Sim ( Ubosot of Wat Sa Thong Ban Bua ) This Sim, ordination hall, is architectural
heritage of Isan with outstanding local characters. The exterior is decorated with
colourful mural and glass. The Sim houses a rare Isan-style sandstone Buddha image.
In 2002, the Sim was awarded a precious architecture, heritage and cultural conservation
of the Asia Pacific by UNESCO.
Chang Kra Having grown wild over a century ago in Wat Pa Mancha Khiri, over 4,000
Chang Kra orchid - Rhyncostylis gigantean ( Lindl ) are in full bloom on the branches
of some 280 trees every year during January and February. These wild orchids always
fill the whole area with their mild fragrance.
How to get there: the temple is only a kilometre from downtown Amphoe Mancha Khiri,
from downtown Khon Kaen. From Bangkok, motorists can drive via Highway 2 ( Mitraphap
then turn left to Amphoe Chonnabot, via Highway 229 ( Chonnabot Mancha Khiri ). The
the temple is on the left before reaching Amphoe Mancha Khiri or some 35 kilometres
Road. From Khon Kaen, motorists can go via Highway 2731 and 2062 through Amphoe Phra
Wat Udom Khongkha Khiri Khet Good for meditation practicing, the temple is located
deep in lush forest in Tambon Ban Khok. Luangpu Phang, a Buddhist monk famous in
meditation, once lived here. Today, Buddhists come to visit the temple and pay respect
to his monument in the temple compound.
How to get there: visitors can go via Highway 12 ( Khon Kaen - Chum Phae ) for 14
kilometres then turn left to Highway 2062 ( Ban Thum-Mancha Khiri Road ) for another
44 kilometres and get on highway 229 ( Mancha Khiri - Chaiyaphum Road ) for 12 kilometres
and turn right into the temple, 12 kilometres away.
Tham Pha Phuang Forest Park is in Ban Dong Lan, Tambon Pha Nok Khao, 123 kilometres
from Khon Kaen on the Khon Kaen-Chum Phae road by Highway No. 12 and 201. A 4-kilometre
road on the right then takes you to the park. Tham Pha Phuang is a huge limestone
cave. Inside, is a large chimney-shaped rock and lovely stalagmites and stalactites.
Hat Sawan Acquiring a 62 rai area, the scenic beach by the lake over Ubolratana Dam
is an ideal place for recreation among the locals and tourists.
Khon Kaen Province, Places to visit, Chang Kra Orchids