Located in the heart of Korat
Plateau, Nongbua Lamphu is a recently formed Thai province known for its
tantalizing beauty and prehistoric sites. This province was decentralized from
Udon Thani province in 1993. Nongbua Lamphu has a 900 year old history
according to the numerous archaeological evidences found here.
The most interesting tourist
destination in Nongbua Lamphu is the Phu
Kao-Phu Phan Kham National Park. Situated near the lake at Ubonrat Dam at the
foot of Phu Phan Mountain, this park offers remarkable scenic glory. This park
is famous for its lofty mountains, splendid waterfalls, intriguing caves with
prehistoric drawings and dense forests. Adventure lovers can enjoy trekking and
camping in these jungles. The lake at Ubonrat Dam is a popular fishing zone.
The massive Erawan cave is worth a visit. This cave houses a large
image of Lord Buddha amidst lovely stalactite and stalagmite formations. Wat Tham Klong Phen, a tranquil forest
monastery outside of town, is revered as the home of the famous meditation
monk, Luang Phu Khao Analayo.
Nongbua Lamphu is popular among historians. There are quite a number of
prehistorical and archaeological sites located in this region. Prehistorical
drawings discovered on a mountain at Phu Pha Archaeological site are thought to
be 2000 to 3000 years old. Another archaeological site is located near the
Nongbua Lamphu town where 140 million year old mollusk fossils have been
The cultural richness of the
people in this province is clearly illustrated through various fairs and
festivals held annually. The most colorful among these is the Boon Bung Fai
Festival or Rocket Festival held during June. Other popular events include Holy
Erawan Cave Pilgrimage held in April and King Naresuan the Great Fair held
during January. Various religious ceremonies and entertainment activities are
organized during these fairs.
Nongbua Lamphu is 508 kilometers
away from Bangkok. The most suitable means of travel is by road. Daily bus
services are available from Bangkok’s Mochit 2 Bus terminal. Tourists can even
hire a car from Bangkok to Nongbua Lamphu. There are no direct trains or
flights available to this province from the capital. Tourists can take a train
or board a flight till Udon Thani and then carry on to Nongbua Lamphu by bus.