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3Days 2Nights : Udon Thani - Nong Khai - Bueng Kan

Planner :
Udon Thani 1 Day , Nong Khai 1 Day , Bueng Kan 1 Day
Period :
3 Days 2 Nights
Category :
Arts, cultural & heritage, Nature, beaches & islands, New experiences,adventure & off-the-beaten-track,
  • Day 1
    June 16
  • Day 2
    June 17
  • Day 3
    June 18
Day 1 : Udon Thani

Wat Pa Phu Kon

Wat Pa Phu Kon is situated within the area of the Na Yung – Nam Som National Forest Reserve at Ban Na Kham Yai, Tambon Ban Kong, on the seam of 3 provinces; namely, Udon Thani, Loei, and Nong Khai. The temple took shape out of the realisation of a number of Buddhists in the contribution as well as benefits of the nature and watershed forests, which were gradually being degraded; and also out of their wish to follow the footsteps of the late King Rama IX in keeping forests fertile. So, they sought permission to use a piece of land within the Na Yung – Nam Som National Forest Reserve as the location to build Wat Pa Phu Kon.  Wat Pa Phu Kon is a peaceful place suitable for monks to practise meditation and mental development. The temple’s image hall, surrounding pavilions and buildings on the hilltop are of fine Thai architectural design. The image hall in the applied Rattanakosin art has 3 entrances and enshrines a white marble Buddha image in the posture of entering Nibbana named “Phra Phuttha Saiyat Lokkanat Satsada Maha Muni”. The 20-metre long reclining image features exquisite Buddha’s marks and was constructed on the auspicious occasion of the 7th Cycle or 84th Birthday Anniversary of H.M. the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 2011. The interior of the image hall has spectacular decorations of the Buddha’s teachings, with 22 panels of copper relief around the walls depicting the Life and Ten Birth-stories of the Lord Buddha, with the purpose to communicate the Lord Buddha’s perseverance and sacrifice in order to obtain the Ten Perfections during each of his 10 incarnations. Above each panel, there is a carved phrase from the Itipiso chanting in dark green on white marble, which makes the image hall’s walls attractive and unique. There is also “Ong Phra Pathom Rattana Buraphachan Maha Chedi”, a bell-shaped chedi covered with golden mosaic situated on top of a hill. The 4.5-metres principal Buddha image of “Phra Ruang Rungrot Si Burapha” in the posture of persuading the relatives not to quarrel stands at the front of the Chedi. The topmost orb of the Chedi enshrines the Buddha’s relics. The second floor inside houses carved marble images of meditation monk masters while the first floor is where the eight requisites and pictures of the monk masters are kept. Wat Pa Phu Kon is open daily from 8.30 a.m.-5.00 p.m. For inquiries, please call Tel. 08 1184 3743, 08 2835 0668, 09 0747 2228 or visit www.watpaphukon.org.  

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3 Hr. 25 Min. ( Approx. 61.33 Km.)

Phu Phra Bat Historical Park

Situated in Ban Phue District, this archeological site features a large number of ancient ruins and objects dating from prehistory. They are mostly from the Dvaravati, Lop Buri, and Lan Xang periods.The site is located in a lush forest called Pa Khua Nam. Within are many rocks of peculiar shapes, the result of a slow-moving glacier millions of years ago. Many of the ruins and objects found in the area were made from the materials found locally, and were not built entirely by hand – for instance, a rock decorated as a stupa, or chiseled into the shape of a foot. Pre-historic cave paintings, sandstone images and idols, and more are interesting sights to behold. The site was declared a historical park by the Fine Arts Department in 1991.The park is 67 kilometers from town. Drive along Highway No. 2 (Udon Thani – Nong Khai), and turn left at Km. 13 onto Highway No. 2021. Head towards Amphoe Ban Phue for 42 kilometers, turn right and go continue another 500 meters. Drive straight along Highway No. 2348 for another 12 kilometers and turn right for approximately 2 kilometers before reaching the park. The headquarters are open 8.00 am-4.30 pm. Admission is 30 baht.

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1 Hr. 4 Min. ( Approx. 66.17 Km.)

Nong Prachaksinlapakhom Public Park

This large pond existed before the establishment of Udon Thani town. Lying to the west of the town center, it was formerly called “Nong Na Kluea” (pond of salty water) and later changed to “Nong Prachak” in honor of Krommaluang Prachaksinlapakhom, the founder of Udon Thani town. In 1987, the Udon Thani Municipality renovated the pond as a royal tribute to King Rama IX on the occasion of his 50th birthday anniversary. On an island in the pond, a small garden is filled with decorative and flowering plants, and there is a bridge linking the island with the mainland. Within the park, there is a fountain, a clock tower, pleasant walking trails, and a playground.   The park around the pond is open from 5.00 am – 8.00 pm.

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1 Hr. 50 Min. ( Approx. 32.69 Km.)

Phu Foi Lom

Phu Foi Lom is an eco-tourism tourist destination that provides easy adventure activities. With an area of approximately 76,000 acres in the Phu Phan Noi mountain range, Phu Foi Lom is part of the Pan Don Pa Ko National Reserved Park. Rare flora and fauna can be spotted here. As the park contains diverse ecological systems, tourists can enjoy trekking along its many trails. It is considered one of the best nature study centers in the Northeast: there are demonstration beds of plants, a Garden of Wild Plants in Celebration of Her Majesty the Queen’s 60th Birthday Anniversary and a viewpoint overlooking Udon Thani town. Accommodation and camping sites are available for an overnight stay.PhuFoiLom is located approximately 35 kilometers from Udon Thani town.  Take the Udon Thani Loei route, turning at the Km. 9 marker toward Ban Lao and proceed for another 48 kilometers. For more information, call 0 4222 1725, 0 4291 0902, 0 4225 0207, 08 9710 2633. 

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1 Hr. 50 Min. ( Approx. 32.71 Km.)

Phrathat Don Kaeo

Phra That Don Kaeo is located at Ban Don Kaeo, Tum Tai Sub-district, Kumphawapi District of Udon Thani Province. Don Kaeo is a small island in the middle of Nong Han Kumphawapi Lake, which is the origin of Pao River. Legend says that a group of Buddhist saints had visited the region to pay respect to Phra That Phanom and decided to rest at Don Kaeo. One of the saints got sick and died. Other saints organized his funeral and built a pagoda to enshrine his relics. In 11 B.E. (Dvaravati Era), people came to Don Kaeo and built a Sema boundary around the pagoda and the island. Later, Lao people emigrated from Roi Et and Chaiyaphum to settle down at Don Kaeo. Their leader, Tao Shin, renovated the pagoda (ancient Lao letters inscribed at the base of the pagoda.) The renovation completed in 1898. In 1928, many people, mostly Lao, come to live in Don Kaeo. They also built a temple and called it, “Wat Maha That Chedi.” In 1970, Phra Kru Sangkharuk (Chon), the abbot, with the help of the villagers, renovated the pagoda for its durability. According to a study of Silpakorn University’s archaeologist, the pagoda is no less than 1,500 years old and the Sema boundary was built in 11 B.E. Don Kaeo is a round island surrounded by moat. The area consists of mostly hills that cannot be used for agriculture. Local people live in the area by the water. Evidence found includes the Semi boundaries of Dvaravati Era, one is a sandstone boundary around the pagoda and the other is 500 meters away from the pagoda, and the red sandstone and the bronze Buddha images made by local craftsman. Phra That Chedi is a square-shaped pagoda, standing on top of two laterite stones. The base of the pagoda is 14 meters wide at all side and 1.25 meters high. There are stairways at the east and the west. The second tier is 10 meters wide at all side and 1.5 meters high. There are stairways at all four sides. The base of this tier is a pathway around the pagoda, for “Pradakshina” (circumambulation.)The body of the pagoda is made of concrete. The square-shaped base is decorated with lotus statues at all four sides, along with base relief sculptures of Lord Buddha, his disciples and angels all over the base. The Lan Chang-style pagoda has 3 square-shaped diminishing tiers like the Pha That Luang of Vientiane. The sandstone Sema boundaries found differ in shape. Some are thin and square, while some are big and round, especially ones locating beneath the base. Sema boundary on top of base are thick and square and are over 3 meters long. Each Sema has the base in the shape of lotus petals. On top of the base is a pair of elephants paying respect to a lady in nativity posture, standing in the middle of the Sema. Most of the Sema boundaries are decayed and their inscribed letters cannot be read. 

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Day 2 : Nong Khai

Wat Pa Tak Suer

Wat Pa Tak Suer is situated at 550 metres above mean sea level on Khao Phu Phan Noi in Tambon Pha Tang. Formerly known as "Wat Tham Pha", the  temple was frist built as a place for monks to practise Dhamma, meditation, and perserverance. At that time, walking down the hill for a morning alms round was rather difficult. So, villagers joined hands to be a religious place of worship. In 2007, the Buddha's relics were enshrined here for Buddhists to pay respect. The temple has verdant natural aurroundings, with walkway along the cliff face to enjoy the natural scenery and Naga staircase leading up to the mountainop where a crucifrom ordination hall is situated. Inside is enshirined the principal image of the Buddha seated in a meditation postures surronded by other images in various postures. the ceiling features fine paintings his Brith, Enlinghtenmet, Frist Sermoon, and Nibbana. A chedi was built here to enshrine the relics and ashes of monk masters including  those of Luangpu Man. Another highlight that has made this temple attract a lot of visitors is Pha Tak Suea, a viewpoint cliff where the scenerry of the vast Mekong River that borders the two countries can be admired. A skywalk with a strong and durable 4-cm. Thick temered laminated glass floor attached to the rock foundation of the cliff and jutting out 6 metres from the cliff face has recently been constructed. The 15-metre glass floor supported by rustproof steel framework and flanked with glass walls, with a carrying capacity of approximately 20 persons or about 2,500 kilometres. Before getting onto the skywalk, there is a signboard informing visitors about the regulations to follow. For enquiries, contact the Pha Tang Subdistrict Administration Organisation at Tel: 0 4221 4855.  

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1 Hr. 55 Min. ( Approx. 100.12 Km.)

Tarnthip Waterfall

Is a high and beautiful waterfall amidst a lush forest. It has three tiers. The frist tier is around 30 metres high and its long white body of water rushes into a pond below. The second tier of about 100 metres higgh can be reached through a marked trail. The third tier is around 70 metres high with water flowing all year round, especially in the rainy season there will be plenty of water.

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Wat Tam Sri Mongkol (Wat Tum Piang Din)

Wat Tum Piang Din or Wat Tam Sri Mongkol is located at Baan Dong Tong, Tambol Pa Tang, Amphur Sangkom, Nhongkai. From Amphur Sri Chiangmai, go straight to Amphur Sangkom. On the way, there are many locations to be noticed such as Wat Aranyabanpot, Wat Hin Mhak Peng, Tarnthong Waterfall. When you see Tarnthong Waterfall, there is a junction on the left to Wat Tum Piang Din. A legend has it that this cave was a pilgrim trail of a Laotian monk, who walked from Lao PDR. to Thailand instead of passing vai the boat route. Only virtuous men or monks with supernormal powers could see the path in this cave. According to the belief of the villagers, the cave resembles the underwater world of the naga. It has high humidity with water runing all year round. There are stacking rocks, in which some of them resemble coffins. If the tourists wish to travel inside this cave, they will need a guide since it is very complicated and dangerous.

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1 Hr. 54 Min. ( Approx. 99.71 Km.)

Ta Sadet Market

Tha Sadet Market, is located along the Mekong River in the Mueang NongKhai Municipality. This is a source of products from Indochina and East Europe, including dried food, processed food, and utensils, such as elsctric appliances, clothes, watches, kitchenware, etc. It is open daily from 07.00 am. - 06.30 pm. Many visitors, both forein and Thai, come to see and purchase products for sale here. Furthermore, this is a checkpoint for local people to coss the border inyo Laos, while visitors in general have to go through the thai-Lao Friendship Bridge chekpoint. 

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Wat Pho Chai

Wat Pho Chai. is a rayol temple,located on Pho Chai Road in the Mueang Nong Khai Municipality. Luangpho Phra Sai, a sacred Buddha image of the town which is respected by the people of Nong Khai, is housed here. This Buddha image sitting cross-legged, which was cast from bright yellow gold in the posture of subduing Mara, has graceful features. According to legend, three daughters of the King of Lan Chang had three Buddha images cast and named each to associate with their names: Phra Soem, Phra Suk, and Phra Sai to the eldest, middle, and youngest siblings, respectively. Originally, the three images were located in Vientiane. In the reign of King Rama III, they were invited to Nong Khai by boat. On the way to Nong Khai, Phra Suk was drowned by a storm. Phra Soem and Phra Sai were invited to house in Nong Khai. Later on, in the reign of King Rama IV, Phra Soem was taken to Bangkok. Phra Sai is still housed at Wat Pho Chai in Nong Khai. Every year on the full moon day in the seventh lunar month, the people of Nong Khai always hold a rocket merit-making fair or Bun Bang Fai to worship Phra Sai at Wat Pho Chai.Opening hours: Daily from 8.00-17.00 http://www.tourismthailand.org/See-and-Do/Sights-and-Attractions-Detail/Wat-Pho-Chai--3604  

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PhraThat La Nongor Phra Tad Klang Nam

Phrathat La Nong or Phaathat Klang Nam, is an ancient stupa that was eroded and tumbled into the Mekong River in 1847, approximately 200 metres from the bank in Tambon Hat Kham. According to the Urangkhathat (Phrathat Phanom) Legend,the stupa enshrined 9 foot bone relics. An underwater survey by the Regional Fine Arts Unit revealed that the square stupa with indented corners high and was broken into 3 parts. It is believed to have been constructed in the 15th century A.D. based on similarity to Phrathat Bang Phuan. Later, a replica of Phrathat La Nong or Phrathat Klang Nam was built in honour of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit on the occasion of her 72nd birthday anniversary, as well as for later generations to remember the long-lasting relationship of the people on both banks of the Mekong River. Phrathat La Nong houses a 7-tiered golden umbrella cast in honour of the late King Rama IX on the occasion of his 84th birthday anniversary. The umbrella feaures 7 tiers of lotus flowers decorated eith auspicious gemtones. The pattern of each tier conveys the grace wisdom.

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Day 3 : Bueng Kan

Wat Sawang Arom (Vivid Mood Temple)

Wat Sawang Arom is a temple inAmphoe Pak Khat of Bueng Kan province. Located on the rock yard at the foothill, the temple is surrounded by enigmatic scenery of trees and a small stream nearby. The bell-shaped main hall stands on the great rock which serves as a viewpoint for Mekong River and also holds the Reclining Buddha, the image of the attitude of Nirvana, underneath. There is a folklore associated with the temple, telling about Prince Sithon, the son of King Athittayawong of Panchanakhon, who took a journey in search of Manora his own wife. Along the way he found Hermit Katsapa’s Cave and stopped over to learn Akhom (magical spell), thinking to himself that if needed, his only specialty in archery alone was not enough.Wanting to try his magical power after finishing the training, he walked to the back of the cave, picked up a rock, and hit it thrice with his spelled sword. The mighty trial gave out a thundering sound and amazingly tore the rock into three.Sithon bid farewell to his teacher and continued his search for his wife and found her at the city of Phu Ngoen of Krairat Mountain. Both traveled back to reign over their city Panchanakhon and lived happily ever after. According to the fact that the places mentioned in this tale are Pak Khat district in Amphoe Pak Khat and Phonphaeng district of King Amphoe Rattanawapi, native people call this cave area Sithon Cave from where legendary traces exist 10 kilometres away. 

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