Formerly called Muang Khu Khan, the province of Si saket is believed to have existed since the times of the ancient Khmer. This is partly supported by the remains of numerous Khom sites and structures. Khu Khan itself was originally named Si Nakhon Lamduan. It situated at Ban Prasat Si Liam Dong Lamduan at present- day Wang Hin District. It was promoted into a Muang (town) in 2302 B.E.(1859) during the Ayutthaya Period, with its first governor holding the tittle of Phra Krai Phakdi. Muang Khu Khan was moved to Muang Si saket (present day Amphur Muang or Muang District) during the reign of King Rama V. The name of Khu Khan was changed to Si saket in 2481 B.E. (1938)
By Car Proceed from Bangkok on Highway#1 (Phaholyothin), and turn into Highway #2 (Mitrapharb) at Saraburi province, then on to the Chokechai-Detch Udom route Highway#24 through Buriram and Surin. Take another left turn into Highway#220 will lead to the provincial town of Si saket. Total distance is 571 kilometers.By Bus There are daily regular and air-conditioned bus services from Bangkok leaving from the Northeast Bus Terminal. Total traveling time is approx. 8 hours.By Train Regular, Rapid and Express trains from Bangkok (Hua Lampong) Train Station. Distance is 515 kilometers There are also bus services from Muang District to other districts and nearby provinces. Within town there are Sam Loh (tricycle) or motorbike taxi for hire.
DOK LAM-DUAN FESTIVAL(Flower Festival) is held every March , at SOMDET PHRA SI NAKHARINPARK in town when the Lamduan flowers in the park are in full bloom. Other activities such as SEE PAO THAI (4 tribes -Khmer, Suay, Lao, and Yer) art and cultural presentation, light and sound presentation, handicrafts products
PHAMO E-DAENG HALF AND QUARTER MARATHON is held on the third Sunday of August between Phumisaron village and PhaMo E-Daeng in Kantharalak District. Runners like this uphill marathon because it goes through a misty area in the rainy season.
SOMDET PHRA SI NAKHARIN PARK This is a large public park, covering an area of 237 Rai (1 Rai =approx. 1600 sq.m.) situated within the AgriculturalCollege 2 kilometres from the provincial hall. At the park one can see flowering shrubs called Lamduan (some 40000 shrubs) that are the official plants of the province. Lamduan is a Thai flower that is at its most enchanting when it blooms from March to April as its sweet fragrance covers the whole area.
"A little walk crossing the bridge, you can also visit the PARK’S ZOO. There are hippopotamus, ostriches, bears, owls and many more. It is not a big zoo yet you can still learn a bit about each character there and who knows for a loaf of bread or a bunch of bananas they might whisper a secret or two. "
THE KHUN AMPHAI PHANICH BUILDING On Ubon Road is an old structure belonging to Khun Amphai Phanich (Indr Naksiharat), built in 1925 by Chinese and Mon craftsmen. The artistic (configuration) and beautiful plaster patterns, based on Chinese art, has been carefully preserved and restored. It has earned the top award in the Urban Architectural Preservation category in 1987. It has also been listed as an antiquity by the Fine Arts Department.
CITY PILLAR SHRINE The city pillar shrine is near the provincial hall. This square structure is decorated with marble and stained glass.WAT PHRA THAT RUEANG RONG This temple is 7.5 kilometers away on the Si Sa Ket-Yang Chum Noi road. The 49 meters high structure is of indigenous style and divided into 6 levels. The first level is intended for religious rites, while the second and third are arranged into a museum displaying items regarding Sisaket’s four minority groups, Khmer-Suay-Lao and Yer. The fourth level houses important Buddha statues, the fifth is used for meditation; and the sixth is where the Holy Relic is enshrined, as well as for viewing the surrounding area.
WAT MAHA PHUTHARAM is located in the heart of town, houses Luang Por To, the town’s hallowed image of Buddha in the attitude of subduing Maravichai, which is most revered by Sisaket residents.
PHU SINGH DISTRICT- CHONG SA-NGAM BORDER
PHU SINGH - CHONG SA NGAM BORDER A permanent border pass, was officially open November 11, 2003. Through this border pass, visitors could go to Siem Reap, an hour ride to the border and about 141 kilometers from the border pass. In Siem Reap there are the ancient Khmer’s civilization; Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and Ban Tai Sri, one of the seven world’s wonder; Khmer Rouge museum. Tourists with passports are conveniently able to travel into Cambodia.
THE QUEEN’S PROJECT PhuSingh Agricultural Development Center, under the patronage of Queen, located in Phu Singh District, is a source of the agricultural education in lower northeast Thailand or a natural museum. Agricultural exhibition, training, study and academic services are available here.
KHAO PHRA WIHAN NATIONAL PARK This park covers an area along the Thai-Cambodian border. Tourist attractions in the park include viewpoints on a cliff and a Khmer bas-relief. The park is at the end of Highway #221, 36 kilometers south of the district office and 98 kilometers from Si Sa Ket town. Royal Thai Government has designated an area of 130 sq. kilometers to be Khao Praviharn National Park on March 20, 1998. The park covered area in Kantaralak district, SisaketProvince and Nam Yoen, Ubonratchatani district. Main tourist attraction is Mor-E-Daeng Cliff where the visitor center are located, route leading to Khao Phraviharn contain marvelous scenery, Ancient Khmer sculpture, Trawl pond, Bat cave, Historic Flag Pole, and orchid nature trail to Khao Praviharn.The park is covered by dipterocarp forest and dry evergreen forest with Pterocarpus macrocarpus, Shorea obtosa, Shorea siamensis and Xylia kerrii being some of the dominant tree species. It is also wildlife habitats such as wild boar, barking deer, samba deer, squirrel, gibbon, civet, birds and reptiles, etc.
(Further information please contact: Khao Phra Wihan National Park P.O. Box 14 Kantharalak District, Sisaket, Thailand 33110 Tel. (66)045-619214 E-mail: [email protected]
PRASAT KHAO PHRA WIHAN or the Preah Vihear is situated on the Phanom Dong Rak mountain range inside Cambodia where it borders on Thailand at Pha Moh E-Dang. The façade of the temple faces Thailand, the only route to the temple that passes through Pha Moh E-Dang. Khao Phra Wihan is a huge temple for worship measuring some 900 meters long and made up of four lines of structures, each is situated on higher levels until reaching the highest level. Access between levels is by using the natural stone surface made into walkways and steps. The topmost temple is the principal structure on the edge of the cliff, about 657 meters above sea level. The inscriptions indicate that the site was a temple built to worship the god Shiva; and its construction began in the 15 th century B.E. More works were added on during the next two centuries and the entire group of edifices was finally completed during the reign of King Suriyavoraman II, who had an official declaration inscribed on stone slabs.
PHA MOH E- DANG, a major attraction of the park, is a wide rock plateau on a high cliff on the Thai-Cambodian border, located about 34 kilometers from the district town of Kantaralak and 98 kilometers from the provincial town. This is a good spot to view the Phanom Dong Rak range and Khao Preah Vihear sanctuary 1 kilometer away in Cambodia. Around Pha Moh E-Dang is a shrine housing a Buddha statue in Nak Prok (covering Naga) posture. To the south, at where the cliff in lower elevation are carved stone relief of 15 th century B.E. Khmer style. It is believed to be the oldest in Thailand.
PHU LA-OR WATERFALL is a medium-sized waterfall at its loveliest in the rainy season. It is on the Ban Phumisaron-Ban Samrong Kiat road. A 2.5-kilometre road on the left then leads to the waterfall. One can find interesting flora along the Nature Trail which makes for fine nature study.PRANG CHONG DON TUAN is on a steep cliff in the Phanom Dong Rak mountain range near the Thai-Cambodian border, 8 kilometers from Ban Phumisaron or 38 kilometres from the district office. This small Khmer site has a square pagoda built of brick, a doorway of stone and a lion guarding the entrance.
SI SA A SOAK AGRICULTURAL GARDEN is located at Ban Gra Sang Yai, Kantaralak District. Take highway# 221 about 57 kilometers (7 kilometers before reaching Kantaralak District) turn right at GraSangYaiVillage and you will be there in a kilometer. ( 045-635767, 635691) SI SA A SOAK COMMUNITY is the peaceful self reliable community, based their beliefs in Buddhism, alternative agriculture and self reliable way of life. They try to restore the forest land, grow their own food, herbs, process and preserve food as needed, practice alternative therapy. As a counter balance towards material world their practical lifestyle may encourage us to question how much we have conditioned ourselves with.
ORCHARD’S TRAIL The month of June visitor can visit the orchard trail (fruits such as rambutan, durian, longon, mangosteen ) about 5 kilometers from the district. Fruit Festival is held here, the parade is colorful and the fruit is fresh from the garden.
UTHUMPHON PHISAI DISTRICT
PRASAT WAT SA KAMPHAENG NOI is 8.7 kilometers from the town on the Sisaket Uthumphon Phisai route #226 . The temple is made up of stupas and Viharns built of laterite with a large pond. The entire compound is surrounded by laterite walls. There used to be a lintel over the door carved in the image of Phra Varunthe, the God of Rains, (being borne by three swans) thought to be of the Papuan artistic style of the 16 th century B.E. it is possible that restoration or modification was carried out later as the Bayon architectural influence was detected. The structure was then called ‘arokayasan’ which mean a sort of health clinic.
PRASAT WAT SA KAMPHAENG YAI This is at Ban Kamphaeng, 26 kilometers from town and 2 kilometers before Uthumphon Phisai district office. This large Khmer sanctuary has 3 pagodas on the same base. The main pagoda is the middle one built of sandstone and bricks. Its beautiful shape is still intact. Lintels, Buddha images, fired clay Buddha image prints, and bronze artwork have been found here. This sanctuary was built in the 16th Buddhist century as an offering to the god Shiva. It was later transformed into a Buddhist temple in the Mahayana sect in the 18th Buddhist century.
LIGHT AND SOUND is held sometime in March at The Prasat Sa Kamphaeng Yai. Light and Sound show and the Performance, “Siva-Ratree of Sri-Pruet-Te-Suan” tells the story of how 4 tribes altogether, which are Khmer, Suay, Lao, and Yer, had built the sacred site . (045-368322,368286)
KHUN HAN DISTRICT
WAT LAN KHUAD or Temple of A Million Bottles( Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew) is located in Khun Han District, some 61 kilometers from town. Religious edifices and other structures here are decorated with glass bottles of different colors and shapes numbering in the millions, forming fascinating designs and patterns.
HUAI CHAN WATERFALL is 24 kilometers from Khun Han District or 85 kilometers from town on the Kanthrom-Ban Samrong Kiat road. The fall drops down several rock levels and has water the year round. The fall is worth visiting from September to February owing to a large amount of water.
SAMRONG KIAT WATERFALL is located 20 kilometres from Khun Han District or 81 kilometers from town, this medium-sized waterfall originates from a stream in the BanthatMountain range. Above the fall is a rock plateau. It is at its most beautiful in the rainy season.
PRASAT TAMNAK SAI is 19 kilometers from the Khun Han district office on the way to Samrong Kiat waterfall. This site is a single square pagoda made of brick while the lintel and the doorway are made of sandstone. A Narai Banthom Sin lintel was discovered here. Two stone Singha (lions) guard the entrance.
HUAI THAP THAN DISTRICT
PRASAT BAN PRASAT or Prasat Huai Tab Tan, located in Huai Tab Tan District, take highway #226 from town and continue on for about 39 kilometers. On reaching Huai Tab Tan take a right turn on laterite-surfaced access road and proceed for another 8 kilometers. The sanctuary is another ancient Khmer temple which has been subsequently modified in the same manner as the Prasat Sikhoraphum in Surin-particularly the roofs. The three brick prangs (stupas) are erected on the same laterite base lining from north to south, with surrounding walls originally believed to have 3 or 4 arches. Today only the south arch, which is made of laterite, remains. The central stupa is larger than the other two but with a lower square roof. It has only one door to the east where the doorframe remains. The lintel above portrays a personage who cannot be identified, as it is an unfinished work. The accompanying stupas of identical size have been significantly altered, specifically the roofs and doors which are now blocked up. Traces of doorframes still can be detected. A lintel with carving showing the Kuan Kasian Samut rite has toppled off and remains in front of the south stupa. The characteristics of the artistic style on the lintel indicate that the temple may have existed since the 16 th century B.E., a contemporary of the Klang-Papuan art, but altered later.
PRANG KU DISTRICT
PRASAT BAN SAMOH is 10 kilometers southeast of Prang Ku. A laterite wall surrounds this small Khmer site. The square pagoda has a lintel above a fake doorway facing the south. An ancient pool lies beyond the wall.
PRASAT PRANG KU is 10 kilometers from Prang Ku District and 70 kilometers. from town. Prang Ku is a small Khmer site built of large laterite slabs. It is over a thousand years old. The front part has a large pool that is the habitat of waterfowls in the dry season.
PRASAT TA LENG To reach Prasat Ta Leng leave the town of Sisaket on highway#220 until reaching Khu Khan District, turn right at the police station and proceed for about 3 kilometers to a tri-section. Turn left and go for 300 m., and take another right and go on for 8 kilometers when reaching Ban Prasat, turn right again. The temple is on the right-hand side.
Prasat Ta Leng is a lone prang (stupa) of square shape facing east. Today, only the front façade and some side walls remain with only one actual entrance as on the other three sides are only false doors. The columns attached to both sides of the front door still retain perfect carved designs. There are lintels lying around. The one on the floor in front of the north door was carved in the image of the god Indra on elephant inside a Ruen Kaew cover. Other lintels are fairly identical; one has a carved likeness of a row of ascetics in meditation postures. The architectural and artistic characteristics indicate that the temple must have been built with Papuan influence during 1560-1630 B.E.