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Attractions in Sakon Nakhon province in Thailand

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Lying east of Udon Thani, Sakon Nakhon is 647 km. from Bangkok and the province covers an area of 9,605 sq. km. Like Udon Thani, the provincial capital serves largely as a market centre for the surrounding agricultural communities. Geographically, the province encompasses the Phu Phan mountain range, where several forest temple meditation retreats are located. Some of these temples are famous for having in the past been the residences of revered monks well known for their lofty achievements in meditation practices. Ancient customs and traditions, such as the Wax Castle Festival held in October, are well preserved in Sakon Nakhon and add a further dimension to interest the traveler.
Website: www.sakonnakhon.go.th

 

 

 

Wat Phrathat Choeng Chum

 

City attractions in Sakon Nakhon

Nong Han

This is a large freshwater lake with an area of 123 sq. km. It is where many waterways converge and is also a major agricultural and fishery centre, while the shoreline has been developed into a public park. In addition, there is Sa Phang Thong, an ancient pool believed to have been constructed during the Ayutthaya period.

Wat Phrathat Choeng Chum

This major religious monument is situated next to Nong Han and features a 24-metre high Lao-style Stupa built during the Ayutthaya period over a smaller 11th-century Khmer pagoda. The temple's main chapel enshrines the revered image of Luang Pho Ong Saen.

I-san Freshwater Fishery Aquarium

Located at the Sakon Nakhon Fishery Station on Sai Sawang Road, the centre has displays of freshwater fish and typical animal species found in the Northeast.

Phra Achan Man Phurithatto Museum

AI Wat Pa Sutthawat, opposite tile Provincial Hall on Suk Kasem Road, the museum has exhibits of tile personal effects and biographical details relating to the famous monk Phra Achan Man.

Sakon Nakhon Cultural Centre

Located at Rajabhat Sakon Nakhon University, on the Sakon Nakhon-Udon Thani route, the Centre has displays of artefacts relating to the various tribes people in the province, as well as information on the history of Sakon Nakhon.

Phrathat Narai Cheng Weng

Lying about 5 km. from town on the way to Udon Thani, these are the ruins of an ancient Khmer Hindu shrine. Ornate designs adorn the pagoda, of particular note being the carvings on the lintels over the porticos.

 

Out of city attractions in
Sakon Nakhon

Pan Mo Pottery Village

AI Ban Chiang Khrua, 15 km. from town on the way to Nakhon Phanom, visitors can buy locally produced pottery jars, containers and flowerpots.

Namtok Pricha Suksan

Sliding down the side of a rock plateau and with a pool suitable for Swimming, the falls are in the Phu Phan mountain range, 17 km. from town on the Sakon Nakhon-Udon Thani route and a further 10 km. along a turn on the left.

Phu Phan Ratchaniwet Palace

Also in the Phu Phan mountain range on the Sakon Nakhon-Kalasin route, 13 km. from the district office, this is the residence of Their Majesties the King and Queen when they visit the Northeast.

Phu Phan National Park

Covering a wide expanse of jungle, the Park, with its headquarters on Highway No. 213 on the way to Kalasin, 25 km. from tile district office, features Pha Nang Moen, an observation point 700 metres by foot from the Park office, and Lan Sao E, a natural rock plateau on a cliff 2 km. away. Contact the National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department for more information.
Tel. 0 2562 0760
Website: www.dnp.go.th

Wat Tham Kham

Situated at Amphoe Phanna Nikhom, this was where the famous monks Achan Fan and Luang Pu Thet meditated. A pagoda housing the relics of the latter is located here.

Wat Kham Pramong

The temple is the meditation centre of the famous monk Luang Pu Sim and is located at Ban Kham Pramong in Tambon Sawang, 40 km. from town on Highway No. 22 and then Highway No. 2355 to Amphoe Akat Amnuai.

Achan Fan Acharo Museum

At Wat Pa Udom Somphon in Tambon Phanna Nikhom, en route to Udon Thani, the museum is dedicated to the famous monk Achan Fan and contains a wax figure of him, as well as displays of his personal effects and biographical details.

Phrathat Si Mongkhon

In Tambon Ban That, 2 km. from Amphoe Phang Khon Office, this pagoda has a square base and is decorated with fired clay designs. The present structure encases an ancient pagoda made of laterite.

Ban Phanna Khmer Sanctuary

Located 70 km. from Sakon Nakhon town on the Sakon Nakhon-Udon Thani route, this is an ancient Khmer laterite sanctuary set on a rectangular base and with a laterite pool nearby.

Kut Na Kham Arts and Crafts Centre

Located 120 km. from Sakon Nakhon town on Highway No. 22 and then Highway No. 2280, the Centre produces earthenware home utensils and decor items. The designs are varied and are of excellent craftsmanship.

Huai Huat National Park

The Park can be accessed by taking either the Sakon Nakhon-Kalasin route for 5 km. and then Highway No. 2339 on the left for 35 km., or taking the Sakon Nakhon-Na Kae route for 14 km. and then a road on the right for 18 km. The Park is noted for its picturesque dam, waterfall and rock plateau which is covered with flowers at the end of the rainy season. There are also prehistoric cave drawings.
For more information, please contact the National Park,
Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department.
Tel. 0 2562 0760 Website : www.dnp.go.th

 

Special event in Sakon Nakhon

Wax Castle Procession

The procession is held annually at Sakon Nakhon town over 3 night s at the end of the Buddhist Lent in October. The second night features a beautiful procession, a folk play indigenous to Sakon Nakhon, and boat races.

 

Shopping in Sakon Nakhon

Sakon Nakhon handicrafts include earthenware, woodcarving, cotton and silk products, and hand-woven Khit cloth.

   
 

 

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