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Attractions in Nakhon Phanom province in Thailand

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Covering a total area of 5,512 sq. km. and lying directly east of Sakon Nakhon and 740 km. northeast of Bangkok, the province of Nakhon Phanom borders the Mekong River. This accounts for some magnificent scenery, including views across the river to the mountains of Lao P.D.R. from which the provincial capital gets its name "City of the Mountains". Indeed, the Lao influence over the customs, architecture and cuisine of Nakhon Phanom, add to the fascination of traveling in the area. Many unique folk dances are performed on special occasions, while the custom of extending a generous welcome to guests can be seen at the Bai Si Su Khwan ceremony.


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City attractions in
Nakhon Phanom

Wat Okat Si Bua Ban

Standing on the bank of the Mekong River on Sunthon Wichit Road, the temple is as old as the province and enshrines two highly revered and ancient Buddha images, while the temple's interior walls are decorated with beautiful mural paintings.

Wat Si Thep Pradittharam

Also on Sunthon Wichit Road, this temple is noteworthy for the exquisite mural paintings in its ordination hall, as well as for the highly revered Phra Saeng image.

Wat Mahathat

Again on Sunthon Wichit Road, the temple compound includes Phrathat Nakhon, a sacred pagoda worshipped by Buddhists everywhere. With a square base and measuring 5.8-metres wide by 24-metres high, it was constructed by Phramaha-ammat Pom, the army commander-in-chief from Vientiane who built Nakhon Phanom city.

Riverside Promenade

This provides a clear view across the Mekong River to the Lao town of Tha Khaek and its mountain backdrop, which is especially scenic at sunrise and during the late afternoon. Please note that visitors holding valid Lao visas may cross to Tha Khaek.


Out of city attractions in
Nakhon Phanom

Renu Nakhon

This small settlement is located 52 km. south of Nakhon Phanom town, via Highway No. 212 to the 44-km. marker and then along Highway No. 2031. The place is best known for the Phu Thai ethnic minority who retains their traditional culture, especially in the form of dances and the custom of the Bai Si Su Khwan ceremony. Many local products, including woven cotton, can be bought here.

Phrathat Renu Nakhon

This 35-metre high pagoda was built in 1918 and is a smaller replica of Phrathat Phanom. It houses sacred scriptures along with a gold Buddha image.

Phrathat Phanom

This important Buddhist site is located 50 km. south of Nakhon Phanom town on Highway No. 212. The temple is believed to date back more than 12 centuries and is dominated by a square-shaped Lao-style Stupa, which is 53-metres high and enshrines the holy relics of the Lord Buddha. On 11 August 1975, the entire pagoda collapsed after days of a massive downpour and was rebuilt from public donations, as it is one of the most revered shrines in the Northeast.

Phrathat Tha Uthen

Located 26 km. north of Nakhon Phanom on Highway No. 212, the 66-metre high stupa is similar to Phrathat Phanom. It was constructed in 1912 to house the relics of a disciple of the Lord Buddha, which were brought from Rangoon in Myanmar.

Wat Triphum

This riverside temple in Amphoe Tha Uthen contains the 15th  century 80-inch tall Phra Bang Buddha image which, according to local lore, can ensure plentiful rains.

Namtok Tat Kham Forest Park

Set in the Phu Lanka mountain range, 6 km. from Amphoe Ban Phaeng on Highway No. 212, this four-tier waterfall is an ideal spot for relaxation. For more in formation, please contact the National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department.
Tel. 0 2562 0760

Namtok Tat Pho

Lying 5 km. from Tat Kham, these falls arc equally beautiful and best seen during the rainy season. Because they are inaccessible by car, visitors must walk a little over one hour to reach the falls.

Phrathat Maha Chai

Located at Wat Khositaram, 40 km. from Nakhon Phanom town on the Nakhon Phanom-Sakon Nakhon route (Highway No. 22), the Stupa contains a relic of the Lord Buddha. Also of interest is the temple's ordination hall which has the largest wooden Buddha image in Thailand, as well as some especially line mural paintings depicting the life of the Lord Buddha.

Special events in Nakhon Phanom

Phrathat Phanom Fair

This 7-day festival takes place during the full moon period of the third lunar month (usually late February to early March), when thousands of people flock to the temple to pay homage. Religious merit-making, folk entertainment and market stalls are among the activities.

Lai Ruea Fai ( Illuminated Boats Procession)

Celebrated annually at the end of Buddhist Lent (usually in October), the event features a parade of illuminated boats with colourful lights along the Mekong River to pay homage to the Lord Buddha. Also organised are dragon-boat races featuring Thai and Lao teams.

Shopping in Nakhon Phanom

The most popular local products are silk and cotton, produced in Amphoe Renu Nakhon, Amphoe That Phanom, Amphoe Si Songkhram, and Amphoe Na Wa. Reed mats are made at Ban Lao Phatthana, The typically I-san bamboo flute, known as Khean, can be found at Ban Tha Ruea, Tambon Na Wa and Ban Phanom.




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