on the northeastern part of Thailand, Yasothon Province is a small and traditional
region famous for its Rocket Festival. This province has around 1,200 year old history
dating back to Khmer period.
are numerous ancient and sacred temples and shrines in this region that provide
a glimpse about the history of this province. The most important of these is
the Wat Maha That. Built is Laotian style of architecture, this temple contains
remnants of ancient Ayutthaya period. It is known for its beautiful
woodcarvings on the doors, designs on the walls and exquisite sculptures.
wonderful beach on the banks Chi River is a popular holiday spot for tourists
to relax and have their evening meal. One the most remarkable place to visit is
the Phu Tham Thra. Surrounded by dense forests, this is a deep cave containing
multiple Buddha Images. Adventure lovers can trek through the entire length of
the cave and explore its uniqueness. Wat Sa Trainurak temple has an
impressive wooden scripture hall called Ho Trai that is built in Burmese style
of architecture. Other prominent
destinations include the beautifully decorated Phaya Thaen Public Park where the
annual rocket festival is held.
spectacular Rocket Festival or Bun Bung Fai Ceremony held during May is an
important festival of this reason. Tourists mainly visit Yasothon to witness
this remarkable festival. During this, numerous homemade rockets are fired into
the sky with the belief the Gods will shower rains. Peun Muang, a traditional
folk dance, is performed as part of the celebrations.
well known delights of Yasothon Province is the Jasmine Rice. Other popular products of
the region include handicrafts such as Khit Pillows made at Ban Si Than and baskets made in the form of rice
containers produced at Ban Thung Nang Ok and Ban Na Samai.
Traveling by road is the most convenient means of travel
to reach Yasothon. There are no direct trains or flights from Bangkok. Yasothon
Province is located at a distance of 531 kilometers from Bangkok. Tourists can hire a
car from Bangkok or board a direct bus from Bangkok’s Mochit 2 Bus Terminal.