Loei

Loei @ ThailandCity of the Sea of Mountains, Coldest Place in Siam, and Beautiful Flowers of Three Seasons. Sharing a Mekong River border with Laos, Loei province is in many ways more similar to the north of Thailand than to the rest of Isan, even earning the nickname “the Mae Hong Son of the northeast.” Loei is an up-and-coming ecotourism region surrounded by undulating mountain ranges, abundant with various kinds of flora and capped with fog enshrouded summits. The most majestic mountains are Phu Kradueng, Phu Luang and Phu Ruea. However, while Loei features numerous outdoor activities and fascinating cultural attractions, tourism is relatively new to the province and the area is greatly unspoiled.

 

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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 Lao–Phutai language groups, which along with Thai are members of the Tai languages of the Tai–Kadai 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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Loei

 

 

City of the Sea of Mountains, Coldest Place in Siam, and Beautiful Flowers of Three Seasons.

Sharing a Mekong River border with Laos, Loei province is in many ways more similar to the north of Thailand than to the rest of Isan, even earning the nickname “the Mae Hong Son of the northeast.” Loei is an up-and-coming ecotourism region surrounded by undulating mountain ranges, abundant with various kinds of flora and capped with fog enshrouded summits. The most majestic mountains are Phu Kradueng, Phu Luang and Phu Ruea. However, while Loei features numerous outdoor activities and fascinating cultural attractions, tourism is relatively new to the province and the area is greatly unspoiled.

The temperature in Loei is generally cool thanks to the mountains and rivers it contains, but can get surprisingly cold in the winter and unbearably hot in the summer. Loei has unique cultures and traditions in addition to beautiful geographical surroundings, such as the colorful Phi Ta Khon Festival. There are many spectacular sights and exiting activities awaiting travelers to come and experience the miracle of this land.

Agriculture drives Loei’s economy, with villages primarily engaged in crops ranging from macadamia nuts, passion fruit, and Arabica coffee in the highlands to bananas, sesame, and rubber in the plains; however, thanks to its spectacular natural attractions, including several national parks and the Mekong River, Loei is an up and coming ecotourism destination. As a result of its natural beauty and unique mixture of northern and northeastern cultures, Loei is creating much the same buzz Mae Hong Song once did and tourists are taking note.

Note:
• Loei is a province of extreme temperatures, check weather conditions and pack accordingly.

 

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Options in Loei, Thailand
As a province somewhat off the typical tourist route, Loei is best reached via private car or public bus. However, it is possible to take a train or plane to nearby Udon Thani and then a bus to Loei. 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 Loei

By Train:
There is no railway station in Loei. However, visitors can take a train from Bangkok Railway Station (Hua Lumphong) to Udon Thani and then take a bus to Loei. For further information, please contact the State Railway of Thailand at Tel. 1690, 0 2233 7010, 0 2223 7020 or www.railway.co.th or the Udon Thani Railway Station at Tel. 0 4222 2061.

By Car:
From Bangkok take Highway No. 1 (Phahonyothin Road), passing through Amphoe Mueang of Saraburi. Turn onto Highway No. 21 past Phetchabun, and then take Highway No. 203 through Amphoe Lom Sak and Lom Kao into Loei province. The trip takes approximately 7 to 8 hours.

Otherwise, from Saraburi, take Highway No. 2 (Mittraphap Road) past Nakhon Ratchasima to Khon Kaen and turn left onto Highway No. 12 through Amphoe Chum Phae. Finally take Highway No. 201 into Loei province, a total distance of 540 kilometers.

By Bus:
The Transport Co., Ltd. provides daily busses between Bangkok and Loei including both normal busses and air-conditioned coaches. The trip takes approximately 10 hours. For further information, please contact the Bangkok Northern Bus Terminal (Mo Chit 2), Kamphaeng Phet 2 Road, Tel. 0 2936 2841-8, 0 2936 2852-66 or visit www.transport.co.th.

Private bus companies servicing Loei include the following:
Chumpae Tour Ltd. Contact their Bangkok office at Tel. 0 2936 3842 or Loei office at Tel. 0 4283 2285
Phet Prasoet Co., Ltd.’s Contact their Bangkok office at Tel. 0 2936 3230, Amphoe Phu Ruea Office at Tel. 0 4289 9386, Amphoe Dan Sai office at Tel. 0 4289 1908.

By Air:
At present, there are no regular commercial flights to Loei. The nearest airport with regularly scheduled flights is Udon Thani, which is serviced by a number of domestic air carriers. From Udon Thani it is possible to get a bus or rent a car in order to travel to Loei.

 

Getting Around Loei
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 depart from the Bus Terminal on Maliwan Road.

Traveling from the center of the province to other districts and nearby provinces can be done by busses that depart from the Bus Terminal on Maliwan Road.

Getting to Phu Kradueng National Park:

By car:
From the center of Loei town, take Highway No. 201, the Loei – Phu Kradueng route, 75 kilometers from the province and turn right into Highway No. 2019 for 8 kilometers to the park office.

By bus:
Tourists can travel on the Bangkok - Loei bus and get off at Pha Nok Khao, which is a connecting point between Chum Phae and Phu Kradueng. From this point, there is a mini bus to Phu Kradueng National Park. Otherwise, tourists can take the

Bangkok – Chum Phae bus, get off at Chum Phae Market and continue with the

Chum Phae - Pha Nok Khao bus to Pha Nok Khao. There will be a minibus (Songtaew) there that provides shuttle service into the national park.

 

Activities
Loei has an abundance of natural resources including misty mountains, cool forests, and the mighty Mekong River. Loei also features a unique blend of northern and northeastern cultures which can be appreciated by visits to charming villages where handicrafts, such as silk, are produced and crops are raised. There are also a number of unique cultural celebrations that visitors can participate in, making Loei an area with a great diversity of activities for visitors to partake in.

Attractions
As one of the hottest tourist destinations in Thailand, Loei has innumerable attractions, ensuring that visitors with any interest will find something to keep them entertained on their Loei holiday. The following are some of the most popular attractions in Loei:

Art, Culture & Heritage

Phra That Si Song Rak - Loei @ ThailandPhra That Si Song Rak
Located on the bank of the Man River, 83 kilometers from Amphoe Mueang, this large Lao-style pagoda similar to that of Phra That Phanom houses relics of the Lord Buddha. Phra That Si Song Rak is a plaster-covered brick pagoda with a square base of 11 meters on each side. The pagoda itself is 32 meters high. Built in the Ayutthaya period in 1560 as a symbol of camaraderie between Ayutthaya and Si Sattana Khanahut (Vientiane), the place it is worth a visit, especially during the Phi Ta Khon celebration held there every May or June.

Tips for visitors: As the pagoda is built for friendship and peace, red attire and red flowers are prohibited as the color denotes violence.

To get there, take Highway No. 203, turn right at the kilometer 66 marker on to Highway No. 2013 and proceed for another 17 kilometers... Link 1

Dan Sai Folk Museum
The Dan Sai Museum in Wat Ponechai used to be the old chamber, built in 1935, of the abbot. It is all wood and in local architectural style. The museum is a complete collection of the things related to the culture and tradition of the Dan Sai town. Starting from the first room – it provides information on the town of Dan Sai and the Phra That Srisongruk, and covers the history of Dan Sai 400 years back. There is the legendary history of the Phra That too. Zone 2, the “pee ta khon” room, is about the “heet sipsong kong sibsee” tradition of the Isan people, the “Bunluang Festival”, and the pee ta khon ritual. Explanations are given on how the pee ta khon masks are made, the beliefs concerning the ritual, which both the players and viewers should understand.

Zone 3 is the video room featuring the history of Dan Sai, the Bunluang ceremony, the pee ta khon ritual, the tourist attractions in the area, the local food, and the important personalities of Dan Sai. Zone 4 is on all the good things Dan Sai is so proud of such as the local herbal medicines, the tourist attractions. One can also obtain the information on the Dan Sai District. Zone 5 is the demonstration, every weekend, of how pee ta khon masks are made. One can also try on the pee ta khon masks and costumes. Finally in zone 6, there are a restaurant and a corner selling some souvenirs such as tiny masks, and pee ta khon ceramics. The income from the business is for the operational cost of the museum.

It really took some time for the museum, formerly only a public library exhibition on the pee ta khon tradition, to be set up. It all started in 1979 when TAT promoted tourism in the area. Consequently, more people showed their interests in visiting the town. More questions were asked. So with the initiation of the Dan Sai Adult Education Centre officers, a fund was allocated from TAT and the Loei Province to set up the museum, which also received the support from the abbot and the community itself.

During the Bunluang Festival visitors from all over Thailand come flocking to Wat Ponchai. The museum thus other than being a learning centre on the Boonluang ceremony and the Pee Ta Khon Mask Dance also serves as a refuge from the heat for the visitors.

Phra That Satcha
This pagoda, which is similar in design to Phra That Phanom, is 33 meters high and topped with the white 7 tiered umbrella of sovereignty. In addition, there are lotuses in full bloom with 3 layered petals, one meter high encircling the base of the pagoda. The pagoda is located in the area of Wat Lat Pu, Ban Tha Li, which is 2 kilometers from Amphoe Tha Li Administrative Office. Take Highway 201, turn left at the junction to the Highway 2115 Tha Li - Ahi route.

Loei Province Cultural Center
Located in Loei Rajabhat Institute, 5 kilometers from the city, on the Loei-Chiang Khan Road, the center features exhibits on indigenous culture and traditions of Loei. The center opens daily from 8.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. Call 042 835223-8, ext. 512 for more information or group reservations.

Ban Na Kraseng Rattan Handicrafts and Native Woven Fabric Gr
The group produces rattan furniture and items of high quality, as well as beautifully woven clothes. Visitors are welcome to see the production process and purchase souvenirs. To get there, take the Loei-Tha Li road for 47 kilometers. Upon reaching the District, turn right to Ban Ahi and proceed for 9 kilometers. Then turn right again and proceed for another 5 kilometers towards Ban Na Kraseng.

How to Get There:

By Car
Take the Loei-Tha Li road for 47 kilometers. Upon reaching the District, turn right to Ban Ahi and proceed for 9 kilometers. Then turn right again and proceed for another 5 kilometers towards Ban Na Kraseng.

 

Places of Worship

Wat Neramit Wipassana - Loei @ ThailandWat Neramit Wipassana
The temple is located on a hillside near Phra That Si Song Rak. Both the ordination hall and pagoda, which are constructed of laterite, were designed from the imagination of both monks and novices. On touring the interior visitors will notice a resemblance to the great temples of Bangkok. Other than a replica of Phra Phutthachinnarat (of Phitsanulok Province) that is enshrined here, there is a wax figure of the late Luang Pho Phra Maha Phan Sila Wisuttho, the founder of the temple... Link 1

Wat Huay Hao Inscription
A 22-line slate inscription written in Thai Noi characters that records the royal command of King Photiworawasa Rajathiraj to renovate the temple and craft the inscription. The inscription is now kept at Loei Cultural Center, Rajabhat Institute.

Wat Si Khun Mueang
This unique temple on Chai Khong Road north of Chiang Khan market has a chapel similar to that found in northern Thai temples with a mural of a Buddhist tale covering the entire front part.

Wat Tha Khaek
This ancient temple on the bank of the Mekong River, 2 kilometers from Chiang Khan District Office, has 3 sandstone Buddha images that are over 300 hundred years old enshrined in the chapel.

Chao Pho Kut Pong Shrine
This shrine, which is located next to the city pillar shrine, is highly revered by the locals, as it is the city’s oldest shrine.

City Pillar Shrine
Located next to Kut Pong Public Park, the shrine, which was built in 1982, is 139 centimeters tall and is constructed of pink cassia wood that is elaborately carved and inlaid with gold.

 

Nature & Wildlife

Phu Ruea National Park - Loei @ ThailandPhu Ruea National Park
This National Park with an area of 75,525 square kilometers has a vast pine-covered plain 1,365 meters above sea level at its summit. Due to its high elevation and cool climate visitors are drawn to the Park all year round. However, during the cool season, visitors flock to the Park to experience wintry weather. Attractions in the Park include observation points, waterfalls, rock gardens, and caves. In particular there are Pha Lon Noi, which offers a spectacular sunrise and beautiful scenery, Pha Sub Thong, a very steep cliff, Namtok Huai Phai, a 30 meter-high waterfall, and Phu Ruea Summit, which provides a fine view of Huang and Khong Rivers. In addition, there are several resorts on the slopes of Phu Ruea, as well as Chateau de Loei Winery, a huge vineyard with modern wine-making facilities. The Park is located 60 kilometers west of Amphoe Muang on Highway No. 203.

How to Get There:

By OTHER
From the centre of Mueang Loei, take Highway No. 203, the Loei – Phu Ruea route for approximately 54 kilometres and turn right at Km. 49-50 at the Phu Ruea District Office and go further for approximately 4 kilometres. It can be accessible by car and cont... Link 1

Kaeng Kood Koo - Loei @ ThailandKaeng Kood Koo
This is an islet in the middle of the Mekong River, 3 kilometers from Chiang Khan District Office. Kaeng Kood Koo is well known for its colorful boulders that are clearly visible during the dry season and totally submerged in other seasons. On the opposite bank of the River, visitors can see “Chana Kham”, Vientiane District, Laos PDR.

For tourists, there are traditional northeastern restaurants on the riverbank selling grilled fish and freshwater shrimp. A boat can be chartered to enjoy magnificent views along Maekong River.
To get there from the city of Loei, take the Loei-Chiang Khan road and drive for 47 kilometers, turn right and proceed for another 3 kilometers to Amphoe Chiang Khan... Link 1

Upper Huai Nam Man and Huai Krathing Reservoir
With a capacity of 26 million cubic meters, the earth-filled reservoir covers an area of 1,500 rai of land. Offering breathtaking views which are accented by a bamboo forest and evergreen mountains, the reservoir offers dining opportunities in bamboo rafts and other recreational activities. To get there, drive along the Loei-Phu Ruea Road for 15 kilometers, then turn right at the reservoir sign and proceed for another 5 kilometers.

Thai Dam Cultural Village
This village, situated at Ban Na Pa Nat, Tambon Khao Kawo, has so much to offer to art lovers. The Thai Dam (Dam = black) people migrated here from Laos in 1905. Conservative and traditional, their culture has been well preserved as illustrated in the construction of their houses and their lifestyle. In addition, a local weaving group demonstrating the traditional weaving process. Visitors can purchase souvenirs at the group’s center and cultural enthusiasts can experience the Thai Dam lifestyle through homestay accommodations. Call the Thai Dam Cultural Conservation Society at 01 0482000 for more information and reservations.

Namtok Tat Hong
The waterfall, which is 40 meters high, is located in Phu Kradueng National Park and was opened as part of an adventure trail “Trace the route of Seri Thai, tour the jungle of Tat Tong”. The trail was once used by the Seri Thai Freedom Movement to travel from Loei to Phetchabun during WWII and to allow Field Marshal P. Pibulsongkram to escape Japanese forces. Along the trail are other interesting spots such as Tat Huai Wua, Hat Sai Khao, Kaeng Hin Tang, Phu Hang (pre-historic color drawings), Phu Lat Mueang viewpoint and Wang Phong Yiam rafting point.

Kaeng Song Khon waterfall
This waterfall, which drops down several rock levels to a large pool, is located at Ban Hua Na Yung on the Dan Sai-Nakhon Thai Road (Highway No. 2013) 400 meters past Phra That Si Song Rak turn right onto another road and proceed for 2 more kilometers.

Namtok Khring
This waterfall is situated 15 kilometers from the District Office on the Mueang Phrae-Rom Klao Road in Tambon Saeng Pha. The waterfall, which has an assortment of plant life, as well as rocks in levels and a large pool, is a good place to unwind.

Namtok Tat Hueang or the Thai-Lao Waterfall
This large waterfall originating from Maenam Huang and is surrounded by a verdant jungle is located approximately 25 kilometers from the District Office. To reach the waterfall, travel 7 kilometers on the Na Haeo-Rom Klao Road and an additional 10 kilometers on the way to Bo Mueang Noi.

Namtok Pla Ba Waterfall or Namtok Tat San
This waterfall drops from a large rock platform to the pool below. To get to the waterfall, take the Phu Ruea-Dan Sai Road for 7 kilometers to Ban Kok Pho and take a left-hand road and proceed for 10 kilometers. The Phu Ruea Highland Agriculture Testing Station is 14 kilometers past the waterfall. The center grows cold-climate plants and an assortment of flowers.

Phu Kradueng National Park
This is the ultimate destination for many Thai trekkers. The goal is to hike up to the summit and conquer the distance of 1,325 meters above sea level. At the top of Phu Kradueng is a wide plain of about 60 square kilometers. There is a cold-climate pine forest and a grass field full of wild flowers and orchids that bloom in different seasons. In addition, there are several lovely waterfalls and an observation point that is provides spectacular views during sunrise and sunset.

To get there, take Bangkok-Loei bus and get off at Pha Nok Khao, the boundary between Khon Kaen and Loei. From there, take a mini-bus to the park office at the foot of the mountain and walk up Phu Kradueng for 6 kilometers. The park is open during October to May and closed during the rainy season to rejuvenate the flora and fauna. Park attractions include: Pha Nok Aen, the cliff that offers a breathtaking view of the crimson sunrise, Pha Lom Sak, a sandstone ledge jutting into space providing a fine view of the hills and valleys and Pha Yiap Mek, where cottony clouds suggest a misty world of shadow figures.

The park is open to visitors from 7.00 a.m. until 2.00 p.m. daily and is closed for forest regeneration during 1 June – 30 September every year.

Admission : Adult 400 baht, Child 200 baht

Facilities:

Phu Kradueng National Park provides accommodations and has stores selling food and drinks. Call the Park at 0 4287 1333 or 0 2561 4292 – 4 (Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plants in Bangkok) or click www.dnp.go.th for more information and reservations.

Phu Suan Sai National Park
The park is located at Ban Saeng Pha. With excellent natural reserves, mountains, streams and waterfalls, the park is an ideal place for light adventure activities and trekking. Facilities provided by the Ha Haeo National Park include accommodations, food, guides and provision bearers.

For more information, contact the park at 042 819340 or 02 561 4292-4, 02 561 2919, 21.

To get there from the city, take Highway No, 203 passing Amphoe Dan Sai, turn right onto Highway No. 2113 at kilometer 82 marker and proceed for another 50 kilometers to the park’s office.

Phu Luang Wildlife Sanctuary
This jungle plateau with a cool climate the whole year has certain areas that are open to the public. A trail leads from Lon Mon past a pine forest, a grass field, a flower field on a rock plateau, and various cliffs, for a total distance of about 6 kilometers. From Pha Lon Tae, visitors can see Phu Ho and Phu Kradueng. It is required that visitors to Phu Luang must be accompanied by Park Officers. Advance reservations must be made at Phu Luang Tourist Office, Wang Saphung District Office, in order to arrange accommodations, food and a 3 days/ 2 nights tour. The best time for trekking is from October to May.

Phu Pha Lom Forest Park
Situated at Tambon Nam Suai, 24 kilometers from the city is a park that covers over 1,000 rai of land comprised mainly of limestone mountains surrounding a dense jungle. The main attractions in the Park are scenic viewpoints and caves while the main activity for visitors is trekking and camping.

Many locals believe that caves such as Phu Pha Lom, Laeo and Pha Bong, as well as Nam Phut or Nam Sap Well are sacred places. In particular, the Well is believed to be the den of Naga, a mythical serpent, with an underground water passage connecting to the Mekong River. It is possible to camp overnight in the Park, however advance reservations are required. For more information contact Phu Pha Lom Park, P.O. Box 7, Loei Post Office, Loei 42000.

Phu Ruea High Altitude Agricultural Research Station
Phu Ruea District is an ideal location for growing exotic flora such as African violets, hydrangeas, petunias and phlox due to its cool and dry climate pattern which is hardly seen in any other northeastern province.The staff of the Research Station works with local farmers to promote new cash crops such as macadamia, strawberries, passion fruit, potted and table plants and cut flowers. In addition, the station is responsible for plant species research of species such as peaches, Chinese chestnuts, grapes, Chinese pears, macadamia nuts, strawberries, etc. The station also produces plant seeds, publicizes technology, and provides training for local farmers and concerned parties. The station is not merely a research center for educational purposes, but is also the hub for the exchange of technological knowledge and real-life experiences (local wisdom). Other responsibilities of the station include oversight of a wild-life sanctuary and welcoming visitors who come to appreciate the beauty of its ideal location and its activities.Tourist facilities include toilets, accommodations, food and beverages. Lectures complete with a demonstration of flower gardening and ornamental plant plantations are also provided. Advance booking is recommended (at least 3 weeks).

Location: Tambon Pla Ba, Amphoe phu Ruea, Loei 42160, Tel. 042 – 891398, 891199

 

Suburban Living

Chiang Khan - Loei @ ThailandChiang Khan
Neighboring districts are (from the east clockwise) Pak Chom, Mueang Loei and Tha Li of Loei Province. To the northwest are the Xaignabouli and Vientiane Provinces of Laos.The important water resource are the Mekong, Hueang and Loei Rivers... Link 1

Thai Loei Ban Kang Pla Weaving Group
The village produces authentic and unique Loei fabrics. Visitors can see weaving demonstrations and purchase some products such as cloths, shirts, dresses, and handbags as souvenirs. To get there, take Loei-Chiang Khan Road for 4 kilometers, turn right and proceed for 1 kilometre.

Ban Nong Bong Plant Market
A center for buying cold-climate flowers from local farmers, the market offers a wide array of beautiful and reasonably-priced flowers that are perfect souvenirs. To get there from the city, proceed on Highway No. 203 (Loei – Phu Ruea) for 47 kilometers.

Pak Chom
This is the first town of any size when traveling to Loei Province from the west along the Mekong River from Nong Khai. This place is good for pleasant walks along the river.

 

Recreational & Entertainment

Chaloem Phra Kiat Public Park
Situated in front of Loei Municipality, the Park, which occupies an area of 28 acres by the Loei River, is another place where the local residents relax and unwind through morning and evening exercising.

Mueang Loei Turkey Farm
Situated at Ban Ko Rai Yai, approximately 9 kilometers from the city, the farm offers a unique opportunity to see thousands of turkeys. To get there from the city, take Highway No. 203 (Loei-Dan Sai) to the kilometer 9 marker, turn left and proceed for approximately 50 meters. The farm opens daily from 8.30 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. Contact 01 5455352 or 01 661 7511 for more information.

Suan Hin Pha Ngam Park
This Park has limestone mountains that have eroded over time to form an interesting shape, similar to that in Kunming in China. A path, which winds through the rocks, takes visitors to the lovely Suan Hom and Phiang Din Waterfalls. The park is south of town on Highway No. 201. Proceed past Wang Saphung to Nong Hin then take another road for 20 kilometers.

Sanya Mushroom Farm
The farm produces Shiitake mushrooms all year round for sale locally and in Bangkok. Chemical-free vegetables are also grown and on sale here. The farm is open to the public from 8.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Call 01 9757623 or 01 9543573 for more information. To get there, take Highway No. 203 from Amphoe Phu Ruea.

Khamnuan Nursery
The nursery is located just 3 kilometers from Amphoe Phu Ruea on Highway No. 203. The compound offers many cold-climate flowers, especially hanging petunia and Christmas trees. Call 042 899275 for more information.

Siam Phu Ruea Orange Farm
This farm is located at Ban Kaeng Laen, 15 kilometers from Amphoe Phu Ruea on Highway No. 203. This large Shogun Orange Orchard covers an area of more than 100 rai. Visitors can tour the farm, taste the oranges and purchase the produce. Call 01 975 4212 for more details.

 

 

 
 


 
 
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