Culture & Heritage
Naresuan the Great shrine
Built to commemorate King Naresuan the Great who in 1574 led his
army en route Nong Bua Lam Phu to Vientiane by the assignment
of the King of Hongsa, or the kingdom of Burma which ruled Thailand
at that time. As King Naresuan got sick, King of Hongsa allowed
him to get back to Ayuthaya. The venue where King Naresuan set
camp is in the compound of around Nong Bua Park, in front of Nong
Bua Lam Phu’s city hall. Every year during Januray 25-February
3, celebration and ceremony are held to honor King Naresuan.
Wor Phra Ta City Pillar Shrine
Located just 100 metres from highway 210 (Nong Bua Lam Phu -Udon
Thani), the city pillar shrine is built to honor Phra Wo and Phra
Ta who had established the city. The first stone of this city
pillar shrine was laid on November 21, 1975. It was completed
and opened on February 28, 1976.
The museum features shell fossils from Jurassic Era, dating back
to 140-150 million years ago. A number of bivalve fossils are
found in good condition. These fossils are found in the mountain
with 50 metres high cliff. In nearby area, 60 pieces of dinosaur
fossils are found in the layer of siltstone, above the layer where
fossils of shell, ancient crocodile and some minerals are found.
to get there. Motorist can use highway 210 (Nong Bua Lam Phu -Udon
Thani). The museum is located in Huai Duea Vilage, Tambon Non
Than, at kilometre 88.5 on your left. Tourist can take Nong Bua
Lam Phu -Udon Thani Bus.
Don Klang Archeological Site (Ban Kud Kwang Soy)
Situated in Ban Kut Kwang Soi, Soi Santisuk, Tambon Ban Thin,
east of Phu Khao Mount, it is an archeological site. Pre-historical
artifacts found here include terra cottage similar to Ban Chiang
Culture, human’s skeleton, bronze and stone bracelet, glass beat,
sandstone mold for bronze axe, steel tool and etc. Some artifacts
are kept at National Museum Khon Kaen, the remaining are displayed
in the village’s museum.
How to get there. Use highway 2146 (Nong Bua Lam Phu-None Sang)
for 36 kilometres and turn right at Ban Nong Waeng and keep going
for 5 kilometres.
Pha Ya Archaeological Site
Situated north of Ban Na Charoen, Tambon Dong Mafai, the site
is in limestone mountain which separates itself from Phu Phan
Range. Many pre-historical cave painting are found here. The first
group of painting, in “Tham Lang”, line for 5 metres long on smooth
cave wall. They comprise pictures of geometric, animals, hands,
in red. The second group of painting, found in “Tham Bon”, comprises
pictures of star, man, reptile, draft of big animal. All the pictures
wee painted in red and scatter in small groups. These paintings
are estimated to be 2,000-3,000 years old, as old as painting
found at Phu Phra Bat Historical Park, Udon Thani, and their style
are similar to those found in Guangxi Povince of China.A meditation
centre of Buddhist monk is located nearby.
to get there: From Nong Bua Lam Phu City, use highway 210 (Nong
Bua Lam Phu -Wang Saphung), turn right into highway 2097 to Amphoe
Suwannakhuha, then use Suwan nakhuha-Ban Na Charoen Road.
Tham Klong Phen
Located at the foot of Phu Phan Mount, Wat Tham Klong Phen is
the province’s famous forest temple. Without accurate history,
the temple was probably built during Khmer era and it has been
neglected until 1958. Luang Pu Khao Ananyo, monk who practiced
Wipassana meditation from famous monk Archan Man Phurithatta Thera,
has used this venue to practice his meditation. He has covered
3-4 huge rocks with cement roof, making it a very big hall that
can accommodate hundreds of people. Luang Pu Khao has practiced
meditation here until he has passed away in 1983. Blanketed with
lush vegetable and decorated with rock garden, around the temple
is very shady and peaceful. The main hall or Ubosot houses statue
of Luang Pu Khao and two-sided ancient drum or Klong Phen. In
its rock corners, there are many Buddha Statues in different attitudes
such as meditation, reclining, and ‘Pattranimitr’ or bas relief
of Buddha image in walking attitude. At the front of the hall
is a huge statue of a Chinese Monk of good luck. A bit from the
temple, a two-kilometre-long road, running through a forest and
weird-shaped rocks, leads to the monument of Luang Pu Khao. Around
the monument are:
of Luang Pu Khao Ananyo’s utensils. The museum features ashes
and utensils of Luang Pu Khao for Buddhist can pay homage.
Monastery of Luang Pu Khao. The small wooden hut is situated
in the shady forest. The new monastery is a huge house in Thai
Pu Khao Wax Museum The architecture, in the shape three rocks
sitting next to each other, blends itself to the surrounding rock
garden of the temple. Situated amidst colourful garden and lush
green lawn, the museum features wax statue of Luang Pu Khao in
sitting posture. His utensils are displayed in the room nearby.
Pu Khao Pagoda Built to house ashes of Luang Pu Khao, the
pagoda is situated on rock terrace and can be reached by stair.
Pu Khao Pavillion Rectangular pavilion is built during Luang
Pu Khao’s era as a venue for Buddhism rituals. Around the pavilion
is calm and shady.
to get there. From Nong Bua Lam Phu city, travel via highway
210 (Nong Bua Lam Phu -Udon Thani) for 13 kilometres, then turn
right and keep going for another 2 kilometres.
Ubosoth of Wat Chaoreon Songtham
Located in Ban Don Por, Tambon Nong Bua Tai, the wooden chapel
or Ubosot has compact size in rectangular shape. High roof creates
good air ventilation. The ubosot has delicate carving on the roof,
and gable with neatly carved garuda. How to get there: The ubosot
is 30 kilometres from Nong Bua Lam Phu City, motorist can use
Nong Bua Lam Phu-Sangsian Road.
Santitham Banpot or Wat Pa Phu Noi
Besides offering very nice place for practicing meditation, the
temple houses Buddha footprint and 8 groups of stone leaves setting
in 8 directions. Each group comprises 4 stone leaves, some feature
carving in Bhotisattva and pagoda’s crest. These leaves are probably
places around Khmer shrine like those at Wat Si Khun Mueang .
How to get there: The temple is 30 kilometres from Nonbua Lampu
City, motorist can use highway 210 (Nongbua Lampu-Loei) and turn
left at Amphoe Na Klang. It is 1.5 kilometes away.
Wat Tham Suwannakhuha
Situated in Wat Tham Suwankhuha, Ban Khuha Pattana, Moo 7, Tambon
Nasee, the cave house antique and portrait of King Chai Shettha
of Vientiane. How to get there: Use highway 210 (Nong Bua Lam
Phu -Wang Sapung Rd.) and turn right into highway 2097 to Amphoe
Suwanakhuha. Then travel via Phra Chai Settha Road for a kilometer,
turn right at Dong Yang Na Ta Laeo School, the cave is 4 kilometres
The medium sized reservoir is situated in Ban Srakaeo, Mu 6, Tambon
Dong Sawan. With clear water, the reservoir is quite scenic. From
November to February, Sun hemp plantation will paint the area
in bright yellow. Tourist can enjoy cruising on motored raft which
can control direction, unique vehicle of the reservoir. Restaurants
on the raft are available.
Thao To Forest Park
Sitauated on highway 210 (Nong Bua Lam Phu -Udon Thani) some 3
kilometres from Nong Bua Lam Phu City, the shady park is a nice
place for picnic. The secreted shrine of Pu Lup is located nearby.
Huay To Botanical Park
The shady park is a nice place for picnic. The secreted shrine
of Pu Loop is located nearby.
Kao-Phu Phan Kham National Park
Established in 1985, Thailand’s 50th national park acquires total
area of 322 square kilometres. Phu Khao-Phu Phan Kham National
Park’s territory covers part of Amphoe Ubolratana, Amphoe Phu
Wiang of Khon Kaen, and Amphoe None Sang of Nong Bua Lam Phu.
The park features two sandstone mountains situated away from each
other. It is blanketed by deciduous dipterocarp forest, mixed
dipterocarp forest, and dry evergreen forest. The park’s headquarter
is located by the reservoir of Ubolratana Dam, close to Phu Khan
Phan Kham. The mountain range, which is part of Phu Phan Range,
is on the east of Phong River Basin. From the mountain top, tourist
can see picturesque view of the reservoir of Ubolratana Dam through
the valley. Camping ground, guesthouse of the park and the department
of public welfare, are available at the end of the reservoir.
Phu Phan Kham is famous for fish breeding and fishing site of
Phu Khao is rugged sandstone mountain range in the shape
of a pan. It comprises 9 mountains namely Phu Fang, Phu Khum Pun,
Phu Han, Phu Moei, Phu Ko Mo, Phu Chan, Phu Phro, Phu Luak, and
Phu Wat. Home of numerous wildlife, all 9 mountains are blanketed
with lush forest. Its interesting attractions include:
Phra Buddha Bat Phu Khao. The ancient temple houses two gigantic
foot prints, of human and dog, on the rock. Such footprints are
related to local legend “Phra Suphrom Wimokha and 9-tailed Dog”.
In its compound, there are Tham Muem and Tham Archan Sim, the
caves which houses pre-historical paintings and carving on the
Suea Tok, Tham Pla Hai, Tham Chek. The caves are interesting
archeological sites. They house cave painting and carving which
can be dated back to 1,500 years ago.
Tang Stone Pillar The area is filled up with rocks in different
weird shape. The outstanding one is huge rock sitting on the other
like mushroom, making it a remarkable natural sculpture.
Ho Sawan. The rock-top pavillion is amazingly built on
a huge rock sitting by 30-metre high cliff. It can be accessed
by stair and offers very good view.
Tat Fa. The small falls cascades through mixed dipterocarp
forest before plunging 7 metres down into big pool below.
The park provides boat for tourist can enjoy view in the reservoir
and three guesthouses. For more information, call Phu Khao-Phu
Phan Kham National Park at 08 1221 0526 or the Department of National
Park, Wildlife, and Plant Life at 0 2562 0760 or visit www.dnp.go.th
Phu Khao-Phu Phan Kham National Park can be reached via two
Route 1. Motorist can use highway 2109 Khon Kaen-Ubolratana Dam
to Amphoe Ubolratana, then turn right into highway 2146 (Ubonratana-Non
Sang) to the park. This route is 63 kilometres long.
2. From Nong Bua Lam Phu city, use highway 2146 (Nong Bua Lam
Phu -Non Sang) for 40 kilometres, turn left at Ban Sok Chan into
Ban Sok Chan-Ubolratana Road. The park is 14 kilometres away.
This route is 57 kilometres long.
The cave is situated in Ban Pha In Paeng, Tambon Wang Thong, on
a stone mountain called Pha Tham Chang Mount, right on the border
of Amphoe Wangsaphung of Loei and Amphoe Na Wang of Nong Bua Lam
Phu. Tham Erawan is a big cave accessible via winding 600-steped
stair. There is a big Buddha Statue at the cave’s entrance which
leads to a huge hall naturally decorated with rock formation.
This cave is a scene in local legends “Nang Phom Hom’ Or “the
lady with fragrant hair” . Local souvenir shop is located in the
to get there. The cave is 47 kilometres from Nongbua Lampu, use
highway 210 (Nong Bua Lam Phu -Loei), turn right at kilometres13,
the cave is 2.7 kilometre further.
The cave is situated in Mu 9 Ban Pha Wiang, Tambon Na Kae among
picturesque mountain range called Phu Pha Wiang. The cave and
around is territory of Wat Tham Pha Wiang. Tham Pha Wiang is naturally
beautiful with rock formation and stalagmites. There are also
many caves in the area such as Tham Pha Klang, Tham Thammat, Tham
Prathun, Tham Khok Nuea Yai, Tham Khangkhao. How to get there:
The cave is 45 kilometres from Nong Bua Lam Phu City, motorist
can use highway 210 (Nong Bua Lam Phu -Loei).
at Ban Khong Sawan
The village is famed for its terra cotta products by traditional
method which are available around the village and by the road.
The village is located in Tambon Non Than, 17 kilometres from
Nong Bua Lam Phu City via highway 210.