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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.

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.

 

Nongbua Lamphu Attractions

Nongbua Lamphu Art, Culture and Heritage

None Don Klang Archeological Site (Ban Kud Kwang Soy)

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Situated in Ban Kut Kwang Soi, 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 (Nong Bua Lam Phu-None Sang) for 36 kilometres and turn right at Ban Nong Waeng and keep going for 5 kilometres.

Phu Pha Ya Archaeological Site

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Situated north of Ban Na Charoen, Tambon Dong Mafai, the site is in limestone mountain which separates itself from Phu Phan Range. Many pre-historical cave painting are found here. The first group of painting, in “Tham Lang”, line for 5 metres long on smooth cave wall. They comprise pictures of geometric, animals, hands, in red. The second group of painting, found in “Tham Bon”, comprises pictures of star, man, reptile, draft of big animal. All the pictures wee painted in red and scatter in small groups. These paintings are estimated to be 2,000-3,000 years old, as old as painting found at Phu Phra Bat Historical Park, Udon Thani, and their style are similar to those found in Guangxi Povince of China.A meditation centre of Buddhist monk is located nearby.

How to get there: From Nong Bua Lam Phu City, use highway 210 (Nong Bua Lam Phu -Wang Saphung), turn right into highway 2097 to Amphoe Suwannakhuha, then use Suwan nakhuha-Ban Na Charoen Road.

King Naresuan the Great shrine

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Built to commemorate King Naresuan the Great who in 1574 led his army en route Nong Bua Lam Phu to Vientiane by the assignment of the King of Hongsa, or the kingdom of Burma which ruled Thailand at that time. As King Naresuan got sick, King of Hongsa allowed him to get back to Ayuthaya.  The venue where King Naresuan set camp is in the compound of around Nong Bua Park, in front of Nong Bua Lam Phu’s city hall. Every year during Januray 25-February 3, celebration and ceremony are held to honor King Naresuan.

Phra Wor Phra Ta City Pillar Shrine

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Located just 100 metres from highway 210 (Nong Bua Lam Phu -Udon Thani), the city pillar shrine is built to honor Phra Wo 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.

Million-year-old shell fossils

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The museum features shell fossils from Jurassic Era, dating back to 140-150 million years ago. A number of bivalve fossils are found in good condition. These fossils are found in the mountain with 50 metres high cliff. In nearby area, 60 pieces of dinosaur fossils are found in the layer of siltstone, above the layer where fossils of shell, ancient crocodile and some minerals are found

How to get there. Motorist can use highway 210 (Nong Bua Lam Phu -Udon Thani). The museum is located in Huai Duea Vilage, Tambon Non Than, at kilometre 88.5 on your left. Tourist can take Nong Bua Lam Phu -Udon Thani Bus.

Nongbua Lamphu Nature and Wildlife

Tham Erawan

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The cave is situated in Ban Pha In Paeng, Tambon Wang Thong, on a stone mountain called Pha Tham Chang Mount, right on the border of Amphoe Wangsaphung of Loei and Amphoe Na Wang of Nong Bua Lam Phu. Tham Erawan is a big cave accessible via winding 600-steped stair. There is a big Buddha Statue at the cave’s entrance which leads to a huge hall naturally decorated with rock formation. This cave is a scene in local legends “Nang Phom Hom’ Or “the lady with fragrant hair” . Local souvenir shop is located in the nearby temple.

How to get there. The cave is 47 kilometres from Nongbua Lampu, use highway 210 (Nong Bua Lam Phu -Loei), turn right at kilometres13, the cave is 2.7 kilometre further.

Tham Pha Wiang

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The cave is situated in Mu 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 Thammat, Tham Prathun, Tham Khok Nuea Yai, Tham Khangkhao. How to get there: The cave is 45 kilometres from Nong Bua Lam Phu City, motorist can use highway 210 (Nong Bua Lam Phu -Loei).

Huay Rai Reservoir

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The medium sized reservoir is situated in Ban Srakaeo, Mu 6, Tambon Dong Sawan. With clear water, the reservoir is quite scenic. From November to February,   Sun 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.

Phu Kao-Phu Phan Kham National Park

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Established in 1985, Thailand’s 50th national park acquires total area of 322 square kilometres. Phu Khao-Phu Phan Kham National Park’s territory covers part of Amphoe Ubolratana, Amphoe Phu Wiang of Khon Kaen, and Amphoe None Sang of Nong Bua Lam Phu. The park features two sandstone mountains situated away from each other. It is blanketed by deciduous dipterocarp forest, mixed dipterocarp forest, and dry evergreen forest. The park’s headquarter is located by the reservoir of Ubolratana Dam, close to Phu Khan Kham.

Phu Phan Kham. The mountain range, which is part of Phu Phan Range, is on the east of Phong River Basin. From the mountain top, tourist can see picturesque view of the reservoir of Ubolratana Dam through the valley. Camping ground, guesthouse of the park and  the department of public welfare, are available at the end of the reservoir. Phu Phan Kham is famous for fish breeding and fishing site of the province.

Phu Khao is rugged sandstone mountain range in the shape of a pan. It comprises 9 mountains namely Phu Fang, Phu Khum Pun, Phu Han, Phu Moei, Phu Ko Mo, Phu Chan, Phu Phro, Phu Luak, and Phu Wat. Home of numerous wildlife, all 9 mountains are blanketed with lush forest. Its interesting attractions include:

Wat Phra Buddha Bat Phu Khao. The ancient temple houses two gigantic foot prints, of human and dog, on the rock. Such footprints are related to local legend “Phra Suphrom Wimokha and 9-tailed Dog”.  In its compound, there are Tham Muem and Tham Archan Sim, the caves which houses pre-historical paintings and carving on the walls.

Tham Suea Tok, Tham Pla Hai, Tham Chek. The caves are interesting archeological sites. They house cave painting and carving which can be dated back to 1,500 years ago.

Ham Tang Stone Pillar The area is filled up with rocks in different weird shape. The outstanding one is huge rock sitting on the other like mushroom, making it a remarkable natural sculpture.

Ho Sawan. The rock-top pavillion is amazingly built on a huge rock sitting by 30-metre high cliff. It can be accessed by stair and offers very good view.

Namtok Tat Fa. The small falls cascades through mixed dipterocarp forest before plunging 7 metres down into big pool below.

The park provides boat for tourist can enjoy view in the reservoir and three guesthouses. For more information, call Phu Khao-Phu Phan Kham National Park at 08 1221 0526 or the Department of National Park, Wildlife, and Plant Life at 0 2562 0760 or visit www.dnp.go.th .
 
Phu Khao-Phu Phan Kham National Park can be reached via two routes namely:
Route 1. Motorist can use highway 2109 Khon Kaen-Ubolratana Dam to Amphoe Ubolratana, then turn right into highway 2146 (Ubonratana-Non Sang) to the park. This route is 63 kilometres long.

Route 2. From Nong Bua Lam Phu city, use highway 2146 (Nong Bua Lam Phu -Non Sang) for 40 kilometres, turn left at Ban Sok Chan into Ban Sok Chan-Ubolratana Road. The park is 14 kilometres away. This route is 57 kilometres long

Namtok Huay To Botanical Park

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The shady park is a nice place for picnic. The secreted shrine of Pu Loop is located nearby.

Namtok Thao To Forest Park

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Sitauated on highway 210 (Nong Bua Lam Phu -Udon Thani) some 3 kilometres from Nong Bua Lam Phu City, the shady park is a nice place for picnic. The secreted shrine of Pu Lup is located nearby.

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