The typical climate of the northeastern region of Thailand is usually windy and cool, dissimilar to the damp cold of the north, except for those provinces near the Thai-Laos border. These provinces are known for their mist in the winter, especially the lovely Nakorn Panom. Read more
Pratat Renoo-Nakorn is situated not far from Pratat Panom, in the district of Renoo-Nakorn and has been the center of faith and belief of locals since 1917. Visitors can pay respects and ask for good fortune and prosperity from the relics of Buddha and Buddhist saints. Afterwards, visitors are recommended to pay respects to Pra-Ong Saen, the most respected Buddha image of the Renoo-Nakorn people. Read more
Pratat Srikoon, the Tuesday guardian, is believed to grant you honor and charisma. The chedi of Pratat Srikoon is similar in shape to Pratat Panom only smaller and was built with the influence of Lanchang art. Relics of Pra Saributr, Pra Mokalana, and Pra sankajjayana are kept inside the chedi. Popular offerings are popped rice, traditional perfume, charred sticky rice, pink flowers, two candles, and eight incense sticks. The chant for Pratat Srikoon is ‘Ti Hung Ja Tou Ro Ti-nang’ and is considered to bring one affection. Read more
View the scenery alongside Mekong River and pay respects to the Buddha’s relics at Poo Lanka, Amphur Baan Paeng, Nakornpanom
Poo Lanka is a limestone mountain with a 563-meter peak. It is where Kong Kaow Sri Boon Nao Chedi is located. This chedi is a spherical shape with the Buddha’s relics that came from Nepal in 2000 and has been worshipped by many since then. The Poo Lanka peak is a viewpoint on both east and west sides. The Eastern aspect is for the sunrise and mist among the mountains during the beginning of winter. On the west side, you can view the last light of the day across the Mekong River. The sandstone field near the Poo Lanka peak is filled with various kinds of flowers especially orchids.
There are two ways up to Poo Lanka peak. The first is to take a four kilometers route from Poo Lanka National Park to the field. The other route is to climb the stairs of Wat Pratad Poo Lanka on the Kong Long marsh, which is where the way villagers go to worship the chedi on religious events. This route takes around one hour to walk.
A nice tourist attraction at Poo Lanka is the Tat Poh waterfall, which is a four-stage waterfall only 100 meters from the office. There are mosses, ferns and orchids all along the side of the route to the waterfall. Another tourist attraction is the Kong Long swamp, a big lake in front of the Poo Lanka peak.
Tourists should not miss tasting fish from the Mekong River. All the restaurants around this area offers fresh fish from the river in a variety of dishes such as tom yum pla (fish soup), larb pla buek (minced catfish with vegetable and chili). For desserts, try kalamae, a kind of toffee made from sticky rice, sugar and coconut milk.