For a new province, there is not much to say about it apart from it being an awesome destination for tourists who want to see something new! If you find other parts of Thailand boring, this is a place where you will definitely find something worthwhile of your attention and a change you desperately need!
General information about Bueng Kan, Thailand
Bueng Kan is another province which located at the northeast region of Thailand. In fact, this is the newest province of Thailand that established in the year 2011! This place is famous for its natural attractions that you cannot see elsewhere such as waterfalls, forests, and more. This province also has a lot of Esan influences inside of the province. You will hear many people talking in a dialect that you probably will not understand, but it is a nice atmosphere for a change.
To get inside of this province
You can take the bus from Bangkok which will take a heck of a long time to reach here. Also, there is no airport here, but you can take an airplane to Udon Thani first, then transfer yourself here via a bus. Obviously, you can drive yourself here too. Happy traveling!
Famous tourist attractions in Bueng Kan
Famous places in this new province is all about natural attractions because most of the places this province has is just that. However, this should not stop you from coming here at all as these places are amazing even it might sound dull to you! So, what are you waiting for? Let us dive into it.
This is a word in Esan dialect which means a lone mountain. This is a mountain where a temple called Wat Phu Tok locates. The highlight of this place is the wooden bridge that is along the side of a cliff and revolves around it for about seven levels. It has a height of more than 100 meters and you can see the views in full 360 degrees angle.
Once you are on the higher level of the bridge, you will be able to observe the architecture of the bridge that you have walked on in a new angle, including the views of the vast nature. The wooden bridge and stairs were entirely made by human labor which took about five years to complete. There are also a resident, big Sala, Buddha statue, and monk’s house for you to see. It is a place that you must see when you are at this province!
Chet Si Waterfall
One of the most beautiful and famous waterfalls of Bueng Kan is Chet Si Waterfall. It is a waterfall that has water flowing from a cliff with about 30 meters of height. When the sunlight in the afternoon shines upon the water vapor, it creates a beautiful rainbow that you can clearly observe. Thus, the name of this waterfall came from this phenomenon.
This waterfall separates into three levels and the higher you get, the better atmosphere it is. The period that has the most water is around June to October in which you can also walk on a natural path and observe the orchids and various species of plants here.
Bueng Khong Lhong
The last place is still a worthwhile natural attraction called Bueng Khong Lhong. This place is a big natural pond with over 12.9 square kilometers. It is also the second most important Ramsar sites of Thailand. The sites have much abundant of water plants, fishes, and various species of birds.
You can observe some endangered bird species like purple heron, ferruginous duck, cotton pygmy goose, and etc. You can also observe a lot of migrated birds during the period of November to March which totals the number of species to 134 species. Most people like to take a boat tour of the place and it is also a spot where you can see the beautiful sunset.
While this province is a fairly new province, you can say that there are a lot of things to see here, especially the places that the locals recommended to me. These places are all-natural attractions that will invite you to experience nature like you never have before! If you want to know what I mean, read on!
Phu Singh National Reserved Forest
The first recommended place is Phu Singh National Reserved Forest. This is a place where they preserve over 20 square kilometers of area. There are some geological changes to the tectonic plates of the earth which creates weird shaping rocks scatter all over the areas, but also beautiful to see. The most highlighted thing here is the Three Whales Rock which is a giant rock near a tall cliff that separates into three smaller rocks.
If you see these rocks from a distance, you will see something that resemble three whales. Thus, the name of the place. In fact, these rocks are about 75 million years old! This is also a point where you can see both very beautiful sunrise and the views of green abundant forest plains that goes over into Laos.
Tham Phra Waterfall
Next is a waterfall called Tham Phra Waterfall which is a big waterfall and one of the most beautiful waterfalls at Bueng Kan. It is a three-level waterfall in which the first part is quite deep, but the middle section is the highlight of this waterfall and it is on the top where you can see the fresh flow of water and you can also play at a natural slider which looks pretty fun! From up there, you can see the view of the waterfall very clearly.
One thing to take note is that the water only flows in the rainy season from June to October. You also need to ride a boat to get here and while you are at it, you will see the abundant nature on the two sides of the path and a sense of freshness from the rain.
Tard Wimarn Thip Waterfall
Another waterfall that you should really see is Tard Wimarn Thip Waterfall. It has a height of around 70 meters with 100 to 150 meters of width. It also has multiple levels for you to explore and every level is magnificent! The water flows from a rocky mountain and you can only see this waterfall in the rainy season. Especially when the rainfall is massive, as the waterfall has no place to store the water, the water will continuously be flowing very quickly and gone pretty fast as well. You might want to ask the staff before you come here as you might waste your time.
Other Interesting info about Bueng Kan , Thailand
The motto of this province is the land of Dharma at Phu Tok, valuable Para Rubber, magnificent Kaeng Ar-Hong, irresistible Bueng Khong, Chet Si Waterfall, boat racing festival, the roof of northeast region, Luang Pho Yai, and Sarn Song Nang.
To get around
you can take either tuktuk or motorcycle taxi around the province.
There are not much hotels you can find here and most hotels you will find are budget hotels which are quite cheap. The price is around 400 baht per night for those hotels. Have a nice welcoming stay!