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Sam Phan Bok
Sam Phan Bok is located in Ban Pong Pao, Lao Ngam Sub-district, Pho Sai District, Ubon Ratchathani Province, which is approximately 120 kilometers from the city center of the province. Sam Phan Bok is a large rock islet in the Khong River. During flood season, this islet will submerge under the water. It is eroded by eddy current, resulting in more than 3,000 (pronounced Sam Phan in Thai) small basins or Bok (“Bok” in Lao language means “basins”). This is the history of the name “Sam Phan Bok.” Owing to the large number of basins, this place is dubbed as “Grand Canyon of Thailand.” In drying season, Sam Phan Bok will emerge from the water and become an amazing natural wonder in the middle of the Khong River, giving the opportunity to the tourists to admire the beauty of indented rock islets eroded by water current. It is like an artistic picture with the shapes of circle, oval, star, etc., depending on individual’s imagination. This kind of atmosphere can be experienced only during January to April. At the entrance of Sam Phan Bok, there is a stone whose shape is like dog head. Legend has it that a child of Naga, who lived in the Khong River, wanted to dig a water channel to create another waterway. He assigned a dog as a guard during the excavation until it was dead and finally became a stone
Pha Taem National Park
Covering the area of 140 square kilometers, this National Park features the plateaus, hills, deciduous dipterocarp forest, sheer cliffs resulted from the earthquakes, irregular shaped of sandstone which scattered around and the beautiful wild flowers growing among the rocky ground. Highlight of the Park are Pha Taem and Pha Kam which located near the National park headquarters. Surface of the cliffs are filled with numerous prehistoric cave paintings dated back 3,000-4,000 years ago that explores the traditional way of life of people who once lived here during the prehistoric days. Scenes in paintings include fishing, rice farming, human figures, animals, hands and geometric designs. As a result, Pha Team becomes one of the world’s oldest agrarian communities and given Ubon Ratchathani be cradle of Northeastern civilization. Also, the site recently discovered more archaeological evidences suggested that human settled in this area between 14,000-6,000 years ago.
Pha Taem National Park
Wat Phra That Nong Bua is a Dhammyuttika temple, one of important temples in Ubon Ratchathani. The highlight of this place is Sri Maha Pho Chedi which was built in 1956 to honor of 2500 years of Buddhism. The gleaming gold and white chedi at this temple loosely resembles the Mahabodhi stupa in Bodhgaya, India. The old stupa with 5 meters wide and 1 meters high is now housed by the new 55-meter stupa square base. It stands in the middle of a marble slabs square, with smaller stupas at each corner. Around this elements there are other less notable buildings including a large recent ubosot with large round windows and a sitting Buddha at the front.Today, Wat Phra That Nong Bua is where Buddha relics are stored. Visitors can come and pay respect and experience peaceful environment for meditation.To visit, Wat Phra That Nong Bua is located in Ubon Ratchathani district, on Dharmawitee road from CHayankul intersection.
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