Chaiyaphum Province, Thailand
Chao Pho Phraya Lae shrine
This shrine is on the bank of Nong Pla Thao, 3 kilometres from the city,
on the way to Ban Khwao. There is a large tamarind tree on the bank,
which is said to be where Chao Phraya Lae died fighting Vientiane soldiers
Phraya Phakdi Chumphon monument
This monument is at Sun Ratchakan roundabout on the way into the city.
The people of Chaiyaphum built it to honour the city’s founder.
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.
This khmer sanctuary is at Ban Nong Bua, Tambon Nai Mueang, 3
kilometres from the city. Prang Ku is a Khmer-style ancient site built in
the 18th Buddhist century. The main pagoda is square with a length of 5
metres on each side. A stone Buddha image in the meditation posture
from the Dvaravati period that was moved from elsewhere is beside it. A
building is situated in front of the pagoda surrounded by a wall.
Everything is made of laterite except for the door and window frames, the
lintel and columns that are made of sandstone. Outside the wall is a pool
in perfect condition.
Tat Ton National Park
The Tat Ton National Park covers some parts of Phu Laen Kha mountain
range. To get there, take Highway No. 2051 for 21 kilometres. Tat Ton
waterfall is an important tourist spot. The water here cascades down wide
rock plateaus, creating breathtaking scenery, especially in the rainy
season when there is plenty of water. The park also has Pha Iang
waterfall, which is 32 kilometres from the city on the Chaiyaphum-Nong
Bua Daeng road,