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Located on the right bank of the majestic Mekong River is Nakhon Phanom an ancient city with a name that literally means of City of Hills . The lovely setting of the provincial capital is enhanced by the rugged beauty of jungle covered mountains which lie beyond the Laotian town of Tha Khaek , located on the opposite bank of the river. Nakhon Phanom is renowned as a great place with beautiful scenery and relaxing ambiance by the Mekong River .

With a history that dates back many thousands of years, the province is a melting pot of diverse ethnic cultures and traditions. However, the culture with the strongest influence on the architecture, customs and cuisine of the province is the Lao culture.

Encompassing a total area of 5,512 square kilometers, most of which are high hills and plains covered with lush and virgin forests, Nakhon Phanom is where Phra That Phanom, the most sacred and ancient religious monument of the Northeast, is located. Both Thais and Laotians usually make their pilgrimage to this highly venerated site to ask for blessings. In addition, visitors can experience the unique fusion of Thai and Lao arts and culture through customs such as the Bai-Sri-Su-Kwan ceremony (the extension of a generous welcome to guests when a potent brew of home-made liquor is usually served).

History of Nakhon Phanom

One of the important cities of upper I-San, Nakhon Phanom was once known as ” Sri Kotrabun Kingdom “. Most historians believe that when King Rama I ruled Vientiane , the area was named “Maruka Nakhon”. It was later renamed “Nakhon Phanom”, because of its outstanding geographical feature its location among many hills and mountains.

Throughout history, Laotians and people from other ethnic groups had migrated across the Mekong River . This recurring pattern of migration left its mark on the local dialects, customs and cuisine of Nakhon Phanom. Some historic treasures include folk dances such as the Sri Kotrabun dance, which is regarded as the symbolic dance of Nakhon Phanom’s, the Fon Phu Thai, Sek-Ten-Sak and So Tung Bung that are performed on special occasions.

Todays Nakhon Phanom

Nakhon Phanom, which is 740 kilometers from Bangkok , covers an area of 5,512 square kilometers and is comprised of the following districts: Mueang Nakhon Phanom, Pla Bak, Tha Uthen, Phon Sawan, Ban Phaeng, That Phanom, Renu Nakhon, Na Kae, Si Songkhram, Na Wa , Na Thom and Wang Yang.

Nakhon Phanom Attractions

Nakhon Phanom Art, Culture and Heritage

Phra Achan Bua Temiyo Museum

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Phra Achan Bua Temiyo Museum is situated at Wat Sila Mongkhon in Ban Lak Sila, only 5 kilometers from Amphoe That Phanom. The museum houses the remains of the famous monk Phra Achan Man Phuritatto and the religious items of another monk, Phra Achan Bua Temiyo. The well-preserved body of the latter monk is kept here and is highly revered by locals.

Phra That Maha Chai

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Phra That Maha Chai is located at Wat Khosadaram, Tambon Maha Chai, some 40 kilometers from Nakhon Phanom town on the Nakhon Phanom-Sakon Nakhon (Highway No. 22). The monastery is easily accessible via a 2-kilometer road that leads directly to the temple. The chedi enshrines the holy relics of Lord Buddha. Inside the convocation hall is Thailand’s largest wooden Buddha image. The hall also features exquisite murals depicting the life of Lord Buddha that are regarded as one of the finest and rarest murals of the Northeast.

Phra That Nakhon

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Located in amphoe Mueang, the stupa is designated as a holy place, expecially for one born on Saturday. It is believed to grant the wish of being a respectful leader.

Phra That Phanom

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Phra That Phanom is located 50 kilometers from Nakhon Phanom town on Highway No. 212. It is the most important Buddhist site in the province. A 53-meters tall square-shaped pagoda, it was believed to have been built before the 12th century. The pagoda, which is believed to have originally been of Khmer design, was renovated through the years to its present Laotian design. The pagoda enshrines the holy relics of the Lord Buddha. On August 11, 1975 at 7 p.m., the entire pagoda collapsed after many days of rainstorm. The Thai public subsequently made considerable donations to rebuild the pagoda to its original splendor. People placed many valuables inside and placed a 110-kilogram solid gold spire on top of the pagoda.

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By Car

It is located 50 kilometers from Nakhon Phanom town on Highway No. 212.

By Bus

Air-conditioned coaches and buses regularly leave the provincial bus terminal for the stupa.

Phra That Prasit

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Located in Amphoe Na Wa, the stupa is designated as a holy place, especially for one born on Thursday. It is believed to grant the wish of working successfully.

Phra That Renu Nakhon

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Phra That Renu Nakhon is located 52 kilometers south of Nakhon Phanom town on Highway No. 212. Upon reaching the kilometer 44 marker, turn right and proceed for another 7 kilometers. The pagoda, which is 35 meters high, was built in 1918 and is a scaled down replica of Phra That Phanom. Inside the pagoda are a Buddhist scripture and a gold Buddha image. Renu Nakhon is home to many Phu Thai ethnic minorities who retain their culture, especially their dances and the custom of the Bai-Si-Su-Kwan ceremony. This indigenous group excels weaving cotton and their products that are highly sought after by tourists.

Phra That Tha Uthen

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Phra That Tha Uthen is located opposite Hin Bun town in Laos. It is situated approximately 26 kilometers north of the city on Highway 212. Similar in style to Phra That Phanom, Phra That Tha Uthen is 66 meters high. Constructed in 1912, the chedi (pagoda) houses the relics of the Lord Buddhas’ disciple brought from over from Yangon, Myanmar.

Nakhon Phanom Nature and Wildlife

Hat Thai Mueang

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Thai Mueang Beach is a freshwater beach that appears only during the dry season from February to April when it extends to the middle of the Mekong River almost reaching the river bank on the Laos side. This beach is another excellent place from which to enjoy the river view from dusk to dawn.

Phu Kratae Golf Club

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Located in the compound of Nakhon Phanom Technical School, Nitayo Road, Nakhon Phanom 48000, golf lovers may call 042 511177 for reservation or more details.

Phu Langka National Park

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This park is in the Langka Mountain Range, 6 kilometres from Ban Phaeng district and comprises 2 waterfalls. Namtok Tat Kham is located near the park office. This small 4-tiered waterfall is superb for relaxation. Namtok Tat Pho, which can be seen from the highway paralleling the Mekong River, is located 11 kilometers from Ban Phaeng and 5 kilometers from Tat Kham Waterfall. Equally beautiful, Tat Pho is best visited during the rainy season. A trail to the waterfall allows visitors to enjoy the beauty of both sides of the falls while walking a little over 1 hour.

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