Poo Pra Bat Historical National Park
There are many natural rock fields in Thailand including those at Poo Pra Bat. This site shows evidence of human civilization and changes in the landscape. Most of the scenery here is eroded sandstone in various shapes and sizes
Poo Pra Bat is a historical national park situated in the Poo Pan foothills, Baan Tiw, Tambol Muang Pan, Amphur Baan Pue, Udonthani province. Visitors can travel from Udonthani by taking Highway 2 (Udonthani-Nongkai) then turn on to highway 2021 at milestone 13. Then follow the road to Amphur Baan Pue for around 42 kilometers and turn right and go straight down highway 2348 for around 12 kilometers.
Poo Pra Bat Historical National Park was originally called Poo Gu Wian and has an area of 5.488 square kilometers. It is in the Poo Pan range that starts from Ubon Ratchathani, Mookdaharn, Kalasin and Udonthani. The forest here is mixed woodland.
Poo Pra Bat is part of Poo Pan Mountain from the upper southeast to the southern part of the southeast region. Poo Pra Bat is a place to explore both nature and cultures at the same time. It is the origin of the southeast culture. It is assumed that human beings used to live around the Poo Pra Bat area during pre-historic times and it is believed that Poo Pra Bat was a sacred place and the entrance to the underworld. The most outstanding tourist attraction here is Nang Usa tower where it appears in many local myths of Udonthani. This tower occurs as a result from natural erosion. The upper part contains a chamber assumed to be used for religious ceremonies. There are also boundary markers around this tower that are still in good condition.
Tourists have to follow the path along the rock field to the Paa Saded viewpoint, the highest point of Poo Pra Bat Historical National Park. Most visitors also go to Pra Puttabat Bua Bok temple where there is the Buddha’s footprint inside the chedi. This chedi was built between 1920 and 1934 by the Reverend Grand Father Seetat Suwanmaojo. Bua bok is the Thai word for the Asian pennywort and called puk nork locally. This plant is found around the Buddha’s footprint statue so it is called Pra Puttabat Bua Bok. At this temple, the abbot’s cell was built covering a big rock yet it is still very beautiful. Every year during the third month, there is a festival for everyone to absorb the culture.
Another attraction is the view at Paa Somded which is the highest point of Poo Pra Bat Historical National Park. From here you can see a panoramic view of agricultural farms, fields and mountains.
Poo Pan Mountain or Poo Pra Bat can be seen in one day. Local accommodation is available and tents can be hired from the national park office. There are also restaurants and beverages to service the tourists all day.