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2Days 1Night : Chaiyaphum

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Chaiyaphum 2 Day
Period :
2 Days 1 Night
Category :
Arts, cultural & heritage, Nature, beaches & islands, New experiences,adventure & off-the-beaten-track,
  • Day 1
    Oct 17
  • Day 2
    Oct 18
Day 1 : Chaiyaphum

Pa Hin Ngam National Park

Pa Hin Ngam National Park is dotted with large rocks of unusual shapes, some, for instance, resembling a nail, a serpent head or an ancient castle. During the early part of the rainy season in July, Dok Krachiao or Siam Tulips (a type of jungle flower with an underground bulb, related to ginger)sprout cheery pink blooms all over the area. With winter, orchids emerge from cracks in rocks,alongside numerouswild flowers. Within the national park, there is Sut Phaendin, a steep cliff that connects the Northeast to the Central Region. Visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of the surrounding area from here. In addition, there are Namtok Thep Prathan and Namtok Thep Phanom, which are medium-sized waterfalls at their most beautiful in the rainy season. They are 34 kilometers and 48 kilometers from Thep Sathit district respectively. This national park can be reached by taking Highway No. 1 past Saraburi to Phu Khae T-junction. Then take Highway No. 21 and Highway No. 205 (Chai Badan-ThepSathit-Chaiyaphum). Take a left-hand road just before the district, continuing for 29 kilometers. Pa Hin Ngam National Park provides accommodation and a camping site for visitors. For more information, please contact the Pa Hin Ngam National Park, P.O. Box No. 2, ThepSathit Provincial Post Office, Chaiyaphum 36230 by calling 0 4489 0105, or call the National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department at0 2562 1760. Alternatively, visit the website atwww.dnp.go.th. Admission fee is 200 bath for adults and 100 bath for children.  

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3 Hr. 23 Min. ( Approx. 22.38 Km.)

Thep Prathan Waterfall

Thep Prathan Waterfall is in Ban Rai Sub-district, 7 kilometres from the Office of the National Park. It is a medium-size waterfall but quite flat. There are different low tiers of large rock terraces and a steep highland with a large amount of water during the rainy season.   Near this waterfall is Pa Hin Ngam National Park which is in the area of Thep Sathit district, Chaiyaphum province. The forest is fertile and it is the origin of Chi river basin and Pa Sak river. Its has many prominent natural features, especially Siam Tulip (Dok Krachiao) Field. It covers an area of around 99.9 sq.km. This area is mountainous consisting many mountains such as Khao Phan Phoei. 

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3 Hr. 13 Min. ( Approx. 25.51 Km.)

Sai Thong National Park

The Sai Thong National Park covers approximately 34,000 acres of Phang Hoei mountain range. The park headquarters is at Tambon Wang Takhe. The most important attraction at the park is Sai Thong Waterfall, located approximately 1 kilometer from the park office. There, a stream cascades down rocks from a height of about 100 meters from top to bottom. There is also a large field of Dok Krachiao (a pretty jungle flower) that rivals the flowers at Pa Hin Ngam in Amphoe Thep Sathit. The field can be reached only on foot and visitors are advised to stay overnight. To get to the park, take the Chaiyaphum-Nakhon Sawan road (Highway No. 225) to Km. 121-122. Turn right and drive for 7 kilometers.  Admission fee is 200 bath for adults and 100 bath for children.   For more information, please contact the Sai Thong National Park at P.O. Box 1, Nong Bua Rawe, Chaiyaphum 36250, or call 08 1266 3781, 08 9282 3437. Alternatively, contact the National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Departmentat 0 2562 0760, or at www.dnp.go.th.

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Day 2 : Chaiyaphum

Tat Ton National Park

Tat Ton National Park covers some parts of Phu Laen Kha mountain range. There are several beautiful waterfalls, but its namesake waterfall Namtok Tat Ton is the best. The water here cascades down wide rock plateaus, part of a breathtaking view, especially in the rainy season when there is plenty of water. In addition, Chaopho Tat Ton (Pu Duang) Shrine, honoring an ethnic Khmer holy man, is widely visited by locals who come to pay respect to the site four times a year. The park is also home to Pha Lang 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. To get there, take Highway No. 2051 for 21 kilometers. Admission fee is 200 bath for adults and 100 bath for children. For information and to reserve accommodation within the Tat Ton National Park, please contact in advance the Office of the National Park, the National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Departmentby calling 0 2562 0760. Alternatively, contact the Tourist Information Center at Tat Ton National Park at the P.O. Box 22, Mueang District, Chaiyaphum 36000,  or call 0 4485 3293, 0 4485 3333. Or, visit the website atwww.dnp.go.th.

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48 Min. ( Approx. 21.96 Km.)

Phraya Phakdi Chumphon (Lae) Monument

Phraya Phakdi Chumphon, formerly named “Lae”, was a citizen of Vientiane. He was in the service as a chaperone of the child of Chao Anouvong of Lan Chang Regime (then a dependency of Siam). In 1817, during the reign of King Rama II, Lae leaded people across Khong River to settle down in Ban Nam Khun Nong E-Charn (in Soong Noen District, Nakhon Rachasima Province). Later, they moved to settle in Ban Non Nam Orm, Ban Chi Long (in Muang Chaiyaphum District area) and paid tribute to Chao Anouvong, who appointed Lae “Khun Phakdi Chumphon” or an external army chief.    In 1822, the town was getting too crowed as the population increased, so Khun Phakdi Chumphon moved people to Ban Luang, which is located between Ban Nong Lod and Ban Nong Pla Thao, currently in Chaiyaphum area.  In 1824, a gold mine was found in Lam Huai Chad, out of Ban Luang area. Khun Phakdi Chomphon gave it to Chao Anouvong as a tribute and made a request to upgrade Ban Luang to a city (Muang). Chao Anouvong named the city “Muang Chaiphum” and promoted him “Phra Phakdi Chomphon”. However, Phra Phakdi Chumphon later asked for Muang Chaiyaphum to report to Muang Nakhon Rachasima and to make regular payments to Krungthep Maha Nakhon (Bangkok). As a result, King Buddha Loetla Nabhalai (King Rama II) promoted Ban Luang to “Muang Chaiyaphum” and appointed Phra Phakdi Chumphon (Lae) as “Phraya Phakdi Chumphon (Lae), while Vientaine was greatly upset.    In 1825, during the reign of King Rama III, Chao Anouvong revolted to Krungthep in order to gain independence by invading Nakhon Rachasima. His troop burnt the city down out of fear of being defeated (citation needed) then retreated to Vientiane. On the way back, the troop was disrupted by angry citizens who were being brought to Vientiane. While the troop was resting in Tung Samrid, Phraya Phakdi Chumphon moved his troop to join Khunying Mo and Rachasima people and attack Chao Anouvong’s army until they were defeated. Willing to take revenge on Phraya Phakdi Chumphon, Chao Anouvong travelled back to Muang Chaiphum, captured Phraya Phakdi Chumphon and had him executed under a tamarind tree by Pla Thao Canal.  The death of Phraya Phakdi Chumphon has been an important and memorable sacrifice for Chaiyaphum people.  Later, they respectfully call him “Chao Phor Phaya Lae” and had a shrine built by Highway No. 225 (Chaiyaphum-Ban Kewa) at Ban Nong Pla Thao in Muang District, Chaiyaphum Province, where he was executed. In 1968, the public service rebuilt the shrine and named it “Phraya Phakdi Chumphon (Lae) Shrine”. In May each year, a ceremony is held to show respect to Chao Phor Phaya Lae for seven days, starting on the first Wednesday of the month. The “Ngan Boon Duen Hok” festoval is a big annual event for Chaiyaphum people. In 1975, the public service collaborated with vendors and Chaiyaphum people to build Phraya Phakdi Chumphon Munument in the middle of the public service center, which is located at the entrance to the city of Chaiyaphum.       Five Descendants of Phraya Phakdi Chumphon who became the governors of Chaiyaphum at a later time were all appointed “Phraya Phakdi Chumphon”. Chao Phor Phaya Lae remained in the position for four years and served as the governor of Muang Chaiphum for as long as ten years.    

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21 Min. ( Approx. 16.41 Km.)

Phu Phra, Wat Sila-Ard

Phu Phra is a small mountain located at Ban Kanaisa, Tambon Na Sieo. On one of its cliff faces, there are bas-reliefs of Buddha images from the U Thong period. They date from the late 13th – late 14th century, around the early Ayutthaya period. Each April, a three-day fair is held at the temple, Wat Sila, to pay homage to the drawings. The bas-reliefs are currently sheltered by a roof. Amongst the depictions is a large Buddha image, looming over two meters high and 1.5 meters wide, named Phrachao-Ong Tue. Another Buddha image, a small 17-centimeter high sandstone statue, is in a similar seated posture. Seven other images are situated around a sandstone column. To get there, from Chaiyaphum town, take Highway No. 201 (Chaiyaphum-PhuKhiao) for 15 kilometers, then turn left onto Na Sieo-Huai Chan road for 5 kilometers. Finally, turn left and continue for 1 kilometer to reach the temple.  

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2 Hr. 21 Min. ( Approx. 36.04 Km.)

Phu Laen Kha National Park

With nearly 37,000 acres of land covering four districts (Mueang, Ban Khwao, Nong Bua Daeng and Kaset Sombun), this national park has a variety of terrain. There is a mountain range with both dense jungles and timber forests which serve as the watershed of streams that run into the Chi River. Cliffs, mountain ridges, stone terraces, and strange rock formations are fascinating sights, and visits between May and December are especially recommended for nature studies. Within the forest are nature trails such as those passing through: Pa Hin Ngam Chan Daeng (an expansive stone terrace with rare rock formations), Phu Khi (a high=altitude mountain summit that is cool year-round), Pa Hin Ngam Thung Khlong Chang flower field (where Dok Krachiao blooms crop up between May and July), Pa HinPrasat Viewpoint, and cliffs such as Pha Phae (with colorful rock layers.) To get there, from the center of Chaiyaphum town, take Highway No. 2051 for approximately 6 kilometers and turn left into Highway No. 2159 toward Nong Bua Daeng for 26 kilometers. The Office of the National Park is on the left side of the road. There are Chaiyaphum – Nong Bua Daeng minibuses passing in front of the Office of the National Park. Admission fee is 100 bath for adults and 50 bath for children.   For more information, please contact the Phu Laen Kha National Park, Huai Ton Sub-district, Mueang District, Chaiyaphum, at 0 4481 0902-3, or the National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Departmentat 0 2562 0760, or at www.dnp.go.th.

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