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Phitakon Festival  The best worst publicised festival in Thailand. Every year in Dan Sai the Phi Ta Kon festival is held. Reveler's make traditional masks, which they wear in a parade down the main street of Dan Sai. Traditionally, the masks were made to frighten evil spirits away, the wearer dons the mask and drags bells behind them with the intention of clearing the surrounding area of evil spirits (generally while drinking large amounts of home brewed spirits of a different kind). Afterward, the parade begins and thousands of people head through the streets for what becomes a chaotic fertility festival, many participants in the parade carry phallic water guns and comically over-sized wooden penises with them. Dan Sai is about two hours west of the main city of Loei. It can be reached by bus.

Loei is an eco tourism city surrounded by undulating mountain ranges whose summits are covered by foggy lines, abundant with various kinds of flora. The well-known ones are Phu Kradueng, Phu Luang and Phu Ruea. Its temperature is comfortably cool, with beautiful geographical surroundings, as well as unique cultures and traditions. In the cool season it can get decidedly chilly - the only part of Thailand that ever gets down to zero degrees Celsius.

Loei is 520 kilometres from Bangkok, covering an area of 11,424 square kilometres. It is a boundary province located in the upper northeastern part of Thailand, on the bank of the Mekong River along the Phetchabun mountain range. In the past, it was a small community in a prosperous empire during the same period as the Thai Kingdom of Ayutthaya. Later, the Lan Chang Empire became weaker, therefore, the community moved to be with Ayutthaya. During the reign of King Rama V of the Rattanakosin period, the community was upgraded to be Loei province.

Getting To Know Loei

Located at the northernmost tip of the northeastern region of Thailand. Loei possesses different geographical features from those of other northeastern provinces. Up to two-thirds of its area is occupied by mountains covered with manifold forests. while its districts ( Amphoe ) are located on narrow agricultural valleys. A sea of mountains encircles Loei on all but one side.

A Sea of mountains encircles Loei on almost all sides. The Western Phetchabun range separates Loei from Phitsanulok and Phetchabun. from the western districts of Na Haeo and Dan Sai to the southern districts of Phu Luang and Phu Kradueng. Well known peaks on this range are Phu Kradueng. Phu Ruea and Phu Luang. the first two of which have been designated national parks. while the latter is a wildlife sanctuary. The Loei River and The Man River are the major sources of water supply of the province. originate from this fertile range.

The Eastern Phetchabun range extends separating Amphoe Pha Khao. King Amphoe Erawan. Amphoe Pak Chom from the provinces of Nong Bua Lam Phu. udon Thani and Nong Khai. The Mekong and hueang rivers separate northern Loei from Laos.

Loei is famed for not only its expansive sea of mountains but also it's the coldest spot in Thailand. which blows chilliness from China directly onto the province through the open space in the north. creates the phenomena locally called Mae-kaning or frozen dew. Frost can often be seen. especially in phu Ruea. which once made the coldest record of -0.3 degrees Celsius in January 1974

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