Sakhon Nakhon is well-known amongst
Thais for its association with two of the counry's most famous
Buddhist monks. Achan Man Bhuritatto and Achan Fan Ajaro both
attained a high level of meditation while living in
this peaceful province. A museum is dedicated to Achan Man
at Wat Suthawat Achan Fan Ajaro established a cave hermitage
at Tham Kharm on Phu Phaan mountain. A museum commemorating
his works is found at Wat Pa Udom Somphon, a monastery linked
to his early ministry, located 37 km from the town.
The province is also home to Phra That Choeng Chum Sanctuary,
Nong Han, Thailand's largest fresh-water natural lake, and
culture of Phu Thai tribe. It is 647 km from bangkok and 207
km north-east of Khon Kaen. Just 85 km to the east, at the
banks of the Mekong River, Nakhon Panom has emerged as an
important gateway to Laos.
Sakhon Nakhon Attractions: Somdej Phra Srinakarin
Park, near Nong Han, has 50 acres of lawns and gardens
surrounding a pond named Sa Pang Pong.
Wat Phra That Choeng Chum, near Nong Han, has a prominent
Lao-style chedi. The 25-metre-high chedi was built in the
Ayutthaya period over a 11th century Khmer prang. An annual
celebration is held at the temple in January.
Wat Pa Suthawat, opposite the government service centre
in town, has a small museum displaying the belongings and
relics of one of Isn's most revered monks, Phra Achan Man
The Phra That Narai Cheng Weng Castle was built by
Phra Nang Cheng Weng, the wife of a 10th-11th century Khmer
ruler. Local people now call it "Phra That Na Weng". Originally
part of a Khmer Hindu complex, the prang has exquisitely carved
lintels portraying Shiva and a reclining Vishnu.
Nong Han, the largest fresh-water lake in Thailand,
is located in the town's eastern suburbs. Boat races are held
on the lake at the end of the Buddhist Lent. It is not safe
to swim in the lake or eat the snails that breed here due
to the presence of parasites known as liver flukes, that can
cause the liver infection opisthorchiasis.
Sakon Nakhon Cultural Centre is located at Sakon Nakhon
Teacher's College, 6 km from town. The centre focuses on the
art and culture of Sakon Nakhon from its earliest days to
the present. There are also exhibits on the culture of several
of the province's minority peoples.
Phu Phan Ratchanivet is a Royal Palace located in the
Phu Phan mountains, 14 km from town on Highway 213. When the
Royal Family is not in residence, the palace is open to visitors
who must obtain written permission from the Bureau of the
Royal Household. Contact the Bureau's office at Na Phra Lan
Road, or call (042) 711-550.
Phu Phan National Park covers parts of Sakon Nakhon,
Nakhon Phanom and Kalasin. Monkeys, bears, elephants and several
species of wild fowl inhabit the park. Tigers have been spotted
there. Tad Ton and Kham Hom are two of the park's more attractive
Pre-historic rock paintings, estimated to be 3,000
years old, can be seen at Phu Pha Yont in Muang district.
The paintings depict humans, animals and various patterns
Wat Pa Udom Somphon, located in Phanna Nikhom district,
37 km from town , was the residence of Phra Achan Fan Acharo,
a prot? of Phra Achan Fan Acharo, a prot? of Phra Achan
Man and a revered monk in his own right. In the temple there
is a wax figure of the monk and an exhibition of his monastic
Nam Un Dam is one of the larger dams in the region.
Many species of water brids can be found at the upper reservoir.
Boats can be chartered for fishing, cruises around the lake
or excursions to Mae Un Waterfall.
Huai Huat National Park in Tao Ngoi district, 35 km
from Sakon Nakhon, is the latest park established under a
royally sponsored project to promote tourism.
The Thai so Culture Centre is dedicated to the preservation
of the culture of the Thai So, a minority
people who migrated from Laos to Kusuman district in 1842.
The Thai So still retain their unique language, custom and
culture. The centre is located in Kusuman, 39 km from Sakon
Festival Sakhon Nakhon is well-known
for its Wax Castle and Boat Racing Festivals,
which take place in November at the end of Buddhist Lent.
A procession of miniature was prasat (religious buildings
with spires) is organized by local temples.
The elaborate prasat is painstakingly crafted as a tribute
to the Lord Buddha. There is also a contest to determine the
most outstanding exhibit. The boat racing is held at Nong
Sakon Nakhon Fair is held annually to preserve the culture
of minority groups. The So Festival showcases many of the
customs of the So people. It includes rites involving contact
with spirits and a traditional musical play.