Slow travel in Uthai Thani

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Uthai Thani is a small peaceful town, It hiding in the lower northern region of Thailand, where abounds with rich and fertile natural resources such as forests, wildlife and mountains. Huay Kha Khaeng wildlife sanctuary was even proclaimed a Natural World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1991 because of its highest biodiversity protected area in Southeast Asia region.

Uthai Thani is a town with diversity of ethnics, ways of lives, traditions, cultures and believes. There are various major archeological sites and tourist attractions as well as interesting attractions, traditional food and snacks, handicrafts, souvenirs, local products, and OTOP in this beautiful town.

Muang District

Wat Sangkat Rattana Khiri

Wat Sangkat Rattana Khiri is an old temple of Uthai Thani province. It is located at the foot of the Sakae Krang hills. This temple houses a Buddha image called “Phraphutha Mongkhon Saksit”, and it’s highly revered by the people in this province. On the peak of the mountain, there is a pavilion where inside houses the statue of “Somdej Prapathom Borom Maha Chanok”, the Chakri Dynasty Father (the father of King Rama I).

Wat Uposatharam (Wat Bost)

Wat Uposatharam or you can call “Wat Bost”, Its location is on the bank of Sakae Krang River. There are many outstanding works of architectures in this temple, especially the splendid wall paintings in a consecrated. the assembly hall is a beautiful mural telling the story of when the Lord Buddha released his spirit and died.

Wat Chantharam (Wat Tha Sung)

Wat Chantharam was originally named “Wat Tha Sung” is a magnificent, splendid and beautiful temple. There is a grand vihara, a length of 100 meters called “Maha Wiharn Kaew” or “Crystal Vihara” where is all interior wall is full of glass tiles.

The monastery holds a crystal coffin of the preserved body of the monk called “Luang Pho Ruesi Ling Dam”, who built the temple, placed on a golden base. There is also an ornately decorated Kanjanaphisek golden palace that was built to honor HM the King where is considered on of Thailand’s most beautiful temple.

Trok Rong Ya Walking Street

Trok Rong Ya Walking Street is the center of unique way of life of the Chinese-Thai community, who lives in this charming small town. The city has its own unique characters in architecture as the home, the shop and marketplace.

There are many souvenir shops, ancient style coffee shops, postcard and classic toys shops in this walking street. There are also many old Chinese style houses .It’s open for the tourist. You can visit and learn the way of life and culture, as well as telling the story of Trok Rong Ya history to the new generation. The activities are on every Saturday during 3 PM to 8 PM.

Simply Drift Along The River Sakae Krang, On The Trail Of King Rama V

River Sakae Krang
River Sakae Krang

Simply drift along the Sakae Krang River to experience the way of life on the rafts, and a charm of the lifeblood river. You can relax and enjoy good food, fresh air and beautiful nature along the river through the boat tour.

The upper part of Sakae Krang River is the trail of visiting Uthai Thani by King Rama V in the past. This route passes interesting scenes of tiny houseboats rafts tied together along the banks. From the river, you can see the beautiful scenery of the top of Sakae Krang Mountain, So the people of Uthai Thani is respected it.

Ban Rai District

Wat Tham Khao Wong

Wat Tham Khao Wong is a temple in a valley. The surrounding area is mountain and forest. The most striking feature of Khao Wong Monastery is the four-storey Thai-style multipurpose pavilion.

At the front is the flower garden which makes this temple looks different from others. Behind the building, there are eight caves which are kept as a meditation area. The monastery has a monthly meditation class for those who are interested.

Phu Wai Cave

Phu Wai Cave is a large cave with a spacious area, housing stalagmites, and stalactites in various forms. Such as pagoda and basin. Nine species of bats live in the cave. This cave is one of the most beautiful caves in the central part of Thailand. You can also see the wide splendid view on the top of Khao Phu Wai. Additionally, the deciduous dipterocarp forest on the mountain ridge is quite unspoiled.

Pha Rom Yen Waterfall

Pha Rom Yen Waterfall is located in Ban Mai Rom Yen. The highlight of the waterfall is its uniqueness of being a limestone waterfall that falls from a cliff. The beauty of this waterfall lies in the fact that it falls down a high cliff, splashing into mist down below. The nearby area is bright green with moss and ferns. The surrounding nature provides cool shade for visitors.

Tulip Blooming At Baan E-Mat E-Sai

Starting at Ban Rai town, the road runs to the west in the hills. It’s the land of Karen indigenous people of Baan E-Mat E-Sai, where the climate here is cold as the northern part of Thailand. There is cold-climate plant demonstrate center, where is Tulip and variety of flowers, as well as strawberry, are blooming during December to January. So you can see the great view here.

The Medicinal Plants Conservation And Learning Center

The Medicinal Plants Conservation and Learning Center (Panda Camp) is a learning center of medicinal plants, with more than 400 species that some of them are rare and endanger. Panda Camp is also a learning center of local wisdom, natural conservation and environmental education for local people, youth, student and other public people.

Nong Chang District

Wat Nong Khun Chart Local Museum

An ancient legend says, the area here once established as a city of Uthai Thani at Baan Uthai Kao (Present day Nong Chang District). The museum shows the way of life of the ancient people. There are also the exhibitions of the character as “Baan Uthai Kao” (old Uthai village) , engraved on an old wooden sign as well as beautiful Buddha image sculpture. On the other side of the museum shows the collection of ancient technology of rice milling.

Lan Sak District

Hup Pah Tard

Hup Pah Tard is primordial forest surrounding with lime stone mountains. There is an abundance of a tree known in Thai as “Tard” which belongs to the palm family. There are also various rare wild animals living here. Hup Pah Tard is one of the “Unseen in Thailand” features where is located in Uthai Thani province.

Huay Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary

Huay Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary covers three districts of Uthai Thani; Lan Sak, Huay Khot and Ban Rai, with the area of 1,737, 587 rai. Huay Kha Khaeng was announced to be a Natural World Heritage Site by UNESCO on the 13th December, 1991 because of its natural diversity of dry evergreen forest Tropical rain forest, mixed deciduous forest and prairie land.

It is also a home for rare and endangered wildlife species. There is also a monument of Sueb Nakhasathian, the famous Thai determined conservationist in Huay Kha Khaeng Head Quarter.

Khao Plara

On the west cliff of Khao Plara, approximately 3,000 year-old cave paintings from the pre-historical period were found. The paintings were drawn along the cliff including pictures of humans in many characteristics and animal pictures. Those pictures depict the way of life of ancient humans, which is important historical heritage of Uthai Thani. On the peak of the mountain, you can see beautiful scenery.

Huay Khot District

Cyber Waterfall

Cyber Waterfall originates in a stream high on a mountain in Huay Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary. Water cascades down over many platforms. The area is the surround of rattan plants and trees forming a giant shaded canopy. The tourist can walk along the nature trail and also enjoy the waterfall.

Baan Samor Thong Hot Spring

Hot spring at Baan Samor Thong is a small natural hot spring gushing over the ground’s surface, where is under the Huay Khun Kaew Reservoir project. The landscape here forms a beautiful scene and a pleasant atmosphere, especially at the sunset.

Festival During The Year

February

Boon Duen Sam, the third lunar month making merit tradition of Uthai Thani people, this festival is at Nong Khun Chart Temple in Nong Chang District.

June

A Rocket Festival (Boon Bang Fai) is a local tradition to honor HM the King, which is held at Thap Salao Dam in Lan Sak District.

July

Alms Giving Ceremony by waterway Buddhist Lent Day (Wan Khao Pansa), traditionally falls on the first day of the waxing moon in the eighth lunar month. This ceremony is on Sakae Krang town square of Muang District.

October

Long Boat-Racing Royal Trophy Competition Festival is arranged every year during Thai Buddhist Lent period. The local-boat racing is arranged for transmitting Uthai Thani tradition, which is held at Suphannika plaza in Muang District. there are many tourists come here every year because of its delight.

November

Chula Kathin, a Buddhist festival celebrates the end of Buddhist Lent. This local religious festival is at Wat Thap Klai in Ban Rai, District for giving an honor to HM the King.

December

The Huay Kha Khaeng Natural World Heritage Festival is at Ban Rai District annually.

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