Thailand is many things and still holds new experiences for even the most seasoned of travelers. The majestic mountainous regions of Sakhon Nakhon, Loei, and Udon Thani are graced with some of Thailand’s most breathtaking locations. Here’s our guide to these lands of adventure and wonder.
For the inquisitive traveler interested in archeology and the ancient history of human settlement in Southeast Asia should make a visit to Ban Chiang, the most important prehistoric settlement discovered in the region to date. The Ban Chiang Archaeological Site marks the beginning and shows the development of the wet-rice culture that is common in the region.
Another must-see location is the Red Lotus Sea, or as it’s known locally, Talay Bua Daeng. The Red Lotus Sea is hidden away in the Northeastern region of Thailand in Udon Thani province, and it is one of the few precious natural gems left in our world.
The Red Lotus Sea is a large lake that has millions of exquisite lotus flowers floating gracefully in the center. However, describing what this place really is like proves to be an impossible task because its beauty is indescribable!
One could scarcely believe that such a place exists on Earth. There, you will be able to take one of the local pontoon boats out into the center of the lake to witness the remarkable sight of the lotus flowers that grace this inland lake.
The Red Lotus Sea also makes for a perfect place for honeymooners or even to propose. It’ll truly be a unique and unforgettable experience that will surpass your partner’s expectations as the beauty is beyond this world.
Situated in the Northeastern reaches of Thailand, the Phu Phan mountain range stretches across Sakon Nakhon and offers hiking enthusiasts unparalleled adventures that will impart lasting memories.
Mountains aside, the region of Sakon Nakhon is peppered with gorgeous lakes and rivers that make for unforgettable sights. These spectacular splashes of color and life make up some of the most magnificent sights in all of Thailand. In short, it’s worth the trip!
In between hiking the mountain trails, take time on your trip to visit the Wat Phra That Choeng Chum Worawihan Temple. Steeped in Buddhist tradition stretching back to the mysterious Ayutthaya Kingdom of the 17th century, this temple once served as a Khmer monastery. It’s also one of the most historic and meaningful places in Thailand.
For the more spiritual among you, the Wat Phra That Choeng Chum Worawihan Temple offers much more than the appeal of 17th-century Thai architecture. The site is revered by the Thai people as the place where the four incarnations of Buddha gathered and left their footprints on the Earth. The proud chedi that marks the site was built over something much older, a laterite prang dating back to the Khmer Empire.
Next to the temple is the charming indigo-dyed walking street where you can find a delightful array of clothing made locally with indigo fabrics. The region has a long tradition of using indigo fabrics. The indigo is sourced along the Songkhram River starting in Udon and flowing through Sakon Nakhon. The Thai name for the indigo plant is Khram.
For travelers looking for some of the last unspoiled corners of the world, Loei should be at the top of your list. The natural beauty of this region is transcendent. Loei sports some of the most breathtaking waterfalls, reservoirs, and national parks in the world – making it a prime destination for travelers who value the wild places of the Earth. For the hiking enthusiasts, Phu Kradueng National Park is known for its beautiful waterfalls and viewpoints, surely worth trekking the long trails. Plus, it’s accessible by public transportation from all nearby provinces.
The very name Loei means, ‘to the extreme’ and when it comes to extremely beautiful sights, Loei has them in spades. The nature reserves and natural parks of Loei are unlike any other in the land, you simply have to see them for yourself. Also, be sure to attend the annual Phi Ta Khon Festival, or Ghost Festival, in Dan Sai. This three-day festival has locals dress up in colorful ghost masks and participate in parties and parades. It’s a sight to behold!
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For foodies, Sakon Nakhon is also the home of a spicy meat salad that beckons the adventurous foodies of the world. The meal is called Larb and it’s not for the faint of heart! When you come to Sakon Nakhon, you haven’t lived until you’ve tried this spicy authentic dish.
Northern Thailand is the premier choice for anyone looking to experience the very best mountainous regions that will change your perspective and your soul. Not only will you never forget the majestic mountain sights, but you’ll leave with a thirst to come back for more!