Chaiyaphum is 332 km from Bangkok.
Northbound, Highway 201 links Chaiyaphun with Loei and ends
at Chaiyaphum is a mountainous province with two main ranges:
The Dong Phaya Yen Mountains in the east and the Khao Khieo
Mountains in the north.
The province lies at the western
edge of Isan or Northeast region, separated from Thailand's
central region by the Phang Hoei Range that runs north to
south with peaks rising 1,000 to 1,500 metres high.
Transport, however, is not a problem as the province has a well-developed
road network. Highway 225 cuts through the mountains due west
to Nakhon Sawan, while Highway 201 runs south-west to connect
with Highway 2 just south of Nakhon Ratchasima. Chiang Khan
on the Laos border.
The Phraya Phakdi Chumphol
is the province's best known landmark. Standing
in a circle at the centre of town, it was built from local
donations to honour the founder of Chaiyaphum. Another monument
to him, called San Chao Pho Phraya Lae (the title bestowed
on him by the people), is located 3 km from the town on the
site where he was killed by invaders from Vientiane.
Prang Ku, about 2 km from
town, is an old religious structure built of sandstone. A
Dvaravati Buddha image, revered by the local people, is enshrined
there. A bathing rite for the Buddha image is held every year.
Tat Ton National Park,
21 km north of Chaiyaphum town, is situated on a 500 to 800-metre-high
plateau. There are several waterfalls of which the most popular
is Tat Ton Waterfall, a 50-metre-high cascade. Another waterfall,
Tat Fa, and Kaeng Cliff where the statue of Phra Phutachai
Phumiphitak, the symbolic guardian of the province stands,
are close by. Accommodation in the park be can obtained through
the National Park Service of the Forestry Department.
Phu Phra, a hill about
12 km north of town, is visited for its Buddha image, carved
from a stone, close to the peak.