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NONGBUALAMPHU

NONGBUALAMPHU : General Information

            Split off from Udon Thani in 1993, Nong Bua Lam Phu is a scenic province
      famous for its prehistoric sites. Fossilised shells about 140 million years old can be seen in the cliffs 10 kilometres outside the main town;archaeological sites at Kudkwangsoi villages are also attractions.
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    Well worth a visit is the huge Erawan Cave, Full of beautiful stalagmites and stalacitites. A very long stairway leads up to the cavern, where a large Buddha sits at the entrance.

Wat Tham Klong Phen, a tranquil forest monastery outside of town, is revered as the home of the famous meditation monk. Luang Phu Khao Analayo. A museum in the compound is dedicated to the monk. A beautiful nature reserve is found at Phu Kao Phupan Kham National Park covering 320 square kilometres, including a large lake formed by Ubon Ratana Dam, which is a popular fishing area.


NONGBUALAMPHU : How to get there

Car

From Bangkok, take Highway No. 1 to Saraburi and Highway No. 2 to Udon Thani via Nakhon Ratchasima and Khon Kaen, then take Highway No. 210 to Nong Bua Lam Phu, a total distance of 608 kilometres.

Bus

Buses depart from Bangkok's Mochit 2 Bus Terminal to Nong Bua Lam Phu every day. Contact Transport Co.Ltd at Tel: 0 2936 2852-66 or visit www.transport.co.th for more information

Rail

There is no direct train from Bangkok to Nong Bua Lam Phu. Visitors can take a train to Udon Thani and continue the journey by bus to Nong Bua Lam Phu. Call 1690, 0 2223 7010-20 for more information.

Air

Visitors can fly from Bangkok to Udon Thani and then continue the trip by bus to Nong Bua Lam Phu. Call Thai Airways, Tel: 1566, 0 2280 0060, 0 2628 2000 for more information.

Distances from Amphoe Mueang to Other Districts

Na Klang
Si Bun Rueang
Non Sang
Na Wang
Suwannakkhuha
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NONGBUALAMPHU : Activities

Tham Erawan

This cave is 45 kilometres from town on Highway No. 210 (Nong Bua Lam Phu-Loei) past Na Klang and Na Wang to Km. 13, then a right for 2 kilometres and up about 600 steps by foot up the mountain. At the mouth of the cave is a large Buddha image clearly visible from a distance. Inside the cave is a large space with lovely stalactites and stalagmites. The cave is the origin of local folklore called Nang Phom Hom.

Wat Tham Klong Phen

This temple is at the foot of Phu Phan mountain, 13 kilometres from town on Highway No. 210 (Nong Bua Lam Phu-Udon Thani), then 2 kilometres on the right. The area was once the site of an ancient Khmer temple that later became deserted until 1958 when Phra Achan Luang Pu Khao Analyo turned it into a meditation centre until his death in 1983. A museum displays his wax figure as well as his personal items. The temple is very peaceful with a large area and covered with shady trees and natural rock formations. It is most suitable for meditation.


Pottery-making at Ban Khong Sawan

Pottery-making at Ban Khong Sawan
This pottery village is 17 kilometres from town on the way to Udon Thani. The villagers here migrated from Ban Wang Thua, Amphoe Nam Phong, Khon Kaen. The village specialty is making pottery with designs similar to that in Ban Chiang and using traditional techniques.

This pottery village is 17 kilometres from town on the way to Udon Thani. The villagers here migrated from Ban Wang Thua, Amphoe Nam Phong, Khon Kaen. The village specialty is making pottery with designs similar to that in Ban Chiang and using traditional techniques.

Namtok Thao To Forest Park

This is 3 kilometres from town on the way to Udon Thani. A road here runs through a mountain. There is a small waterfall covered with large, shady trees. Nearby is the Chao Pu Lup Shrine which is worshipped by the locals. Cars passing the shrine usually honk their horn as a sign of respect and for good luck on their journey.

Million-year-old shell fossils

Million-year-old shell fossils
This archaeological site is approximately 10 kilometres from town on the Nong Bua Lam Phu-Udon Thani road. Mollusk fossils have been found here buried in sandstone. The fossils are about 140 million years old.

This archaeological site is approximately 10 kilometres from town on the Nong Bua Lam Phu-Udon Thani road. Mollusk fossils have been found here buried in sandstone. The fossils are about 140 million years old.


King Naresuan the Great shrine

This shrine is in the public park opposite the provincial hall. It commemorates the time when King Naresuan the Great of the Ayutthaya period led his troops to Nong Bua Lam Phu in 1574 on the way to helping the king of Hongsawadi fight the city of Si Sattana Khanahut.

Wooden Ubosoth of Wat Chaoreon Songtham

Located in Ban Don Por, Tambon Nong Bua Tai, the wooden chapel or Ubosoth has compact size in rectangular shape. High roof creates good air ventilation. The ubosoth has delicate carving on the roof, and gable with neatly carved garuda. How to get there: The ubosoth is 30 kilometres from Nongbua Lampu City, motorist can use Nongbua Lampu-Sangsian Road.

None Don Klang Archeological Site (Ban Kud Kwang Soy)

None Don Klang Archeological Site (Ban Kud Kwang Soy). Situated in Ban Kud Kwang Soy, Soi Santisuk, Tambon Ban Thin, east of Phu Khao Mount, it is an archeological site. Pre-historical artifacts found here include terra cottage similar to Ban Chiang Culture, human’s skeleton, bronze and stone bracelet, glass beat, sandstone mold for bronze axe, steel tool and etc. Some artifacts are kept at National Museum Khon Kaen, the remaining are displayed in the village’s museum.

How to get there. Use highway 2146 (Nongbua Lampu-None Sang) for 36 kilometres and turn right at Ban Nong Waeng and keep going for 5 kilometres.


Wat Tham Suwannakhuha

This temple is around 5 kilometres from the district office. A Buddha image built by Phra Chaiyachetthathirat of Vientiane in 1555 is here. It was built at the same time as Phra Chao Ong Tu and Luang Pho Phra Sai in Nong Khai.

Phu Pha Ya Archaeological Site

This is north of Ban Na Charoen in Tambon Dong Mafai. In Wat Phu Pha Ya Thammasathit are prehistoric drawings on a mountain. The drawings are of red paint and depict geometric figures, animals, palm prints, and humans. They date from 2,000-3,000 years ago.


Phu Kao-Phu Phan Kham National Park

This park covers 322 square kilometres. The park headquarters is near the lake at Ubonrat Dam at the foot of Phu Phan mountain in Non Sang. From Nong Bua Lam Phu, take Highway No. 2146 (Nong Bua Lam Phu-Non Sang) for about 40 kilometres to the intersection at Ban Sok Chan, then a left onto the Ban Sok Chan-Ubonrat Dam road for about 14 kilometres to the park office. From Khon Kaen, there is a 7-kilometre road from the dam to the park office.

Phu Phan Kham is a part of Phu Phan mountain range. Stretching north to south, it divides Nong Bua Lam Phu and Khon Kaen. The view of the lake at Ubonrat Dam is magnificent. Tourists frequently overnight near the park office beside the lake.

Phu Kao consists of 9 mountains. The most interesting spots branch out eastward from the Non Sang-Nong Bua Lam Phu road. On the laterite road to Ban Kut Bak are observation points, prehistoric drawings at Mum cave, Wat Phra Phutthabat Phu Kao, rock recesses shaped like human and dog footprints that are the source of local folklore, dinosaur footprints on a rock plateau near a stream, and Tat Fa waterfall. A park official is required as guide into Phu Kao.


Phu Kao-Phu Phan Kham National Park

The park acquires a total area of 320 square kilometres or 201,250 rai, in Amphoe Ubolratana and Amphoe Non Sang of Nong Bua Lam Phu province. Most area is deciduous dipterocarp forest, which always changes its hue by early November. The national park headquarters at Phu Phan Kham by the lake has a picturesque sunset view. Camping ground is available. The attractions in the park include traces of a pre-historical community of the same period as Ban Chiang such as cave paintings and carvings footprints of dinosaurs that are presumed to be the same species as those found in Phu Wiang.

How to get there: from Khon Kaen, head for Ubolratana Dam until reaching Ubolratana Market 50 kilometres away. Then go via the Ubolratana-Non Sang Road, the park headquarters is 6 kilometres away. Motorists can also reach the park through the Udon Thani-Loei Road, then go through Amphoe Non Sang and get onto the Sok Chan-Ubolratana Dam Road. Bus on the route Ubolratana Dam-Non Sang also reach the park. The buses leave from Ubolratana Market.

Huay Rai Reservoir

The medium sized reservoir is situated in Ban Srakaeo, Moo 6, Tambon Dongsawan. With clear water, the reservoir is quite scenic. From November to February, Sunn hemp plantation will paint the area in bright yellow. Tourist can enjoy cruising on motored raft which can control direction, unique vehicle of the reservoir. Restaurants on the raft are available.

Wat Santitham Banpot or Wat Pa Phu Noi

Besides offering very nice place for practicing meditation, the temple houses Buddha footprint and 8 groups of stone leaves setting in 8 directions. Each group comprises 4 stone leaves, some feature carving in Bhotisattva and pagoda’s crest. These leaves are probably places around Khmer shrine like those at Wat Sri Muang Koon. How to get there: The temple is 30 kilometres from Nonbua Lampu City, motorist can use highway 210 (Nongbua Lampu-Loei) and turn left at Amphoe Na Klang. It is 1.5 kilometes away.

Tham Pha Wiang

The cave is situated in Moo 9 Ban Pha Wiang, Tambon Na Kae among picturesque mountain range called Phu Pha Wiang. The cave and around is territory of Wat Tham Pha Wiang. Tham Pha Wiang is naturally beautiful with rock formation and stalagmites. There are also many caves in the area such as Tham Pha Klang, Tham Thammas, Tham Pratoon, Tham Kok Nuayai, Tham Kangkao. How to get there: The cave is 45 kilometres from Nongbua Lampu City, motorist can use highway 210 (Nongbua Lampu-Loei).


Namtok Huay To Botanical Park

Namtok Huay To Botanical Park. Sitauated on highway 210 (Nongbua Lampu-Udon Thani) some 3 kilometres from Nongbua Lampu City, the shady park is a nice place for picnic. The secreted shrine of Pu Loop is located nearby.

Phra Wor Phra Ta City Pillar Shrine

Phra Wor Phra Ta City Pillar Shrine. Located just 100 metres from highway 210 (Nongbua Lampu-Udon Thani), the city pillar shrine is built to honor Phra Wor and Phra Ta who had established the city. The first stone of this city pillar shrine was laid on November 21, 1975. It was completed and opened on February 28, 1976.


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