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Khon Kaen as the development center of the Northeast, Khon Kaen is the de facto capital of I-san, and is the site of many important establishments, including the Ubolrat Dam, the Khon Kaen University, and a branch of Tourism Authority of Thailand. Khon Kaen is 449 kilometers from Bangkok.
KHON KAEN's ATTRACTIONS
Bung Kaen Nakhon a large and clean body of water covering an area of some 50 acres is a popular place for relaxation for the town people, with a restaurant providing tasty dishes.
Khon Kaen National Museum as a northeastern regional museum, it puts on exhibition various discoveries from the Fine Arts Unit 7 such as Ban Chiang artifacts and sculptured boundary stones found at Muang Fa Daet Sung Yang. Kalasin Province. Open daily except Mondays and Tuesdays.
Phra That Kham Kaen located at Amphoe Nam Phong about thirty kilometers from town, is the principal sacred place of worship for the Khon Kaen people. The name of the province itself was derived from the word Kham Kaen.
Ubolrat Dam 50 kilometers from town, is the largest multi-purpose dam in the Northeast. Ubolrat Dam is 800 metres long and 32 meters high. The rock-filled structure 410-square kilometre reservoir comprises a picturesque lake storing some 2,550 million cubic metres of water. The dam setting is suitable for recreation.
Phu Kao - Phu Phan Kham National Park 56 kilometers from the province on Khon Kaen Uhonrat Dam - Non Sang route. the park covers a total area of 320 square km. or 201.250 rai of Amphoe Uhonrat, Khon Kaen Province and Amphoe Non Sang. Nong Bua Lam Phu. It was established as a national park on September20,1985. Most of the area is covered with Dipterocarps Forests with Mixed Deciduous Forests and Evergreen Forests in some parts. Various kinds of activities such as a jungle trip, lodging at a guesthouse, camping in the forest, and a campfire are enhanced by its landscape. In addition, the lifestyle of the area's ancient community of the same period as Ban Chiang can also he studied from paintings in a cave.
Chonnabot Silks manufactured in Amphoe Chonnahot. 16 kilometres along Route 2057 off Highway 2 at kilometre 399 marker, are favourite shopping items among all visitors to Khon Kaen, and include the famed Mud Mee, or tie-dyed silk.
Mu Ban Tao or Turtle Village Two kilometers from Amphoe Mancha Khiri with the same turn as Ban Kok, the village houses a species of turtle localy known as Tao Phek a kind of turtle with yellowish brown carapace.
Ku Puai Noi in Wat That Ku Thong Amphoe Puai Noi, is a 12th century Lop Buri or Khmer style sanctury built of laterite I and sandstone. The structure is distinguished by exquisite designs on (loot frames and walls. The structure is distinguished by exquisite designs on door frames and walls. The Brahman sanctuary is surrounded by a large stone wall with two major gates.
Chum Phae Ancient Town Located at Ban Na Pho, Amphoe Chum Phae, 80 kms. away from Khon Kaen, the town is locally known as Non Muang. Sandstone boundary stones, potsherds, and skeletons of ancient people were unearthed here. All discoveries imply that the site was once a habitation area that can he traced back to pre-historic town up to Lop Buri Period, about 600 years ago.
Phu Wiang Nationl Park covers some 75,000 acres. Enclosed by surrounding mountains to form a valley, it is rich in flora and fauna and beautiful waterfalls. Remains of dinosaurs were discovered there, and a Buddha image carved on the face of a steep hill dates from the Dvaravati period. The park office is located 15 kilometers from Amphoe Phu Wiang.
Pha Nok Khao is a strangely-shaped mountain on the boundary of Amphoe Chum Phae in Khon Kaen and Amphoe Phn Kradung in Loci.
Tham Pha Phuang Forest Perk is some 120 kilometers from town on the Khon Kaen - Chum Phae highway, with and four kilometers on a side road to the Park. The cave itself can he visited by walking form the parking area to the other side of the hill where the entrance is located.
Silk Fair and Phuk Sieo Tradition held annually in late November or early December in front of the city hall and in Ratchadanusorn Park, the events last 7 days and 7 nights. The planned activities include Thida Mai or Miss Silk procession, exhibition on the promotion of silk products. A variety of local entertainments is also planned.