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Attractions in Si Sa Ket province in Thailand

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South of Yasothon, Si Sa Ket covering an area of 8,840 sq. km. and with its provincial capital lying 571 km. from Bangkok, is another of the northeastern provinces with a strong Khmer influence in the past, as witnessed in the ruins of several ancient sanctuaries.

The most spectacular site is the Temple of Ruins Preah Vihear, which although situated just over the border in Cambodia is only conveniently accessed via Si Sa Ket.

 

 

Prasat Ban Prasat

 

 

Phrathat Rueng Rong

 

 

Prasat Hin Wat Sa Kamphaeng Yai

 

 

Pha Mo I–daeng

 

 

Namtok Samrong Kiat and Namtok Huai Chan

 

 

Temple of Ruins Preah Vihear

 

 

 

 

 

 

City attractions in Si Sa Ket

Somdet Phra Srinagarindra Park

This large public park, set inside an agricultural college 2 km. from the provincial hall, is planted with Lamduan, a fragrant flowering shrub that is the official plant of the province and blooms from March to April.

City Pillar Shrine

Located near the provincial hall, the city pillar is housed in a square shrine decorated with marble and stained glass.

 

Out of city attractions in
Si Sa Ket

Phrathat Rueng Rong

Located 8 km. from town on Si Sa Ket-Yang Chum Noi Road, the site has a traditional design and is used for religious ceremonies. There is also a museum with cultural displays relating to I-san's ethnic minorities such as the Lao, Khmer, Suai, and Yoe.

Prasat Hin Wat Sa Kamphaeng Yai

At Ban Kamphaeag, 22 km. from town, this large Khmer sanctuary has three buildings built on the same base, the main middle one being finely proportioned and still intact. Carve d lintels, Buddha images and bronze artwork have been found here. The sanctuary was built in the 11th century in honour of the Hindu God Shiva and later converted to a Buddhist temple.

Prasat Hin Wat Sa Kamphaeng Noi

Located at Ban Klang, 14 km. from the district office on the road to Si Sa Ket town, the site consists of a stupa, a building made of laterite and a pool. Originally built in the 11th century, it was expanded in the 13th century to serve as a community medical centre.

Prasat Ban Prasat

This Khmer structure, 39 km. from Si Sa Ket town and 3 further 7 km. along the road to the right, comprises three 11th century square buildings with pointed tops that were erected on the same laterite base.

Prasat Prang Ku

Standing 10 km. from Prang Ku district office, this is a small Khmer monument built of large laterite slabs more than a thousand years ago. To the front is a large pool that is a habitat of waterfowl in the dry season.

Prasat Hin Ban Samo

The site, 10 km. southeast of Prang Ku, comprises a square building with a carved lintel above a fake doorway on the south side and is surrounded by a laterite wall. An ancient pool lies beyond the wall.

Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaeo

Also known as Wat Lan Khuat, the temple is about 70 km. from town and is notable for its decorations made of numerous coloured bottles.

Prasat Tamnak Sai

Located 19 km. from Khun Han district office on the way to Namtok Samrong Kiat, the site has a single square building made of brick, while the lintel and doorway are of sandstone. Two stone Singha (lions) guard

Namtok Samrong Kiat and Numtok Huai Chan

Namtok Samrong Kiat 20 km. from Khun Han district office, is a medium-sized cataract with a rock plateau. Namtok Huai Chan, 24 km. from the district office on Kanthrom-Ban Samrong Kiat Road, drops down several rocky levels.

Prang Sila Chong Don Tuan

Situated on a sleep cliff in the Dong Rak mountain range near the Thai-Cambodian border, 38 km. from Kantharalak district office, this small Khmer site has a square stupa built of brick, a doorway of stone and a lion guarding the entrance.

Pha Mo l-daeng

At the end of Highway 221, 98 km. from Si Sa Ket town, this is a wide rock plateau on a high cliff overlooking the Thai-Cambodian border with good views of the Dong Rak mountain range and the Temple of Ruins Preah Vihear, Housed in a cbapel here is the Nak Prok Buddha image and a 10th  century Khmer style bas relief, the oldest of its kind in Thailand.

Temple of Ruins Preah Vihear

This spectacular hilltop Khmer sanctuary, built between the 10th and 12th centuries, is physically within Cambodia but is only easily accessible from Thailand, via a 2-km. footpath from Pha Mo I - daeng, In addition to the superb ruins of the sanctuary, the site also offers breathtaking views of the Cambodian lowlands.

 

Special event in Si Sa Ket

Si Phao Thai Si Sa Ket Festival

March
Held at the Somdet Phra Srinagarindra Park when the Lamduan flowers are in full bloom, the festival includes cultural performances by four different ethnic groups: the Khmer, Suai, Lao, and Yoe, a light-and-sound presentation about the city's founding, and handicraft sales.

Pha Mo l-daeng Half and Quarter Marathon

August
A popular uphill run from Phumisaron Village to Pha Mo I - daeng on the third Sunday of the month.

 

Shopping in Si Sa Ket

Si Sa Ket's best known souvenirs include silk and cotton fabrics, and bamboo handicrafts.

 

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