| Bangkok June 20, 2013 10:00 AM
The Land of Seas of Mountains
Forming a border between the North and Northeast regions, Loei is a lush and mountainous province. Its natural scenery is exceptional, with much of it preserved in a number of splendid national parks. Culturally, Loei blends northern and northeastern influences in a very unique way.
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| ||01 Immerse yourself in the beauty of Phu Kradueng National Park|
The highest point in the area, at 4,347 feet, comprises a bell-shaped mountain topped by an extensive plateau. The signature of the park is the red maple leaf, a symbol of love. With a temperate climate pine forest, grassy meadows, abundance of wild flowers and waterfalls, it’s no wonder why Phu Kradueng is one of Loei’s top attractions and a trekker’s dream.
02 Nature at its best: Phu Rua National Park
Rising to 4,478 feet above sea level, this is another picturesque mountain topped by a pine-covered plateau. Visit Pha Lon Noi for a spectacular sunrise and beautiful scenery. Other features include observation points, waterfalls, rock gardens, and caves.
| ||03 Step back into time at The Phu Luang Wildlife Reserve|
This jungle plateau never fails to amaze its visitors with pristine forest and its trace of prehistoric life, including footprints of dinosaurs that lived more than 120 million years ago. A trail that leads from Lon Mon, passing a pine forests, grassy fields, flower fields, and various cliffs, should not be missed.
04 The rich natural resources of Phra That Si Song Rak
Located on the bank of the Mun River, Phra Thai Si Song Rak was built in 1560 to enshrine holy relics of the Lord Buddha. It is distinguished by its Lao architectural design, and was a gesture of friendship between Ayutthaya and the Lao Kingdom of Vientiane.
| ||05 Mischief and fun cross paths at the Phi Ta Khon Festival|
Celebrated in July, this is one of the Northeast’s most intriguing annual events. Essentially, it comprises a merit-making celebration; however, the real fun and excitement comes from young men and boys reenacting a local legend, dressed up in colorful ghost masks and playing pranks.
06 Get caught up in Chiang Khan’s old world charm
Located on the bank of the Mekong River, Chiang Khan is a pleasant little town that draws distinction from its quaint riverside setting. Among the sights are Wat Si Khun Mueang, which has a northern Thai-style chapel with mural paintings, and Wat Tha Khaek, an ancient temple on the bank of the Mekong that houses three granite Buddha images. Also of interest is Kaeng Khut Khu, an islet in the middle of the Mekong, which is a picturesque sight from February to May in the low water season.
| ||07 The amazing natural formations in Suan Hin Pha Ngam Park|
Dubbed as Thailand’s Kunming, this park boasts an amazing range of limestone mountains that have eroded over time to form interesting shapes, such as human faces, elephants, and dogs. A short trekking path winding through the rocks takes visitors to several attractions, including Thalu Cave and Pha Bong viewpoint.
08 Sip the finest vintage at Chateau de Loei Winery and Vineyard
The climate in Loei is quite similar to that of the South of France, so it is perfect for establishing a vineyard and winery. Chateau de Loei is one of the first entrepreneurs in the region that has succeeded in building its own brand. While browsing through the vineyard souvenir shop, visitors can also taste the wines, sample grapes, and try the passion fruit juice.
09 Bring home a piece of Loei
Shops in the city offer all kinds of local products and souvenirs. Loei is famous for its down blankets, sweet tamarind, and souvenirs related to the Phi Ta Khon Festival. For local fabrics, visit Ban Kang Pla, which offers Loei fabric, a unique product of the province. If you love rattan furniture and utensils, visit Ban Na Kraseng.
10 Dine at the best Loei spots
While in Loei, try a local treat called ‘Au Lam.’ Lam is a way to cook rice in bamboo tubes. Rice, blended with meats, herbs and spices is stuffed in the bamboo tubes, then grilled until perfectly cooked. Sticky rice is usually paired with Au Lam.
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How to Get There
There is no direct flight from Bangkok to Loei, although travelers may fly Thai Airways International from Bangkok to Phetchabun, Udon Thani or Khon Kaen or fly Air Asia from Bangkok to Udon Thani. Then continue the trip to Loei by bus.
Thai Airways International
Bangkok Office Tel. 0 2280 0060, 0 2628 2000 or Hotline 1566
Bangkok Office Tel. 0 2515 9999
The 10-hour journey from Bangkok can be made by either air-conditioned or non-air-conditioned bus, leaving from the Bangkok Northeastern Bus Terminal.
Tel. 0 2936 2852-66
Route 1: From Bangkok, take Highway 1 (Phahonyothin Road) to Saraburi and Highway 21 via Phetchabun. Then take Highway 203 via Lom Sak, Dan Sai and Phu Ruea to Loei, a total distance of 333 miles.
Route 2: From Bangkok, take Highway 1 (Phahonyothin Road) to Saraburi and Highway 2 via Nakhon Ratchasima to Khon Kaen. Then take Highway 12 via Chum Phae and Highway 201 to Loei via Wang Saphung, a total distance of 335 miles.
Phu Kradueng National Park
Phu Rua National Park
Chateau de Loei Winery and Vineyard
Thai Airways International