Yasothon

Yasothon is the smallest province in the lower northeast of Thailand. The city of democracy, rockets, watermelon, Kwan pillows, Khit cloth, and jasmine rice.

Yasothon is the smallest province in the lower northeast of Thailand’s Isan region. It is famed for its Rocket Festival, which is celebrated each may at the commencement of the Rainy Season. The home-made rockets, some capable of firing hundreds of feet into the sky pay homage to the god of rains. The celebration lasts for days with elaborately decorated floats paraded through the town and live music performed for those interested in dancing or partying late into the night.

 

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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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Yasothon

The city of democracy, rockets, watermelon, Kwan pillows, Khit cloth, and jasmine rice.

Yasothon is the smallest province in the lower northeast of Thailand’s Isan region. It is famed for its Rocket Festival, which is celebrated each may at the commencement of the Rainy Season. The home-made rockets, some capable of firing hundreds of feet into the sky pay homage to the god of rains. The celebration lasts for days with elaborately decorated floats paraded through the town and live music performed for those interested in dancing or partying late into the night.

In Yasothon town, the main attraction is Phra That Yasothon a greatly revered Lao-style Chedi believed to be over 1,200 years old. It enshrines holy relics of Phra Ananda, one of the Buddha's chief disciples. Other historic temples include That Kong Khao Noi, an ancient Khmer Chedi with a brick and stucco Buddha that is ritually bathed during the Thai new year’s celebrations in April. For those interested in handicrafts, the village of Ban Si Than is renowned for the triangular pillows found in most Thai households and beach bungalow bars.

Yasothon is the smallest province in the lower northeast of Thailand’s Isan region. It is famed for its Rocket Festival, which is celebrated each May by the firing of home-made rockets, a showcase of elaborately decorated floats, and live music and dancing.

In Yasothon town, the main attraction is Phra That Yasothon a greatly revered Lao-style Chedi, and That Kong Khao Noi, an ancient Khmer Chedi. Just outside of Yasothon town, the village of Ban Si Than is renowned for producing the iconic Thai triangular pillows.

 

 

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As a province somewhat off the typical tourist route, Yasothon 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 Yasothon. 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 Yasothon

By Train:
There is no direct train service to Yasothon. Visitors can take a train to Ubon Ratchathani and then continue to Yasothon by bus. Call 1690, or 02-223-7010 to 20 for more information.

By Car:
From Bangkok, take Highway No. 1 (Phahonyothin Road) to Saraburi and Highway No. 2 (Mittraphap Road) to Ban Phai, then take Highway No. 23 to Yasothon via Borabue, Maha Sarakham, and Roi Et, a total distance of 531 kilometers.

By Bus:
Bangkok-Yasothon buses depart daily from Bangkok’s Northern Bus Terminal (Mo Chit 2). Contact Transport Co.Ltd at Tel: 0 2936 2852-66 or visit www.transport.co.th for more information.

By Air:
There are no direct flights to Yasothon. Visitors can fly from Bangkok to Ubon Ratchathani and continue the trip by bus to Yasothon.

 

Getting Around Yasothon
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 a principally agricultural area, Yasothon has limited activities other than visiting the many outstanding cultural, natural, and historical attractions in the city and throughout the province.

Attractions
Although a principally agricultural area, Yasothon has many fascinating and beautiful temples, a number of outstanding natural attractions, and a several charming handicrafts villages that are easy for tourists to visit.

Art, Culture & Heritage

Ban Song Puey Archeological Site
The significant attractions include Big Buddha Image, Pagodas, etc. Situated 25 kms. from Yasothon City, via highway 23 (Yasothon-Kham Khuen Kaeo-Ubon Ratchathani Rd.) and 10 kms. off the main road on the right. Its significant attractions include
Big Buddha Image. Made of brick, the principle Buddha of Wat Song Puey is 3 metres wide and 8 metres high. This sacred image can be dated back to more than 200 years. Pagodas containing soil from holy sites of Buddhism.

The old pagoda, more than 200 years old, was renovated in 1955 by Field Marshal Plaek Pibulsongkram. It houses soil from holy site of Buddha, namely the place of birth, enlightenment, the first sermon, and nirvana, brought from India by a Buddhist monk, Khien Ammaphand. The replica of Buddha Footprint.

The footprint was built by sponsoring of Field Marshal Plaek Pibulsongkram and his lady. Lots of local people come to bath the footprint During Songkran Festival.
Antique Museum. The museum features antiques found from Dong Muang Toey, an ancient Khmer town. The antique include stone bed of the mayor, and stone inscription in ancient Khmer letter.

Dong Muang Toey Ancient town.The remaining of ancient town Dong Muang Toey is found a kilometre south of Song Puey Village, 7 kms. from Amphoe Kham Khuen Kaeo. Foundation of temple, pond, and town wall are found. Altough they are ruined, their remaining indicated that it once was settlement in Chenla-Dhavaravadi period or in the 7th Centiry. Chenla King’s inscription indicated that this ancient site is religious place for Shivism. Dong Muang Toey and nearby community, proably satellite town of Chenla Kingdom, was called ‘Sangkha Pura’. Chenla Kingdom developed into Khmer Empire later and extended its territory into Moon and Chee River Basin during such period.

Phra That Kong Khao Noi
Phra That Kong Khao Noi is at Tambon Tat Thong. Take the Yasothon-Udon Thani route for 2 kilometres to get to the site. Built during the 23rd-25th Buddhist century in the late Ayutthaya period, the small, square brick pagoda has a distinctive top. The middle part has designs of doorways on all 4 sides. A brick wall surrounds the pagoda. A sacred Buddha image is behind the pagoda. Legend has it that it was built by a young farmer who was repentant after killing his mother because he was upset with hunger.

Ban Na Samai
Located close to Ban Thung Nang Oak, the village is famed for bamboo basketry and carved miniature cart.

Ban Thung Nang Oak
The village is famed for its bamboo basketry for household use and souvenir.The village is located in Amphoe Muang, 8 kms. from Yasothon City via highway 2169 (Yasothon-Kud Chum Rd.)

Ban Si Than
Ban Si Than is where typical pillows are made. The village is 20 kilometres from Yasothon on the way to Amnat Charoen. Villagers make Khit pillows and weave after the harvest is done. They are famous products of the province.

 

Places of Worship

Wat Maha That (Yasothorn)
Wat Maha That is an important temple of the province in the town. The building of importance here is Phra That Yasothon or Phra That Anon, an ancient square pagoda with the top similar to that of Phra That Phanom. The architecture is in the Laotian style which was popular in the late Ayutthaya to early Rattanakosin periods. The pagoda houses the relics of Phra Anon. A state minister from Si Sattana Khanahut (Vientiane) who took migrants to settle here about 200 years ago constructed it around 1778.
Another historical site within the compound is the scripture hall that is in the Isan art style. The doorway and the door are beautiful carved woods with exquisite lacquer designs. The designs on the walls show a mixture of art from the Central Region. Built during the reigns of Rama IV and Rama V of the Rattanakosin period, the hall stores scriptures on dried palm leaves and art objects from Vientiane.

Ku Chan
KuChan is an ancient pagoda similar to Phra That Phanom. Legend says it has been built in the same period to Phra That Phanom in Nakhon Phanom province.

Wat Song Yae Catholic Church
Located in Ban Song Yae, Amphoe Thai Charoen. Initially, the church was a tiny hut, and it was rebuilt many times. This is the fourth church built in 1947 by wood contribution by the villagers. Built in Thai traditional style, the country’s biggest wooden church is 16 metres wide and 57 metres long. How to get there: From Yasothon, use highway 2169, turn left after passing Amphoe Kut Chum for 7-8 kms, and keep going for 600 metres. The school and the church share the compound. History of Ban Song Yae Church. It was said that in 1908, five families sought a refuge in this area, this was lush jungle, after being hurted and evicted as they were blamed as zombie. They have met Father Dechanel and Ombrocio , Ban Se Song, Tambon Chiang Peng, Amphoe Pa Tiew of Yasothon, and asked them to get rid of devel in their bodies. After the success, they become Catholics. More people migrated to Ban Nong Song Yae. In 1909, a small hut was built for Catholic rites and that was the beginning of Song Yae Church.

Phra Phutthabat Yasothon
Situated in Wa Phra Phutthabat Yasothon, the hall enshrines the Lord Buddha's Footprint in the form of a white sand dune at the fertile ara of the Chi River.

 

Nature & Wildlife

Chi River Beach
This is a natural beach formed by the receding water level in the Chi River in the dry season, which is never higher than 70 centimetres. The beach is nearly 2 kilometres long. Locals like to come here to relax and have a meal.

Phu Tham Phra
This large cave, located to the west of the mountain, houses countless sacred Buddha images

 

Suburban Living

The old building of Ban Singha Tha
Ban Khum Singha Tha, in Muang municipality, is the old area whose name is found in the city’s history. The area is rich of beautiful old-fashioned buildings which is well preserved, making a nice place to enjoy the cultural rich area.

 

Recreational & Entertainment

Phaya Thaen Public Park
Phaya Thaen is a rain god according to the belief of Isan people. Phaya Thaen Public Park is on Chaeng Sanit Road in the municipality. The large area is surrounded by a small waterway and is decorated with flowers and decorative plants. It also has a health park. The park is the venue of various provincial fairs like the Rocket Festival, the annual boat race and the Songkran Festival.

 

 

 
 


 
 
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