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Roi Et

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Roi Ed
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How to Reach

By car

Take Highway No. 1 (Phahonyothin Road) from Bangkok, turn into Highway No. 2 (Mittraphap Road) at Saraburi province heading toward Nakhon Ratchasima, passing Ban Phai district, Maha Sarakham, until reaching Roi Et. The total distance is about 512 km. and takes about 7 hours to get there.

By plane

Roi Et has an airport, but as of December 2009 it has no scheduled services since PB Air stopped flying.

By bus

From Bangkok's Mo Chit Bus Terminal there are several ordinary and air-conditioned buses going to Roi Et. There is also a bus route from Rayong via Pattaya-Nakhon Ratchasima-Buriram-Roi Et to Mukdahan on the Lao border. From Khon Kaen, air con bus to Roi Et, pink colour.

By train

Take the train to Khon Kaen. From there, catch a bus to Roi Et (pink colour). For more details, contact the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) at 1690.

Key places to visit
Roi Et Somdet Phra Srinakharin Park, Wat Buraphaphiram, Phalanchai Lake, Wat Klang Ming Muang, Wat Sa Thong, Roi Et National Museum, Phon Thong


Places to Visit

Roi Et Somdet Phra Srinakharin Park

This is a public park located in the heart of the town in front of the Provincial Administrative Building (Sala Klang). It was opened to the public in the year 1986 having an approximate area of 225 rai. The park is decorated with various species of flowers, plants, and various sizes of trees providing shady area for the park. The outstanding spot of this park is the fountain springing up high in the middle part of the park. The white clock tower located in the heart of the city also gives Roi Et a graceful and beautiful appearance. There is a library for the public at this tower too and this place is also used for various festivals and entertainment activities of the province.

Wat Buraphaphiram

This monastery, located in Roi Et municipal area, east of Thanon Phadung Phanich, houses the Thailand's highest Buddha image in the attitude of blessing, named " Phra Phuttha Ratana Mongkhon Maha Muni " . The image is built of reinforced concrete and under its base, there are several museum chambers. The height of the statue from the foot to the top of the finial is 59 metres and 20 centimetres. East side of the monastery, adjacent to the ancient city moat, is the construction site of the pavilion housing Chao Pho Maha Sakdanuphab spirit which is highly revered by Roi-Et people.

Phalanchai Lake

The lake, situated in the heart of Roi Et township, is regarded the symbol of the province. It features an island amidst a large size lake occupying an approximate area of 200,000 square meters. Being a relaxation place, it is decorated with a large flowers garden of various species of trees giving shady area to the place.

Wat Klang Ming Muang

This monastery, located on a knoll in Roi Et township area, is a very old monastery and is presumed that it should have been built before the foundation of Roi Et while its main shrine hall was built in late Ayutthaya period. It was used as the place for oath taking ceremony in the past. At present, this monastery is utilized as a Buddhism teaching school and as a place where annual examination on Dharma teaching takes place. There are beautiful and valuable mural paintings concerning the Lord Buddha's biography on the inside walls of main shrine hall.

Wat Sa Thong

This monastery is also located in the township area. It houses Luang Pho Sangkatjai (the Happy Buddha) which is highly respected by Roi Et people. However, it is unknown as to when it was built but in the year 1782 Phraya Khattiya Wongsa (Thao Thon). the first ruler of Roi Et, found this statue and recognized its oldness and severity. He, then, invited the image to be enshrined in Wat Sa Thong and upgraded it into the town treasure. In the past, every official must come to attend an annual oath taking ceremony before the Buddha image making intention that he will be honest to the country.

Roi Et National Museum

Pleonjit Road, Naimuang Subdistrict, Muang District Roi Et Province 45000 Tel. (043) 514-456. Services: Museum tour and bookshop.

Phon Thong

This cape, being a relaxation spot, is located in the east of Phon Thong Lake which is a large reservoir occupying an approximate area of 1,000,000 square meters. It is located approximately two kilometres east of Amphoe Phon Thong Office (Phon Thong-Nong Phok Road).

Right Time to Visit

May - December