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4Days 3Nights : Udon Thani - Sakon Nakhon - Nakhon Phanom

Planner :
Udon Thani 2 Day , Sakon Nakhon 1 Day , Nakhon Phanom 1 Day
Period :
4 Days 3 Nights
Category :
Arts, cultural & heritage, Events & festivals, Nature, beaches & islands, New experiences,adventure & off-the-beaten-track,
  • Day 1
    Sep 18
  • Day 2
    Sep 19
  • Day 3
    Sep 20
  • Day 4
    Sep 21
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.)

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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Day 2 : Udon Thani

Udon Sunshine Orchid Farm

This garden is a nursery dedicated to Udon Sunshine, a cross between the Vanda and the Josephine Van Berrow orchids. The species, registered with the United Kingdom’s World Orchid Society in 1988, is known for its lovely scent. It is one of the few orchids used to make perfume, branded for sale with its species name. This farm is located at 127 Mu 5, Soi Kamon Watthanaon Udon Thani-Nong Samrong route (Highway No. 204).From town, drive along Highway No. 2 (Udon Thani – Nong Khai) for 5 kilometers and turn left to Highway No. 2024. The signpost to the farm is on your left. Opening hours are 7.00 am-6.00 pm. Admission is 20 baht per person. For more information, call 0 4224 2475.

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Ban Chiang National Museum

Ban Chiang National Museum is located at Ban Chiang, Tambol Ban Chiang, Amphoe Nhong Harn, Udonthani province. It is around 55 kilometers from the city. It is an important historic site in the northeastern region and Southeast Asia. Inside the museum, there are the displays of the evidence found in the Ban Chiang area and nearby such as earthenware, equipments etc. The visitors will be able to see the ancient way of living 5,000 years before the history. Ban Chiang Museum is divided into 2 sections. The first section is located on the right of the entrance, in the area of Wat Po Sri. It is an opened museum with permanent exhibition that shows the process of excavating the ancient remains under the earth. Most of the earthenwares were buried with the corpse. The second section is located on the left side of the entrance. It is a building that shows the story and culture of Ban Chiang before the historic time including the equipments and utensils that show the technology during that time. The Ban Chiang Exhibition used to be exhibited in the USA. In this section, there is also a knowledge center and seminar room for the visitors to gain knowledge.   Visiting Hours:  Daily from 8.30 a.m. to 5 p.m.   Admission Fee : THB 30 for Thai / THB 150 for foreigners   For more information, contact 0 4220 4340.  

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1 Hr. 12 Min. ( Approx. 30.37 Km.)

Wat Thipphayaratnimit (Wat Pa Ban Chik)

This forest temple, located in Amphoe Mueang, is shady and pleasant. Inside the compound is a large pagoda, believed to contain Lord Buddha’s relics. Interestingly, the pagoda is shaped like Thanan, an ancient ceremonial utensil. A portrait of Luang Pu Thira Chitthammo, the present abbot, is displayed alongside Buddhist monks’ basic living utensils in the pavilion.On the 14th waxing moon day of the 12th lunar month, a robe offering ceremony (called ThotKathin) and merit-making rites are performed to celebrate the abbot’s birthday anniversary each year.This temple is located on Naresuan Road, Tambon Mak Khaeng, off the main road and into Soi San Chao Mae Thapthim and opposite to a vocational school.

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1 Hr. 3 Min. ( Approx. 63.51 Km.)

Wat Pa Ban Kho

This temple is home to a pagoda believed to enshrine relics of Lord Buddha, named Phra Maha That Chedi Chaloem Barami Phra Nawamin. Inside the pagoda (also known as a stupa), sculptures depict the history of Lord Buddha, and Buddha images in different poses.The temple is ideal for practitioners of Buddhist Dharma teachings. Under the management of the Udon Thani Administration Office, it is now also home to the Udon Thani Chaloem Phra Kiat Mind Development Center. Both Thais and foreigners gather here for Dharma practice. This temple is located in Tambon Khuea Nam. From town, drive along Highway No. 2 (Udon Thani – Nong Khai), turn left at Km. 13 onto Highway No. 2021 (Udon Thani – Ban Phue) and proceedfor another 20 kilometers. Then, turn right for another 3 kilometers towards the temple.

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Day 3 : Sakon Nakhon

Phu Phan National Park

Phu Phan National Park encompasses a large jungle in the upper Northeast, straddling Kalasin as well as Sakon Nakhon. Tourist spots in Kalasin include Pha Nang Moen, an observation point 700 meters by foot from the park office, and Lan Sao E, a natural rock plateau on a cliff 2 kilometers away from the park office. Ancient Khmer ruins (at Phra That Phu Phek), waterfalls (such as Namtok Huai Yai), and a cave (Tham Seri Thai) are among many other beautiful sights. There is also, of course, the Phu Phan mountain range. Accommodations for tourist are available. For more information, contact Phu Phan National Park, Tambon Huai Yang, Amphoe Mueang, Sakon Nakhon 47000, or call 0 4270 3044, 0 4272 6616, 08 1263 5029. More information about accommodation can also obtained from the National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department, Bang Khen, Bangkok, or call 0 2562 0760, or visit  www.dnp.go.th.  Admission fee is 200 bath for adults and 100 bath for children.   To get there, take Highway No. 213 to Km. 10-11.S The park is a total of 25 kilometers from SakonNakhon city.

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Phra That Phu Phek

Phra That PhuPhekis an ancient stupa located on a mountain in Tambon Na Hua Bo, once part of a Khmer religious compound. After ascending 491 steps, visitors can enjoy a rest amidst beautiful views of the surroundings as well as the laterite pagoda, which sits on a laterite base. Seemingly unfinished because it has no roof or pagoda top, it was built in the mid 10th-11th century. Moreover, the stupa is home toa solar calendar and a cube-shaped rock. It is believed that the area’s ancient inhabitants utilized the stupa to indicate the position of the sun for religious rites and agricultural planning.

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1 Hr. 6 Min. ( Approx. 36.18 Km.)

Phra That Si Mongkhon

Phra That Si Mongkhon, a pagoda (or stupa), is located inside a temple named Wat Phra That Si Mongkhon in Tambon Ban That. The religious structure, which has a square base, is decorated with terra cotta depicting the history of the Lord Buddha. It was once only a laterite pagoda, but was renovated and turned into its present state.This pagoda is considered the sacred icon of the local district, Amphoe Waritchaphum.To get there, take Phang Khon-Waritchaphum Road. The temple is 200 meters from the Amphoe Waritchaphum district office.  

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Phra Buddha Saiyard Cave (Phra Thong Cave or Phu Pha Thong)

Phra Buddha Saiyard Cave (Phra Thong Cave or Phu Pha Thong) is the cave within the temple ground of Wat Tham Phra Buddha Saiyard in Moo 5, Ban Khok Tat Thong, Kor Kiew subdistrict, Warich Bhume district, Sakon Nakhon province. It is 16 kilometers west of Warich Bhume district office. The direction to get to the temple is covered with lush forest and villagers’ orchards.  Wat Tham Phra Buddha Saiyard is one of the attractions that proves human intelligence in cave modification and utilization. The stone shed near the cave went under an adaptation until it became the sermon hall where visitors stop for Wat Tham Phra Buddha Saiyard. There are a lot to see in that area, such as an enormous reclining Buddha image, Buddha images engraved on the cave’s stone wall, ancient Buddha images in several different postures, etc. One of the highlights includes a stone inscription saying “… in the 16th Buddhist Century, the 2nd month in the year of Dragon, this place served as the meeting venue of 31 monk groups…” The large amount of archeological remains clearly indicates the prosperity of Wat Tham Phra Buddha Saiyard in the past. Stones in peculiar shapes can be found sporadically around the cave. After entering Phra Buddha Saiyard Cave, it is recommended you should take a leisure stroll around the temple ground and get some fresh air because the temple is situated on a hill and surrounded by shady trees. From there, visitors can also admire the awe-inspiring views of green lush mountains. Opening hours: every day from 8.30 – 16.30 Admission fee: free of charge Contact: 0 4251 3490-1   

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Phu Ang So

Phu Ang So, also known as Wat Phu Ang So Thep Khiri, is in Warich Bhume subdistrict, Warich Bhume district, Sakon Nakhon province, or 18 kilometers from the governmental service center. It is suitable for group camping, especially in winter when Phu Ang So is no less beauty than Phu Kradueng. Warich Bhume district is located in the western part of the province. Its boundary connects to the following administrative district: •North is adjacent to Sawang Daen Din district and Phang Khon district. •East is adjacent to Phang Khon district, Phanna Nikhom district and Nikhom Nam-un district. •South is adjacent to Nikhom Nam-un district and Wang Sam Mo district (Udon Thani province). •West is adjacent to Song Dao district. Phu Ang So is about 626 kilometers away or 7 hours 48 minutes away from Bangkok*, 99.3 kilometers or 1 hour 29 minutes from Sakon Nakhon downtown**, and 25.9 kilometers or 27 minutes away from Warich Bhume district. * The approximate time and distance shown are from the Victory Monument. ** The approximate time and distance shown are from Sakon Nakhon city hall. *** The approximate time and distance shown are from Warich Bhume district office.  

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Day 4 : Nakhon Phanom

Phu Tham Phra

 Phu Tham Phra was built by Phra Ajarn Dee Channo in 1957. The temple was originally located in Mukdahan district, Nakhon Phanom Province. Today, it is situated within the episcopate of Luang Pu Sunthornsinkhan. The reverend monk entitled Phra Kru Chittapawananusit (Phra Ajarn Sommaichit No Palo Tanasing) to the superior monk and gathered respecters from village to develop the temple.History Phu Tham Phra is located at Hin Ngon village, Gud Hae sub-district, Lerng Nok ta district in Yasothorn province. The temple’s surrounding include bamboo forest and lemon grasses. Other unique characteristics of the cave include• Phra Cave• Kliang Cave• Prom But Cave• Keng Cave• Gia Cave (Bat)• Ngu Suang Field• Cliff • Ang Rua• Phra Ajarn Dee Channo Chedi

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Phra That Sri Khun

          Nakhon Phanom is a province renowned for Phra That as tourists should not miss their chance in life to visit Phra That. Another Phra That warm visiting especially for Tuesday birthdays is Phra That Sri Khun which was discovered around in 1797 and restored in 1943-1947. Phra That Sri Khun is installed in the area of Phra That Sri Khun Temple or Phra That Kun, in another name. It is the second biggest temple, possessing various kinds of monk’s seats and all of them were built in plain style. Next to Phra That Sri Khun is a monastry, a sacred place of Phra That for those who were born on Tuesday. The top of Phra That resembles that of Phra That Phanom. The difference is that; first layer is divided into 2 parts of square and decorated by stucco design and second layer is shorter than Phra That Phanom. Inside Phra That contains the Buddhist relics of Phra Mokkhanlana, Phra Sareebhud which are Buddha’s chief disciples and Kasennen. The oblation consists of 8 joss sticks, 2 candles, a garland, a bunch of flower, pink fabric, Thai perfume, roasted sticky rice, Khaopong (a kind of snack). The legend of Phra That Sri Khun goes that worshipers will get double honor in return as a virtue.

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3 Hr. 27 Min. ( Approx. 283.13 Km.)

Wat Mahathat

Wat Mahathat was built in 607 and royally granted the land by announcing in royal decree on 25th August 1921 with the area of 5 fields, 2 ngans and 79 square two-meters. The temple used to be called “Wat Ming Muang” and later changed to “Wat That” because of these reasons;1.The elders have passed on the history of the temple that Wat Mahathat is where relics of the Buddha were kept. 2.There are various sizes of chedis in Wat Ming Muang.3.Wat Mahathat is also the residence of the Supreme Patriarch or leader of the Thai Buddhist monks. Later the name of the temple was then changed to “Wat Mahathat”Phra That Nakhon is the square stupa with 4.85 meters wide and 24 meters high. It was built on 14th February 1920 by Phraya Maha Ammat, the army leader from Vientiane. The construction was done on 7th May 1922 (the stupa has constructed from the old one). The relic placement ceremony was taken place on 10th Wednesday, 1922. Phra That Nakhon is a stupa for people who are born on Saturday. It is believed that by paying respect to the stupa, the prayer will be granted with the happiness, wealth, strength and good luck. The chanting is “So ma na ga ri tha tho”. The name of this chanting wish is Narai Thod Jak used in the southern west with the offerings including 10 incenses, 2 candles, garlands, flowers, purple cloth, perfume, grilled sticky rice and fried sweet rice.Wat Mahathat is located on the city island near the Khong River where the view of Laos is presented in such a beautiful sight. This monastery offers sensational view of the Khong River which visitors should not miss.  

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Saint Anna Nong Saeng Catholic church

Built in 1926 by Catholic priests, this church is a symbol of an international city that welcomes inhabitants from all places. During the Christmas celebration, especially on Christmas Eve, Christians will beautifully decorate the church with extravagant ornaments for the annual special occasion. Getting there: The church is located on Sonthornvijit Road.http://www.tourismthailand.org/See-and-Do/Sights-and-Attractions-Detail/Saint-Anna-Nong-Saeng-Church--3836

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Si Khotabun Golden Beach

Nakhon Phanom Province is known for its long history, lush natural resources and the famous Ok Phansa festival when many tourists come to see “The Naga fireballs” (Bang Fai Phaya Nak) risen from Khong River. The province also has Si Khotrabun Golden Beach, a not-to-be-missed tourist destination that is listed as Unseen Thailand. Si Khotrabun Golden Beach is located in Nai Muang Sub-district, Muang District of Nakhon Phanom Province. It is one of the most beautiful river beaches in northeastern Thailand. The beach can only be seen during dry season, from February to May, when the sand extends to the middle of the Mekong River.The beach is located right across the Administration Office of Khammouane Province of Laos. It is an ideal place for leisure and swimming where people can also admire the beauty of nature and the scenery of the neighboring country. Moreover, the sight of sunrise in the morning at Si Khotrabun Golden Beach is remarkable and truly unforgettable.  

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