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Although geographically located in the northeast or I-San, Loei has many things in common with the northern region namely its numerous high hills and mountains and its wintry as well as foggy climate. Literally speaking, the province deserves its name  which means beyond or to the furthest extreme as Loei lies in the northernmost part of the Northeastern region. Most notable is that Loei is the only province in Thailand where the temperature can drop to as low as zero Celsius in winter while it can become hotter than any province during summer. In short, Loei geography and climate is unique when compared to other I-San provinces.

Situated along the Phetchabun Mountain Range, Loei, a province that rises approximately 400 meters above sea level, is dubbed the land of seas of mountains, the coolest in Siam. Covering an area of 11,424 square kilometers (equivalent to 7.14 million rai of land), Loei Province, which is 520 kilometers from Bangkok shares a border with Laos to the north with the Khong and Heung Rivers forming the natural border, with Khon Kaen and Phetchabun Provinces to the south, with Nong Bua Lamphu, Udon Thani, Nong Khai and Khon Kaen Provinces to the east, and with Phitsanulok Province to the west. The province can be divided into three main areas: the high mountains in the west, the plains at the foot of the hills in the south and the east, and the lowlands in the basins of the Khong and the Loei Rivers.

Loei Province has an abundance of precious resources such as forests and natural resources. Of equal importance, however, is its unusual mix of northern and northeastern culture which is treasured by both locals and visitors. This remarkable cultural blend has produced more than one local dialect but only one local identity.

Attractions within the province that should be explored include Phu Kradung, Phu Luang and Phu Reua National parks, as well as Tha Li and Chiang Khan Districts.Administratively, Loei is divided into 12 districts (Amphoes) : Mueang, Wang Saphung, Phu Kradueng, Chiang Khan, Pak Chom, Tha Li, Phu Ruea, Dan Sai, Na Haeo, Na Duang, Phu Luang, Pha Khao, Erawan and Nong Hin.

 

Loei Attractions

Loei Art, Culture and Heritage

Ban Na Kraseng Rattan Handicrafts and Native Woven Fabric Gr

Attraction Details :

The group produces rattan furniture and items of high quality, as well as beautifully woven clothes. Visitors are welcome to see the production process and purchase souvenirs. To get there, take the Loei-Tha Li road for 47 kilometers. Upon reaching the District, turn right to Ban Ahi and proceed for 9 kilometers. Then turn right again and proceed for another 5 kilometers towards Ban Na Kraseng.

How to get there :

By Car

take the Loei-Tha Li road for 47 kilometers. Upon reaching the District, turn right to Ban Ahi and proceed for 9 kilometers. Then turn right again and proceed for another 5 kilometers towards Ban Na Kraseng.

Loei Province Cultural Center

Attraction Details :

Located in Loei Rajabhat Institute, 5 kilometers from the city, on the Loei-Chiang Khan Road, the center features exhibits on indigenous culture and traditions of Loei. The center opens daily from 8.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. Call 042 835223-8, ext. 512 for more information or group reservations.

How to get there :

By Car

5 kilometers from the city, on the Loei-Chiang Khan Road

Phra That Satcha

Attraction Details :

This pagoda, which is similar in design to Phra That Phanom, is 33 meters high and topped with the white 7 tiered umbrella of sovereignty. In addition, there are lotuses in full bloom with 3 layered petals, one meter high encircling the base of the pagoda. The pagoda is located in the area of Wat Lat Pu, Ban Tha Li, which is 2 kilometers from Amphoe Tha Li Administrative Office. Take Highway 201, turn left at the junction to the Highway 2115 Tha Li – Ahi route.

Phra That Si Song Rak

Attraction Details :

Located on the bank of the Man River, 83 kilometers from Amphoe Mueang, this large Lao-style pagoda similar to that of Phra That Phanom houses relics of the Lord Buddha. Phra That Si Song Rak is a plaster-covered brick pagoda with a square base of 11 meters on each side. The pagoda itself is 32 meters high. Built in the Ayutthaya period in 1560 as a symbol of camaraderie between Ayutthaya and Si Sattana Khanahut (Vientiane), the place it is worth a visit, especially during the Phi Ta Khon celebration held there every May or June.

Tips for visitors: As the pagoda is built for friendship and peace, red attire and red flowers are prohibited as the color denotes violence.

To get there, take Highway No. 203, turn right at the kilometer 66 marker on to Highway No. 2013 and proceed for another 17 kilometers.

Dan Sai Folk Museum

Attraction Details :

The Dan Sai Museum in Wat Ponechai used to be the old chamber, built in 1935, of the abbot. It is all wood and in local architectural style. The museum is a complete collection of the things related to the culture and tradition of the Dan Sai town. Starting from the first room – it provides information on the town of Dan Sai and the Phra That Srisongruk, and covers the history of Dan Sai 400 years back. There is the legendary history of the Phra That too. Zone 2, the “pee ta khon” room, is about the “heet sipsong kong sibsee” tradition of the Isan people, the “Bunluang Festival”, and the pee ta khon ritual. Explanations are given on how the pee ta khon masks are made, the beliefs concerning the ritual, which both the players and viewers should understand.

Zone 3 is the video room featuring the history of Dan Sai, the Bunluang ceremony, the pee ta khon ritual, the tourist attractions in the area, the local food, and the important personalities of Dan Sai. Zone 4 is on all the good things Dan Sai is so proud of such as the local herbal medicines, the tourist attractions. One can also obtain the information on the Dan Sai District. Zone 5 is the demonstration, every weekend, of how pee ta khon masks are made. One can also try on the pee ta khon masks and costumes. Finally in zone 6, there are a restaurant and a corner selling some souvenirs such as tiny masks, and pee ta khon ceramics. The income from the business is for the operational cost of the museum.

It really took some time for the museum, formerly only a public library exhibition on the pee ta khon tradition, to be set up. It all started in 1979 when TAT promoted tourism in the area. Consequently, more people showed their interests in visiting the town. More questions were asked. So with the initiation of the Dan Sai Adult Education Centre officers, a fund was allocated from TAT and the Loei Province to set up the museum, which also received the support from the abbot and the community itself.

During the Bunluang Festival visitors from all over Thailand come flocking to Wat Ponchai. The museum thus other than being a learning centre on the Boonluang ceremony and the Pee Ta Khon Mask Dance also serves as a refuge from the heat for the visitors.

 Loei Educational Places

Phu Ruea High Altitude Agricultural Research Station

Attraction Details :

Phu Ruea District is an ideal location for growing exotic flora such as African violets, hydrangeas, petunias and phlox due to its cool and dry climate pattern which is hardly seen in any other northeastern province.The staff of the Research Station works with local farmers to promote new cash crops such as macadamia, strawberries, passion fruit, potted and table plants and cut flowers. In addition, the station is responsible for plant species research of species such as peaches, Chinese chestnuts, grapes, Chinese pears, macadamia nuts, strawberries, etc. The station also produces plant seeds, publicizes technology, and provides training for local farmers and concerned parties. The station is not merely a research center for educational purposes, but is also the hub for the exchange of technological knowledge and real-life experiences (local wisdom). Other responsibilities of the station include oversight of a wild-life sanctuary and welcoming visitors who come to appreciate the beauty of its ideal location and its activities.Tourist facilities include toilets, accommodations, food and beverages. Lectures complete with a demonstration of flower gardening and ornamental plant plantations are also provided. Advance booking is recommended (at least 3 weeks).

Location: Tambon Pla Ba, Amphoe phu Ruea, Loei 42160, Tel. 042 – 891398, 891199

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