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Chaiyaphum Tulip Festival
Annual festival when the fields of pinkish-purple Siam Tulip, or "Dok Krachiao", come in to full bloom in the early part of the rainy season from June to August.
Pa Hin Ngam National Park
In 1993 (B.E. 2536), the Royal Forest Department surveyed the area near by and found that 80km2 of surrounding forest is still fertilizing. Therefore, due to its fertile forest and fascinating features, this Forest Park was designated a national park on the 19th September 1994 (B.E. 2537).
Tat Ton National Park
Tat Ton National Park is situated on the Phu Lanka Mountains. Most of the land is on the highland and surrounded by mountains. In the central is lowland. There are three peaks: Phu Kaset, Phu Dee, and Phu Youk. Each peak has streams as well as Dtan-dta-nod Waterfall.
Sai Thong National Park
To get to Sai Thong National Park, take the Chaiyaphum-Nakhon Sawan road (Highway No. 225) to Km. 121-122, turn right and drive for 7 kilometres. The most important attraction of the park is Sai Thong waterfall which is 1 kilometre from the park office. Water falls smoothly down rocks, about 100 meters from top to bottom. There is also a wide field of Dok Krachiao that rivals the flowers in Pa Hin Ngam in Amphoe Thep Sathit. The field can be reached only on foot and visitors can stay there overnight.
Phu Laenkha National Park
In Phu Laenkha National Park there are many unique and beautiful places to visit, for example Hin Ngam Chan Dang Forest, Natural Arch Rock, Orchid Cliff, Tard Hin Dard Waterfall, Tard Tone Waterfall, Pra Cave, Keng Cliff and Pair Cliff.
Nam Phong National Park
The majority of Nam Phong National Park is situated in Khon Kaen, the park consists of a sandstone mountain range, located above sea level and similar to the most mountain ranges in North Eastern Thailand.
Phu Khieo Wildlife Reserve
This wildlife reserve is on the same way as Chulabhorn Dam between Km. 24-25. It has an area of 1,560 square kilometres. The geography consists of a sandstone mountain range with high cliffs. The verdant jungle is the watershed of an important river of the Northeast called the Chi and is home to an abundance of wild animals, as well as over 350 bird species. The reserve is ideal for studying flora and fauna. The most interesting spot is Thung Kamang, a grass field that is the grazing ground for many animals. The reserve is open only to persons wishing to study nature. Permission must be obtained from the reserve chief by writing to P.O. Box 3, Chum Phae Post Office, Khon Kaen or contact the Wildlife Reserve Section, Royal Forestry Department, Bang Khen, Bangkok.
Phra That Nong Sam Muen
From Chaiyaphum, take Highway No. 201 past Phu Khiao to Ban Nong Song Hong for 75 kilometres, then turn left onto Highway No. 2055 and drive for 9 kilometres to Ban Kaeng. There, turn left and drive for a further 5 kilometres. This ancient square-based pagoda is 32 meters wide and 45 meters high.
It is one of the most complete and most beautiful pagodas to be found. Incorporating art from the Lanna, Lan Chang and Ayutthaya periods, it is believed to have been built during the 21st-22nd Buddhist century.
The present site of the pagoda used to be the site of an ancient city from the Dvaravati period that flourished during the 12th-16th Buddhist century. Traces of a moat and buildings remain. Many artefacts have been discovered here such as sandstone temple markers and Khmer-style sculptures.
Chulabhorn Dam is at Tambon Thung Phra and dams the Phrom River. It is a rock-filled dam with an earth core. The dam is 700 metres long and 70 metres high. It is used to generate electricity and irrigation. Boat rentals are available to view the sights of the reservoir. To get to the dam, take the Chaiyaphum-Chum Phae road (Highway No. 201) to Nong Song Hong junction, then turn left onto Highway No. 2055, a total distance of 120 kilometres from Chaiyaphum.
Ban Khwao district is famous for silk weaving and cotton of good quality and lovely designs. It is particularly well known for its Mat Mi silk that is popular among those who favour traditional fabrics. The district is 13 kilometres from Amphoe Mueang on Highway No. 225. Another attraction here is the large swamp that is home to waterfowls, which migrate here during October to January.
Phu Phra is at Ban Kanaisa, Tambon Na Sieo. It is a small mountain with drawings of Buddha images from the U Thong period on the face of a cliff. They date from the 18th-19th Buddhist century, around the early Ayutthaya period. There is a fair to pay homage to the drawings every April for 3 days. To get there, take Highway No. 201 (Chaiyaphum-Phu Khiao) for 13 kilometres, then turn left onto the Na Sieo-Huai Chan road and drive for 6 kilometres.