THAI NAME: อุทยานแห่งชาติภูเรือ
LOCATION: Phu Rua District in Loei Province
GPS: 17.4944925029 101.336435254
This National Park with an area of 75,525 square kilometers has a vast pine-covered plain 1,365 meters above sea level at its summit. Due to its high elevation and cool climate visitors are drawn to the Park all year round. However, during the cool season, visitors flock to the Park to experience wintry weather.
Attractions in the Park include observation points, waterfalls, rock gardens, and caves. In particular there are Pha Lon Noi, which offers a spectacular sunrise and beautiful scenery, Pha Sub Thong, a very steep cliff, Namtok Huai Phai, a 30 meter-high waterfall, and Phu Ruea Summit, which provides a fine view of Huang and Khong Rivers. In addition, there are several resorts on the slopes of Phu Ruea, as well as Chateau de Loei Winery, a huge vineyard with modern wine-making facilities.
The Park is located 60 kilometers west of Amphoe Muang on Highway No. 203.
THAI NAME: วัดเนรมิตวิปัสสนา
DISTRICT: Dan Sai in Loei Province
GPS: 17.263731 101.141943
Wat Neramit Wipattasana is located on a hillside near Phra That Si Song Rak. Both the ordination hall and pagoda, which are constructed of laterite, were designed from the imagination of both monks and novices. On touring the interior visitors will notice a resemblance to the great temples of Bangkok. Other than a replica of Phra Phutthachinnarat (a famous Buddha image in Phitsanulok Province) that is enshrined here, there is a wax figure of the late Luang Pho Phra Maha Phan Sila Wisuttho, the founder of the temple. There are also some splendid mural paintings around the interior.
THAI NAME: แก่งคุ้ดคู้
DISTRICT: Chiang Khan in Loei Province
GPS: 17.907323, 101.701583
This is an islet in the middle of the Mekong River, 3 kilometers from Chiang Khan District Office. Kaeng Khut Khu is well known for its colorful boulders that are clearly visible during the dry season and totally submerged in other seasons. On the opposite bank of the River, visitors can see “Chana Kham”, Vientiane District, Laos PDR.
For tourists, there are traditional northeastern restaurants on the riverbank selling grilled fish and freshwater shrimp. A boat can be chartered to enjoy magnificent views along Maekong River. To get there from the city of Loei, take the Loei-Chiang Khan road and drive for 47 kilometers, turn right and proceed for another 3 kilometers to Amphoe Chiang Khan.
THAI NAME: สวนหินผางาม
LOCATION: Nong Hin District in Loei Province
GPS: 17.050620 101.743453
This Park has limestone mountains that have eroded over time to form an interesting shape, similar to that in Kunming in China. A path, which winds through the rocks, takes visitors to the lovely Suan Hom and Phiang Din Waterfalls.
The park is south of town on Highway No. 201. Proceed past Wang Saphung to Nong Hin then take another road for 20 kilometers.
THAI NAME: หมู่บ้านวัฒนธรรมไทยดำ
LOCATION: Chiang Khan District in Loei Province
GPS: 17.799993 101.733865
This village, situated at Ban Na Pa Nat, Tambon Khao Kawo, has so much to offer to art lovers. The Thai Dam (Dam = black) people migrated here from Laos in 1905. Conservative and traditional, their culture has been well preserved as illustrated in the construction of their houses and their lifestyle. In addition, a local weaving group demonstrating the traditional weaving process.
Visitors can purchase souvenirs at the group’s center and cultural enthusiasts can experience the Thai Dam lifestyle through homestay accommodations. Call the Thai Dam Cultural Conservation Society at 01 0482000 for more information and reservations.
Kut Pong Park is located beside Kut Pong Lake, opposite the Chao Pho Kut Pong Shrine with a bridge over the lake connecting the two places. As a place for relaxation and the lung of Loei Town, the park has lots of small and large shady trees with a refreshing atmosphere. It is where all generations gather and meet. Here, students often hang out or form study groups after school whereas the elderly do exercise together. The park also features a playground where parents can let their children play safely. In addition, there is another interesting activity everyone can enjoy, i.e. feeding fish at the bridge.
How to get here: For those who wish to get here by car, from the clock tower, drive about 150 metres along Soet Si Road before arriving at the Chao Pho Kut Pong Shrine and the City Pillar Shrine. Then walk to the back of the shrines and you will reach the destination. Alternatively, you can get here by taking the yellow bus from the bus terminal.
This shrine, which is located next to the city pillar shrine, is highly revered by the locals, as it is the city’s oldest shrine. It is located 10 meters from the fountain roundabout next to the Kut Pong Public Park.
THAI NAME: ศาลเจ้าพ่อกุดป่อง
GPS: 17.486704 101.728972
THAI NAME: พระธาตุศรีสองรัก
LOCATION: Dan Sai District in Loei Province
GPS: 17.270085 101.141127
Located on the bank of the Man River, 83 kilometers from Amphoe Mueang, this large Lao-style pagoda similar to that of Phra That Phanom houses relics of the Lord Buddha. Phra That Si Song Rak is a plaster-covered brick pagoda with a square base of 11 meters on each side. The pagoda itself is 32 meters high. Built in the Ayutthaya period in 1560 as a symbol of camaraderie between Ayutthaya and Si Sattana Khanahut (Vientiane), the place it is worth a visit, especially during the Phi Ta Khon celebration held there every May or June.
Tips for visitors: As the pagoda is built for friendship and peace, red attire and red flowers are prohibited as the color denotes violence.
To get there, take Highway No. 203, turn right at the kilometer 66 marker on to Highway No. 2013 and proceed for another 17 kilometers.
THAI NAME: หลักเมือง
LOCATION: Amphoe Mueang in Loei Province
GPS: 17.486704 101.728972
The City Pillar, which is situated next to Kut Pong Public Park, was built in 1982 and is 139 centimeters tall. It is constructed of pink cassia wood that is elaborately carved and inlaid with gold.
This unique temple on Chai Khong Road north of Chiang Khan market has a chapel similar to that found in northern Thai temples with a mural of a Buddhist tale covering the entire front part.