Nong Bua Lam Phu is a newly established province upgraded from Amphoe Nong Bua Lam Phu of Udon Thani Province in 1993. It is situated 46 kilometers from Udon Thani. Nong Bua Lamphu is more than 900 years old with numerous pre-historic archaeological sites. The province also offers mountainous and beautiful lakeside scenery.
Nong Bua Lam Phu Attractions & Places of Interest
The King Naresuan the Great Statue is erected at Nong Bua Lamphu to commemorate the time in 1574 when the King and his army stopped over here on the way to assist a Burmese force attacking Vientiane.
Wat Suphannakhuha commonly called Wat Tham was constructed in 1572 by a king of Vientiane. The temple is located in Amphoe Suwannakhuha about 50 kilometers from Nong Bua Lamphu.
Noen Wat Pa an ancient place of worship at Amphoe Non Sang, is believed to have been built during the time when the Khom people dominated the region.
Phu Kao and Phu Phan Kham National Park was set up in 1985 covering an area of 322 square kilometers. The park’s office is located by the lake shore, a part of Ubolratana Dam by Phu Phan Kham in Amphoe Non Sang. Phu Phan Kham is a mountain chain st retching from north to south, that is from Nong Bua Lam Phu to Ubolratana Dam. The lake also serves as a fish breeding ground and is a popular fishing area. Tourists may stay in the camping area or in the National Park’s bungalows.
Phu Kao consist of nine mountains. They are rich in flora and fauna. There are waterfalls, caves and stone terraces. Another tourist destination is Wat Phra Buddha Bat Phu Kao where human and canine footprints related to the local folklore and engraved on stone.
Erawan Cave is a large cave in Amphoe Na Klang. Its entrance is very much higher than ground level and curving stairway of 107 steps ascends from the base of the hill to the mouth of the cave. The interior resembles a large hall, capable of accommodating hundreds of people. Erawan Cave Stalagmites and stalactites create an exotic beauty. This cave has an opening onto a high cliff overlooking the picturesque fields below.
Wat Tham Klong Phen Located at the foot of the Phu Phan mountain chain 13 kilometers from Nong Bua Lam Phu, is peaceful and ideal place for those who seek mental tranquility. The temple used to be the meditation place for Phra Achan Luang Pu Khao Analayo who is revered by Thais nationwide. In the temple grounds, there are a cave housing an ancient two faced drum, a stone engraved Buddha image and the Luang Pu Khao Museum where a collection of his utensils and a statue of Luang Pu Kao are displayed for Buddhists to see and workship.