Prachak located wit hin the province, the lake is centered
by an islet arranged as a public park with a great variety of trees and
flowers. It is a popular place for recreation among the townspeople.
Kha Village 16 kilometers from the province on Udon Thani -
Nong Khai route (the Highway 2), the village is famous for its hand woven
cloth culled "Khit" of which various types of products are made and also
pat on sale.
Saeng Tawan (Sunshine) Orchid Garden located in Soi Kamol Watthana
nn Udon - Nong Samrong route, the garden produces and puts on sale a new
species of Thai scented orchid called "Undon Sunshine".
Phutthabat (Holy Footprint) Bua
Bok enshrined at the foot of the Khao (Mount) Phu Than ten kilometers
west of Amphoe Ban Phu. which is itself some fifty kilometers from Udon
proper, is greatly resered by the people. Celebrations are held from March
11 to 15 each year to pay respect to the 40 - meter tall pagoda housing
the Holy Footprint and a piece of Holy Relic.
Phra Bat Histroical Park covers the entire area of the Him
Phutthabat Bua Bok which is around 1,200 acres. Rocks of different sizes
and shapes dot the beautiful landscape, with caves and caverns. Pre -historic
paintings over cliff faces have been discovered, although many leave only
the faintest of traces. Nature - loving trekkers may take a hike around
the area, which takes around two hours.
Chiang National Museum Located at Ban Chiang, Tambon Ban Chiang,
Amphoe Nong Han, it comprises two parts. The first part stores antiques.
Inside the building, old artifacts, ancient Ban Chiang culture, tools
and utensils that show ancient technology and surroundings, as well as
earthenware pots from 4,000 to 7,500 years old, are displayed. The second
part comprises an open museum in the compound of Wat Po Si Nai. The Pine
Arts Department has retained the conditions of archaeological excavations
to show how earthenware pots and other items were buried along with the
dead. Ban Chiang National Museum is considered the first open museum in
Thailand. As for the "Ban Chiang" earthenware pots, they are known world-wide
because "Ban Chiang" was the origin of a pre-historic civilization many
years ago. Archaeologists believe the designs on Ban Chiang earthenware
are the oldest pot designs in the world.
to Ban Chiang National Museum is very easy. It is only fifty -six kilometers
from Amphoe Muang. The route runs along Highway 22 and turns left onto
Highway 2225 at kilometer 50 there, a road sign indicates the way to Ban
Chiang which is six kilometers away. The museum is open to the general
public every day, except Mondays and Tuesdays, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The
admission fee is 20 baht. The museum has a parking area. Toilets and village
shops are located nearby.