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Bung Khla on the bank of the Mekong river, Bueng Kan
This clip is broadcast on Channel 3HD on Dec 5, 2020
Thank you Caravan Samranjai program that filmed this clip.
Rim Khong Resort is located in Bung Khla District, only 10 kilometers away from Phu Wua Wildlife Sanctuary, the only one in Bueng Kan Province.
Phu Thok Hill
This is a famous attraction of Bueng Kan province. This sandstone range consists of two hills, Phu Thok Yai and Phu Thok Noi. At the base of Phu Thok Noi visitors will find the Chetiya Khiri Wihan Temple or Wat Phu Thok, which is a meditation centre. The temple is also the starting point of a walk up to the top of Phu Thok, via a long wooden staircase winding around the steep mountain.
In 1969, locals joined forces to build wooden staircases to the cave where the monk meditated. They also built living quarters and a prayer hall to house several Buddha images there. It took the people about five years to finish building the seven levels of wooden steps from the ground all the way up to the top. There are also wooden walkways encircling the hill from the fourth level up. The fifth level is where the praying hall is located.
The path gives you a panoramic view of the forest monastery below, including a pagoda that contains the remains of the late abbot. Climbing Phu Thok is quite tiresome but once you're up there and see the peaceful scenery below, you will forget about the tiredness and be impressed by the serenity.
Hin Sam Wan (Three Whale Rock หินสามวาฬ)
Hin Sam Wan, which means Three Whale Rock, is a 75 million-year-old rock formation jutting majestically out of the mountains. It earned its name because it looks like a family of whales.
Reachable by an extensive network of trails, a hike to these impressive stone leviathans makes for a breathtakingly memorable, not to mention eco-friendly way for visitors to explore the amazing views and surrounding forests.
From the vantage point atop these “whales”, you can see the beaches of the Mekong, the mountains in Pakkading district of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, and Phu Wua forest, Bueng Kan province Thailand.
It’s very easy to dedicate an entire day to the Three Whale Rock. Visitors can choose from nine different routes to hike. On these hikes, you can find waterfalls, a wide variety of plant and animal life, and even a little bit of peace and quiet. While here, stay for the sunset if you have the time. There’s nothing quite like watching the sun go down over Thailand from the back of a giant stone whale.
Tam Phra Waterfall
Phu Wua Wildlife Sanctuary
It covers an area of around 186 sq. km. Types of forest here are mostly Deciduous Dipterocarp Forest, Dry Evergreen Forest and Moist Evergreen Forest. Some parts of the area are sandstone mountain ridges, rocky grounds and grass fields. Places of interest include:
Tham Fun Waterfall - A walking trail passes a rocky ground to the cascade which is seen along the long narrow channel on the sandstone cliff. There is water only in the rainy season.
Chet Si Waterfall - This beautiful waterfall, especially during the rainy season, originates from a stream of Huai Ka-am and flows down a high sandstone cliff. The colours similar to a rainbow are produced when sunlight shines through the spray from the waterfall.
So it was named “Chet Si Waterfall,” which means a waterfall of seven colours.
Bueng Khong Long Non-hunting Area
Bueng Khong Long Non-hunting area is a large wetland covering an area of about 18 sq.km.
In 1980, His Majesty the King initiated a project of a reservoir for local agriculture. Two years later it was announced to be the Bueng Khong Long Non-hunting Area and registered as the World’s Wetland of International Importance number 1,098 in 2001.
The place is a habitat of various aquatic animals and plants like the rare Mekong Bumblebee Goby as well as migratory birds during winter. About 167 species of birds have been found around this area – 86 resident and 81 migratory.
Nong Kud Ting
This is another large wetland in Bueng Kan province. It is a habitat for a diversity of plant and animal species. There are over 250 species of aquatic animals, over 20 rare fish species and 40 bird species.
Wat Ahong Silawat & Kaeng Ahong Rapids
Wat Ahong Silawat is a spacious temple on the Kaeng Ahong Rapids of Mekong River. It houses Buddha image cast in bronze of Phra Phutta Khuwanan Satsada, a replica of the famous Phra Phutta Chinnarat.
This part of the Mekong River is very deep and narrow, so it is called Navel of the Mekong.
During the rainy season, powerful water currents spin to form a very deep whirlpool which makes a roaring sound all the time. Legend also has it that this is the sacred spot where the naga fireball occurs at the end of the Buddhist Lent in October. Groups of large rocks in the rapids can be seen around March to May when the water level decreases.
Wat Photharam (Luang Pho Phra Yai)
Situated in Ban Tha Krai, Bueng Kan sub-district, Wat Photharam is an important temple where Luang Pho Phra Yai (literally means big Buddha statue), the spiritual center of Bueng Kan people, is enshrined. Luang Po Phra Yai is a Lan Xang style Buddha statue of 2 metres height in the attitude of subduing Mara.
- Visit the farms near the Mekong River
- Go shopping at the market in Pak Kading District of Laos on Tuesday and Friday
- Watch local Thai and Lao’s way of life