||:: Amphoe Ban Fang
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.
||:: Amphoe Ban Phai
Scientific Centre for Education
Located on a 51 rai
plot of land, the centre is a knowledge hub in science
and technology for children, youth, students, and
the public. The 2-storey building has various exhibitions
regarding science and environment as well as the Scientist
Princess Room which features history and performances
of Prof. Dr. Princess Chulabhorn and the Primeval
World Room which features dinosaur and fossils.
The scientific center is open on weekdays from 8.30
am. to 4.30 pm. Call 0 4327 4154 for more information.
||:: Amphoe Chonnabot
Sala Mai Thai
in Khon Kaen Vocational College, Sala Mai Thai is part
of the project to celebrate the 60th birthday anniversary
of Her Majesty the Queen (August 12, 1992). The silk
centre was established to support Her Majesty the Queens
mission to promote silk and silk products from Isan
as well as conserve the traditions. The centre feature
the silk production process from dyeing to weaving,
tools for silk production and rare equipment, and different
ancient silk textiles various pattern. The centre also
exhibits the world's most expensive Mudmee silk textile
woven by the people of Chonnabot people. The silk textile
has won Asian award in silk contest.
Sala Mai Thai is open daily during official hours, Monday
to Friday during 8.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. For more information,
contact the Khon Kaen Vocational College, Amphoe Chonnabot,
Khon Kaen 40180 at Tel. 0 4328 6160.
How to get there: From downtown Khon Kaen,
visitors can go via Highway 2 (Khon Kaen-Korat) for
44 kilometres. Turn right at Ban Phai Intersection to
Highway 229 and go for another 11 kilometres. Sala Mai
Thai is on the left, opposite to Kong Kaeo Lake.
||:: Amphoe Chum Phae
Non Mueang Ancient Town
The ancient town is located at Ban Na Pho, 80 kilometres
from downtown Khon Kaen. Legends say the hill known
as Non Mueange was the location of an ancient town.
Acquiring a 216 rai area, the oval hill has double
moats. Archaeologists have found sandstone Sema boundary
markers in Dvaravati style in the town and nearby.
Potsherds were scattered around. Some were painted
in red, and some decorated with incising and cord-marked
In the soil layer
of the Dvaravati period (7-11th century), none of
the funeral-related artifacts was found. So, archaeologists
presumed that the funeral of this town changed after
the arrival of Buddhism. In deeper soil, more interesting
historical evidence was found. Archaeologists found
that there used to be a human settlement here since
the late pre historic period. They discovered human
skeletons dating back 2,500 years ago. Funeral tools
and utensils were buried together with the bodies.
The utensils found included pottery decorated with
painted , incising and cord-marked pattern, bronze
and animal-bone bangles, shells, colorful beads, as
well as iron tools such as hoe, sickle, and animals
bones; namely deer, barking deer, and different fishes.
These artifacts prove that people in this community
lived on agriculture until the Lop Buri period (11-12th
How to get there: Motorists can get there via Highway
12, Khon Kaen-Chum Phae Road, then make a left turn
at Chum Phae Post Office, continuing for another 5
Tham Pha Phuang Forest Park
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.
||:: Amphoe Khok Pho Chai
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.
||:: Amphoe Mancha Khiri
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, 57 kilometres from downtown Khon Kaen.
From Bangkok, motorists can drive via Highway 2 (Mitraphap
Road) then turn left to Amphoe Chonnabot, via Highway
229 (Chonnabot-Mancha Khiri). The entrance to the
temple is on the left before reaching Amphoe Mancha
Khiri or some 35 kilometres from Mitraphap Road. From
Khon Kaen, motorists can go via Highway 2731 and 2062
through Amphoe Phra Yuen.
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.
|The villagers keep
a large amount of tortoises as their mutual pets.
The brownish yellow shelled tortoises, called
Tao Phek in local dialect, always travel around
in the village to be fed.
How to get there: from downtown Khon Kaen, motorists
can drive via Highway 12 (Khon Kaen Chum Phae)
for ten kilometres then turn left to Highway 2062
(Khon Kaen-Mancha Khiri) for another 54 kilometres.
The entrance to the tortoise village is on the
left at Ban Kok, two kilometres prior to Amphoe
Mancha Khiri. It is easy to notice with two tortoise
replicas on the roadside opposite to Wat Si Sumang.
Turn left through Ban Kok, the tortoise village
is 50 metres away.
||:: Amphoe Mueang
Art and Cultural Centre
Located in the compound of Khon
Kaen University, the Isan barn-style building features
local knowledge in different areas; namely, arts, geography
and history through a modern display. The centre can
be accessed through the Si Than Gate.
Mun Mang or Khon Kaen City Museum
museum is situated by the Kaen Nakhon Lake in the
Hong: means a tower
for keeping treasures. Hong Mun Mang is a tower where
accumulated historical articles of Khon Kaen are preserved.
It is a museum which reflects the way of life of Khon
Kaen people from the past to the present.
This museum was established
in order to link each community in Khon Kaen province
and to make people feel pride in their community.
It is also a center of study and research on the history
of Khon Kaen. There are 5 zones:
Zone 1 : Introduction
to Khon Kaen province
Zone 2 : History and Culture of Khon Kaen
Zone 3 : The founding of the city
Zone 4 : Towns and lifestyles of Khon Kaen people
Zone 5 : Khon Kaen Today.
The museum is open
daily, except Mondays, from 12 noon - 8.00 p.m. Entrance
fee is 90 baht. For more information please contact
The Town Council Office of Khon Kaen, Prachasamran
Road, Mueang District, Khon Kaen Province, Tel.0 4327
1173, 04322 4032 during office hours.
Phra Mahathat Kaen Nakhon
Mahathat Kaen Nakhon or The 9-storey stupa Located
in Wat Nong Waeng, a royal temple on Klang Mueang
Road, the Phra Mahathat houses relics of the Lord
Buddha and important Buddhist scriptures. Doors and
windows of the 9 storeys of the stupa are beautifully
carved, featuring the life and former reincarnations
of the Lord Buddha, 16 classes of visible deities
in the Brahmas world, and Buddhist rites. Murals within
the stupa feature history of the town. The top floor,
on the 9th storey, houses relics of the Lord Buddha.
Visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of the town from
||:: Amphoe Nam Phong
|Ban Khok Sanga
king cobras village
King Cobras Village Ban Khok Sa-nga in
Tambon Sai Mun is famous for its strange
pets, king cobra, kept at every house.
The villagers formally earned extra income
by selling herbal medicines by travelling
around through viillages. By 1951, a local
doctor, Ken Yongla initiated a cobra show,
which was successful to attract clients
to the village. Anyway, a cobra show was
too dangerous as the snake can spit its
poison for two metres making a man blind.
So he changed to conduct the show with
a king cobra and inherited such skill
to the villagers.
Today, after the harvest season, with
better transportation, villagers of Khok
Sa-nga always travel around to organise
a snake show and offer their herbal medicine.
In the village, a snake show is held at
Wat Si Thamma, performing different series
of show such as snake dancing and boxing
between king cobra and man. Exhibitions
regarding the king cobra as well as nursery
are located nearby.
How to get there: Ban Khok Sa-nga is 49
kilometres from downtown Khon Kaen. Visitors
can go via Highway 2 and make a right
turn at kilometre 33 to Highway 2039.
At kilometre 14, opposite Phang Thui police
box, turn right onto a soil road. Then
keep going through Ban Na Ngam and make
a left turn at the intersection, continue
for another 600 metres.
|Phrathat Kham Kaen
in Wat Chetiyaphum, the Phrathat is believed
to be the origin of Khon Kaen city since
ancient times. Phrathat Kham Kaen can
be date the 20th century A.D. According
to the legend, a back to king who ruled
Mori town in the Khmer kingdom assigned
9 senior monks to bring relics of the
Lord Buddha to be placed in Phrathat Phanom.
On the way, the caravan spent a night
here, setting a camp by the heartwood
of a dead tamarind tree. The caravan reached
Nakhon Phanom on the next day just to
learn that Phrathat Phanom had already
been completed, so they returned on the
same route with a wish to place the relics
at their hometown instead. On the way
back, they were surprised to find the
dead tamarind tree buddingly lush. Therefore,
they decided to build a Phrathat here
and placed the relics and Buddha images
inside, naming Phrathat Kham Kaen which
means the stupa of tamarind heartwood.
The Phrathat is now well renovated and
landscaped. A celebration is held annually
on the full moon day of the 6th lunar
month. Phrathat Kham Kaen is 12 kilometres
from downtown Khon Kaen. Visitors can
get there via Highway 209 (Khon Kaen-Kalasin
route). After crossing the Nam Phong River,
turn left and keep going for another 14
Military Fort and Hall of Honour
of honour features the biography and achievement
of statesman Gen. Prem Tinsulanonda who
devoted himself for developing Thailand
in different areas. Group visitors can
contact in prior at the Prem Tinsulanonda
Fort, Tel. 0 4324 9490.
||:: Amphoe Nong Ruea
Phong National Park
Acquiring a total area of 197 square kilometres,
the park covers a large area in Khon Kaen
namely; Nong Ruea, Ubolratana, Phu Wiang,
Ban Fang, Mancha Khiri, and Khok Pho Chai
as well as two Amphoes in Chaiyaphum provinces,
Ban Thaen and Kaeng Khro.
The park headquarters is located by the
lake over Ubolratana Dam. Forest in this
national park is watershed of the chi
and Phong Rivers. The deciduous dipterocarp
and dry everygreen forests in this mountain
range are a major source of herbs. There
are viewpoints in the park. Hin Chang
Si is a group of rocks, where wild elephants
use for scratching their flanks. This
point has a scenic view of the Uboltatana
lake and Khon Kaen city. Hin Chang Si
viewpoint can be accessed by car, eight
kilometres from Sok Tae Reforestation
Park. From the head quarters, walking
to Hin Chang Si takes around two hours.
Some 30 minutes on foot from Hin Chang
Si is Plan Chat viewpoint. Pha Sawan is
another viewpoint from where visitors
can witness beautiful scenery of the lake.
The cliff is a two-hour walk from the
headquarters. Another interesting attraction
in the park is Phon Kham, crater-like
rock well. For more information, call
Nam Phong National Park at Tel. 0 4324
8006 or of National Park, Wildlife and
Plant Conservation Department in Bangkok
at Tel. 0 2562 0760.
How to get there: Nam Phong National
Park can be reached from two routes.
1. From Khon Kaen, go via Highway 12 to
Chum Phae District, then turn right at
kilometre 30 to Ban PHue for another 19
kilometres via Highway 3034 (Nong Saeng-Tha
Ruea). This route is 49 kilometres.
2. From Khon Kaen, bound for Amphoe Ubolratana
via Highway 2, heading for Udon Thani,
then turn left to Amphoe Ubolratana. In
the Amphoe, use Highway 3034, which lies
along the lake over Ubolratana Dam. This
route is 65 kilometres long.
||:: Amphoe Nong Song Hong
Wat Sa Bua Kaeo
The temple is located
at Ban Wang Khun. The mural and sculptural works of
this temple is worth a visit. Crouching guardian lion
replicas are on both sides of the stairway leading up
to the Ubosot, ordination hall, with sculptures of men
stretching their legs in front in front. Luangpho Phui,
preceptor of the temple, created all of these sculptures.
Murals on four walls of this concrete ordination hall,
both exterior and interior, features the peoples' lifestyle,
history of the Lord Buddha, heaven and hell and folklore.
The pictures are separated by the so-called Sinthao
line, a flash-shape pattern which is widely found in
murals from the Ayutthaya and Rattanakosin periods,
not in the Isan region. By the unique brushwork, the
murals mirror freedom of the artist in expressing emotion
into the pictures, trees and animals, like Western impressionists.
The favorite colors include yellow, indigo, red ochre,
green, blue and black.
How to get there: From downtown Khon Kaen, visitors
can go via Highway 2 (Mitraphap Road), heading to Amphoe
Phon for 75 kilometres, then turn left to Highway 207
bound for Amphoe Nong Song Hong for another 17 kilometres.
At kilometre 27-28, turn right at Ban Wang Khun and
go ahead for a kilometre.
||:: Amphoe Phu Pha Man
|Phu Pha Man National
The obvious natural landmark of this park
is the towering limestone cliff that looks
like a huge curtain. Lush jungle and mixed
forest keep this place cool almost all the
year round. Acquiring a total area of 218,750
rai, the park covers areas in Amphoe Phu
Pha Man and Amphoe Chum Phae of Khon Kaen
as well as Amphoe Phu Kradueng of Loei.
in this national park include:
The cave is in Phu Pha Man Mountain, 2.5
kilometres from Amphoe Phu Pha Man. The
caves entrance is some 100 metres above
ground level. Inside is the habitat of millions
of bats, whose accumulated droppings cause
a strong smell.
around 6 pm., these bats always leave the
cave in line, over ten kilometres long.
It takes some 30-45 minutes until the last
bat leaves the cave.
Tham Phra Near to Tham Klangkhao, this cave
has a natural tunnel sloping up to the crest
of Phu Pha Man, but it is quite difficult
to get through. The cave houses beautiful
stalagmites, stalactites, and big stone
pillars. The cave entrance can be accessed
by car in any season. Winter, from November
to February, is the best period to visit
Ta Lo The cave is in Ban Wang Sawap, 17
kilometres from downtown Amphoe Phu Pha
Man. Cars can access to the cave entrance
only in the dry season, from November to
April. The cave has a spacious chamber,
covering over a one rai area. With flat
soil ground and 5-7 metre high ceiling,
good ventilation allows visitors to enjoy
admiring the cave comfortably. Stalagmites
and stalactites remain untouched. Some glittering
stones look like rock crystals.
Tat Fa Tat Fa creek, natural borderline
between Amphoe Phu Pha Man of Khon Kaen
and Amphoe Nam Nao of Phetchabun, cascades
through five steps to form this waterfall.
The last step is the most impressive one
with a height of 80 metres. The rainy season,
from late May to early October is the best
period to visit the waterfall. Namtok Tat
Fa is in Ban Dong Sakhran, Mu 7 Tambon Wang
Sawap, some 40 kilometres from downtown
Amphoe Phu Pha Man. Cars can reach Ban Tat
Fa, then visitors have to trek to the waterfall.The
headquarters route-From the former route,
going through Highway 201.
Tat Yai The big waterfall originate from
Tat Fa Creek. The creek cascades through
small waterfalls before going through a
big cliff at 80 metres high. Namtok Tat
Yai is the highest waterfall in the park.
Namtok Tat Rong With a height of 60-70 metres,
the waterfall originates from Phong River
that runs from Phu Kradueng. The waterfall
borders Phu Kradueng National Park and Phu
Pha Man National Park. A folk tale says
the waterfall can sing as water runs upon
a piece of thin stone, the falling water
veers off into different rock holes nearby
and fills the forest with strange sounds.
Nakharat As winding as a giant naga, the
one-kilometre long cave is naturally decorated
with glittering curtain-like stalagmites
and stalactites. Cars can access to the
Tham Lai Thaeng Some 800 metres from Tham
Phaya Nakharat is tham Lai Thaeng whose
wall has ancient paintings on some two-square
metre area. The paintings contain some 70
pictures of humans, animals, and others,
mirroring culture and life in the pre-historical
period dating back to over 2,000 years ago.
The national park has not any accommodation
and facility for tourists. Visitors should
prepare everything by themselves. For more
information, please contact the Department
of National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation
Department at Tel. 0 2562 0760. www.dnp.go.th
Tham Pu Lup The cave is on Highway 201.
Its five chambers are all decorated with
glittering stalagmites and stalactites.
The cave contains water the year round.
Khao The towering cliff of black rock by
the Phong River looks like an owl or Nok
khao in Thai. It is 125 kilometres from
downtown Khon Kaen. Tourists can get there
via Highway 2 and 201 (Khon Kaen-Wang Saphung).
Pha Nok Khao is on the left of Ban Dong
Lan. The best location to see the owl-shape
cliff is at the orchid nursery of the Forestry
Department on the other side of the road.
There is another nearby place of interest
known as Namtok Tat Ron, or Namtok Tat Hong
as it is called by local dialect name. The
70-matre high waterfall is located in neighboring
Loei province on the boundary of Phu kradueng
national Park, Phu Pha Man National Park
and the Phong River. The sound made by the
waterfall when cascading onto a huge a large
stone slab beneath is how the waterfall
derived its name.
||:: Amphoe Phu Wiang
Buffalo Conservation Village
|Supported by the provincial livestock
offices, villagers have kept lots of water buffaloes until
the village was honoured as the centre to conserve and
develop Thai water buffalo. For more information, call
Nawa Subdistrict Administration Organisation at Tel. 0
The pond acquiring an
area of 20 rai is at Ban Nong Kung Soen, 78 kilometres
from Amphoe Mueang. The scenic pond with the backdrop
of Phu Phan Mountain is a nice place where the locals
love to relax. Besides delicious freshwater fish cuisine
available around the pond, there are various water sports
tourists can enjoy.
How to get there: from Amphoe Mueang, tourists can get
there via Highway 12 and turn right on Highway 2038,
continue for another 12 kilometres then turn right onto
Kiatsuranond Road. Go for another 12 kilometres, then
turn left to Ban Kho. Turn another left at Wat sopha
Rattana Phatthanaram, go ahead and make a right turn.
Phu Wiang National Park
national park always reminds tourists about dinosaurs.
Indeed, nobody had formerly ever though the Isan plateau
was once home of dinosaurs. Until 1976 when a uranium
survey team discovered a piece of fossil, which was
examined by French specialists and declared that it
was a left knee bone of a dinosaur. After that, serious
execration has never ended until now.
On the hill Pratu Ti Ma, which was the first site, geologists
have found fossils of a dinosaur, 15 metres high with
a long neck and tail. This is a kind of plant-eating
dinosaur never found else where before, so it was named
Phuwiangosaurus Sirindhornae to honour H.R.H Princess
Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. In this site, over ten teeth
of a meat-eating dinosaur have also been found. So geologists
and scientists presumed that the long-necked dinosaur
was prey for these teeths owner. Among these teeths,
one is different. After a study, scientist found that
it belonged to a new species of dinosaur never found
before. So it was named Siamosaurus Suteethorni after
the discoverer, Mr. Warawuth Suteethorn.
All the three sites are not far from the headquarters,
and tourists can also visit the second and third sites
Fossils of Siamotyrannus Isanensis found here are the
oldest ones, dating back 120-130 million years. This
indicates that tyrannosaurus originated in Asia. These
fossils are now displayed in the museum of the Department
of Mineral Resources.
At the 8th site, there are 68 footprints of dinosaurs,
dating back 140 million years ago. Most of them belong
to the world's smallest species of meat-eating dinosaur,
which walked on two legs. Among such footprints, there
is one bigger footprint, assumed to belong to Carnosaurus.
These sites are 19 kilometres from the headquarters.
It takes an hour to get there by car and four-wheel
drive vehicle is recommended. In many sites, geologists
found fossils of dinosaur babies, small crocodiles and
mussels dating back to 150 million years ago.
Besides fossils of dinosaurs, there are also traces
of ancient civilizations in this area including a high
relief of the reclining Buddha on the cliff, at the
crest of Phu Wiang Mountain. The Buddha image was carved
in the 9th century, mirroring an influence from Indian
art. Nearby is Tham Famue Daeng, Dang, or Red Palm Cave,
at Ban Hin Rong. The cave wall houses prehistoric paintings
of cavemen's hands from sprays of red ochre.
Natural attractions in the park include waterfalls and
field of wild flowers. Namtok Thap phaya Suea is a small
waterfall near to Tham Famue Daeang. Namtok Tat Fa is
a 15-metre high waterfall that can be accessed by car.
The waterfall is 18 kilometres from Amphoe Phu Wiang.
Some 5 kilometres from Namtok Tat Fa is Namtok Tat Klang
which is a 8-metre high waterfall. Savanna and rock
plateaus are always blanketed with wild flowers in full
bloom by the end of the rainy season.
Phu Wiang National Park acquires a total area of 380
square kilometres in Amphoe Si Chomphu and Amphoe Chum
How to get there: from downtown Khon Kaen, visitors
can get there via Highway 12 and connect to Highway
2038, bound for Amphoe Phu Wiang. From Amphoe Phu Wiang,
talk the Phu Wiang-Ban Muaeng Mai Road, passing the
national park unit, Pak Chong Phu Wiang at kilometre
23. Turn left at kilometre 30 at Ban Pho Reservoir and
the national parks headquarters is 8 kilometres away.
The headquarters features an exhibition about the dinosaurs
and fossils found in the area. For group tourists requiring
a guide, contact the headquarters in advance at Tel.
0 4324 9052.
||:: Amphoe Pueai Noi
|Prasat Pueai Noi
Prasat Pueai Noi is the largest Khmer sanctuary in the
upper Northeast. The compound comprises 3 brick buildings
built on the same laterite base. All face to the east.
Each pagoda has a sandstone lintel with designs. Each
pagoda has a smaller chapel and a lintel with clear,
lovely designs. A laterite wall surrounds the compound
and there is a pool just beyond it. From Khon Kaen,
take Highway No. 2 for 44 kilometres to Ban Phai, then
take Highway No. 23 for 11 kilometres to Borabu district,
then take a right-hand road for 24 kilometres to Ku
||:: Amphoe Ubolratana
|Bang Saen II and Hat Chom Thong
The beaches are in Ban Hin Phoeng, Tambon Tha Ruea,
53 kilometres from downtown Khon Kaen. As part of the
lake over Ubolratana Dam, the beaches are quite picturesque
particularly when the sun sets behind the mountain ranges.
There are various water sports available such as water
bicycle, banana boat, and scooter. Visitors can enjoy
fish a menu of freshly caught from the lake. During
the holidays, the beaches are always quite lively.
Phan Kham National Park
The park acquires a total area of 320 square kilometres
or 201,250 rai, in Amphoe Ubolratana and Amphoe Non
Sang of Nong Bua Lam Phu province. Most area is deciduous
dipterocarp forest, which always changes its hue by
early November. The national park headquarters at Phu
Phan Kham by the lake has a picturesque sunset view.
Camping ground is available. The attractions in the
park include traces of a pre-historical community of
the same period as Ban Chiang such as cave paintings
and carvings footprints of dinosaurs that are presumed
to be the same species as those found in Phu Wiang.
How to get there: from Khon Kaen, head for Ubolratana
Dam until reaching Ubolratana Market 50 kilometres away.
Then go via the Ubolratana-Non Sang Road, the park headquarters
is 6 kilometres away. Motorists can also reach the park
through the Udon Thani-Loei Road, then go through Amphoe
Non Sang and get onto the Sok Chan-Ubolratana Dam Road.
Bus on the route Ubolratana Dam-Non Sang also reach
the park. The buses leave from Ubolratana Market.
Ubolratana dam is the largest multi-purpose dam in the
Northeast. To get there, take Highway No. 2 (Khon Kaen-Udon
Thani) for 26 kilometres, turn left and drive for 24
kilometres. The dam is across the Phong river at the
pass connecting Phu Kao and Phu Phan mountains. The
view at the dam is magnificent. Tourists regularly frequent
the area to look at the lake and sample local delicacies,
including the famous grilled fish famous here.