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The provincial town of Roi Et lies 100 km south-east of Khon Kaen. This sun-baked arid land is typical of the heartland where for centuries life revolved around the single crop of rice planted in May and harvested in November. Often ravaged by flash-floods just before harvest, farmers were at the mercy of the elements. New techniques and irrigation are changing the life-style of farmers, but Roi Et is still synonymous with traditional Isan culture and values. Roi Et is 512 km from Bangkok.

Roiet Attractions:
Somdej Phra Srinakarin Park in the centre of Roi Et is filled with flower gardens and trees. The park's lake known as Bung Phlan Chai, is one of Roi Et's best known landmarks. A large island in the lake with landscaped gardens is a favorite place to relax. Boat rentals are available. The park, which is located in front of the municipal hall, also contains a library, a monument of a former governor, the city pillar and fountains.

Wat Klang Ming Muang predates the founding of Roi Et. Its ordination hall, built in the late Ayutthaya period, has beautiful wall paintings depicting scenes from Buddhist history. Once used for ceremonies pledging allegiance to the King, the temple now is a Buddhist school.

Wat Sra Thong houses the Luang Pho Phra Sankatchai, a Buddha image of obscure origins, worshipped by the town's residents. The first ruler of Roi Et discovered the image and enshrined it in Wat Sra Thong. Civil servants were ordered to swear their allegiance to government service in its presence.


Wat Buraphaphiram on Phadung Phanit Road houses the world's tallest Buddha image. At the base of the 68-metre-high image, known as Phra Buddha Rattna Mongkol Maha Munee, there are several rooms containing relics and historical objects.

Thung Kula Rong Hai or flat lands is a famous part of Isan that suffers from harsh climatic conditions.

Covering parts of Roi Et and four other provinces, Thung Kula Rong Hai literally means the "Crying Fields of Kula". Legend has it that a band of vagabond merchants known as Kula wept as they journeyed through this sun-baked land. Government projects are underway to irrigate the region and introduce agriculture.

Pha Nam Yoi Forest Park, 62 km from Roi Et on Highway 2136, noted for its cliff and waterfalls. The forests of the 8,000 acre park sustain a healthy wildlife population. There is also a pagoda that stands 101 metres high and is 101 metres wide at its base.

"Literature" Botanical Garden is in Dong Mae forest reserve in Nong Phok district, 85 km from town. The garden has plants mentioned in classical Thai literature as well as medicinal herbs.

Ku Phra Ku Na in Suwannaphum district, 74 km from town on the Roi Et - Surin (Highway 214), is a set of three Khmer pagodas built in the Lopburi period.

Ku Ka Sing, another Khmer pagoda, is located in Kaset Wisai district. The Prasat Nong Du, and ancient Khmer laterite building, is located 8 km from town on the Roi Et-Yasothon highway. The building is the subject of a ceremony that is held annually during the Songkran festival.

Roi Et Phawet Fair is held annually during the first weekend in March at Somdej Phra Srinakarin Park. The festival has a religious element involving 13 processions telling the story of the Buddha's 13 incarnations.

 
 


 

 

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