Chaiyaphum Province

Chaiyaphum is a province in the center of Thailand. It is well known in tourism terms because it has beautiful flower fields. Chaiyaphum was founded over 2 centuries ago during the early Rattanakosin period by a group of Vientiane people led by Nai Lae.

Chaiyaphum is 342 kilometres from Bangkok and has an area of 12,778 square kilometres. It consists of the following districts: Mueang Chaiyaphum, Khon Sawan, Kaeng Khro, Ban Thaen, Phu Khiao, Kaset Sombun, Khon San, Nong Bua Daeng, Ban Khwao, Chaturat, Bamnet Narong, Thep Sathit, Nong Bua Rawe, Phakdi Chumphon, Noen Sanga and Sap Yai.

Ban Khwao
Ban Khwao District

Ban Khwao District is famous for silk weaving and cotton of good quality and lovely designs. It is particularly well known for its Mat Mi silk that is popular among those who favor traditional fabrics. The district is 13 kilometers from Amphoe Mueang on Highway No. 225. Another attraction here is the large swamp that is home to waterfowls, which migrate here during October to January.

Chulabhorn Dam
Khon San District

Chulabhorn Dam is at Tambon Thung Phra and dams the Phrom River. It is a rock-filled dam with an earth core. The dam is 700 meters long and 70 meters high. It is used to generate electricity and irrigation. Boat rentals are available to view the sights of the reservoir. To get to the dam, take the Chaiyaphum-Chum Phae road (Highway No. 201) to Nong Song Hong junction, then turn left onto Highway No. 2055, a total distance of 120 kilometers from Chaiyaphum.

Phu Khieo Wildlife Reserve
Khon San District

This wildlife reserve is on the same way as Chulabhorn Dam between Km. 24-25. It has an area of 1,560 square kilometers. The geography consists of a sandstone mountain range with high cliffs. The verdant jungle is the watershed of an important river of the Northeast called the Chi and is home to a healthy population of wild animals, as well as over 350 bird species. The reserve is ideal for studying flora and fauna. The most interesting spot is Thung Kamang, a grass field that is the grazing ground for many animals. The reserve is open only to persons wishing to study nature. Permission must be obtained from the reserve chief by writing to P.O. Box 3, Chum Phae Post Office, Khon Kaen or contact the Wildlife Reserve Section, Royal Forestry Department, Bang Khen, Bangkok.

Narinthawat Farm
Khon Sawan District

Narinthawat Farm is at Km. 28 on the Chaiyaphum-Phu Khiao road. The farm has shelters decorated with an assortment of flora. A distinctive feature is the many carts from the regions of Thailand, some over a century old with beautiful woodcarving designs.

Chao Pho Phraya Lae Shrine
Mueang District

This shrine is on the bank of Nong Pla Thao, 3 kilometers from the city, on the way to Ban Khwao. There is a large tamarind tree on the bank, which is said to be where Chao Phraya Lae died fighting Vientiane soldiers in 1826.

Phraya Phakdi Chumphon Monument
Mueang District

This monument is at Sun Ratchakan roundabout on the way into the city. The people of Chaiyaphum built it to honor the city’s founder.

Phu Laen Kha National Park
Mueang District

With an area of 200.5 square kilometers in mountainous terrain, the habitat of this protected-forest park ranges from thick forest to sparse woods. The site contains a variety of naturally beautiful cliffs, stone ground, and strange rock formations.

Phu Phra
Mueang District

Phu Phra is at Ban Kanaisa, Tambon Na Sieo. It is a small mountain with drawings of Buddha images from the U Thong period on the face of a cliff. They date from the 18th-19th Buddhist century, around the early Ayutthaya period. There is a fair to pay homage to the drawings every April for 3 days. To get there, take Highway No. 201 (Chaiyaphum-Phu Khiao) for 13 kilometers, then turn left onto the Na Sieo-Huai Chan road and drive for 6 kilometers.

Prang Ku
Mueang District

This Khmer Sanctuary is at Ban Nong Bua, Tambon Nai Mueang, 3 kilometers from the city. Prang Ku is a Khmer-style ancient site built in the 18th Buddhist century. The main pagoda is square with a length of 5 meters on each side. A stone Buddha image in the meditation posture from the Dvaravati period that was moved from elsewhere is beside it. A building is situated in front of the pagoda surrounded by a wall. Everything is made of laterite except for the door and window frames, the lintel and columns that are made of sandstone. Outside the wall is a pool in perfect condition.

Tat Ton National Park
Mueang District

The Tat Ton National Park covers some parts of Phu Laen Kha mountain range. To get there, take Highway No. 2051 for 21 kilometers. Tat Ton waterfall is an important tourist spot. The water here cascades down wide rock plateaus, creating breathtaking scenery, especially in the rainy season when there is plenty of water. The park also has Pha Iang Waterfall, which is 32 kilometers from the city on the Chaiyaphum-Nong Bua Daeng road, and Tat Fa Waterfall, which is 25 kilometers from the city on the Chaiyaphum-Kaeng Khro road.

Pha Koeng
Nong Bua Daeng District

This cliff is part of Lankha Mountain, 36 kilometers from the city on Highway No. 2159. Along the road there is large rock jutting out. At the top is the Chaiyaphum Phithak Buddha image standing 14 feet high. The cliff offers a good view of the area.

Sai Thong National Park
Nong Bua Rawe District

The Sai Thong National Park covers 340 square kilometers of Phang Hoei mountain range. The park headquarters is at Tambon Wang Takhe. To go to the park, take the Chaiyaphum-Nakhon Sawan road (Highway No. 225) to Km. 121-122, turn right and drive for 7 kilometers. The most important attraction of the park is Sai Thong waterfall, 1 kilometer from the park office. Water falls smoothly down rocks, about 100 meters from top to bottom. There is also a wide field of Dok Krachiao that rivals the flowers in Pa Hin Ngam in Amphoe Thep Sathit. The field can be reached only on foot and visitors should stay there overnight.

Ban Khae
Phu Khieo District

Decorative trees can be found at Ban Khae, which is about 1 kilometer from Amphoe Phu Khiao on Highway No. 201. The trees are sought after for garden decoration and they constitute the main occupation of the village. Several trees are taken and bent into interesting shapes, then sold to visitors.

Ban Noen Salao
Phu Khieo District

At Mu 6, Ban Non Salao, Tambon Nong Tum on Highway No. 201, 8 kilometers from Ban Khae, the village is engaged in silk and cotton weaving and local products derived from them such as pillows.

Phra That Nong Sam Muen
Phu Khieo District

From Chaiyaphum, take Highway No. 201 past Phu Khiao to Ban Nong Song Hong for 75 kilometers, then turn left onto Highway No. 2055 and drive for 9 kilometers to Ban Kaeng. There, turn left and drive for a further 5 kilometers. This ancient square-based pagoda is 32 meters wide and 45 meters high. It is one of the most complete and most beautiful pagodas to be found. Incorporating art from the Lanna, Lan Chang and Ayutthaya periods, it is believed to have been built during the 21st-22nd Buddhist century.

The present site of the pagoda used to be the site of an ancient city from the Dvaravati period that flourished during the 12th-16th Buddhist century. Traces of a moat and buildings remain. Many artifacts have been discovered here such as sandstone temple markers and Khmer-style sculptures.

Pa Hin Ngam National Park
Thep Sathit District

This national park can be reached via the Bangkok-Saraburi-Chai Badan route, then connecting to Highway No. 205 (Chai Badan-Thep Sathit-Chaiyaphum). Then take a left-hand road just before the district for 29 kilometers. The park is littered with large rocks of unusual shapes, some resembling a nail, a serpent’s head and an ancient castle. In the early part of the rainy season in July, Dok Krachiao, a jungle flower with an underground bulb, will sprout pink blooms all over the area. With winter come orchids emerging from rock cracks and innumerable types of jungle flowers. Sut Phaen Din is a steep cliff that connects the Northeast to the Central Region. Visitors can get a panoramic view of the surrounding area from here. Tents can be set up for overnighters in the park.

Thep Prathan and Thep Phanom Waterfalls are medium-sized waterfalls at their loveliest in the rainy season. They are 34 kilometers and 48 kilometers from Thep Sathit district, respectively.