Amnat Charoen, one of Thaialnd's newly established provinces,
lies adjacent to Ubon Ratchathani in the south and Yasothon
to the west. It borders on the Mekong River for approximately 40 km. covering
an area of over 3,000 sq km, the province has six districts
and one sub-district.
The provincial town is 54 km from Yasothon and 71 km from the
Mekong River on Highway 202. Usually travelers pass through
this province on the road that follows the meandering Mekong
River valley from Phra Tham Cave, noted for its wall paintings.
Amnat Charoen Attractions:
Huai Pla Daek Reservoir, 3 km from Amnat Charoen, is a pleasantly
scenic area with bungalows and restaurants close to the shore.
Wat Tham Saeng Phet is about 15 km from town. Similar in style
to Wat Nong Pa Pong in Ubon Ratchathani, the hilltop monastery
has a large pavilion called "Sala Phan Hong" or
"Pavilion of a Thousand Rooms". North of the pavilion
is a cave containing a Buddha image.
Buddha Utthayan Park, 3 km from town, is noted for its Phra
Mongkhon Ming Muang Buddha image sculptured in the attitude
of subduing Mara. It is 20 meters high and 11 meters wide
at the base.
Wat Phra Lao Thep Nimit in Phana district, built in 1720,
has a beautiful ordination hall which houses the "Phra
Lao Thep Nimit", a Buddha image built of bricks with
a gilded lacquer surface.