Chaiyaphum

In addition to its storied history, Chaiyaphum Province is famous for its natural beauty, best appreciated in its four national parks: Tat Thon National Park features dry dipterocarp forests, Sai Thong National Park contains the spectacular Sai Thong waterfall, Pa Hin Ngam National Park includes some odd rock formations, and Phu Laen Kha National Park has dense forests, breathtaking waterfalls, and rocky mountain cliffs. Chaiyaphum is a region filled with a variety of exotic flora and fauna and visitors can enjoy jungle trekking, camping, and swimming in its outstanding natural parks.

 

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ISAN is the northeastern region of Thailand. It is located on the Korat Plateau, bordered by the Mekong River (along the border with Laos) to the north and east, by Cambodia to the southeast and the Prachinburi mountains south of Nakhon Ratchasima. To the west it is separated from Northern and Central Thailand by the Phetchabun mountain range.

Since the beginning of the 20th century, northeastern Thailand has been officially known as Isan, a term adopted from Sanskrit Ishan, meaning in a north east direction. The term "Isan" was derived from Isanapura, the capital of the Chenla kingdom. The Lao-speaking population of the region, who comprise the majority, distinguish themselves not only from the Lao of Laos but also from the central Thai by calling themselves Khon Isan or Thai Isan. The Khmer-speaking minority and Kuy (Suai), who live in the south of Isan, speak dialects and follow customs more similar to those of Cambodia than either the Thai people or the Lao people. Agriculture is the main economic activity. Production lags behind the rest of the country due to the socio-economic conditions and the exceptionally hot, dry climate. Isan remains Thailand's poorest region.

The main language is Isan, which is a dialect of the Lao language. Currently written with the Thai alphabet (instead of the slightly different Lao alphabet), Isan belongs to the Chiang Seng and LaoPhutai language groups, which along with Thai are members of the Tai languages of the TaiKadai language family. Thai is also spoken by almost everyone. Khmer, the language of Cambodia, is widely spoken in areas along the Cambodian border: Buriram, Surin, and Sisaket. The people are aware of their Lao ethnic origin, but Isan has been incorporated into the modern Thai state. Several Thai prime ministers have come from the region. Prominent aspects of Isan culture of include Mor Lam, an indigenous type of folk music, Muay Thai boxing, cock fighting, and celebratory processions. Isan food, in which Sticky Rice (Khao niew) and chiles are prominent, is distinct from Thai cuisine. Sticky rice is a staple of Thai Northeastern cuisine, and it accompanies most meals.

 
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Chaiyaphum

 

 

 

Chaiyaphum, the City of Phraya Lae the Brave, features many historical monuments from its long and storied history, as well as spectacular natural beauty.

Chaiyaphum is a province located at the edge of Isans Khorat plateau in the area between the Central and the Northern regions of Thailand, and is therefore roughly half forests and mountains, half plateau. It is a land of beautiful Dok Krachiao (curcuma) fields and abundant waterfalls, especially in the rainy season. Chaiyaphums major mountain ranges include Phu Phang Hoei, Phu Laen Kha, and Phu Phaya Fo, the origin of the Chi River.

Historically, Chaiyaphum is a place where many periods of civilization have overlapped, including those of the disparate Dvaravati, Khmer, and Lan Xang kingdoms. Consequently, many archaeological remains and objects have been found across the province. In more modern times, Chaiyaphum acted as a border town during the reign of King Narai the Great of the Ayutthaya period. The town was again abandoned but reappeared in the early Ratanakosin era as a destination where migrants from Vientiane, Loas settled; their leader, called Lae, sided with the Thais in a regional uprising and was appointed the first governor of modern-day Chaiyaphum by a grateful King of Thailand.

In addition to its storied history, Chaiyaphum Province is famous for its natural beauty, best appreciated in its four national parks: Tat Thon National Park features dry dipterocarp forests, Sai Thong National Park contains the spectacular Sai Thong waterfall, Pa Hin Ngam National Park includes some odd rock formations, and Phu Laen Kha National Park has dense forests, breathtaking waterfalls, and rocky mountain cliffs. Chaiyaphum is a region filled with a variety of exotic flora and fauna and visitors can enjoy jungle trekking, camping, and swimming in its outstanding natural parks.

 

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As a province somewhat off the typical tourist route, Chaiyaphum is best reached via private car or public bus. However, it is possible to take a train or plane to nearby Ubon Ratchathani an then a short bus to Chaiyaphum. Once there, it may be easier to get around with your own car, but there are standard forms of local transport available for visitors: i.e. songtaew, motorbike taxi, and tuk tuk.

Getting to and from Chaiyaphum

By Train:
From Bangkoks Hua Lumphong Station there are both rapid and express trains to Nong Khais Bua Yai Station. From there passengers can take a bus 51 kilometers to Chaiyaphum. For more information, please contact the Travel Service Center of the State Railway of Thailand at Tel. 1690, 0 2220 4444, 0 2220 4334, 0 2621 8701 or visit www.railway.co.th

By Car:
1. From Bangkok, take Highway No. 1 (Phahonyothin Road) to Saraburi. Turn right onto Highway No. 2 (Mittraphap Road) and turn left into Highway No. 201 at Sikhio District, passing through Dan Khun Thot and Chatturat Districts into Chaiyaphum, a total distance of 330 kilometers.

2. From Bangkok, take Highway No. 1 (Phahonyothin Road) through Saraburi; at the Phu Khae Intersection take Highway No. 21 to Chai Badan District. Then, take Highway No. 205, passing through Thep Sathit and Chatturat Districts into Chaiyaphum province.

By Bus:
Busses from Bangkoks Northern Bus Terminal (Mo Chit 2) to Chaiyaphum depart daily. The trip takes approximately 5 ? hours. For more information, please contact Bangkoks Northern Bus Terminal (Mo Chit 2) at Tel. 0 2936 2852-66, Chaiyaphum Bus Terminal at Tel. 0 4481 1493, Air Chaiyaphum Co., Ltd. at Tel. 0 4481 1556, Nakhonchai Air Co., Ltd. at Tel. 0 4481 1739, 0 4481 2522, Chaiyaphum Chong Charoen Co., Ltd. at Tel. 0 4481 1780 or Fax. 0 4481 1760, Chaiyaphum Tour Co.,Ltd. at Tel. 0 4481 6012 or visit www.transport.co.th.


By Air:
There are no airlines servicing Chaiyaphum. The nearest airports are in Khon Kaen and Nakhon Ratchasima, respectively 150 and 119 kilometers away. From either it is possible to get ground transportation to Chaiyaphum.


Getting Around Chaiyaphum
As in most rural Thai provinces there are typically songtaews that follow established routes around the provincial capital and between towns within the province. Songtaews, motorbike taxis, and some form of tuk tuk are usually available for private charter as well.

 

Activities
As one of the more remote tourist destinations in Thailand, Chaiyaphum features activities than are associated with the natural and historical attractions located around the province.

Attractions
Although one of the quieter tourist destinations in Thailand, Chaiyaphum features many natural attractions, including a number of national parks and a wildlife reserve:

Art, Culture & Heritage

Phraya Phakdi Chumphon (Lae) Monument
This monument is at Sun Ratchakan roundabout on the way into the city. The people of Chaiyaphum built it to honour the citys founder... Link 1

Chao Pho Phraya Lae shrine
This shrine is on the bank of Nong Pla Thao, 3 kilometres from the city, on the way to Ban Khwao. There is a large tamarind tree on the bank, which is said to be where Chao Phraya Lae died fighting Vientiane soldiers in 1826... Link 1

Phra That Nong Sam Muen
From Chaiyaphum, take Highway No. 201 past Phu Khiao to Ban Nong Song Hong for 75 kilometres, then turn left onto Highway No. 2055 and drive for 9 kilometres to Ban Kaeng. There, turn left and drive for a further 5 kilometres. This ancient square-based pagoda is 32 meters wide and 45 meters high. It is one of the most complete and most beautiful pagodas to be found. Incorporating art from the Lanna, Lan Chang and Ayutthaya periods, it is believed to have been built during the 21st-22nd Buddhist century.

 

Places of Worship

Prang Ku
This khmer sanctuary is at Ban Nong Bua, Tambon Nai Mueang, 3 kilometres from the city. Prang Ku is a Khmer-style ancient site built in the 18th Buddhist century. The main pagoda is square with a length of 5 metres on each side. A stone Buddha image in the meditation posture from the Dvaravati period that was moved from elsewhere is beside it. A building is situated in front of the pagoda surrounded by a wall. Everything is made of laterite except for the door and window frames, the lintel and columns that are made of sandstone. Outside the wall is a pool in perfect condition.

 

Nature & Wildlife

Chulabhorn Dam / Nam Phrom Dam
Chulabhorn Dam is at Tambon Thung Phra and dams the Phrom River. It is a rock-filled dam with an earth core. The dam is 700 metres long and 70 metres high. It is used to generate electricity and irrigation. Boat rentals are available to view the sights of the reservoir. To get to the dam, take the Chaiyaphum-Chum Phae road (Highway No. 201) to Nong Song Hong junction, then turn left onto Highway No. 2055, a total distance of 120 kilometres from Chaiyaphum.

Tat Ton National Park
The Tat Ton National Park covers some parts of Phu Laen Kha mountain range. To get there, take Highway No. 2051 for 21 kilometres. Tat Ton waterfall is an important tourist spot. The water here cascades down wide rock plateaus, creating breathtaking scenery, especially in the rainy season when there is plenty of water. The park also has Pha Iang waterfall, which is 32 kilometres from the city on the Chaiyaphum-Nong Bua Daeng road, and Tat Fa waterfall, which is 25 kilometres from the city on the Chaiyaphum-Kaeng Khro road... Link 1

Phu Laen Kha National Park
With an area of 200.5 sq.km. in mountainous terrain, the habitat of this protect - forest park range from thick forest to sparse woods. The site contains a variety of natural beauty of cliffs, stone ground, and strange rock formations... Link 1

Pa Hin Ngam National Park
This national park can be reached via the Bangkok-Saraburi-Chai Badan route, then connecting to Highway No. 205 (Chai Badan-Thep Sathit-Chaiyaphum). Then take a left-hand road just before the district for 29 kilometres. The park is littered with large rocks of unusual shapes, some resembling a nail, a serpents head and an ancient castle. In the early part of the rainy season in July, Dok Krachiao, a jungle flower with an underground bulb, will sprout pink blooms all over the area. With winter come orchids emerging from rock cracks and innumerable types of jungle flowers. Sut Phaen Din is a steep cliff that connects the Northeast to the Central Region. Visitors can get a panoramic view of the surrounding area from here. Tents can be set up for overnighters in the park. Thep Prathan and Thep Phanom waterfalls are medium-sized waterfalls at their loveliest in the rainy season. They are 34 kilometres and 48 kilometres from Thep Sathit district, respectively... Link 1 , Link 2

 

 

 
 


 
 
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