Roi Et is a province in northeastern (Isan) Thailand. It is named after the capital city. The Isan region is the country’s most populous region. However, it is the least visited by tourists. This is my wife’s, Ping Ping, home in Thailand. Thus, I’m so excited to share with you ten things to do in Roi Et province.
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1. Wat Burapha Phiram
Roi Et is known for having Thailand’s tallest standing Buddha. It’s also the second tallest Buddha overall behind only The Big Buddha at Wat Muang in Ang Thong province. At 196 foot tall, you can’t miss it.
2. Somdet Phra Srina Karinda Park
In the center of the city is Phalanchai Lake with an island that serves as a park. Kids can enjoy feeding fish and the playground area. Adults can jog or run. You can also just pack a picnic and grab some shade from one of the trees. In the south of the park is also the city pillar shrine. At the north end is Wat Phra Kaew.
Wat Phra Nam Thip Thep Prasit Wanaram
Vast temple complex with Thailand’s largest chedi, Phra Mahachedi Chai Mongkhon. It is located in the northeastern part of the province. The Fine Arts Department designed this modern temple which is evident by the outstanding artwork inside of the large chedi. There are several levels of the chedi to explore. Near the top is a 360 degree platform that allows you to step outside and take photos. For a deeper review check out my post…
Journey to Wat Phra Nam Thip
Waterfall Cave Soda
The very best of the outdoors in Roi Et. You can find it near Wat Phra Nam Thip in the northeast section of Roi Et province. I always describe it as a blend of nature and Buddhism. The walk isn’t far to the actual cave, but the steps leading to it are very steep. People with physical limitations might take this into consideration. Once at the cave there is an area to pray and a gong to strike three times for good luck. A waterfall mists over the cave and down into the Phung Yai River. You can find my full review here…Waterfall Cave Soda
Noey Sod Park
Noey Sod consists of a restaurant, coffee shop, and store. The outside is amazing for photos with a red phone booth and a restored yellow gas pump. This little spot is just like something you would see on a street in a foodie town in the United States. You can grab a wooden table outside or dine inside with the air conditioning.
Wat Pakung Pagoda
One of the best kept secrets in the Roi Et province. The pagoda is Thailand’s first built out of sandstone. While it is modern (construction started in 1992) that doesn’t take away from this unique architecture at all. It’s unlike anything else seen in Thailand. The actual Wat Pa Kung site also has another pagoda on the water, but the sandstone one is the standout. It’s located just 25 miles south of the city of Roi Et.
Wat Klang Ming Muang
Wat Klang Ming Muang dates back to the Ayutthaya period. The temple is best known for the colorful painted wall. The beautiful artwork tells the history of Buddhism. Anybody interested in Buddhism would love to see this. Bats also enjoy it as you will see plenty of signs of them making this a frequent stop.
Roi Et Waterpark
Roi Et even has a waterpark that can be taken advantage of for escaping the heat. There is a 50 baht fee. Have some fun in the water and keep any children occupied for hours.
Roi Et National Museum
The museum has statues, pottery, antiques, local silk products, and exhibits about early life in Thailand. The cool thing is that you can use the QR barcode at the exhibits and listen to an English description. Visitors will need to pay an entrance fee of 30 baht (less than a dollar). The museum is closed Mondays & Tuesdays.
Roi Et Aquarium
The aquarium here shows off local freshwater species of fish. There are a couple of large tanks and then a bunch of smaller ones. English is available on the displays. The aquarium is a great way to teach children about fish in the area. It’s also another terrific way to take a break from the heat.