Phraya Phakdi Chumphon (Lae) Monument (อนุสาวรีย์พระยาภักดีชุมพล (แล)) is located at Sun Ratchakan Roundabout on the way to the city. The people of Chaiyaphum built the monument in 1975, dedicated to the first governor of Chaiyaphum called “Chaopho Phraya Lae” by the locals. According to history, in 1817 during the reign of King Rama II, Nai Lae, a court official of Chao Anuwong of Vientiane moved his family and followers crossing the Mekong River to settle at currently Ban Nam Khun, Sung Noen District, Nakhon Ratchasima province. Then, this community moved again to Non Nam Om, Ban Chilong, 6 kilometres from the centre of Chaiyaphum and paid tribute to Chao Anuwong of Vientiane. Later, the community migrated again to Ban Luang, within the compound of the present Amphoe Mueang and became a subject town of Nakhon Ratchasima and paid tribute to King Rama III, no longer under the authority of Chao Anuwong of Vientiane. The king, therefore, uplifted Ban Luang to become Mueang Chaiyaphum and appointed Khun Phakdi Chumphon (Lae) as the first governor.
In 1826, Chao Anuwong of Vientiane conducted a rebellion by leading an army to attack Nakhon Ratchasima. Khun Phakdi Chumphon together with governors of the nearby provinces led armies to join Khunying Mo to fight against Chao Anuwong and gained victory. Chao Anuwong was vengeful and returned to capture Khun Phakdi Chumphon, who was later executed under a tamarind tree by Pla Thao Swamp. To honour Khun Phakdi Chumphon’s good deeds sacrificed to the Thai land, he was granted the title as Phraya Phakdi Chumphon (Lae).
Chaopho Phraya Lae Shrine (ศาลเจ้าพ่อพญาแล) is 4 kilometres from Mueang Chaiyaphum, along the Chaiyaphum – Ban Khwao route (Highway No. 225). Turn right to Pla Thao Swamp, where the shrine, housing the spirit of Phraya Phakdi Chumphon (Lae), as well as, the centre of the people of Chaiyaphum’s spirit is situated. Every year, a ceremony to pay respect to the shrine is organized during the 6th lunar month prior to Visakha Puja Day. Also, ceremonies to give propitiatory sacrifice to the spirit through a Phi Fa dance are conducted regularly.
Tat Ton National Park (อุทยานแห่งชาติตาดโตน) covers the area of Na Fai, Tha Hin Ngom, Huai Ton, and Na Siao Sub-districts, Mueang District, Chaiyaphum. It is a part of the Phu Laen Kha mountain range with a total area of 135,737.50 rai or approximately 217 square kilometres, as well as, a part of significant sources of rivers of Chaiyaphum; namely, Lam Pathao and the Chi River. There are many beautiful waterfalls such as Namtok Tat Ton, Namtok Tat Fa, and Namtok Pha Iang. Due to the conditions of steep and complex mountains, a slope in the south, and a long mountain ridge from Prachin Buri, passing Khao Yai, Chaiyaphum to Loei, this national park is, therefore, located in a dry area with quite high temperatures. However, the general forest condition is still perfect, comprising deciduous dipterocarp forest and dry evergreen forest. The temperature of the national park is quite cool. Important plants consist of Teng, Rang, Phluang, Krabok, Kradon, Phayom, Rak, Pradu, Makha, Yang, Kraba, Takhian, etc. The undergrowth is mostly Ya Phek (Vietnamosasa pusilla), while wildlife are barking deer, wild boars, mongooses, rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks, red jungle fowls, and various kinds of birds. To get there: Take Highway No. 2159 and turn right into Highway No. 2051. The distance from the centre of the town to the Office of the National Park is approximately 21 kilometres. It is an asphalt road all the way.
Attractions within the National Park are as follows:
- Namtok Tat Ton (น้ำตกตาดโตน) is a beautiful waterfall near the Office of the National Park with water flowing all year, particularly magnificent in the rainy season. It is 6 metres high and 50 metres wide. The upper part is a stream flowing pass a stone terrace, abundant with big trees on both sides and suitable for relaxing, admiring the nature, as well as, swimming. Within the area of the waterfall is also the Chaopho Tat Ton Shrine (Pu Duang Shrine).
To get there: From the town, take Highway No. 2159 and turn right into Highway No. 2051, being a total distance of approximately 21 kilometres. Otherwise, take Highway No. 201, the similar way to Phu Khiao District, turn left and proceed for 21 kilometres to the Tat Ton Waterfall. Visitors travelling by bus are able to take the Chaiyaphum – Tha Hin Ngom minibus and get off at the entrance fee checkpoint and walk further for 1 kilometre.
- Chaopho Tat Ton (Pu Duang) Shrine (ศาลเจ้าพ่อตาดโตน (ปู่ด้วง) is located within the area of Namtok Tat Ton. It is a sacred place in the Tat Ton National Park which the people of Chaiyaphum and the nearby provinces respect. It has been told that Pu Duang had Khmer ethnicity and lived in the similar period to Chaopho Phaya Lae. He behaved as a strict lay ascetic who lived his humble life, usually doing meditation, strictly following the dharma and had knowledge and abilities in herbal treatment. Moreover, his holy spells saved many injured people. Therefore, he received respect from a large number of people. After his death, a shrine was erected to pay respect to him. Besides, there are his other shrines at Chong Sam Mo and Wat Chaiyaphum Phithak. At present, there are ceremonies of Phi Fa, Phi Song and worship dances for Chaopho Pu Duang every Wednesday, as well as, major worship ceremonies 4 times a year on the 4th day of the waxing moon in the 3rd lunar month, the 14th day of the waxing moon in the 5th lunar month, the 2nd day of the waning moon in the 8th lunar month, and the 2nd day of the waning moon in the 11th lunar month.
- Namtok Tat Fa (น้ำตกตาดฟ้า) is located in Na Siao Sub-district, at the foot of Phu I Thao Mountain in the eastern side of Tat Ton National Park. It is a stone terrace with a width of 15-20 metres, a length of 80-90 metres, and a steepness of approximately 30 degrees. It is similar to a natural slide board. A large amount of water appears during the end of the rainy season, while it is dry in the dry season. At its lower part lies a basin for swimming.
To get there: From the centre of town, take Highway No. 201 for 13 kilometres and turn left for 4 kilometres to Ban Na Wang School. Turn right and proceed further for 4 kilometres. When arriving at the parking lot, walk further for 300 metres.
- Namtok Pha Iang (น้ำตกผาเอียง) is situated at Ban Chi Long within the western side of the Tat Ton National Park. It is a medium-size waterfall stemming from the Chi Long Stream. It is a cliff leaning (Iang) towards the stream making the water run to one side. There is quite a thick dry evergreen forest and big trees around the area creating a shady atmosphere suitable for relaxation. Besides, there are two other waterfalls in the area; namely, Namtok Phanit located 500 metres prior to Namtok Pha Iang, and Namtok Pha Song Chan that the visitors will have to walk further for 1,200 metres. These waterfalls are full of water in the rainy season and dry in the dry season.
To get there: From the centre of town, take Highway No. 2159 (Chaiyaphum – Nong Bua Daeng) for approximately 27 kilometres. Turn right for 2 kilometres to the parking lot and walk further for 800 metres.
- Namtok Pha Song Chan (น้ำตกผาสองชั้น) is a waterfall in the Tat Ton National Park above Namtok Pha Iang. It is a 2-layered cliff with a height of approximately 5 metres.
- Namtok Phanit (น้ำตกผานิต) is 1 kilometre in the south from Namtok Pha Iang. Its characteristic is similar to the latter one.
For information and reservations for accommodation within the Tat Ton National Park, please contact in advance at the Office of the National Park, the National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department at Tel. 0 2562 0760 or at the Tourist Information Centre, Tat Ton National Park at the P.O. Box 22, Mueang District, Chaiyaphum 36000, Tel. 0 4485 3293, 0 4485 3333, or at www.dnp.go.th.
Wat Phra Phutthabat Phu Faet (พระพุทธบาทภูแฝด) is located in Na Siao Sub-district, 23 kilometres from the centre of town, the similar route to Wat Sila At Phu Phra. Take Highway No. 201 (Chaiyaphum – Kaeng Khro) to the temple. It is a small rise with the Buddha’s footprint on a stone similar to that in Saraburi. Along both sides at the temple’s entrance stand shady trees.
Wat Sa Hong (วัดสระหงษ์) is situated in Na Siao Sub-district, 12 kilometres from the centre of town. Take Highway No. 2051 and turn at the crossroads to the similar way to the Cho Raka Reservoir. The temple is situated on a stone rise. There is a natural rock in a swan - Hong or Hamsa - shape. Behind the temple’s hall is an ancient pond with a width of approximately 10 metres, full of water all year round.
Wat Sila At Phu Phra (วัดศิลาอาสน์ ภูพระ) is located at Ban Na Kai Sao, Na Siao Sub-district. Within the compound of the temple is a rock shelter where the bas-relief Buddha images were engraved. It is the source of the name Phu Phra and has been respected among the locals for a long period of time. At present, there is a roof covering the bas-reliefs, comprising of a large Buddha image, sitting in the meditation posture with the width at its lap of 1.52 metres and the height of 2.13 metres. Its right palm is placed on his lap, while his left one is on his shank (the opposite of the subduing Mara posture). The large image is called Phrachao Ong Tue. Moreover, there is a small 17- centimetre high sandstone Buddha image in the similar posture at its front, while nearby are situated another 7 images around a sandstone column, 5 in the meditation posture and 2 in the same posture as Phrachao Ong Tue. These images possess the same characteristics as those of the U Thong style during the 13-14th century or at the beginning of the Ayutthaya period. There are ceremonies to pay respect to the images at Phu Phra twice a year and 3 days a time, on the 1st day of the waxing moon in the 3rd lunar month and the 13th day of the waxing moon in the 5th lunar month.
To get there: From the centre of Mueang Chaiyaphum, take Highway No. 201 (Chaiyaphum – Kaeng Khro) for approximately 15 kilometres. Turn left along the Na Siao – Huai Chan route for 5 kilometres and turn left for 1 kilometre into the temple.
Prang Ku (ปรางค์กู่) is located at Ban Nong Bua, Nai Mueang Sub-district. Prang Ku is a stone sanctuary from the Khmer period with a plan characteristic to the Arogayasala or nursing home constructed in the 12th -13th century. There is a main Prang located at the centre, a Wihan (Vihara) or Bannalai (Library) at its front surrounded by a laterite wall. Outside the wall at the northeastern corner lies a pond. The main Prang is in a 15-metre wide square shape with 12-recessed corners. At its front is an entrance constructed as an antechamber, while the other 3 sides of the wall are false doors. Above the one in the north is a lintel of a bas-relief Buddha image in the meditation posture sitting on the Kala holding the garlands with both hands. At the front is also located a lintel but its engraving is very worn out. The niche of the false door in the north enshrines a stone Buddha image in the meditation posture of the Dvaravati style with a height of 1.75 metres. The image was moved from another place, but it is highly revered by the people of Chaiyaphum. There is an annual fair in the 5th lunar month of each year.
To get there: From the centre of town, take Highway No. 202 (Chaiyaphum – Bua Yai) for approximately 1 kilometre and turn right and continue along Highway No. 2158 for 2 kilometres to Prang Ku.
Bai Sema Ban Kut Ngong (ใบเสมาบ้านกุดโง้ง) is stored within the compound of Wat Kut Ngong School, Kut Tum Sub-district. They are sandstone boundary markers in the Dvaravati style of approximately the 7th – 8th century discovered around the village. They were collected and neatly kept in a building. Most of them are big with a bas-relief in the front, while some were also inscribed on their back as well. The bas-reliefs present the Buddhist stories of former incarnations (Jatakas) of the Buddha or idols such as the Bodhisattva standing on a lotus, the Buddha image sitting on a throne under the Bodhi Tree, considered as the most beautiful ones of Northeastern Thailand. Ancient Pallava scripts of Southern India were also found inscribed on some markers.
To get there: From the centre of Chaiyaphum, take Highway No. 202 for approximately 12 kilometres and turn right for 3 kilometres to Ban Kut Tum then turn right into Kut Tum – Bung Khla and go further for 4 kilometres.
Phu Laen Kha National Park (อุทยานแห่งชาติภูแลนคา) covers an area of 148 square kilometres and 4 districts; namely, Mueang District, Ban Khwao, Nong Bua Daeng and Kaset Sombun. The geographic condition of this area is a complex mountain range with both dense jungle and timber forest which are the watershed of streams that run into the Chi River. There are various natural distinguished points such as cliff, mountain ridge, stone terrace, and rocks in strange shapes, as well as, interesting plants appropriate for a visit during May – December. The National Park has arranged a natural study route passing various tourist attractions within the park as follows:
Pa Hin Ngam Chan Daeng (ป่าหินงามจันทร์แดง) It is a large stone terrace with many rocks in bizarre shapes. There are distinguished and unique Chan Daeng (Dracaena loureiri Gagnep.) trees growing on a large boulder. Visitors will have to walk. It takes a lot of time to get there.
Phu Khi (ภูคี) is an area of the Phu Laen Kha National Park connecting Kaset Sombun District and Phu Khiao District, Chaiyaphum, located at 1,038 metres above sea level. It is the highest summit of the national park where the scenery and surroundings of Phu Yuak, Phu Taphao, Phu Khiao Range, Kaset Sombun District, and Phu Khiao District, Chaiyaphum, can be seen. It is cold all year and is a habitat of various kinds of flora and fauna.
Phu Kaset (ภูเกษตร) is also within the area of Phu Laen Kha National Park, located at 966 metres above sea level. It is the second highest summit after Phu Khi in this same national park. From Phu Kaset, the scenery and atmosphere of Phu Khi, Phu Om, Phu Khlo, Phu Klang, Phu Khiao Range, Kaset Sombun District, and Nong Bua Daeng District, Chaiyaphum, can be seen. Geographically, it is cold and dry because of deforestation and shifting cultivation, leaving behind a large abandoned field on the Phu Laen Kha mountain range.
Dok Krachiao Field in Pa Hin Ngam Thung Khlong Chang (ทุ���งดอกกระเจียวบริเวณป่าหินงามทุ่งโขลงช้าง) is a deciduous dipterocarp forest where Krachiao - curcuma - bulbs with pink and white blossoms grow on a rocky terrain together with various types of plants. There is also a large rock similar to an elephant. It is suitable for a visit during May – July.
Mo Hin Khao (มอหินขาว) is a plateau of large rocks scattered in strange and rare shapes similar to mushrooms, boats, elephants, turtles and Chedis. Moreover, there are large stone columns lining up. Mo Hin Khao is considered as a beautiful viewpoint of Chaiyaphum.
Viewpoint of Lan Hin Rong Kla (จุดชมวิวลานหินร่องกล้า) is a large stone plateau with various deep cracks and distinguished cliffs. It is approximately 700 - 800 metres above sea level.
Viewpoint of Pa Hin Prasat (จุดชมวิวป่าหินปราสาท) is a location of the unique large rock similar to a Prasat and a nature sightseeing spot.
Pha Phae (ผาแพ) is a stone cliff occurred from the lifting of stone layers and movement of ores. Therefore, the colours of the ores’ pigments are obviously different. Also, the surrounding areas are covered with various kinds of plants. Walking is the only way to reach the place.
Pratu Khlong (Natural Stone Archway)(ประตูโขลง(ซุ้มประตูหินธรรมชาติ)) is a large stone similar to a gate (Pratu) whereas in the surrounding area are located many stones in bizarre shapes alternating with deciduous dipterocarp forest.
Pha Kluaimai or Orchid Cliffs (ผากล้วยไม้) are high cliffs of many heights stretching horizontally and connecting to one another. There are many kinds of rare orchids scattered on the cliffs.
Tham Phra and Tham Kluea (ถ้ำพระและถ้ำเกลือ) are white sandstone caves created by the water erosion running through the stone crevices, causing a chemical reaction over a long period of time, as well as, the alteration and natural change of the sandstone layers, causing large holes which visitors are able to walk into. Each cave has its unique characteristics due to the altered conditions.
Namtok Tat Ton Noi (น้ำตกตาดโตนน้อย) is a waterfall created from the joining of flows from small and big creeks originating from the Phu Kaset mountain range. There is water in the Tat Ton Noi Waterfall throughout the year.
Khao Khat and the Chi River (เขาขาดและแม่น้ำชี) is a natural characteristic of the mountain range created from the sinking and uplifting of the Phu Laen Kha and Phang Hoei mountain ranges, causing a pass through the mountains and creating many legends that have been passed on for a long time. Moreover, the Chi River is Chaiyaphum’s main river flowing through some areas of the Phu Laen Kha National Park, creating a natural scenic atmosphere and surroundings along both sides of the river.
Besides, there are many areas where strange shapes of rocks lie such as Pa Hin Ngam Prasat, Pa Hin Ngam Hong Fa, and a cliff which is a beautiful sightseeing point. The national park provides accommodation and camping site for visitors. For more information, please contact the Phu Laen Kha National Park, Huai Ton Sub-district, Mueang District, Chaiyaphum, at Tel. 0 4481 0902-3, or the National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department at Tel. 0 2562 0760, or at www.dnp.go.th.
To get there: From the centre of Chaiyaphum, take Highway No. 2051 for approximately 6 kilometres and turn left into Highway No. 2159 toward Nong Bua Daeng for 26 kilometres. The Office of the National Park is on the left side of the road. There are Chaiyaphum – Nong Bua Daeng minibuses passing in front of the Office of the National Park.
Amphoe Nong Bua Daeng
Pha Koeng (ผาเกิ้ง) is a part of the Phu Laen Kha. Take the Chaiyaphum – Nong Bua Daeng route, visitors will see a high cliff, similar to a crescent moon stretching out. Therefore, the locals call it “Pha Koeng” meaning a moon cliff in I-san language. On the cliff lies Wat Pha Koeng or Wat Chaiyaphum Phithak where the Chaiyaphum Phithak Buddha image is enshrined. It is an image in the standing posture with a height of 17 metres. In front of the image is a panoramic sightseeing spot where the wide stretch of rice fields can be seen. Moreover, within the compound of the temple is situated the Phra Borommathat Pha Koeng and a museum collecting antiques. Pha Koeng is 36 kilometres from the centre of town on Highway No. 2159 (Chaiyaphum – Nong Bua Daeng).
Amphoe Ban Khwao
Ban Khwao (บ้านเขว้า) is famous for silk weaving. It is particularly well known for its Mudmee silk that is popular among those who favour Thai traditional fabrics. There are both the original and newly created patterns offered as fabric and clothes at various silk shops in Ban Khwao District. Ban Khwao District is 13 kilometres from Mueang District of Chaiyaphum on Highway No. 225.
Ku Daeng (กู่แดง) is situated in Wat Kut Yang, Talat Raeng Sub-district. It is an ancient Khmer remain. At present, the remain is only a square base made of laterite with recessed corners and a staircase on each of its four sides. The wall is made of bricks but all are ruined, leaving only the door frames on 4 sides. There is also a lintel engraved into the picture of Krishna fighting with elephants. The north side was adjusted. The temple constructed a Buddha image in a sitting posture and a staircase over the original building. This remain is estimated from the pattern on its lintel to have been constructed in the 11th century in the period of the Baphuon art of the ancient Khmer Empire.
To get there: From the centre of Chaiyaphum, take Highway No. 225, passing Ban Khwao District until reaching Ban Lum Pho, approximately 30 kilometres, and turn right to Ban Kut Yang for a further 8 kilometres.
Amphoe Nong Bua Rawe
Sai Thong National Park (อุทยานแห่งชาติไทรทอง) covers an area of the forest of the Phang Hoei mountain range in Nong Bua Rawe, Thep Sathit, Phakdi Chumphon, and Nong Bua Daeng Districts, being a total area of 319 square kilometres. It is the source of many rivers and creeks which are branches of the Chi River. It has deciduous dipterocarp and dry evergreen forests combining with the mixed deciduous forest. There are a large number of thorns-less bamboos or Phai Ruak. It is considered as a natural tourist attraction with abundance and beauty. Within the compound of the park lie interesting attractions as follows:
Namtok Sai Thong (น้ำตกไทรทอง) is 1 kilometre along the road and continues for a further 400 metres by walking. It is a low waterfall with a height of 5 metres, and width of 80 metres. At its front is a large basin for swimmers called Wang Sai. Also, above the waterfall is a deep body of water called Wang Ngueak whose water runs along the crooked and steep stone plateau towards Namtok Sai Thong for a distance of 150 metres. From Namtok Sai Thong up to Namtok Chuan Chom is located a natural study route of 2 kilometres, where distinguished attractions such as Phim Chai Cliff, Bird’s Nest Fern Forest, and Namtok Butsabakon can be found. It is a shady route with various kinds of attractive plants along the way.
Namtok Chuan Chom (น้ำตกชวนชม) is above Namtok Sai Thong along the natural study route for 2 kilometres. The 20-metre-high waterfall is surrounded by abundant trees.
Thung Bua Sawan or Thung Dok Krachiao (ทุ่งบัวสวรรค์ หรือทุ่งดอกกระเจียว) is 10 kilometres from the Office of the National Park in the area of the western side of the Phang Hoei mountain ridge. From the end of June to mid-August, curcuma or Krachiao blossoms will bloom in the field in both pink and white colours.
Pha Pho Mueang (ผาพ่อเมือง) is approximately 10 kilometres from the Office of the National Park. It is a cliff along the west side of the Phang Hoei mountain ridge along the route leading upward to the Bua Sawan Field, being a total distance of approximately 3 kilometres and 700-908 metres above sea level. It overlooks Phakdi Chumphon District and Phaya Fo mountain range, standing between Chaiyaphum and Phetchabun provinces. There is a natural study route along the cliff with 4 distinguished sightseeing spots; namely, Phloen Chai, Athit Atsadong, Suan Sawan, and Ham Hot cliffs. The latter is believed as the most exciting one when sitting at the overhanging cliff and looking down.
Pha Ham Hot View Spot (จุดชมทิวทัศน์ผาหำหด) is the summit of the Phang Hoei mountain range, 864 metres above sea level. It is cold throughout the year. A camping site is provided for visitors who admire the chilliness and cliff climbing.
The national park also provides accommodation and a camping site. For more information, please contact the Sai Thong National Park at P.O. Box 1, Nong Bua Rawe, Chaiyaphum 36250 at Tel. 08 1266 3781, 08 9282 3437, or at National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department at Tel. 0 2562 0760, or at www.dnp.go.th.
To get there: From the centre of Chaiyaphum, take Highway No. 225 (Chaiyaphum – Nakhon Sawan) for 70 kilometres (37 kilometres from Nong Bua Rawe District). There is a direction sign. Turn right for 7 kilometres at Ban Tha Pong to the Office of the National Park.
Amphoe Phakdi Chumphon
Tham Kaeo (ถ้ำแก้ว) is located within the compound of Wat Tham Kaeo. The cave is similar to a hall deep inside the mountain with the chilliness and humidity throughout the year. Electricity is utilised inside. From the entrance, there is a path leading to the lower ground where a Buddha image is enshrined. Also, the stalactites on the wall create a dazzling reflection of light.
To get there: From Phakdi Chumphon District, take Highway 2359 for 9 kilometres to the north. At Ban Sap Charoen, turn left and go further for 5 kilometres.
Khao Phang Hoei Viewpoint (จุดชมทิวทัศน์เขาพังเหย) is on Highway No. 225 (Chaiyaphum – Nakhon Sawan) at Km. 70. It is a rest area and sightseeing spot for motorists. Along the road lie various shops offering local products. The panoramic view of the sunset from this point is admirable. Moreover, there is a trekking route for tourists who have limited time but would like to appreciate a small field of Bua Sawan – a kind of curcuma, as well as, study the nature by themselves.
Amphoe Khon Sawan
Bueng Waeng (บึงแวง) is a swamp in front of Khon Sawan District Office, covering an area of approximately 350 rai with a path around the swamp. It was declared a non-hunting area due to the migration of thousands of teals during winter from November to April. At dusk, the teals usually fly as a flock covering the sky, creating the splendid contrast of colours between the flock and the beam of sunset. High bird observatory towers stand around the swamp which is very suitable for relaxation.
To get there: Take Highway No. 202 (Chaiyaphum – Bua Yai) to Ban Lat Yai. Turn left into Highway No. 2054 to Khon Sawan District. The total distance from the centre of the town is 38 kilometres. Otherwise, take Highway No. 201 (Chaiyaphum – Kaeng Khro) for approximately 30 kilometres and turn right to Khon Sawan District for 14 kilometres.
The Grand Buddha Image of the Dvaravati Period (พระพุทธรูปใหญ่สมัยทวารวดี) is situated at Wat Khon Sawan, 5 kilometres from Khon Sawan District. It is a laterite Buddha image in a standing posture, representing Dvaravati art. It was the Buddha image of the ancient Ka Long city with a height of 3 metres. Also, there are another 2 half-size ones from the same origin. It is assumed to have been constructed during the period when the Khmers were in power. It is called “Luangpho Yai” by the locals and enshrined in a small wihan which is open for the public to pay respect. Moreover, there are also many large sandstone boundary markers with bas-relief depicting the Jataka stories, as well as, the 9th century inscription in the Mon scripts. Outside lie many other boundary stones both with and without the bas-relief.
Amphoe Phu Khiao
Ban Khae Topiary Centre (ศูนย์รวมไม้ดัดบ้านแข้) is on Highway No. 201, 76 kilometres from the centre of Chaiyaphum or 1 kilometre prior to Phu Khaio District. Various styles and sizes of topiary, suitable for garden decoration are on sale on both sides of the road. Topiary is the occupation of the Ban Khae people. They usually bring Khoi or Siamese rough bush - Streblus asper Lour., Masang - Feroniella lucida (Scheff.) Swingle, and Tako - ebony, which are widely found in this area to cut and shape into beautiful forms and offer them at a moderate price.
Phrathat Nong Sam Muen (พระธาตุหนองสามหมื่น) is situated in Ban Kaeng. It is an important and interesting ancient remain of Chaiyaphum. Phrathat Nong Sam Muen is named after a swamp in the northwestern part of the temple. It is a beautiful and perfect chedi. There is no evidence of its construction period. However, due to its architectural and fine arts characteristics, which present the combination of the arts of Lanna, Lan Chang and Ayutthaya, it is assumed to have been constructed around the 16th century in the reign of King Chai Chetthathirat of the Kingdom of Lan Chang.
Phrathat Nong Sam Muen is a chedi with recessed corners, located on a square base with a height of 45.30 metres and stairs on its 4 sides. Above the square base are both upward and downward lotus bases supporting the relic chamber. The niches on 4 directions enshrine Buddha images in the reflection and in walking postures, while inside the chedi enshrines the Buddha’s relics. The aforementioned patterns can be compared with other Phrathat in Vientiane and in Thailand such as Phrathat Wat Thep Phon, Mueang Wiang Khuk, Nong Khai, Phrathat Si Mueang, Vientiane, etc.
In accordance with the archaeological evidence, this area was once a large ancient city in the Dvaravati period, approximately in the 7th – 11th century. There are traces of a moat and mounds, as well as, mounds of many ancient remains. Moreover, important antiques discovered both inside and outside the city moat have been collected at the temple, such as sandstone boundary markers. Some were inscribed with the Pallava alphabet in Sanskrit language, dating around the 7th – 9th century, while a piece of the boundary marker was selected to be settled as the city pillar of Phu Khiao District. Besides, there are another 2 worship sculptures. One of which was broken but looks similar to the top of the sitting Buddha image, canopied by a seven-headed Naga in the Bayon style of Khmer art in the 12th – 13th century.
To get there: From the centre of Chaiyaphum, take Highway No. 201, passing Phu Khiao District to Ban Nong Song Hong for 80 kilometres. Turn left into Highway No. 2055 for 9 kilometres to Ban Kaeng. Turn left and continue for 5 kilometres to Wat Phrathat Nong Sam Muen.
Non Salao Khit Cloth Weaving Village (แหล่งทอผ้าขิตบ้านโนนเสลา) is situated at Mu 6, Nong Tum Sub-district. It is the biggest source of Khit cloth weaving in Chaiyaphum. The locals of Non Salao have passed on the process of Khit weaving from their ancestors. Nearly every house uses their own hand-made fabric. A group of housewives was established in 1978 and has developed the patterns and colours of their products to respond to the market’s demand. Products offered are Mudmee cotton, Khit silk, shawls, tablecloths, fabric bags, and Khit pillows.
To get there: From Phu Khiao District, take Highway No. 2037, a similar way to Kaset Sombun for 8 kilometres. Turn right and continue further for 3 kilometres.
Amphoe Khon San
Chulabhorn Dam / Nam Phrom Dam (เขื่อนจุฬาภรณ์/ เขื่อนน้ำพรม) is situated at Thung Phra Sub-district to obstruct the Phrom River on the Khun Phai mountain range in the area called Phu Yuak. It is a rockfill dam with a core of clay packed with stones and pebbles. The ridge of the dam is 700 metres long, while the height from its base is 70 metres and the width of 8 metres. It is a multi-purpose dam under the supervision of the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT). It is aimed to generate electrical power for irrigation and agricultural purposes during the dry season. Its reservoir is also a breeding source of fresh-water fish.
Within the area of the dam is beautiful scenery with cool weather throughout the year. It is an interesting attraction of Chaiyaphum. Accommodation and restaurants are also provided for tourists. There are boats for cruising in the reservoir, as well as, a sightseeing point above the dam. The Temperate Plants Experimental Centre and observatory are also located here. For information of the accommodation of the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand, please contact Tel. 0 4486 1668-9. For reservations of the accommodation within the Chulabhorn Dam’s Experiment and Training Station (Khon Kaen University), please contact Tel. 0 4338 4969 ext: 2787.
Tourist Attractions within the Chulabhorn Dam are as follows:
- The Replica of Phra Phutthasiri Sakkharat (Luangpho Chet Kasat) (พระพุทธสิริสัคคราชจำลอง (หลวงพ่อเจ็ดกษัตริย์)) is a revered Buddha image enshrined at the left side of the dam, opposite Chulabhorn Dam’s Park.
- Chulabhorn Dam’s Park (สวนเขื่อนจุฬาภรณ์) covers an area of approximately 41 rai, decorated as a preserved forest with various kinds of plants. There is also a Phrom Phitsamai pavilion for relaxation. The path through the park is paved with natural stones.
- The 325-Million-Years Ancient Plants (พืชโบราณ 325 ล้านปี) are in the similar category of grass, comprising of 2 main species; namely, Son Sam Roi Yot (Lycopodium) and Son Hang Ma or Ya Thot Plong (Horsetail or Equisetum).
- Lup Khuan View Pavilion (ศาลาชมวิวหลุบค��น) is a viewpoint with a height of more than 800 metres.
- The Waterfront Ground by the Royal Residence (สนามริมน้ำข้างพระตำหนัก) is surrounded by a serene atmosphere. From there, the ridge of the dam and the reservoir can be admired.
To get there: From the centre of Chaiyaphum, take the Chaiyaphum – Chum Phae Road (Highway No. 201) to the Nong Song Hong Intersection. Turn left into Highway No. 2055 (Khon San District), being a total distance of 120 kilometres. Otherwise, take the Lom Sak – Chum Phae route (Highway No. 12). At Khon San District, there is a crossroad to Chulabhorn Dam, being a distance of 40 kilometres.
Phu Khiao Wildlife Reserve (เขตรักษาพันธุ์สัตว์ป่าภูเขียว) covers the forested area in Khon San, Kaset Sombun, and Nong Bua Daeng Districts, a total area of 1,125,000 rai. It is to preserve, breed and propagate wildlife such as Siamese firebacks, peacocks, barking deer, deer, and hogdeer. They are let free in this natural habitat and are able to conduct their own reproduction. A nature study route is organised for those who are interested in the close study of nature. Interesting destinations within the reserve are as follows:
- Thung Kramang (ทุ่งกระมัง), a large area of grassland located in the middle of the reserve, is an important source of food for herbivores. In 1983 and 1992, the Royal projects from the initiatives of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit let the wildlife such as barking deer, deer, mouse deer and various kinds of birds return to their natural habitat. A salt lick was managed in Thung Kramang to feed the animals, while a plot of grassland was burned to create sprouting grass as food for barking deer and deer during the dry season. On top of the hill over Thung Kramang lies a royal residence overlooking the reservoir. Thung Kramang is open from 8.00 a.m. - 3.00 p.m. and is closed from the end of August for 3 months. This is due to its condition of plants and wildlife which should not be disturbed. Therefore, it is for those who are truly interested in nature and wildlife.
- Phrom River (ลำน้ำพรม) meanders by the north of the reserve. On its east lies Huai Dat or Lam Dok, the main brook shifting the water from the lower part of Chulabhorn Dam to produce the electricity. It also directs the flow into the Lam Su Brook which has water throughout the year. Above the Phrom River is located Lan Chan, consisting of a rock terrace and a deep crooked pool within a serene and shady atmosphere.
- Lan Chan and Tat Hin Daeng (ลานจันทร์และตาดหินแดง) Lan Chan is a large rock terrace along the Phrom River with water throughout the year. It is a shady area full of various kinds of big and small trees because it is surrounded with evergreen forests consisting of moss, fern, rattan, betel-vine, and various kinds of medicinal plants. Wandering along the brook, visitors will discover red stones in the area called Tat Hin Daeng. Both Lan Chan and Tat Hin Daeng are suitable for relaxation because of their abundance and beauty.
- Bueng Paen (บึงแปน) covers an area of approximately 4,000 rai, 900 metres above sea level. It is grassland similar to Thung Kamang, but is a lower plain with floods in the rainy season. In the dry season, there is a swamp in the middle of the plain. Bueng Paen is situated in the centre to the southwest of the reserve. It is full of wildlife which can be noticed from their traces.
- Namtok Tat Khro (น้ำตกตาดคร้อ) is a large and high waterfall to the south of Thung Kramang near the Phu Khiao Forest Safeguard Centre in Nong Bua Daeng District. The water from this waterfall will run down to the Saphung River.
- Namtok Huai Wai (น้ำตกห��วยหวาย) is 6 kilometres from Bueng Paen. It is a 3-tiered waterfall. Each of its level is 20 metres high. The location where it runs through the mountain is the pass in between Khao Phu Noi and Khao Phu Khiao Yai.
- Namtok Nakkharat (น้ำตกนาคราช) is on the way from the Phrom Pavilion to Thung Kramang, at Kilometre No. 11. Turn left along the route in the forest for 300 metres. The width of the waterfall is approximately 5 metres with 3 tiers in different heights. The first one is 14 metres high, the second one is 10 metres, and the third one is 6 metres. Nearby the waterfall is a lot of Phaya Nakkharat or Polynesian foot fern. Therefore, the waterfall is called “Namtok Nakkharat”.
- Pha Thewada (ผาเทวดา) consists of many mountain ranges connecting to one another for a distance of 6 kilometres. The summit of the cliff is approximately 1,000 metres above sea level. On the west and the east is a long mountain range. The rocks at the cliff are white similar to limestone with a water flow passing called “Chi Phut.” It is the origin of the Chi River with a width of 10-15 metres running through the south of the mountain and down to the Chi Yai River at Ban Lon. The Chi River runs from the north to the south. On both sides of the bank are small pebbles. Chi Phut has very clear water of 1 metre deep. Wildlife in this area are gaurs, bears, porcupines, deer, and wild elephants. At the abyss and Thewada Valley is a thick forest called “Pa Khrop” where the Chi River passes through to the foot of the mountain called “Chi Dan” and “Chi Phut”. There is three phases of the water flow. The first Chi Dan –Burrowing Chi - is Khao Tham Khrop where the river disappears into the cave for 500 metres, Phut – emerges - for 300 metres and flows into the the mountain again for 8 kilometres. At last, it goes into the mountain for 1 kilometre before appearing again at Thap Kok Duea which is 10 kilometres from Ban Lon. Most of the plants are dipterocarp trees like Takhian, Yang, Phayom, as well as, bamboo, while the undergrowth features rattans and Tao palm. Wild animals include elephants, bears, tigers, deer, porcupines, and a large number of Kahang (homrai). Inside Pa Khrop is a 7-tiered waterfall on the Thewada mountain range. It is a white limestone waterfall, running down along the way. Each tier is 15-20 metres high, comprising into an overall height of 200 metres and a width of 20-25 metres.
- Phu Khing (ภูคิ้ง) is the summit of the Khao Khiao mountain range with a height of 1,167 metres above sea level. It is considered as the 5th highest one of the Northeast and is located in the Phu Khiao Wildlife Reserve. It is cold throughout the year on the mountain and is also a source of wild flowers and various kinds of orchids. To the north is situated a steep cliff with a large rock terrace. It is a beautiful view spot where visitors can witness Phu Kradueng, Phu Pha Chit, and the Phrom River.
Educational tours in the reserve area can be conducted in 2 aspects. For those interested in a one-day trip, can ask permission from officials at the Pang Muang checkpoint. The admission fee is 200 Baht a person, 30 Baht a car, 10 Baht a bicycle, 20 Baht a motorcycle, and 100 Baht for a 6-wheel vehicle.
As for camping, a letter should be submitted 15-30 days in advance to the Chief of the Phu Khiao Wildlife Reserve, P.O. Box 3, Chum Phae Provincial Post Office, Chum Phae District, Khon Kaen, 40130, or the Director of Wildlife Preservation Office, National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department, Phahonyothin Road, Bangkok 10900. For more information, please contact Tel. 0 2561 4292-3 ext: 711.
To get there: Take the similar route to the Chulabhorn Dam. 3 kilometres prior to the Dam is the Pang Muang Checkpoint. Turn left for 24 kilometres to the Wildlife Reserve Office.
The Phu Khiao Wildlife Breeding Research Station (สถานีเพาะเลี้ยงสัตว์ป่าภูเขียว) is 8 kilometres on the left side prior to the Chulabhorn Dam. There are many kinds of wildlife to see particularly sambar deer and brown-antlered deer. It is open daily from 8.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.
Amphoe Thep Sathit
Pa Hin Ngam National Park (อุ��ยานแห่งชาติป่าหินงาม) is located on Phang Hoei mountain range comprising undulating hills with a height of 300-846 metres above sea level, covering deciduous dipterocarp forest, dry evergreen forest and mixed deciduous forest, with a diversity of ecology. There are many kinds of wild flowers in the same species of Dusita, En A, and orchids, as well as, various species of wildlife, comprising more than 56 kinds of birds, 21 types of mammals, and 10 categories of reptiles. Tourist destinations within the national park are as follows:
Lan Hin Ngam (ลานหินงาม) is a location where there are a lot of large rocks in strange shapes scattered in an area of more than 10 rai. It has occurred from the erosion of the soil and rocks into different shapes, which can be imagined as many kinds of objects and animals such as nails, radar, hens, etc.
Dok Krachiao or Bua Sawan Field (ทุ่งดอกกระเจียว หรือ ทุ่งบัวสวรรค์) Krachiao – a kind of curcuma - is an annual plant in the same species as ginger-galingale, scattered generally from Lan Hin Ngam to the Sut Phaendin viewpoint. It is suitable for travelling during the rainy season from June to August.
Sut Phaendin (สุดแผ่นดิน) is a steep cliff and is the highest point of Phang Hoei mountain range, 2 kilometres from the Office of the National Park and 846 metres above sea level. It is the cliff connecting between the Central and Northeastern regions. At this viewpoint, the panoramic view of a complex mountain range with a cool breeze throughout the day can be admired.
Namtok Thep Phana (น้ำตกเทพพนา) is located 7 kilometres on the east side of the Office of the National Park. It is a medium-size waterfall originating from Huai Krachon flowing from the Phang Hoei mountain range. It can be divided into 3 different tiers. The highest one is 2-3 metres, the second one is 2-3 metres, and the lowest one is 6 metres. There is water only during the rainy season.
Namtok Thep Prathan (น้ำตกเทพประทาน) is situated in Ban Rai Sub-district, 7 kilometres from the Office of the National Park. It is a medium-size waterfall but quite flat. There are different low tiers of large rock terraces and a steep highland with a large amount of water during the rainy season.
Phra Phutthabat Khao Yai Hom (พระพุทธบาทเขายายหอม) is located at the rock terrace on the Phukhao Hom Summit, Phang Hoei mountain range, Dong Phaya Yen, within the compound of Wat Phra Phutthabat Khao Yai Hom, Na Yang Klak Sub-district. It is a red Buddha’s left footprint, stamped onto the rock terrace with a width of 75 centimetres, length of 180 centimetres, and depth of 45 centimetres, surrounded by 3 holy ponds. Phra Phutthabat Khao Yai Hom is 65 kilometres from the District Administration Office on the northeast and 63 kilometres from the centre of Chaiyaphum on the southwestern side. However, from the Sap Yai Minor District, it is only 8 kilometres to the north.
Pa Hin Ngam National Park provides accommodation and a camping site for tourists. For more information, please contact the Pa Hin Ngam National Park, P.O. Box No. 2, Thep Sathit Provincial Post Office, Chaiyaphum 36230 at Tel. 0 4489 0105, or National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department at Tel. 0 2562 1760, or at www.dnp.go.th.
To get there: Pa Hin Ngam National Park is 270 kilometres from Bangkok. Take Highway No.1, pass Saraburi to Phu Khae T-junction. Take Highway No. 21 and take Highway No. 205 from Ban Lam Narai for approximately 48 kilometres. At 1 kilometre prior to Thep Sathit District Administration Office, turn left along Highway No. 2354 (into the way to Nong Bua Rawe District) for 15 kilometres. At the crossroads, turn left into Ban Rai for 14 kilometres to the Office of the National Park. Visitors can travel by bus Bangkok - Thep Sathit – Chaiyaphum line and get off at Ban Rai crossroads. Then, rent a motorcycle to the Office of the National Park. Otherwise there is the Bangkok – Chaiyaphum Bus line and Song Taeo (a minibus) provided for tourists at the entrance of Ban Wa Tabaek to the market near the Office of the National Park. During the Dok Krachiao Blooming Festival, there is a minibus provided for tourists along each tourist destination within the national park.
Chaopho Phraya Lae Festival (งานฉลองอนุสาวรีย์เจ้าพ่อพระยาแล) is held during 12-20 January every year in front of Chaiyaphum City Hall and the Chaopho Phraya Lae Monument Intersection. Highlights of the festival are an elephant offering procession and processions of various districts, including shops selling many products and exhibitions of many authorities, as well as, competitions of agricultural produce.
Chaopho Phraya Lae Worship Ceremony (งานประเพณีบวงสรวงเจ้าพ่อพญาแล) is held at the Nong Pla Thao Shrine on the first Monday of May every year (It lasts for 3 days and 3 nights). The locals will pay respect to Chaopho Phraya Lae’s spirit and perform traditional dances in front of the old shrine. There is a contest of local food, folk sports competition, Bai Si procession contest, and sales of local products.
Candle Festival (งานแห่เทียนพรรษา) is a festival organised by the Chaiyaphum Municipal Office on the full moon day of the 8th lunar month (around July). There is a candle contest. This event is widely popular similarly to the candle procession of Ubon Ratchathani.
Ram Phi Fa Tradition (ประเพณีรำผีฟ้า) is a ceremony to worship the sacred objects and Phrachao Ong Tue, a Buddha image engraved out of sandstone, with a height of 2 metres. The locals consider this Buddha image as very holy. Many people will participate in this ceremonial dance. The ceremony is organised twice a year on the 13th-15th day during the waxing moon of the 5th lunar month (in April) and the first day during the waning moon of the 3rd lunar month within the area of Khao Phu Phra, Ban Na Kai Sao, Na Siao Sub-district in Mueang District.
Bun Duean Si Festival (งานบุญเดือนสี่) is a festival of the people of Khon San, comprising merit-making on the dark moon day of the 4th lunar month (Duean Si) and Saba competition on the 1st – 3rd day of the waxing moon during the 5th lunar month (around March). The Saba competition is challenged for the winner prize creating amusement within the compound of Wat Chedi, Khon San District. It is the only Saba competition performed in Northeastern Thailand.
Dok Krachiao Blooming Festival (งานวันดอกกระเจียวบาน) is held at the end of June to July at Pa Hin Ngam National Park, Thep Sathit District. It is during the rainy season when the blossoms of the wild Krachiao flowers in purplish pink are widely found in the area. Therefore, we call this area as Dok Krachiao Field. In the festival, there is a natural tour around the national park, local performances, and local products on sale.
- Palm Garden Golf Par 3 (ปาล์ม การ์เด้น กอล์ฟ พาร์ 3) 125/9 Mu 1, Chaiyaphum – Si Khio Road, Mueang District. Tel. 0 4483 5932 – 33, 08 1790 2477. It is a 9-hole golf course, open from 8.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.
- Chulabhorn Dam Golf Course (สนามกอล์ฟเขื่อนจุฬาภรณ์) Chulabhorn Dam. Tel. 0 4338 4969 ext. 2630, 0 4486 1669 ext. 2630. It is a 9-hole golf course.
Amphoe Mueang Chaiyaphum
- Charoen Hotel (เจริญโฮเต็ล) 196/8-9 Yutitham Road. Tel. 0 4481 1194-5, 0 4483 0625, 40 rooms: 200-460 baht.
- Chaiyaphum Grand (ชัยภูมิแกรนด์) 349/ 25-39 Anantakun Road. Tel. 0 4483 0276-7. Fax. 0 4483 0277, 50 rooms: 250-800 baht.
- Rattana Siri (รัตนศิริ) 677/11 Ko, Non Muang Road. Tel. 0 4482 1258-60. Fax. 0 4482 1261, 80 rooms: 200-550 baht.
- Rai Bai Toei (ไร่ใบเตย) 105/4 Liang Mueang (Bypass) Road. Tel. 0 4481 6314, 0 4481 2060, 15 rooms: 500 baht.
- Loet Nimit (เลิศนิมิตร) 447 Niwet Rat Road. Tel. 0 4481 1522-3. Fax. 0 4482 2335, 79 rooms: 200-1,200 baht.
- Sirichai Hotel (ศิริชัยโฮเต็ล) 565/1 Ko, Non Muang Road. Tel. 0 4481 1461, 0 4481 1543, 04481 2824. Fax. 0 4481 2299, 91 rooms: 240 - 1,000 baht.
- Siam River Resort (สยามริเวอร์ รีสอร์ท) 55 Bannakan Road, Nai Mueang Sub-district. Tel. 0 4481 1999. Fax. 0 4482 1520, 68 rooms: 800 – 3,000 baht.
Amphoe Thep Sathit
- Banraiingdoi Resort (Phu Ngam Nam Sai) (บ้านไร่อิงดอย (ภูงามน้ำใส)) 224 Mu 9, Ban Rai Sub-district, near the Pa Hin Ngam National Park. Tel. 0 4489 0033, 0 9814 9429, 0 9772 0033, 18 bungalows, 28 rooms: 1,800 baht with 2 meals/2 persons. www.baanraiingdoi.net
- Ban Suan Charoen Rat (บ้านสวนเจริญรัตน์) Tel.0 9898 0422, 15 bungalows with breakfast and dinner: 600 baht/ person and tents with breakfast: 350 baht/ person.
- Sairung Resort (บ้านสายรุ้ง) 72 Mu 15, Ban Rai Sub-district. Tel. 08 9539 3042, 0 5765 6810, 08 1813 3193, 0 4489 0077, 20 bungalows: 1,100-6,000 baht. Tents and conference rooms are also provided. www.sairung.net
- Phu Thep Samran (ภูเทพสำราญ) opposite Phutheppiman. Tel. 08 9281 7304, 08 1929 0504, 11 bungalows: 600 baht (2 meals are included dinner – breakfast).
- Phutheppiman (ภูเทพพิมาน) 111 Mu 1, Ban Rai Sub-district, 8 kilometres from the Pa Hin Ngam National Park. Bangkok Office, Tel. 0 2954 1311-3, 37 rooms: 700 baht / person. 2 meals are included (breakfast – dinner) www.phutheppiman.com.
- Phu Thep Pa Tawan (ภ��เทพป่าตะวัน) 99 Mu 9, Ban Rai Sub-district. Tel. 08 7029 9755, 08 1447 7444, 7 bungalows: 400-2,000 baht.
- Thep Walan Steak House (เทพวลัญสเต็กเฮ้าส์) 404 Thep Sathit – Na Yang Krak Road. Tel. 0 4485 7130, 08 9948 6618, 5 bungalows: 500-2,000 baht.
- Rai Cha Thep (ไร่จ่าเทพ) 13 Mu 9, Ban Rai Sub-district, 700 metres from Pa Hin Ngam National Park. Tel. 08 1480 8730, 08 1989 4970, 08 6800 8133 or contact Nakhon Pathom Office at Tel. 0 3447 3603, 17 bungalows: 600-1,500 baht.
- Rai Ruean Thep (ไร่เรือนเทพ) 200 metres prior to the Pa Hin Ngam National Park (on the right side) Tel. 08 1311 3725, 0 4489 0042, 08 1323 6725, 10 bungalows: 600-1,200 baht. Service capacity: 30 persons.
- Rai Rungthip (ไร่รุ่งทิพย์) 60 Mu 1, Ban Rai Sub-district. Tel. 0 4489 0102-3, 7 bungalows: 500-1,000 baht.
- Rai Phu Phansa Resort (ไร่ภูพรรษา รีสอร์ท) 271 Mu 9, Ban Nong Yai, Ban Rai Sub-district. Tel. 0 9499 7531. (Khun Anirut Chantharakun), 08 1923 8292, 08 6000 4455, 6 bungalows: 500-800 baht, camping site: 150 baht / person.
- Rai Phu Ngoen (ไร่ภูเงิน) 214 Mu 9, Ban Sap Sarete, Ban Rai Sub-district. Tel. 08 1411 7049, 08 1855 5583, 08 7823 4890, 08 6300 4455, 0 4489 0089, 7 bungalows: 700-3,000 baht.
- Rai Sisuk (ไร่ศรีสุข) 93 Mu 9, Ban Nong Yai, Ban Rai Sub-district. Tel.0 4481 0011, 08 7021 6941, 08 1075 5129, 7 bungalows: 500-2,300 baht.
- Rai Sunthri (ไร่สุนทรี) Ban Rai Sub-district. Tel. 08 1847 0054, 08 1269 0182, 6 bungalows: 400-800 baht.
- Rai Oei Fun (ไร่เอ๋ยฝุ่น) 121, 700 metres from the Pa Hin Ngam National Park, Ban Rai Sub-district. Tel. 08 1936 4279, 0 4489 0023, 5 bungalows: 1,200-3,000 baht.
- Rai NV Resort (ไร��เอ็นวี รีสอร์ท) 155 Mu 3, near Pa Hin Ngam National Park, Ban Rai Sub-district. Tel. 08 6769 8638, 08 6803 5819, 8 bungalows: 500-5,000 baht.
- Ban Chom Fa (บ้านชมฟ้า) 64 Mu 15 Tambon Banrai Tel. 08 1836 1287, 0 2978 8950, 7 bungalows: 800-1,300 baht.
- Rai Pa Ka Lung (ไร่ป้ากะลุง) 74 Mu 3 Ban Khok Krabueang Hai, Tambon Banrai. Tel. 08 1834 0438, 4 bungalows: 200-600 baht.
- Rai Rotchana (ไร่รจนา) 108 Ban Thep Phana, Tambon Ban Rai. Tel. 0 2652 0423-4, 14 bungalows: 300-700 baht.
- Rai Strawberry Hill (ไร่สตรอเบอรี่ ฮิลล์) Tel. 08 9812 3542, 4 bungalows: 500 baht.
- A B Garden Hill (เอ บี การ์เดนฮิลล์) Tel. 08 9812 3542, 08 1918 9699, 3 bungalows: 600-2,500 baht.
- Puimok (ปุยหมอก) Tel. 08 1876 9348, 08 7964 9917, 4 bungalows: 700-1,000 baht.
- Rai Sak Thong (ไร่สักทอง) 88 Mu 15 Tambon Ban Rai, Tel. 08 1704 3984,5 bungalows: 500-1,200 baht.
- Rai Konyok Tel. 08 6253 5305
- Ban Suan Chuan Chom (บ้านสวนชวนชม) 51 Mu 9 Ban Nong Yai, Tel. 08 9075 6020, 08 4960 1876, 08 1644 3900, 9 bungalows: 600-2,400 baht.
- Ban Lan Dao (บ้านล้านดาว) Tel. 08 1704 3984, 8 bungalows: 100-800 baht.
- Rai Phumin (ไร่ภูมินทร์) 153 Mu 2 Ban Nonsamran, Tel. 08 1267 4286, 3Bungalows: 500-2,000 baht.
- Mon Thong Kham (��่อนทองคำ) 89 Mu 15 Tambon Ban Rai, Tel. 08 4826 0116, 2 bungalows: 500-5,000 baht.
- Phu Kham Rung (ภูคำรุ้ง) 276 Mu 9 Tambon Ban Rai, Tel. 0 2903 2959, 08 1802 7017, 4 bungalows: 500-600 baht.
- Rai Kanyarat (ไร่กันยรัตน์) Ban Nong Yai, Tel. 08 1815 0370, 12 bungalows: 1,000-1,200 baht.
- Rai A-ngun Thep Sathit (ไร่องุ่นเทพสถิต) 99 Mu 1 Sura Narai Road, Tambon Watabaek, Tel. 0 4485 5054, 081264 8440, Fax. 0 4485 5055
- Chetsada Ton To Mai (เจษฎาต้นตอไม้) 95 Nong Yai-Khok Kra Bueang Road, Tel. 08 1907 2549, 21 rooms: 1,000 baht.
- Pa Hin Nagm National Park (อุทยานแห่งชาติป่าหินงาม) Tel. 0 4481 0222, 5 bungalows: 1,000-2,000 baht.
Amphoe Phu Khiao
- Phu Suai Nam Sai Resort (ภูสวย น้ำใส รีสอร์ท) is on the ridge of Nong Phak Pang Reservoir, 189 Mu 4, Phu Khiao – Chum Phae Road. Tel. 0 4484 4212, 08 1470 4016, 22 rooms: 300 - 800 baht.
Amphoe Kaeng Khro
- Tawanna (ตะวันนา) 101 Mu 12, Nong Phai. Tel. 0 4488 2915, Fax. 0 4488 2927, 20 rooms, 300-450 baht.
- Khrua Khun Phloi (ครัวคุณพลอย) Bannakan Road. Tel. 0 4481 1335.
- Khrua Khun Suphap Lap Pet (ครัวคุณสุภาพลาบเป็ด) 20/1 Mu 10, Bypass Road (500 metres opposite the Highway Police Booth). Tel. 08 1760 6636.
- Khrua Nong Tan (ครัวน้องตาล) 264/1 Mu 4, Ban Non Sathon, Sanam Bin Road. Tel. 0 4481 2947.
- Chokchai House (โชคชัยเฮ้าส์) 292 Yutitham Road. Tel. 0 4481 1235.
- Sum Phraya Lae (ซุ้มพระยาแล) 379/523 Haruethai Road. Tel. 0 4483 6414.
- Ban Suan Chokchai (บ้านสวนโชคชัย) 86 Niwet Rat. Tel. 0 4482 1836, 0 4481 2504.
- Pratu Mai (ประตูไม้) at the foot of Huai Sawe Bridge, Bannakan Road, opposite the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives, Chaiyaphum Branch. Tel. 0 4481 2171.
- Foen Korean Barbecue (เฟิร์นเนื้อย่างเกาหลี) Non Muang Road. Tel. 0 4483 6984.
- Pla Nin Thong (ร้านปลานิลทอง) 363 Ban Khilek Yai, Mu 2, Chaiyaphum – Ban Khwao Road, Rop Mueang Sub-district. Tel. 0 4483 5967 (Isan and Thai food).
- So Cheng (ร้านโสเจ้ง) 18 Mu 4, Ban Pho Noi, Chaiyaphum – Ban Pho Noi Road. Tel. 0 4483 3430 (Isan and Thai food).
- Luktan (ลูกตาล) Haruethai Road. Tel. 0 4481 2728.
- Sirichai Café (ศิริชัยคาเฟ่) in Sirichai Hotel, Non Muang Road. Tel. 0 4481 1461, 0 4481 1543.
- Ngao Mai (สวนอาหารเงาไม้) Km. 5, Chaiyaphum – Sikhio Road. Tel. 0 4482 1708.
- Bua Thong (สวนอาหารบัวทอง) Liang Mueang (Bypass) Road. Tel. 0 4481 1271.
- Ban Chaeo Waeo (บ้านแจ๋วแหวว) 40 Mu 2, Chaiyaphum – Ban Khwao Road. Tel. 0 4481 1949, 0 4483 7007, 08 1878 0629 (Thai herbal food).
- Mong Korean Barbecue (หม่องเนื้อย่างเกาหลี) Chai Prasit Road. Tel. 0 4483 0708.
- Indochin (อินโดจีน) Burapha Road. Tel. 0 4482 2319.
- Chaliang (เฉลียง) Chaiyaphum - Ban Khwao Road. Tel. 0 4481 2103.
- Em Ot (เอมโอช) 357/1 Burapha Road. Tel. 0 4483 0075. ( Breakfast from 6.00 - 12.00 a.m.)
- Khrua Nong Phrae (ครัวน้องแพร) Chai Prasit Road. Tel. 0 4481 2057.
- Khum Sawoei Niwetrat Road. Tel 0 4483 3209
- The Great Coffee Shop (เดอะเกรทคอฟฟี่ช้อป) in The Great Department Store, Sanam Bin Road. Tel. 0 4481 2103.
- Ban Suan Chok Chai (บ้านสวนโชคชัย) Niwetrat Road. Tel.0 4482 1836
- Lan Rabiang (ลานระเบียง) in front of Siri Chai Hotel, Non muang Road. Tel. 0 4481 1543.
- Suan Ahan Rim Thung (สวนอาหารริมทุ่ง) Chaiyaphum-Sikhio Road, Tel. 08 1222 4008.
- Ran Aim-un (ร้านอิ่มอุ่น) Chai Prasit Road, in front of Anuban Phai Ro.
- 142 Khanom Cake (๑๔๒ ขนมเค้ก) Bannakan Road.
- Suan Ahan Thap Thim Thong (สวนอาหารทับทิมทอง) Nong Ta Dam
- Lappet Bua Phak Kwian (ลาบเป็ดบัวพักเกวียน) Phu Khiao-Chaiyaphum
- Kuai Tiao Hong Te (ก๋วยเตี๋ยวฮ่องเต้) Bannakan Road, Tel. 0 4483 5607.
- Dung Ahan Thai (ด้วงอาหารไทย) Niwetrat Road, Tel. 0 4483 3840.
- Suan Ahan Farm Phromma (สวนอาหารฟาร์มพรหมมา) Chaiyaphum-Tat Ton Road, Tel. 0 4482 1488.
- Chatri Original Steak House (ชาตรี ออริจินอล สเต็กเฮ้าส์) Chaiyaphum-Sikhio Road, Tel. 0 4483 5807-8.
--(WT-en) globe-trotter 06:21, 6 February 2010 (EST)