Uthai Thani Attractions, Attractions in Uthai Thani, what to do in Uthai Thani, Uthai Thani Sightseeing

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Attractions
Historical Sites
Old City of Uthai Thani
Location : Amphoe Nong Chang
Wat tha Sung
Wat Tha Sung
Old City of Uthai Thani is located at Ban Uthai Thani Kao. It was the location of Mueang Uthai Thani since the Ayutthaya Period. Now the ruins still exist, such as Wat Hua Mak, Wat Yang, and Wat Kuti, while the surrounding areas have become rice fields. The temple which remains the same until now is Wat Chaeng. In this temple, there is a prang built in 1538 whose top was destroyed by the Burmese army. The latest repair was in 1985. The old ordination hall is small and has one door, in a style of the late Ayutthaya period. The stucco relief pattern of the prang and on the ordination hall’s gable were made by the same craftsmen. The mural paintings in the ordination hall were made after the latest repair, which depicts the duty of King Taksin the Great. Another remaining temple is Wat Hua Mueang which has ruins of an Ayutthayan-styled ordination hall and small ancient pagoda in front of the old ordination hall.

How to get there: from Nong Chang Market at Prasat Wet School T-Junction, drive along the route to Wat Nong Khun Chat. Turn right at the T-junction and drive toward the opposite direction to Wat Nong Khun Chat for about 1 km. until you arrive at Wat Chaeng. Wat Hua Mueang is 1 km. beyond from Wat Chaeng.

Opening Hours: Daily 08.00 am. - 06.00 pm.
Mueang Boran Bueng Khok Chang
Location : Amphoe Sawang Arom
Ancient ruins, pottery, stones for pulverizing herbs, metal tools, and yellow beads, as well as three ancient Khmer inscription stones were found here. At present, this historical site is a forest garden, covered with large trees, but the city ditch has become shallow. The discovered artefacts are kept in the Local Historical and Cultural Museum, in the Non-formal Education Centre, Uthai Thani, near the City Hall.

How to get there: To get there, take Highway 3221 from Amphoe Mueang, passing Amphoe Thap Than. Turn into Highway 3013, passing Amphoe Sawang Arom. Then, take Highway 3456 for about 14 km. bound toward Amphoe Lan Sak. There will be a stupa and a sign leading to Bueng Khok Chang on the left. This route leads through the old city of Bueng Khok Chang.

Opening Hours: Daily 08.30 am. - 05.30 pm.
Mueang Boran Ban Ka Rung
Location : Amphoe Ban Rai
Mueang Boran Ban Ka Rung is an ancient local community located in Tambon Wang Hin. The characteristics of the city is an oval shape with an 800-metre diameter. The city has a single ditch with a width of 20 metres and a depth of 3 metres. The part of the ditch which is next to the roadside is deepened. The water flows into the ditch all year and the earthen dyke is 6 metres wide. At present, it is an office of the Highway District. The discovered evidence includes a stone bell, Buddha image in a gesture of descending from Tavatimsa Heaven, potsherds, stone axes, ornaments, and ruins of a pagoda which is about 3 km. south from the city. This pagoda was made of large bricks and its base is 7 metres wide. At present, in front of the Ka Rung City Ditch, there is a shrine of Chaomae Ka Rung on the side of the highway, which is respected by many people. Mueang Ka Rung was registered as a national ancient monument on 8 March, 1935.

How to get there: take Highway 333, Nong Chang - Ban Rai route, passing Ban Thung Na and Khao Taphap Intersection until arriving at Ban Ka Rung. Before getting to Amphoe Ban Rai about 10 km., Mueang Ka Rung is on the bend, where the shrine of Chaomae Ka Rung can be seen on the left, about 69 km. from the city of Uthai Thani.

Opening Hours: Daily 08.30 am. - 05.30 pm.
Religious Sites
Wat Uposatharam or Wat Bot Manorom (Uposatharam Temple or Bot Manorom Temple)
Location : Amphoe Mueang
Wat Sangkut Rattanakiri
Wat Sangkut Rattanakiri
It is an old temple on the Sakae Krang Riverside, on Ko Thepho, in the Mueang Municipality area. From the municipal fresh market, cross the bridge to the temple which is on the east side of the river. The interesting things to see include mural paintings in the ordination hall and wihan, which were made in the early Rattanakosin era. The paintings in the ordination hall were elaborately made, depicting the biography of Lord Buddha from the time when he was born until he died. In the wihan, there are paintings of Lord Buddha, preaching to gods in Heaven and the scene when he was resolving to enter nirvana. On the upper part of the wall, there is a picture of a gathering of monks, switching with Phat Yot, a long-handled fan of an ecelesiastical rank, which seems to show respect to the principal Buddha image. On the outside wall in front of the wihan, there is a picture of Lord Buddha’s cremation and the picture of villagers’ ways of life along the Buddhist concepts. It is believed to have been made by craftsmen of a later time. In addition, inside Wat Uposatharam, there are other interesting things to see, such as Sema, a leaf-like boundary sign made of red stone, in front of the ordination hall, a cabinet to keep Buddhist scriptures and a storage closet painted with the floral Kanok vine pattern.

In addition, there is a Bat, a monk alms-bowl, with the lid decorated with mother-of-pearl inlay which was given by King Rama V and made by Chang Sip Mu (the Ten Departments of Craftsmen), as well as a Hong - Hamsa or Swan - on top of the column. There are also many attractive forms of architecture to visit such as the Octagonal Mondop which is a combination of the Western and Thai styles and has a decoration made of stucco, looking like climbing plants on the window frames; a high-relief cement Buddha image which is situated outside the building; three chedis of 3 periods comprising hexagonal chedi of the Ayutthaya period, a chedi with twelve angles of the Rattanakosin period, and a bell-shaped chedi of the Sukhothai period; Uthai Phutthasapha Conference Hall which is a pavilion in a typical Thai style, used as a praying hall, having a gable with stucco relief decoration; and Phae Bot Nam, a floating ordination hall in front of the temple which was built to receive King Rama V when he visited the North Circle in 1906. It was formerly a twin raft-house with Cho Fa - a gable apex, and Bai Raka - a leaf-shaped roof-edging, like other ordination halls. On the gable, there is a circle with Pali scripts reading “Su Agata Te Maha Raja” which means Maha Raja - great king - comes well. Later, in 1976, it was repaired to be one 2-storeyed building, including a raised platform, with a hip roof. The circle was moved to place in the middle of the gable. This Phae Bot Nam is used in religious rites such as weddings, ordinations, funerals, and various merit-making occasions.

Opening Hours: Daily 06.00 am. - 05.00 pm.
Khao Sakae Krang
Location : Amphoe Mueang
Khao Sakae Krang is a mountain where you can use stairs from the temple court of Wat Sangkat Rattanakhiri to climb up to the top. Otherwise, take Highway No. 3220 for 4 km. Pass the provincial stadium and drive along the route to the top of the mountain where you can admire the beautiful panoramic sights of Uthai Thani. It houses the replica of Lord Buddha’s footprint, built in 1905 and moved from Wat Chantharam. In front of the mondop, there is a large bell which was constructed by Phra Palat Chai and the people of Uthai Thani in 1900. It is believed to be a holy bell which all tourists coming to Uthai Thani should not miss to tap. Near the mondop on top of the mountain, there is a statue of Somdet Phrapathom Borommahachanoknat or the Royal Father of King Rama I, whose name of birth was Thongdi. Later, he was designated to be Phra Akson Sunthonsat, a chief clerk of the Interior Department. In the Ayutthaya era, he was Chaophraya Chakri Si Ongkharak. After that, in the Rattanakosin era, King Rama I (who was formerly called Thongduang) promoted the relics of his father to be Somdet Phra Chanakathipbodi in 1795. The Statue of King Rama I’s Royal Father was cast in double life size, sitting on a seat. In his left hand, a sword of the position of Chaophraya Chakri is kept in the sheath and put on the left thigh. The statue puts its right hand on the right thigh. On his right, there is a Phra Mala Sao Sung, a royal hat without Yi Ka (bird feather), placed on a footed tray. He wears sandals.

There is a ceremony to pay respect to the statue on 6 April of every year, at the same period when Suphannika or Fai Kham – yellow cotton trees, the symbolic flower of Uthai Thani, bloom all over Khao Sakae Krang. In the forest behind the mountain, approximately 200 metres from the statue, there is a world map pin, a tool for mapping, which was built in 1932.

Opening Hours: Daily 08.00 am. - 05.00 pm.
Wat Sangkat Ratana Khiri (Sangkat Ratana Khiri Temple)
Location : Amphoe Mueang
Wat Sangkat Rattana Khiri is at the foot of Khao Sakae Krang at the end of Tha Chang Road in the municipality. Inside the main hall is “Phra Phuttha Mongkhon Sai Sit” or “Luang Pho Mongkhon”, an ancient bronze Buddha imae form the Sukhothai period in the Man Wichai posture. It is 1.5 metres wide and was made in the reign of King Lithai. In the open area of the temple is a stairway ascending to the top of Khao Sakae Krang totaling 449 steps. At the peak is a pavilion with a multi-tiered roof housing a replica of Lord Buddha’s footprint and a large bronze bell built in the reign of King Rama V. It is said that this is a sacred bell that visitors to the province who does not ring the bell is like on who never gets to see the province.

In addition, in one corner of the temple is a pavilion housing a statue of the father of King Rama I, the founder of the Chakri dynastr, who was born in Ban Sakae Krang.

How to get there: From the city, take Road No. 3220 and turn left into the provincial staduum leading up the mountain. The distance is around 4 kilometres.
Opening Hours: Daily 08.00 am. - 05.00 pm.
Phra Buddha Mongkhon Saksit
Location : Amphoe Mueang
Wat Uposatharam
Wat Uposatharam
This very beautiful Buddha dated from Sukhothai period and is cast of bronze in the attitude of Subduing Evil. It is one of the most sacred Buddha Image and is highly revered by Uthai Thani inhabitants. This Buddha Image is housed in Wat Sangkat Ratanakhiri where the crowd of Buddhists assemble for "Tak Bat Devo" (Merit-making Festival on Ok Phansa Day.)
Wat Thammakhosok (Thamma Kosok Temple)
Location : Amphoe Mueang
Wat Thammakhosok or called “Wat Rong Kho” by villagers was built in the early Rattanakosin period. It is on Si Uthai Road, Tambon Uthai Mai in the municipality. It was used to hold rites by Uthai Thani government officials to pledge allegiance to the king as well as an execution site. The most interesting places in the temple are the chapel and the main Buddha image hall. The chapel is of the Rattanakosin period. A tiled roof covers the building. The Buddha image here is highly sacred. There are beautiful murals inside, the works of late Ayutthaya artists. The main hall is a larger building that is higher than the chapel. A pedestal inside has around 20 Buddha images on it. The outer windowpanes have plaster drawings of the epic Ramayana as frames. The doors have wooden floral patterns painted in bright red.

Opening Hours: Daily 06.00 am. - 05.00 pm.
Wat Tha Sung (Tha Sung Temple)
Location : Amphoe Mueang
Wat Tha Sung (another name is Wat Chantharam) is at M.2, Tambon Nam Sum. It is an old temple from the Ayutthaya period. It was formerly called “Wat Chan” which is the name of an abbot. Wat Chantharam later was abandoned until 1789 when the monk Luang Pho Yai came here. Villagers asked him to become the abbot of the temple and he renovated it. The first location of the temple was on the bank of Sakae Krang River. The artifact of the place is a pulpit built by Luang Pho Yai that is opposite the temple. More buildings were later added by the monk Phra Ratchaphrom Yan Nen (Luang Pho Ruesi Ling Dam). The new convocation hall is beautiful with an ornately decorated interior. The inner windows and doors have pictures of angels. His Majesty the King presided over a ceremony to officially open the building. Surronding the building is a traditional columned wall. Images of Luang Pho Pan and Luang Pho Yai 3 times the actual size is at the corner of the front wall. Furthermore, the new site has a wide area as well as many pavilions with accommodations for meditation.

How to get there: From the city, take Road No. 3265 to the ferry at Amphoe Manorom, about 6 kilometres away. Wat Than Sung is on both sides.
Opening Hours: 09.00 am. - 11.45 am. , 02.00 pm. - 04.00 pm.
Wat Mani Sathit Kapittharam (Mani Sathit Kapittharam Temple)
Location : Amphoe Mueang
Wat Mani Sathit Kapittharam is located on Sunthon Sathit Road, behind the health garden, at the Clock Tower Circle. This temple was constructed in the Rattanakosin period, and local people call it Wat Thung Kaeo. Inside the temple, there is a large five-pinnacled prang, with a width of 8 metres and a height of 16 metres, which was built in 1909. The prang contains the relics of Lord Buddha and the image of Luangpho Yaem who constructed this temple. In the area of the temple, there is a large holy water pool made of bricks and a stone tablet with magic scripts of Luangpho Yaem located in the middle of the pool. Its water was once used to bathe the king in the coronation ceremony of King Rama VI and King Rama VII.

Opening Hours: 06.00 am. - 05.00 pm.
Wat Thap Than (Thap Than Temple)
Location : Amphoe Thap Than
Wat Thap Than was built in the Rattanakosin period around 1897. The locals have shortened the full name to Wat Thap Than. It is said that this area was where Thai troops caught up with invading forces in the late Ayutthaya period. Hence, the name of Thap Than. The monastery has a shady compound and a small chapel and main hall in the traditional style. The item of interest here is the lovely carved door depicting an angel holding an arrow standing on a serpent and another of an angel tending deer holding a pike on a lion. The convocation hall has a main bronze Buddha image in the Man Wichai posture 1.68 metres wide. The main hall houses a replica of Lord Buddha’s footprint in bronze.

How to get there : Take Highway No. 3221 (Amphoe Muang-Amphoe Thap Than) for 19 kilometres. The temple is located on the left about 1 kilometre before the Thap Than district office.
Opening Hours: 06.00 am. - 05.00 pm.
Wat Khao Wong (Khao Wong Temple)
Location : Amphoe Ban Rai
Wat Khao Wong
Wat Khao Wong
Wat Khao Wong is a temple in a valley. It has a beautiful two-storey Thai-style convocation hall. The area has been exquisitely landscaped. The monastery is the 13th of 19 branches of Wat Sangkhathan in Nonthaburi that are in places such as Chiang Mai, Um Phang, the United Kingdom, and India. The monastery was built in 1987 and has a total area of 320,000 square metres. The surrounding area is mountain and forest. The most striking feature of Khao Wong Monastery is the 4-storey Thai-style multi-purpose pavilion. Built almost entirely of wood, the pavilion has a pond in front with many fish. Around the pond is a garden of colourful flowers. The wood used in the pavilion’s construction was donated by locals and has been transformed into a work of architecture that retains natural qualities. The monastery has a monthly meditation class for those who are interested.

How to get there : Use the same route as Phu Wai Cave. It is about 3 kilometres before reaching the cave (there is a cooperative store selling souvenirs and free accommodation for up to 200 persons).
Opening Hours: 08.00 am. - 05.00 pm.
Monument
Monument of Somdet Phra Pathom Borom Maha Chanok
Location : Amphoe Mueang
The father of King Phra Buddha Yotfa Chulalok, (Rama I of the present Chakri Dynasty), Somdet Phra Pathom was born in the town of Sakae Krang. A monument of him is located near the Khao Sakae Krang Buddha Footprints and was inaugurated by their Majesties the King and the Queen on April 5, 1979.
Museum
Local Historical and Cultural Museum
Location : Amphoe Mueang
This local museum is at the Uthai Thani Provincial Non-formal Education Centre on Si Uthai Road near the city hall. On display are prehistoric human skeletons, clothes, regalia of city lords, and a room of Thai house and wood models. Advance reservation is necessary.

Opening Hours: on Mondays - Fridays at 08.30 am. - 04.30 pm.
Public Park
Botanical Garden
Location : Amphoe Ban Rai
In the garden, there are useful local plants and various species of plants; such as Sadao Pa whose fruits and leaves can be made into an organic repellent, Ton Sabu whose fruits can be used in bathing, washing hair and clothes, Rang Chuet which has a medical property to sober up. Some plants are poisonous such as hair of Chang Rong which can make people’s skin painfully itch when touching. Ya Nong – upas trees - has a poisonous sap which hunters in the past applied to the end of their darts that used for hunting.

Opening Hours:08.30 am. - 06.00 pm.
Natural Attractions
Khao Thepho
Location : Amphoe Mueang
Koh Thepho was formerly a cape between the Chao Phraya River and Sakae Krang River, which met together at the south of the cape. Later, a canal was excavated to link both rivers in the northern part in order that the water from the Chao Phraya River will add to the Sakae Krang River in case of lack of rain. This cape therefore became Koh Thepho.
Koh Thepho is an interesting point for travellers who love cycling. The journey on the isle starts after you cross a bridge which links between the municipal fresh market and Wat Ubosatharam. The bridge is not so long and quite narrow since it provides a small lane for only two motorcycles. Along both sides of the road, there is a bamboo forest, corn and rice field, with a peaceful, shady atmosphere. Local people here earn a living by planting "Manorom" and "Khao Taeng Kwa" pomelo, and Mafai.

Khao Pattavee
Khao Pattavee
When visitors pass Ban Tha Din Daeng, they can see people selling Suea Lamphan, a mat made of bamboo, in front of their houses, not at the market. If travelling to Wat Phum Tham, it is possible to see a recreation hall with a serene atmosphere. After finishing cycling and reaching the end of the marked route, they will arrive at the pier to cross to Tha Sung. The total distance of the cycling route on this isle is 33 km.

Opening Hours: 06.00 am. - 07.00 pm.
Contact: Khun Somprasong Srimueang to ask for a map of Koh Thepho and the city of Uthai Thani. Also attend the Uthai Thani Cycling for Health Club (Charoeun Chakayan Shop) 101-102 Tha Chang Road, Amphoe Mueang, Tel. 0 5651 1991 everyday.
Bueng Thap Tae
Location : Amphoe Nong Khayang
It is the source of various fish, so local people live by using water from this swamp and fishing. In winter, grebes from other regions will migrate to this swamp. In addition, on the side of the swamp near Ban Tha Thong, a habitation site of pre-historical humans was found with metal tools, pottery, beads and glass bangles. The evidence shows that they were a civilized tribe because they knew the method to make accessories from metals. Bottles of alcoholic drink brought into the Kingdom of Ayutthaya by Western people were also found.

Opening Hours: 06.00 am. - 06.00 pm.
Khao Pathavi
Location : Amphoe Thap Than
This mountain, 720 meters long and 253 meters high, is situated at Tambon Talukda, Amphoe Thaptan, 38 kms. from the township area. Its most famous is a steep overhanging crag with multi-tired peaks, on the side of the mountain are 30 caves with cool, ample space and shady trees, inhabited by groups of monkeys, Stone tools and prehistoric human skeletons have been discovered at this mountain.
Cyber Waterfall or Namtok Hin Lat
Location : Amphoe Huai Khot
This waterfall is in Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Reserve and tourists are permitted to visit it. The waterfall is situated amidst nature surrounded by the Huai Kha Khaeng forest. The water comes from the western mountain of the reserve, resulting in a medium-sized waterfall that drops down several levels before splashing on the boulders below. Beneath the waterfall is the Cyber Forest Protection Unit. From here, tourists must walk 105 kilometres to the waterfall.

How to get there: From Uthai Thani, take the Uthai Thani-Nong Chang-Ban Rai road for about 79 kilometres. From Amphoe Ban Rai, take Highway No. 3282 to Cyber village in Tambon Khok Khwai for another 30 kilometres. A sign points to the waterfall, then turn right there for 7 kilometres. Note: The route into the waterfall is 7 kilometres long and is a rough laterite road. It is unsuitable for low cars and sedans.
Opening Hours:09.00 am. - 05.00 pm.
Contact: Tel. 0 2561 4292-3 ext. 765.
Ban Samo Thong Hot Spring
Location : Amphoe Huai Khot
This is a small spring that sprouts up to the surface. The hot water from underground converges to form a little stream that flows down to Than Khok Khwai or Huai Khun Kaeo. The water is clear and pungent with the aroma of sulphur. The water is so hot that it can boil an egg in 5 minutes. The Royla Irrigation Department has constructed Huai Khun Kaeo Reservoir, flooding the stream and the spring itself. However, and earth levee has been developed around the spring and some landscaping has been done to create a good rest area for visitors. The spring has an area of 4,000 square metres and consists of 3 springs. A mineral bath is available for tourists and nearby is a 20-metre-high Buddha image sitting high amidst the wonderful scenery of the area.

How to get there: From Amphoe Ban Rai, take Highway No.3282 (Amphoe Ban Rai-Amphoe Huai Khot) to Km. 41, then turn right to Ban Wang Yang Samo Thong for another 24 kilometres. The total distance from the city is 64 kilometres.
Opening Hours : 08.00 am. - 06.00 pm.
Khuean Thap Salao (Thap Salao Dam)
Location : Amphoe Lansak
Khuean Thap Salao is located in M.6, Tambon Rabam. Khuean Thap Salao is a large irrigation dam, obstructing Thap Salao Stream to create a reservoir with an attractive view, with an undulated mountain range as a background. In the south of the dam, there are deciduous dipterocarp forest and planted forest garden. Local people often come on weekends for recreation. There is a welfare shop provided.

How to get there: From Amphoe Lan Sak, take Highway 3438 for about 15 km. At Km. 47, turn into the intersection leading to Khuean Thap Salao for about 2 km. to the sight-seeing point. If coming from the city, the entrance is on the left.
Khao Phraya Phai Rua
Location : Amphoe Lansak
This mountain is situated in Amphoe Lan Sak, 60 kms from Uthai Thani city. Viewed from a distance, the hill resemble a Chinese junk surround at the base by a natural most of about 12 meters in width. The side of the mountain are covered with many species of trees and inside the mountain there are many caves such as Tham Kaeo, Tham Si Chompu, Tham Thong Phra Rong, Tham Buddha Satham, Tham Ang Nam Mon, each having their own particular beauties. Some of them are adorned with beautiful stalangmites and stalactites. A visit to the caves will require some 4-5 hours to see all the interesting sights. There is electricity for illumination in the caves, but the authorities should be contacted in advance to light the caves and payment must be made for the cost of the electricity.
Tham Khao Khong Chai
Location : Amphoe Lansak
Tham Khao Khong Chai is a mountain in Tambon Lan Sak, with a height of 353 metres. In front of Khao Khong Chai, there is a shallow, spacious cave in a form of a large tunnel. It is believed that this cave used to be a habitat of pre-historical humans because they found stone tools and shards of pottery. A flock of bats live in the cave and fly out in the evening to find food. If climbing up the high cliff, it is possible to find the caves above, such as Tham Thong Chai, Tham Maha Sombat, Tham Pet, and Tham Lom. Nearby, another mountain with beautiful caves is located. The large land in the middle of the valley covers an area of a temple and Lan Sak Witthaya School.

How to get there: take Highway 333 from the city, passing Amphoe Nong Chang. Then, take Highway 3438, Nong Chang – Lan Sak route. About 2 km before getting to Amphoe Lan Sak, turn left into Lan Sak Witthaya School. Drive on for about 500 metres until arriving at Khao Khong Chai, which is approximately 52.4 km from the provincial city.
Opening Hours : 08.30 am. - 05.30 pm.
Khao Plara
Location : Amphoe Lan Sak
Khao Phraya Pai Rua
Khao Phraya Pai Rua
Khao Plara is a border between Ban Huai Sok in Amphoe Lan Sak and Tambon Khao Bang Kraek in Amphoe Nong Chang. Khao Plara is a large steep mountain with a height of approximately 598 metres. The forest is quite unspoilt. Visitors have to travel by foot and climb up the mountain for 900 metres, taking about 2 hours to get to the top of the mountain, where they can admire the beautiful sight of its topography. On the top of the mountain, a large plain lies covered with Makha – Afzelia xylocarpa - forest.

On the west cliff at the height of 320 metres, approximately 3,000 year-old cave paintings from the pre-historical period were found. They were drawn with black and red lines. The black lines are quite pale but the red ones can still be seen. The paintings were drawn along the cliff for a total distance of about 9 metres, and they are mostly painted red. There are groups of about 40 pictures including pictures of humans in many characteristics and animal pictures. Those pictures depict the way of life of ancient humans, which is important historical heritage of Uthai Thani.

How to get there: take Highway 333 from the city, passing Amphoe Nong Chang. Then, take Highway 3438, Nong Chang - Lan Sak route for about 21.5 km Khao Plara is on the left. Turn left along an asphalted road for about 7.5 km. Otherwise, take a bus (Uthai Thani – Lan Sak) then, take a bus from Lan Sak to Huai Sok Intersection and hire a motorcycle to the Khao Plara Non-hunting Area.
Opening Hours : 08.00 am. - 06.00 pm.
Thung Yai Naresuan – Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary
Location : Amphoe Lan Sak
Thung Yai Naresuan – Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary has begun to be known since it was registered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in December 1991.

Huai Kha Khaeng has an area of 3,609,375 rai or 5,775 square kilometres, covering an area of 6 districts of 3 provinces: Amphoe Ban Rai, Amphoe Lan Sak, and Amphoe Huai Khot in Uthai Thani; Amphoe Sangkhla Buri and Amphoe Thong Pha Phum in Kanchanaburi; and Amphoe Umphang in Tak. It also includes the area of Thung Yai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary, so this is the largest connected conserved forest in Thailand and the South East Asia Region.

The weather is very hot in summer, and it rains heavily all day in the rainy season, while the winter lasts for a very short period.

Huai Kha Khaeng was announced to be a World Heritage Site because of its natural diversity, including 5 out of 7 kinds of tropical forests which are dry evergreen forest, montane forest, savanna, mixed deciduous forest, and deciduous dipterocarp forest. These forests are blessed with biodiversity. Some of the fauna are nearly extinct, such as wild water buffalo, serow, leopard, Asiatic wild dog, red junglefowl cock, green peafowl and many species of forest insects.

Normally, the wildlife sanctuary does not open for tourists because it is a conserved, high-sensitive area. A lot of people’s visits may destroy the ecological balance. However, after the sanctuary was announced to be a World Heritage Site and became well known to the public, it has permitted travelers to visit only 3 points of areas to learn about nature without staying overnight. Therefore, tourists have to follow the rules strictly. Those permitted areas are: 1. The Headquarters of Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary; 2. Cyber Ranger Station (see further details in the Cyber Waterfall); and 3. Huai Mae Di Ranger Station (in the area of Amphoe Ban Rai, on Route 3011, Huai Mae Di – Ban Mai Khlong Angwa. There is a nature study route.

In the area of the headquarters of the wildlife sanctuary, there is a statue of Seub Nakhasathien, facing southwest to see how the Western Forest changes through time. There is an 8-stepped stairway which represents the time of 8 months when Seub was in the position of the head of the sanctuary. The pattern on the stairs represents the obstacles in his work.

Seub Nakhasathien Memorial Building is a multi-purpose building used as a place to arrange events and exhibitions concerning Seub Nakhasathien, the important person who played a major role in encouraging the announcement of Huai Kha Khaeng as a World Heritage Site. “I think, in my life I have done my best. I think, I have helped society well. I think, I have made it as good as I can. I am pleased and proud of what I have done,” said Seub Nakhasathien.

Seub's Shelter still remains the same like when he was alive. In the bedroom, where Seub ended his life, there is a table with many pictures of his daughter, labourers, and forest. Beside the table, a few pairs of shoes were put on the floor.

Patrol Labour Memorial is another important place which reminds us of the labourers who were shot to death during their mission. It is located in front of the reception shelter. If visitors have a chance to visit Huai Kha Khaeng, Seub’s Shelter and Patrol Labour Memorial, they may get something more than just the spirit of environmental conservation.

Khuan Tub Salao
Khuan Tub Salao
Khao Hin Daeng Nature Study Route is approximately 6 km. long, taking about 4 hours to travel on foot. There are 18 points to interpret the meaning of the nature, including deciduous forest, deciduous dipterocarp forest, mixed deciduous forest, and dry evergreen forest, as well as a sight-seeing point, Pong Thian. After December, there are a lot of birds from various species, most of which are red-breasted parakeet and lineated barbet. Normally, tourists can travel on this route by themselves, using a manual provided at the headquarters of the sanctuary. For a guide, please contact Huai Kha Khaeng Forest Fire Prevention Unit in advance at Tel. 0 5651 3527. However, this natural route is closed in April.

How to get there: take one of these 2 routes
1. Enter at the headquarters of Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary, approximately 102 km. from the provincial city along Highway No. 333 (Uthai Thani – Nong Chang). Then take Highway 3438 from Nong Chang – Lan Sak. After turning left at Km. 53-54 and driving along for about 15 km., arriving at the office of Khao Hin Daeng Checkpoint, located on the Huai Thap Salao creek side. From the sanctuary office, drive for 14 km. to the Kapuk Kapiang Ranger Station or 17 km. to the Khao Nang Ram Research Station.

2. Enter at the Khao Bandai Ranger Station, which is in the south of Huai Kha Khaeng, approximately 137 km. from the provincial city, along Highway 333, the Uthai Thani - Nong Chang route. Then, turn into Highway 3282, Nong Chang - Ban Rai route, taking about 80 km. Turn left to a laterite road, passing Ban Mai Khlong Aangwa for 30 km. until reaching the Khlong Rayang Border. Go along to Huai Maedi and the Khao Bandai Ranger Station. Visitors can choose forest trekking to the north or the south of the Huai Kha Khaeng Creek.

Opening Hours : 06.00 am. - 06.00 pm.
Contact: Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary 085 725 8433, 087 840 0316
Tham Hup Pa Tat
Location : Amphoe Lan Sak
Hup Pa Tat is a large valley with an area of about 48,000 square metres. The mountain range surrounding the valley is a limestone range. Part of it is Khao Huai Sok that connects with Khao Pla Ra, about 1 km. away. The way up to the cave is a margosa forest. Upon reaching the cave mouth you will see a dark cave. After a walk of around 100 metres, you will emerge from darkness and see the way down to the valley. Looking around you will see a limestone mountain surrounded by high cliffs. This enables sunlight to reach the ground only at midday. Therefore, the valley has higher humidity than other parts and this contributes to a wealth of flora. The thick jungle features gigantic shrubs of the genus Excoecaria that are similar to prehistoric trees.

How to get there: Use the same route as Khao Pla Ra. It is 300 metres before the mountain.
Opening Hours: 06.00 am. - 05.00 pm.
Huai Rabam Forest Garden
Location : Amphoe Lan Sak
Huai Rabam Forest Garden is located in Tambon Rabam, 78 km. from the provincial town, with an area of 11,740 rai (18,784,000 square metres). This reforestation is under responsibility of the Thai Plywood Company Limited. There are also teak, eucalyptus, and casuarinas junghuniana Miq. forests. Visit the plot of newly planted forest. A reception house with a capacity of about 30 persons is available for staying overnight but visitors have to bring their own food. In the dry season, there is a shortage of water. In the rainy season, it is difficult to enter to the forest garden.

How to get there: drive along Highway 3438. At about Km. 46, turn left and go on for about 16 km.
Opening Hours : 08.30 am. - 05.30 pm.
Contact: Thai Plywood Co., Ltd. at Tel. 0 5651 1094 or Provincial Forestry Office at Tel. 0 5631 1009.
Pha Rom Yen Waterfall
Location : Amphoe Ban Rai
Smor Thong Hot Spring
Ban Samo Thong Hot Spring
Pha Rom Yen Waterfall is in Ban Mai Rom Yen. The highlight of the waterfall is its uniqueness of being a limestone waterfall that falls from a cliff. It can be clearly seen from the road nearby. This beautiful waterfall flows from a small stream 4 levels up. It is about 100 metres high. The highest level is a stream that falls down to a pool on the second level. The highest level is the level that can be viewed from the entrance. The beauty of this waterfall lies in the fact that it falls down a high cliff, splashing into mist down below. The nearby area is bright green with moss and ferns. The surrounding nature provides cool shade for visitors.

How to get there: From Amphoe Ban Rai, take Highway No. 3011 (Ban Rai-Phu Bon) to the entrance of Ban Mai Rom Yen, then turn right for around 2 kilometres. Then go on foot for 400 metres from the entrance to the waterfall.
Opening Hours : 09.00 am. - 05.00 pm.
Tham Khao Wong Forest Park
Location : Amphoe Ban Rai
The topography includes limestone mountains which are high, undulated and steep, with more than 35% of slope. It is a water source, flowing through Amphoe Ban Rai, Uthai Thani.

Interesting Attractions
Tham Phu Wai, a large cave, with a spacious area housing stalagmites and stalactites in various forms, such as pagoda and basin. Visitors have to climb up to the entrance on the mountain slope. The air is fresh and well-ventilated. There is a hole leading through to the opposite part of the mountain. 9 species of bats live in the cave. Visitors can contact a guide at the entrance of the cave. It takes about an hour to walk through the hole. Behind Tham Phu Wai, there is aother small cave: Tham Thep Mali or Tham Phaya Nak, which is quite deep but naturally attractive with stalagmites and stalactites. See the wide splendid view on the top of Khao Phu Wai which is 700 metres high from sea level. Additionally, the deciduous dipterocarp forest on the mountain ridge is quite unspoilt.

How to get there: from Amphoe Ban Rai, take Highway 3011, Ban Rai - Phu Bon route, passing the bend in front of the Chaopho Khao Rak Shrine until getting to the intersection with the direction sign of Ban I Lum – Ban Khao Phu Toei. Turn right and go on for about 6 km. Drive pass the entrance of Wat Tham Khao Wong for another 3 km. before getting to the entrance of Tham Phu Wai.
Opening Hours : 08.30 am. - 05.30 pm.
Other Attractions
Ban Khok Mo Weaving Village
Location : Amphoe Thap Than
Ban Khok Mo Weaving Village is a small village of Thai-Lao residents whose ancestors migrated here in the Rattanakosin period. Villagers take up weaving when the harvest ends. The fabrics produced in the village are unique. They are made from Sin Tin Chok Silk, Mat Mi silk and traditional-style fabrics with floral patterns.

How to get there: From Amphoe Thap Than, take Highway No. 3013 to Amphoe Sawang Arom for approximately 11 kilometres. A 4-kilometre road leads to Ban Khok Mo. The weaving group is next to Wat Khok Mo.
Opening Hours: 08.30 am. - 05.30 pm.
Local Weaving Exhibition and Demonstration Centre (Phaichit Weaving Group)
Location : Amphoe Ban Rai
It is located behind Wat Ban Rai, next to Ban Na Fai Bueng Ta Pho School. Turn into the alley beside the school and go on for 700 metres. It is a group of people weaving cotton cloth with dyes from nature. They also teach others who are interested in weaving. The patterns of the cloth are ancient ones such as Lai Kho Luang, and Lai Kho Kham Duean. There are shops to sell Pha Sin, bedspread, tablecloth, cloth for tailoring and Mon Khit pillow. In this area, there is also a museum of ancient cloth which is more than a hundred years old.

Opening Hours: 08.30 am. - 05.30 pm.
Ban I Mat-I Sai Hill Tribe Cultural Centre and Karen Village
Location : Amphoe Ban Rai
Wat tha Sung
Sakaerang River
This hill Tribe centre has a house with a raised lower floor, a thatched roof and bamboo walls. This is a replica of a Karen house for tourists to see and there is also a room displaying tools and utensils of Karens. There is accommodations available and a cultural performance if advance notice is given. Moreover, there are hill tribe volunteers taking visitors to see nearby areas. For more information, please contact Tel: 0 5652 0723, 0 5651 2026.

The Karen village near here is Chao Wat Yang Daeng Village that strictly adheres to old traditions. It leads a simple lifestyle and has a peaceful atmosphere. The interesting event of this village is the New Year Festival that is held on the full moon night of April.

How to get there: From Amphoe Ban Rai, take Highway No. 3011 (Ban Rai-Phu Bon) for about 17 kilometres.
Opening Hours: 08.30 am. - 05.30 pm
Contact : 0 5652 0723, 0 5651 2026
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