same vicinity as Phu Pha Thoep, about 500 metres before the Park headquarters and along the road to the left, the area features a dwarf forest and a rocky plateau where groups of unusual rock formations surround a huge swan-shaped rock.

Phu Manorom

Reached by taking the Mukdahan-Don Tan route on Highway No. 2034 for 2 km. and then a right turn for 3 km., the hill has a replica of the Lord Buddha's footprint that is one-metre deep. There are also good views of Mukdahan, the Mekong River and Sawannakhet.

Mahorathuek Drum

Housed at Wat Matchimawat (Wat Klang), Amphoe Don Tan, this single-sided bronze drum, 86-cm. in diametre and 90-cm. high, is believed to be more than 3,000 years old and was discovered in 1938 on the banks of the Mekong River at Ban Na Tham in Lao P.D.R. The drum face has a sunrise design, while the casing has drawings of frogs.

Wat Phu Dan Tae

Also known as Wat Phuttho Thammatharo, the temple is in Amphoe Nikhom Kham Soi at the 134-km. marker on Highway No. 212. Situated on a rock plateau, it features a large standing Buddha image with a halo on top.

Phu Mu Forest Park

Reached by taking Highway No. 212 to the 128- l29-km. marker and then take a left turn for 12 km., Phu Mu is 353 metres above sea level and has a mountaintop plateau covering 4 sq. km. The summit offers three vantage points at 100 metres, 400 metres and 800 metres, respectively, from the Park office, which affords fine views. Contact the National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department for more details. Tel. 0 2562 0760 Website:

Wat Song Khon Church

One of the largest and most beautiful Catholic churches in Southeast Asia, Wat Song Khon is located beside the Mekong River 25 km. from Mukdahan town. It was built to honour seven Christians who sacrificed their lives to protect their religion, and contains wax figures of the martyrs along with their ashes.

Wat Manophirom

Located at Tambon Chanot in Amphoe Wan Yai, this old temple was built by architects from Vientiane. It was extensively damaged by fire in 1904, but was fully renovated in 1911. The various buildings in the compound are interesting for their displays of local art.


Special events in Mukdahan

Ruam Phao Thai Mukdahan and Makham wan Chai Khong Fair

Held during 9 to 17 January in front of the Provincial Hall, the Fair is organised to promote the province's products and tourism attractions. Activities include a procession of people dressed in various tribal costumes, a sweet tamarind contest, the Thida Phao Thai pageant, and folk art performances. There are also stalls selling local products.

Thai-Lao Friendship Boat Races

These are held on the Mekong River at the end of Buddhist Lent in October, with races for small, medium and large boats over a distance of three kilometres.




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