Nakhon Phanom is situated on the bank
of the Mae Khong River opposite Muang Ta Kaek of Laos.
It is where the Phra That Phanorn, the most sacred and
ancient religious monument of the Northeast, is located.
For the Phra That is venerated by both Thais and Laotians
along the Mae Khong. Although it partially collapsed
some time ago, it has since been restored to its glory.
Nakhon Phanom is 740 kilometers from Bangkok.
NAKHON PHANOM's ATTRACTIONS
is alongside the Khong River in the municipal area.
It gives a good view across the river especially in
the early morning when the sun rises above the mountains.
Phra That Phanom
is about fifty kilometers from town proper. It has not
been conclusively proved when it was built. However
according to archaeologists, it is about 1,500 - year
- old. Fifty - two meters high; each of its rectangular
bases measures 12.33 meters, and its decorative top
is made of gold weighing 110 kilograms. The annual Phra
That Phanom Fair is celebrated on the hill - moon evening
of the 3rd Lunar month. Thousands of worshippers flock
to Nakhon Phanom to pay homage to this most important
religious shrine in the Northeast. Stalls and performances
staged throughout the 7 - day celebration.
Phra That Renu Nakhon
the main religious monument in Amphoe Reno Nakhon about
fifty kilometers from town, is similar to the Phra That
Phanom but in a smaller scale. Renu Nakhon boasts a
market place not unlike Sun Kamphaeng in Chiang Mai,
with cotton, silk, dresses and quilted Blankets as leading
Prathat Tha Uten
situated in Amphoe Tha Uthen has the likeness of Phrathat
Phanom. Its was built in 1912 A.D. to store a relic
of the Lord Buddha brought from Myanmar.
Nam Tok Tat Kham Forest
Park 7 kilometers from amphoe Ban Phaeng;
has been preserved in its natural beauty state and is
where the rivers originating from Phu Langka mountain
meet in a confluence to form the Huai Kham ricer. The
river cascades through 4 steps of the fall before continuing
on its way to the Khong river.
Nam Tok Tat Pho 5
kilometers from Nam Tok Tat Kham, can he reached after
2 hour walk. The waterfall is from a river originating
from Phu Langka mountain and the area has its own natural
beauty especially in the rainy season.
Illuminated Boat Procession
held annually in October or November,
the event represents a traditional Loi Krathong ceremony
of northeasterners marking the end of the Buddhist Lent.
The illuminated boats are made of banana barks, bamboo
or other floatable materials with a length of at least
6 meters. The boat is elaborately fashioned into various
shapes. The procession is staged in the streets during
the day while at night, religious rites will he observed.
later, the boats will he illuminated and launched into