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Attractions
Historical Sites
Prasat Ban Noi
Location : Watthana Nakhon District
Prasat Ban Noi
Prasat Ban Noi
Prasat Ban Noi is located at Mu 4, Phakkha Sub-district. It is a Prasat with 2 walls. The Outer Wall is an earth mound of 67 metres wide and 80 metres long. Outside the mound, it seems to have once had a surrounding moat that is at present shallow. On the other hand, the Inner Wall was constructed of laterite with a height of 2.2 metres. The sanctuary faces East with one entrance at this side, of which the gateway pavilion is 10.8 metres wide and 19.7 metres long. It is divided into 3 rooms inside: one each in the north and south, while the other is at the centre. Outside the boundary wall lays a pond in the northeast, with a width of 15.5 metres and a length of 20.5 metres. The edge of the pond was lined with laterite and constructed into staircase steps on its 4 sides. There is water remaining inside the pond.

Inside the boundary wall in the southeastern corner stands a construction made of laterite with a width of 4.5 metres and a length of 9 metres. It is a Bannalai - a library. However, the entrance gate and the western wall of the building were all ruined. At the centre inside the boundary wall is a Prang whose base was made of laterite with a height of 1 metre. On top is a brick construction, with only northern and southern walls remaining. The middle of the Prang was excavated illegally into a large hole. At the back outside the boundary wall is a pile of bricks, while at the front of the Prang is a piece of the moonstone doorstep made of laterite. It is possibly the doorstep of the entrance to the Prang.

Moreover, at the 500 metres northwest of the Prasat Ban Noi Ancient Monument, there is a mound of an ancient monument, where there are various holes illegally excavated and scattered rectangular laterite blocks.

To get there: take Highway No. 33 (Watthana Nakhon – Aranyaprathet) from Watthana Nakhon District for 10 km. At the 800 metres prior to the Phakkha Sub-district Administration Organisation, there is a direction sign on the left. Proceed for 2 km along the narrow laterite road.

Opening Hours: Daily
Aranyaprathet Victory Gate
Location : Aranyaprathet District
Aranyaprathet Victory Gate
Aranyaprathet Victory Gate
Aranyaprathet Victory Gate is situated on the Thailand – Cambodia border at Ban Khlong Luek, Tha Kham Sub-district. The gate was constructed in 1939. The gate consists of two posts standing on the opposite sides of the road. The shape of the left one is preserved to commemorate the brave soldiers who passed away and were injured from the battle at the frontier on the Khlong Luek side. This post is in a hexagonal shape with a height of 15 metres. Its base was a guard room but was ruined from the fighting. Therefore, renovation was conducted in 1959. On the other hand, the right one was reconstructed into a large marble boundary stone with a Garuda – mythical bird-man – image on top and an engraved word of “Thailand” below, facing toward Cambodia.

Opening Hours: Daily 24 hrs.
Prasat Khao Noi
Location : Aranyaprathet District
Prasat Khao Noi
Prasat Khao Noi
Located within the compound of Wat Khao Noi (Si Chomphu), Khlong Nam Sai Sub-district, 12 km from the Aranyaprathet District to the south. This ancient remain is on the top of Khao Noi, which is a limestone mountain, 130 m from the ground. There are 254 stair steps up to the Prasat. Otherwise, it can be accessible by car, passing Wat Khao Noi (Si Chomphu) along the 1-kilometre route around the mountain. Walk further for approximately 250 m. It is assumed that the Prasat was constructed during the 7th century and was later renovated in the 10th century. It significance lasted until the 11th century. It is believed to have been a Hindu shrine. The Prasat is made of bricks without any use of mortar. It comprises 3 brick constructions; namely, the northern Prang, the central Prang, and the southern Wihan. However, only the central one remains in quite a good condition, while only the bases of the northern and the southern ones are left. In 1935, Prasat Khao Noi was registered as a national ancient monument by the Fine Arts Department. There have been many surveys and excavations unearthing various artefacts such as those made of metal, pottery, 5 sandstone lintels, an inscription indicating the construction period of the Prasat called “Khao Noi Inscription”, and a sandstone lintel in the Sombor Prei Kuk style, aged around the 7th century. The stone inscription indicates the year 637, which is considered as the oldest inscription of the country. The artefacts from the excavations were collected and displayed at the Prachin Buri National Museum.

Opening Hours: Daily from 08.30 am. - 04.00 pm.
Prasat Mueang Phai
Location : Aranyaprathet District
Prasat Mueang Phai is in Mueang Phai Sub-district. The interesting object is an ancient chedi made of bricks into a rectangular shape with 4 porticos engraved into beautiful floral, vine and personage designs. It is assumed to be a chedi of the Dvaravati style. Moreover, there has been a discovery of various kinds of art objects such as Dharmacakra - the wheel of the doctrine - made of greenish stone, god’s images in the Lop Buri style of art, and Buddha images in the Dvaravati style. These artefacts are at present well preserved at the Bangkok National Museum.

To get there: Take the Aranyaprathet Route, pass the clock tower and go to Rat Uthit Road. Turn right at the crossroads to Ban Nong Thao (Aranyaprathet - Mueang Phai) for approximately 7 km until reaching Mueang Phai Sub-district. A direction sign of Prasat Mueang Phai will be on the left hand side. Go along the road for 400 m, there will be ruins. Otherwise, turn right for 300 m, a sign indicating the other site of Prasat Mueang Phai will be seen. Visitors will have to walk for approximately 15 km to get there.

Opening Hours: Daily from 08.30 am. - 04.00 pm.
Prasat Khao Lon
Location : Ta Phraya District
Prasat Khao Lon
Prasat Khao Lon
Situated at Ban Charoen Suk, Thappharat Sub-district. The Prasat stands in the compound of Wat Prasat Khao Lon on the summit of Khao Lon, a small hill located at the foot of Khao Sakae Krong. It comprises 4 Prang towers, but only the central one remains until the present time. The other 3, 2 at the front and 1 at the back, have already been ruined. Its characteristics are similar to Prasat Khao Noi which was constructed of bricks on a sandstone base. The top of the Prasat has been broken, while on the sandstone doorframe appears an ancient inscription. In the northeastern side of the Prasat lie 2 large ponds connected to the Prasat by an ancient path. There are traces of a village or ancient community in the past surrounding this mountain.

To get there: Take Highway No. 3068 (Ta Phraya – Buri Ram) and turn left to Ban Charoen Suk until reaching the foot of the mountain, where the Prasat is located. The distance from Ta Phraya District to Prasat Khao Lon is approximately 28 km on Highway 3486 at Km. 15-16.

Opening Hours: Daily from 08.30 am. - 04.30 pm.
Religious Sites
Tham Khao Chakan Temple (Wat Tham Khao Chakan)
Location : Khao Chakan District
Wat Tham Khao Chakan
Wat Tham Khao Chakan
Covers an area of 28 rai, 2 ngan, 8 square wa. It is a temple of the Mahayana sect of Buddhism. It comprises an ordination hall, a reinforced concrete building constructed in 1990, a monk residence which is half concrete, half wood, and steps to the mountain summit, where there is a viewpoint to admire panoramic scenery. There are 72 small caves within the compound of Khao Chakan. The popular ones are Tham Muet, Tham Hanuman, Tham Khao Thalu, Tham Mahahing, Tham Namthip and Tham Kaew Phlai Chumphon. The spot of interest is the replica of the Buddha’s footprint at Tham Khao Thalu.

Opening Hours: Daily from 08.30 am. - 04.30 pm.
Anu Banphot Temple (Wat Anu Banphot)
Location : Aranyaprathet District
This temple is located in Moo 2, Tambon Ban Mai Nong Sai. It is on Thana Withi Road (to Amphoe Ta Phraya) about 1 kilometre detour from Suwannason Road. It was built in 1925 during the reign of King Rama VI. The highlight of this temple is the beautiful chapel (ubosoth) which houses the imitation of Lord Buddha's footprint made from brass.

Opening Hours: Daily from 08.30 am. - 04.30 pm.
Market
Bamboo Ceramic Basketry Village
Location : Mueang District
Bamboo Ceramic Basketry Village
Bamboo Ceramic Basketry Village
Bamboo Ceramic Basketry Village is located at Mu 3, Thung Maha Charoen Sub-district. The housewives of this village come together and form a group in the form of a cooperative known as Chai Phatthana Women Cooperative which produces and demonstrates the production of ceramic wrapped with bamboo basketry, called the bamboo ceramics, famous for their delicacy and beauty. It is open from 8.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. The head of the group is Mrs. Mut Suesat.

To get there: From Sa Kaew District, take Highway 317 to the milestones of Km. 120 - 121, turn right into Ta Lang Nai – Khlong Ta Sun Road for 19 km or take Highway 317, until reaching Km. 128 - 129, turn right into Highway 3434. A police booth will be on the right. Go further for 11 – 12 km to the Khlong Yai intersection, turn right for 8 km into Ban Chai Phatthana Soi 4.

Opening Hours: Daily from 08.30 am. - 05.00 pm.
Public Parks & National Park
Sa Kaeo Sa Khwan
Location : Mueang District
Sa Kaeo Sa Khwan
Sa Kaeo Sa Khwan
These two ponds are located in Tambon Sa Kaeo on the western side of town. Before approaching the city, turn right at 246th kilometre. It is believed that these two ponds contain sacred water once used for the coronation ceremony. The name of the province (Sa Kaeo) had been derived from this venue, whereby Somdej Chaophraya Maha Kasatsuk (King Rama I later) went to fight with the Cambodians, and stopped at this site to use sacred water to swear for the fighting courage.

Opening Hours: Daily from 08.30 am. - 04.30 pm.
Natural Attractions
Khao Sip Ha Chan (Nam Tok Khao Sip Ha Chan)
Location : Wang Sombun District
Namtok Khao Sip Ha Chan is located at Ban Wang Phai, Wang Thong Sub-district. It is a very beautiful waterfall due to the large amount of water flowing throughout the year. The surrounding area is abundant with forest and a variety of birds, suitable for ecotourism.

Opening Hours: Daily from 08.00 am. - 05.00 pm.
Khao Siwa Cave or Nam Cave (Tham Khao Siwa or Tham Nam)
Location : Khlong Hat District
Tham Khao Siwa (Tham Nam)
Tham Khao Siwa (Tham Nam)
Tham Nam is situated within the compound of Ban Khao Chan Daeng, between the Ta Ngok and Kok Mamuang mountain ranges, 16 km from Khlong Hat District Office. It is a cave with a running stream throughout the year. The cave is 500 metres deep, while the level of water inside is 10 - 220 centimetres deep. Inside the cave are beautiful stalagmites and stalactites. Some of them are spreading, similar to a curtain. Moreover, there is a small waterfall inside the cave. It is suitable for adventure lovers who can swim. Equipments that should be prepared are non-absorbent outfit, a waterproof torch, a lamp, a lighter, a rubber raft, and a life buoy or life jacket.

To get there: Go from Wang Nam Yen District for 47 km and turn left at the crossroads to Khlong Hat District for 13 km. At the Khlong Hat District Office, proceed to the direction of Ban Khao Chan Daeng for 16.7 km and turn left into Khao Ta Ngok for 18 km to the entrance of the cave.

Opening Hours: Daily from 08.00 am. - 04.30 pm.
Other Attractions
Khao Sam Sip Reservoir
Location : Khao Chakan District
Khao Sam Sip Reservoir is at Khao Sam Sip Sub-district. From Mueang Sa Kaew District, take Highway 317 until reaching Km. 137 - 138, turn left for approximately 10 km or around 2 km beyond Wat Khao Sam Sip. It is under the supervision of the Khao Chakan Development Project (Ban Khao Sam Sip) under the Royal Initiative. Its office is located next to the Khao Sam Sip Reservoir near the foot of the mountain. Many activities are organised such as star watching, bird watching, trekking to study nature along the 3 routes led by officials and local people. These activities can be called "Star-watching at Night and Bird-watching in the Morning". Accommodation and a camping area are provided.

Opening Hours: Daily from 08.30 am. - 04.30 pm.
Huai Yang Reservoir
Location : Ta Phraya District
Huai Yang Reservoir
Huai Yang Reservoir
Located at Mu 8, Ban Khok Krat, Thappharat Sub-district in Sa Kaeo and has some beautiful scenery. You can go swimming in this reservoir and locals use it to catch fish to sell at the local market. There are also restaurants in the area where you can relax and enjoy and take in the views.

To get there: From Sa Kaeo Province, take Highway No. 33 to Aranyaprathet District. Turn left to Ta Phraya District for 37 km and turn left again at the To Cho Do (Border Patrol Police) Checkpoint at Ban Kut Toei and go straight on for 10 km Turn left into Huai Yang Reservoir for 3 km. It is suitable for relaxation and dining at the restaurant by the reservoir.

Opening Hours: Daily from 08.00 am. - 04.30 pm.
The Plant Genetic Preservation Project under the Royal Initiative of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn
Location : Aranyaprathet District
The Plant Genetic Preservation Project under the Royal Initiative of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn is situated within the compound of the Border Patrol Police Division 12, Aranyaprathet, on Thanawithi Road, Ban Mai Nong Sai Sub-district. It is open as an ecotourism attraction for tourists with a speaker guiding around the place and providing an explanation on various species of plants, herbs, as well as, the 1,500 – 2,000 flying foxes, residing in this area for 10 years. The distance from the town of Aranyaprathet to the division is approximately 4 km.

Opening Hours: Daily from 08.30 am. - 04.30 pm.
Thale Khlong Hat Reservoir
Location : Khlong Hat District
Located at Mu 6, Khlong Hat Sub-district, behind Khlong Hat District Office and inside the Queen Sirikit Chaloem Phra Kiat Public Water Park. It is a big irrigation reservoir, covering an area of 250 rai, with beautiful scenery of mountains and streams, as well as, comfortable atmosphere, suitable for relaxation. There are restaurants provided.

Opening Hours: Daily from 08.30 am. - 04.30 pm.