Prasat Sa Kamphaeng Yai

Wat Sa Kamphaeng Yai

Prasat Sa Kamphaeng Yai (วัดสระกำแพงใหญ่) is a Khmer sanctuary compromising of three prangs on the same pedestal, oriented to the East. The middle main prang is made of sandstone while the two smaller ones are made of bricks. There are also two vihans made of bricks in front of two brick prangs. These structures are surrounded by a laterite and sandstone gallery about 54 meters wide and 62 meters long. The building was originally a shrine for the God Shiva but was later converted into a Buddhist temple.

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Ubon Candle Festival Parade

Candle Festival Parade in Ubon Ratchathani

To mark the start of the three month long Buddhist Lent, Thai Buddhists take part in parades where they carry large candles to their local temple. The people of Ubon Ratchathani go one step further by carving large wax candles and figurines that take several months to complete. They then parade these through the town on the day after the full moon in July. In Thai, this day is known as Khao Phansa. The parade takes place on the roads around Thung Si Muang in the city center.

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Su Tong Pae Bamboo Bridge

Su Tong Pae Bridge

In the village of Kung Mai Sak in Mae Hong Song province, there is a picturesque bamboo bridge that crosses Sa-Nga river and a rice field. Su Tong Pae Bridge (สะพานซูตองเป้) is 500 metre long and two meters wide and links the village and Phu Sa Ma temple on the hillside. The bridge enables monks in the temple to go out on alms rounds in the mornings. Kung Mai Sak is about 13 km North of Mae Hong Son city.

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Pa Hin Ngam National Park

Pa Hin Ngam National Park in Chaiyaphum

Pa Hin Ngam National Park (อุทยานแห่งชาติป่าหินงาม) in Chaiyaphum province is dotted with large rocks of unusual shapes, some, for instance, resembling a nail, a serpent head or an ancient castle. During the early part of the rainy season in July, Dok Krachiao or Siam Tulips sprout pink blooms all over the area. Within the national park, there is Pha Sut Phaen Din, a steep cliff that connects the Northeast to the Central Region. Visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of the surrounding area from here. Visit My Thailand Photos for more pictures of the park.

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Sai Thong National Park

Sai Thong National Park

Sai Thong National Park in Chaiyaphum province covers approximately 34,000 acres of Phang Hoei mountain range. The most popular attraction at the park is Sai Thong Waterfall. There, a stream cascades down rocks from a height of about 100 meters from top to bottom. There is also a large field of Dok Krachiao known in English as Siam Tulips that bloom between June and August every year. Pha Hum Hod is a popular viewpoint for photographers. If you are feeling brave, you can get cliff-edge views of the surrounding area. The park is made up of dry evergreen forest, dipterocarp forest and mixed deciduous forest. Visit My Thailand Photos for more pictures of this park.

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Tha Kha Floating Market

Tha Kha Floating Market

Tha Kha floating market in Samut Songkhram takes place every weekend from 6 a.m. to about noon. In addition, there is a farmer’s market on the 2nd, 7th, 12th days of both the waxing and waning moon of the lunar calendar. This is a rendezvous of vendor boats that carry local food, vegetable, and fruit for selling. Boat rental services are on offer for travelling to the villages and fruit orchards around Tha Kha Floating Market. For more pictures, please visit My Thailand Photos.

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Khlong Hae Floating Market

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On the outskirts of Hat Yai you can find Khlong Hae Floating Market. It is purpose built, but they have put in a great effort into making it authentic. Most of the vendors wear traditional clothes and they use natural containers for their food. The market is open from Friday to Sunday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. At the weekends they also have free cultural performances in the evenings. The market is popular with tourists from Malaysia.

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Standing Buddha in Hat Yai

Standing Buddha

The most respected Buddha image in Hat Yai is Phra Buddha Mongkol Maharaj. This Standing Buddha, on a hilltop in the municipal park, is 19.90 meters high and weighs 200 tonnes. It was built on the occasion of HM The King’s 6th cycle birthday celebration in 1999. There are some fine views of Hat Yai in the valley below. This viewpoint is a popular place to go at the end of the day to watch the sunset.

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