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Roi Et

Roi Et

Once a prosperous and extensive community but ravaged by floods, Roi Et has made a come back as a town of great promise with its huge Thong Kula Rong Hai (flat-land) being developed into 2 fertile and productive land. Roi Et is 512 kilometers from Bangkok.

Bung Phlan Chai a lake in the town center which has been deepened to make a beautiful spot for the town people. It is also where the Roi Et Town Pillar is located. Wat Buraphaphiram is situated in the provincial town. The country's highest standing Buddha image, reaching 67.85 meters in height is enshrined in this temple. Wat Klang Ming Muang is also located in the provincial town. Its monastic hall is more than 200 years old and house mural paintings depicting the Life of theLord Buddha. In the reign of King Rama V, the Swearing - In Ceremony was held at this temple.

Roi Et Reservoir about three kilometres from town centre, is another area popular with the people. For it provides both beautiful scenery and restful atmosphere for relaxation.

Thung Kula Rong Hai is a huge flat - land covering four provinces, Surin, Roi Et, Maha - Saraham and Buriram, with an area of about one million acres. The name literally means the Weeping Field of the Kula (a tough nomad people). For it was scorching dry in the summer and totally inundated during the rainy season, with no natural water sources or tall trees to provide shade. however, it has been partially developed for agricultural purpose through a land reform project to turn it into a vast productive farming area.

Ku Ka Sing, a large Khmer architecture dating between 1017 - 7087 A.D. , is located in Amphoe Kaset Wisai. 60 kilometres from Roi Et. The remains consist of 3 prangs located on the same sand stone basement and rectangular buildings called Bannalai situated at two sides in front.

Pha Nam Yoi Forest Park is located in the north-east of Amphoe NongPhok, 65 kilometres from Roi Et. Pha Nam Yoi is a large stone cliff having running water and small springs coming out from the cliff all year round. On the hill is a monastery with a large multipurpose and high pagoda 101 meters in height.

The closest airport and Train station to Roi Et is the town of Khon Kaen and the 112 km journey into Roi Et is then undertaken by bus. Travelling by bus from Bangkok takes about 7 hours.

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