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Ban Song Khon, Sam Phan Bok
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Operating day : All Day

Operating time : 08.30 - 16.30

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Ubon Ratchathani

Sam Phan Bok is located in Ban Pong Pao, Lao Ngam Sub-district, Pho Sai District, Ubon Ratchathani Province, which is approximately 120 kilometers from the city center of the province. Sam Phan Bok is a large rock islet in the Khong River. During flood season, this islet will submerge under the water. It is eroded by eddy current, resulting in more than 3,000 (pronounced Sam Phan in Thai) small basins or Bok (“Bok” in Lao language means “basins”). This is the history of the name “Sam Phan Bok.” Owing to the large number of basins, this place is dubbed as “Grand Canyon of Thailand.” In drying season, Sam Phan Bok will emerge from the water and become an amazing natural wonder in the middle of the Khong River, giving the opportunity to the tourists to admire the beauty of indented rock islets eroded by water current. It is like an artistic picture with the shapes of circle, oval, star, etc., depending on individual’s imagination. This kind of atmosphere can be experienced only during January to April. At the entrance of Sam Phan Bok, there is a stone whose shape is like dog head. Legend has it that a child of Naga, who lived in the Khong River, wanted to dig a water channel to create another waterway. He assigned a dog as a guard during the excavation until it was dead and finally became a stone.  

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How to get there

Direction: From the city center of Ubon Ratchathani Province, take the highway number 2050 to Pho Sai District for approximately 110 kilometers and walk to Hat Salueng at Ban Song Khon ant take a boat trip in the Khong River. The route of the boat trip includes “Pak Bong,” the narrowest point of the Khong River, and Hat Hong, and ends at Sam Phan Bok. But if the tourists want to see only Sam Phan Bok, they can drive directly there.

Admission Fee: None.

For more information, contact 0 4524 3770, 0 4525 0714.

 

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