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10 Things to Do in Uttaradit

1. Phraya Phichai Dap Hak Monument

          Phraya Phichai Dap Hak Monument (อนุสาวรีย์พระยาพิชัยดาบหัก ) located in front of the Provincial Administrative Organisation and City Hall of Uttaradit province, was built in honour of the courage, patriotism and self-sacrifice of Phraya Phichai during the time he ruled Phichai town in the Thon Buri period. In 1773, when the Burmese troops attacked the town, he led the army and defeated the Burmese troops. During that battle, his right sword was broken in half, but he still fought and won the battle. With his heroic bravery, he was named “Phraya Phichai Dap Hak” (Phraya Phichai, the broken sword). The Monument’s compound consists of the museum of the world’s largest Lek Nam Phi sword, with the sheath made of Burmese paduak wood embedded with mother-of-pearl designs and wrapped with incised silver.  


2. Luangpho Phet Wat Tha Thanon or Wat Wang Tao Mo Doem

          Luangpho Phet Wat Tha Thanon or Wat Wang Tao Mo Doem (หลวงพ่อเพชร วัดท่าถนน หรือวัดวังเตาหม้อเดิม) situated on the Nan Riverside, is a temple enshrining Luangpho Phet, a Chiang Saen period bronze Buddha image. According to legend, in 1893, while Luangpho Duang, an abbot of Wat Mon Mai, walked back from his routine at Wat Sawang Arom, Tambon Phai Lom, Amphoe Laplae and passed an abandoned temple, Wat Sakae, he found a large anthill with a hair of the Buddha image emerging. When digging it up, he found a beautiful bronze Buddha image. The image was then brought to be installed at Wat Tha Thanon, and was well respected by many people. The image’s gesture is sitting in vajrasana (crossed-leg posture), which is called Samathi Phet in Thai; hence, the image is called Luangpho Phet.    


3. Wat Phra Fang Sawangkhaburi Muninat

          Wat Phra Fang Sawangkhaburi Muninat (วัดพระฝางสวางคบุรีมุนีนาถ) is a temple that used to be a site of Sawangkhaburi Muninat town. The interesting monuments in the temple are Phra Mahathat Chedi, a big wihan featuring exquisitely carved wooden doors at the front wall, and housing a principal Buddha image, and an old ubosot that used to enshrine Phra Fang, a Buddha image adorned with the emperor’s attire. Under the order of King Rama V the Great, the image was brought to be enshrined at Wat Benchamabophit in Bangkok. Today, the new Phra Fang has been built and replaced the former one and enshrined in the ubosot of Wat Phra Fang.       


4. Mueang Laplae Museum

          Mueang Laplae Museum (พิพิธภัณฑ์เมืองลับแล) is a learning centre of the sustainability of Laplae’s way of life for disseminating knowledge about Laplae’s background and history, culture, traditions, local wisdom, and community’s way of life from the past to the present as well as the work of Phra Si Phanommat. It provides an ecotourist service centre that gives information about tourist attractions in Amphoe Laplae including free rental bicycle for riding on the provided routes and a sightseeing tram (to use the services, please contact in advance).   


5. Wat Phra Thaen Sila At

          Wat Phra Thaen Sila At (วัดพระแท่นศิลาอาสน์) built in the Ayutthaya period, features a rectangular platform made of laterite. At the platform’s base is decorated with lotus petal designs. The wihan’s carved wooden door panels used to be the door panels of Phra Phutthachinnarat wihan at Wat Phra Si Mahathat Woramahawihan in Phitsanulok province in the past. Furthermore, the temple’s compound comprises a museum displaying ancient aquatic animal catching tools and antique paddle boats. On the upper floor is the showcase of the stories of life of noblemen and commoners in the past, wickerwork, blacksmith and construction tools, celadon ware in the Sukhothai period, an ancient pulpit by the Ayutthaya artisans, Buddha image carved from the old Bodhi tree, and Buddha images in the Sukhothai and Ayutthaya periods including arts and culture of the Northern people. The museum is open between 8.00 a.m.-5.00 p.m. Free admission.  


6. Ban Pha Chok Song Roi Pi
          Ban Pha Chok Song Roi Pi (บ้านผ้าจก 200 ปี) founded by Achan Somchai, the owner of Ban Pha Chok Song Roi Pi, is a house displaying Phasin Tin Chok or traditional handwoven sarongs with delicate designed hems aged over 100 years in which Achan Somchai has been collecting from the elderly from many villages since he was 16 years old. Visitors can trace back to the origin to find the identity of the Laplae people; for example, Pha Chok in an early period like Sin Dok Khia, Sin Ka Fa Khieo, Sin Ka Fak Daeng, Phaya Pha, etc. including utensils in the old time.      


7. Phu Soi Dao National Park
          Phu Soi Dao National Park (อุทยานแห่งชาติภูสอยดาว) covers the area in the national forest reserves in Uttaradit and Phitsanulok, which is an abundant forest and watershed forest. With the highest altitude of 2,102 metres above mean sea level, the fifth highest peak in Thailand, the Park’s highlights include a flower field in the pine forest; such as, Dok Ngon Nak (Murdannia giganteum), and Dok Soi Suwanna (Utricularia bifida), Namtok Phu Soi Dao, a 5-tiered waterfall, and exciting trekking to the land of Khasi pine.    


8. Wat Ban Kaeng Tai (Phra Ok Taek) 

          Wat Ban Kaeng Tai (Phra Ok Taek) (วัดบ้านแก่งใต้) (พระอกแตก) built about 300 years ago, has a connection with Phraya Phichai when he was young. He had boxing training with Master Thiang at this temple’s ground. The temple also houses the principal Buddha image with a broken abdomen in the sitting posture of crossed-legs (Samathi Phet), so called Luangpho Phet. The Buddha image was found during the principal image’s restoration in the ubosot; while craftsmen were repairing the image, they found a lot of cement had broken and fallen from the abdomen part. Then, they noticed that there was a Buddha image’s head hidden inside. After that, crowds of people came to pay homage to Phra Ok Taek (broken abdomen Buddha image).  


9. Lao Wiang Community, Hat Song Khwae Village, Tambon Hat Song Khwae, Amphoe Tron, Uttaradit

          Lao Wiang Community, Hat Song Khwae Village, Tambon Hat Song Khwae, Amphoe Tron, Uttaradit (ชุมชนลาวเวียงหมู่บ้านหาดสองแคว ตำบลหาดสองแคว อำเภอตรอน จังหวัดอุตรดิตถ์) According to word of mouth from the elderly people, it was said that their ancestors migrated from Vientiane in Lao PDR. as prisoners of war. Ban Hat Song Khwae was named after the topography’s feature of the village at that time, where is the exit of the convergence of two rivers; namely, the Nan River and Khlong Tron. Therefore, it was called Song Khwae (two rivers).
          Moreover, there was a strip of sand dune stretching like a long sandy beach along the village; thus, this area was called “Ban Hat Song Khwae”. In the past, seamen who travelled past often took a rest stop in this area. Today, people in the community still strongly preserve their original culture and traditions; for example, Hap Chang Han alms offerings.  A homestay service is available for tourists. In addition, tourists can buy local products made by the community; such as, cloth bags, banana chips, potato chips, broomsticks, and doormats.      


10. Observing orchard routes and fruit transporting via a cable
          Observing orchard routes and fruit transporting via a cable (ชมเส้นทางผลไม้ และวิธีการขนส่งผลไม้) The Laplae people’s way of life and occupations mostly involve cultivating fruit orchards with their unique style because they can grow fruit orchards on both plain areas and on the mountains since their ancestor’s time. Laplae district provides fruit produce all year-round including langsat, durian and mangosteen. They grow durian on the mountain by using a slingshot to shoot good breed durian seeds and let them grow naturally on the mountain. The orchard’s owner adds some fertiliser from time to time. After that, the durian will bear its fruits, and villagers will collect the produce by using a cable across the mountain. A famous durian breed from Amphoe Laplae is the Long Lin breed.