Nong Bua Lamphu province is a fairly new province in Thailand with a lot to offer and discover by tourists of every age and gender. It is quite unknown comparing to other places in Thailand, but surely it has great things such as natural attractions and historical places. You will find it exciting to come here as much as I am writing this!
General information about Nong Bua Lamphu, Thailand
The province of Nong Bua Lamphu established in the year 1993 and it became one of the newest provinces in Thailand. Fun fact about this province is that it was once a part of Udon Thani, but it was separated later. So, this province has a long history, including many archaeological artifacts and sites found here. You will also find traces of humans during the pre-historic era here as well. Other than that, its natural attractions are so underrated by many people and you will absolutely be one of the first to see the perfect nature that Thailand can offer to you.
To get here,
there are plenty of choices for you to choose. First, driving a car here or take a taxi seem to be valid choices, but it might take pretty long as it is 608 kilometers from Bangkok. The second choice is to take a bus at the Northeastern Bus Terminal at Mo Chit 2 from Bangkok. You can also take a slower approach by taking a train to Udon Thani and continue from there and the same goes for flying. Happy traveling!
Famous tourist attractions in Nong Bua Lamphu
As for this new province, there are a bunch of famous attractions around that you need to see! Most of them are natural attractions and they are all beautiful. It would be a shame if you do not have a chance to visit all of these in one trip, so I reduce the list down to three spots for your pleasure!
The first famous place at Nong Bua Lamphu is Erawan Cave. It is a big, peaceful, and chilly cave. Many people consider it to be one of the most beautiful caves in the northeastern region of Thailand. There is a stair with 600 steps which leads to a giant Buddha statue in front of the cave and you can see it from a distance as well.
Inside of the cave, you can see a variety of rooms with different natural rock formations and large rock pillars with some light decorations. You can also walk pass the cave to a cliff to see a scenery of farmlands. The highlight of this cave is the light that passes down from the ceiling that hits the floor and walls of the cave. It creates a beautiful lighting inside the cave and there are three spots that tourists usually come and take pictures.
Phu Kao-Phu Phan Kham National Park
Next place is a wonder for natural attractions in this province. Phu Kao-Phu Phan Kham National Park is a famous attraction of this province filled with beautiful natural characteristics that you can experience for the entire time that you are here. The place separates into two spots in which the first spot is known as Phu Phan Kham.
It is a spot where tourists can spend their time relaxing in their tent. You can travel further to the end of Ubonrat Dam as well. It is a place where they have fish farms and famous fishing spots of the province! Another great attraction here is Khao Chong Kad Sightseeing spot which is very famous. You can see the entire view of the lake and Ubonrat Reservoir while watching the beautiful sunset. Another place in the national park is Phu Kao which is a sophisticated terrain filled with thick forests.
Recommended places by the locals are not destinations that you should ignore but embrace it with all of your heart. Although this province may be new, it contains some of the most intriguing attractions that you can find in Thailand. Once you see the list, I am pretty sure that you will understand what I meant.
Pa Joh Cave
The first place that the locals recommend is a cave called Pa Joh Cave. If you know a little bit of Thai, you may notice that the word “Joh” actually means drilling. The cave is actually look like it was drilled many ages ago on its cliff and it is actually the work of nature. At the top of the cave, you can observe the views in a 360 degrees angle in which the scenery includes mountain, forest, and green farmland.
You can also watch the beautiful sunrise or sunset from up there too. It is very suitable for observing and taking great photos! Apart from that, there is a Buddha statue up there and a path where it leads you into the magnificent cave.
PC Cowboy Town
If you want to experience a farm in Thailand, a place called PC Cowboy Town will got you covered. It is a big farm on an area that spans over 6.4 square kilometers. The name cowboy in this case means that it is a mixture of a farm and a zoo. The place separates into different zones such as monorail, farm tour, and zoo tour where you can see various species of animals such as dwarf goat, alpaca, fennec fox, meerkat, ground squirrel, and etc. You can also feed them if you feel like it!
There is a zone where you can drive an ATV for some adventurous ride and amazing views. If you want some more adventure, you can join the BB gun session, horse riding, drive the mini totrod, and more! This is a place where you can have fun and relax all day with your family or friends.
Khong Sawan Pottery Village
The last place on the list of recommended places by the local is Khong Sawan Pottery Village. As the name implies, this is a community that uses traditional method in making pottery and it is very unique comparing to other pottery, including raw material, process, detailing, and molding. All of the process is handmade without any use of machines. Once you see the pottery from here, you will feel the quality of each product for sure. You can also visit a local knowledge community in making potteries and buy one. There are many products for sale such as statue, doll, flower pot, and etc. It would be best if you buy something as a souvenir from here.
Other Interesting info about Nong Bua Lamphu
The motto for this province is the court of “Somdej Phra Naresuan Maharaj, Phu Kao-Phu Phan Kham National Park, The Land of Dharma of Luang Phu Khao, Erawan Cave, and Nakorn Kuen Khan Karb Kaew Bua Barn”.
To get around this province,
there are local buses known as songtaew, motorcycle taxis, and some tuktuks around that you can take.
Most accommodations here are budget hotels which may costs you around 300 baht per night or more. You can look around for these very easily. Enjoy!