The area of the North-Eastern Regions , comprising one-third of the Kingdom's total area, is situated on the elevated Khorat Plateau with clear demarcations from the other regions. The Phu Pan mountain ranges run down the middle of the plateau, effectively dividing the region into 2 parts, the Mekong River Valley and the Khorat Plains. The numerous archaeological sites of ancient civilization and dinosaurs in Khon Kaen, Loei and Kalasin provinces led to significant discoveries, and more new ones are being unearthed daily.

:: AMNART CHAROEN

Amnat Charoen is located in Southern I-San plateau, approximately 583 kilometres from Bangkok. The town was founded during the reign of King Rama III, established under the jurisdiction of Nakhon Khemarat and later governed by Ubon Ratchathani Province.  It was recently promoted to provincial status in 1993.  The province is well known for its Khit woven fabrics and has a number of Lanna-style and Laotian-style temples.

:: Attractions

The 20-m tall Phra Mongkol Ming Muang , commonly referred to as Phra Yai (Big Buddha), and considered the town's most sacred Buddha image, is located in the Buddha Park. The gold-plated, northern Indian-style Buddha image is in the sitting position with the 'touching the earth' gesture, the most commonly gesture among Buddha images. Shady trees around the park enhance the air of calmness and tranquility prevalent.

The vast temple complex of Wat Thum Sang Petch (Cave of Diamond Sparkles), or Wat Sala Pan Hong (1,000 Room Pavilion), has a chapel perched on the hilltops. North of the chapel, lights reflecting off the stalactites and stalagmites of the large and beautiful cavern makes the inside sparkle like diamonds.

Visitors pay respect to the large, exquisite Buddha image housed within the cave. A number of foreign monks study the Dharma here.

The unique Wat Phra Lao Thep Nimit contains a Lanna-style (northern Thai) hall which houses a large, 281-year-old Buddha image that is regarded as the most regal and graceful looking Buddha image of this region.

The place to see silk weaving and the production of silk cloth is at Soi Village (Necklace) in Phana District. Villagers united to form a silk producing co-operation unit with a comprehensive supply and manufacturing process. They grow their own mulberry trees whose leaves are fed to silkworms, tend to the cocoons, harvest the cocoons and gather the silk threads, dye the silk threads for used in weaving and market their silk products themselves.

The area of Phu Sa Dok Bua National Park (Lotus Pond Hill) covers 3 provinces: Mukdahan, Amnat Charoen, and Yasothon. The park consists of many peaks, overlapping each other; a large, stony plateau; wild forests; and prehistoric colored paintings on the face of a cliff. The highlight is located at the peak of the mountain where 5 stony basins, of unknown origin, with widths of 2-5 meters contains water throughout the year. Various forms of lotus grew naturally in those basins, providing a colorful spectacle.


Chanuman is a district about 80 km. from the provincial town where the land runs alongside the Mekong River for a distance of some 38 km, affording a wonderful view of the natural scenery of both sides of the river. Rapids which emerge during the dry season (February-May) such as Kaeng Hin Khan (13 kms. south of Chanuman) are quite exciting and eye-catching. For a picturesque sunset view of the Mekong River and the Laotian banks, visit the area in front of the Chanuman District Office.

Located on the outskirts of Amnat Charoen near the Chit Sakon Resort, the Chit Sakhon Agro-Park is a garden of flowering plants, notably the marigolds.

Located on the Hua Taphan-Amnat Charoen Highway, the Ban Kham Phra Handicraft Center is a facility that exhibits and sells handicraft products made by housewives groups. Items available include the Khit fabric and items made from Khit materials.

The Don Chao Phu community-park is home to a large groups of monkeys.

Wat Pho Sila houses ancient, sandstone Sema stones (usually heart-shaped pieces placed along the top of the walls around a temple to mark its perimeters) with delicate floral etchings. Unlike the normal heart-shape, these unique Semas have a more tapered shape, with a spear tip-like end. The entire design is influenced by the Dvaravati style of the Central Region.

 
 
 
 
Provinces consists within Region

01. AMNART CHAROEN
02. BURIRAM
03. CHAIYAPHUM
04. KALASIN
05. KHON KAEN
06. LOEI
07. MAHA SARAKHAM
08. MUKDAHAN
09. NAKHON PHANOM
10. NAKONRATCHASIMA
11. NONG BUA LAMPHU

12. NONG KHAI
13. ROI ET
14. SAKON NAKHON
15. SI SA KET
16. SURIN
17. UBON RATCHATHANI
18. UDON THANI
19. YASOTHON