The province of Amnat Charoen is a small province which located inside the Northeastern region of Thailand with amazing attractions waiting for your visit such as temples and natural significant attractions. They contain many beautiful statues and structures that you will surely have not seen before.
General information about Amnat Charoen, Thailand
The small province inside the Esan region of Thailand is known as Amnat Charoen. This province consists of many attractions from the most famous ones to most recommended one by the locals. Most people do not know what this province has to offer, but they actually have quite a few outstanding locations that you should definitely visit! Another feature of this province is its Mae Kong River that cut across this province. It clearly separates Thailand and Laos from each other with the two sides of the river and its magnificent sceneries.
To get inside this province,
you can use the plane to get here. However, you need to get yourself to Ubon Ratchathani first, then take a minivan to Amnat Charoen. You can also decide to drive here which might take you quite a long time as the distance from Bangkok to here is about 700 kilometers. Lastly, you can take the bus from the Northeastern Bus Terminal in Bangkok to get here as well. Have a nice travel!
Famous tourist attractions in Amnat Charoen
As there are quite a number of attractions around Amnat Charoen, I cannot basically name them all here on this list. However, the really famous places here are easy to point out to all of you. So, if you really want to experience Amnat Charoen, I suggest that you all go to these places!
Wat Phra Lao Thep Nimit
This is the first famous place in this province. It has a giant Buddha statue known as Phra Lao Thep Nimit which has a meaning of a Buddha that is very beautiful like an angel. In fact, people say it is the one of the most beautiful statues in all of Esan region and Thailand! This statue also has a long history since the creation of this province and it was here since the beginning. It was built in the year 1720 and it is a Buddha statue that has a Lanna style art with a dimension of 2.7 meters in height and 2.85 meters in width. You can see this statue inside an old structure which also has the same style of art.
Kaeng Kun Soong
Another famous place here is Kaeng Kun Soong. During the summer of every year around March to May, the water level of Mae Kong River will go down and you can see a big stone structure in the middle of the river between Thailand and Laos. You can also participate in various activities such as resting in a wooden bungalow near the water, observe the sceneries, eating, play in the water for release yourself from the heat, and banana boat. There is a service in which you can take a boat tour of the beauty of Mae Kong River. It is pretty famous during the summer here.
Every culture in terms of weaving silk and cotton are different from district to district such as the silk fabric from Ban Puei which has been recognized by Queen Sirikit during the reign of King Rama IX that this is a beautiful and valuable silk fabric in a fair price. The Community Enterprise Center of Tambon Kam Phra is another place that weaves cotton fabrics in a pattern called Khid.
They received an award for winning first place of handmade goods competition by making this kind of fabric in this specific pattern. They also dye the fabric with natural colors and draw the pattern only from their own creativity. You may want to buy these silk fabrics with various magnificent patterns back home!
Most people do not recognize Amnat Charoen as a place to come for their vacation, but this province actually has a lot to offer and the locals gave me some tips of all the places here. I find Amnat Charoen as an amazing place to discover in which its beauty and culture are things to look forward to.
Wat Phu Phanom Dee
This is a temple that was built in the year 1999 on top of a mountain. All of the sculptures in this temple are handmade by the villagers that cooperated with each other until they were finally finished. These sculptures were made from mountain stones in which the villagers carefully selected the sizes and colors of white and red.
Then, they stick the stones together. The structure of the sculptures also has different beautiful details on them. The highlight here is the chedi with a height of 30 meters with 20 meters of width on its base. This chedi uses a lot of stones to decorate. It even has a different name of a trillion stones chedi and it is very beautiful indeed. You can also witness other beautiful stone sculptures inside the temple.
Phu Singh – Phu Pha Pueng Park
Next recommended place by the local is Phu Singh – Phu Pha Pueng Park is an area with sophisticated mountains along the distance and a height of around 200 to 300 meters. Some places here are vast and some are steep cliffs. This place also contains medium and small mountains and natural path for a stroll in an abundant nature. The highlight of this place is Pha Chuen Warin which is a cliff and a spot where you can see the most romantic sunset surrounded by singing birds and forests. This is also the highest point of Amnat Charoen! If you are lucky, you might happen to be here when there is an annual event for mountain biking to see the nature with a distance of either 39 or 75 kilometers.
Wat Tham Sang Phet
The last place on this list is Wat Tham Sang Phet and it is a famous practical temple of this province. What I meant by practical is that they usually do various Buddhism rituals and meditations here. The temple is located on a mountain range with sandstones which has beautiful sceneries.
At the center of this place, you can easily see the golden Maha chedi there. Inside this temple, there is a bee wax statue of Phu Cha Supatto who is the founder of this temple. There are also wall arts around the temple which tell the history of Buddhism with amazing water color paintings. In addition, you can find the sleeping Buddha statue with 19 meters in length here too.
Other Interesting info about Amnat Charoen
The motto for this province is “Phra Mongkol, Seven River Basils, Sacred Caves, Phra Lao Thep Nimit, Beautiful Islands and Mountain, Precious Silk, and Religious People”. To get around the city, there are quite plenty of motorcycle taxis and tuktuks you can get on. The accommodation here is also quite cheap for budget and mid-range hotels. You can easily stay here for less than 400 baht a night, but for a better hotel would costs you around 1000 to 4000 baht per night. Have a nice stay at the province!