Nong Bua Lam Phu has natural geography good for religious practices. The vast area of high plateau bordered by mountain ranges has created a multitude of caves for monks to maintain meditating isolation. This is why this area is a strong religious ground of the Thai Northeast.
Wat Tham Pha Cho is nestled inside a big natural hole in the mountain with many natural wonders around their primary Buddha image. Take the stairway to heaven at Wat Tham Erawan and enjoy the series of cavernous rocks so amazing with the backdrop being the expansive green fields. At the vast area of Wat Tham Suwan Kuha, visitors will enjoy a big collection of Lan Xang period artefacts and Buddha images.
A wonderful reminiscence of the Isan lifestyle during the early Ayutthaya period. Wat Tham Klong Pane – perhaps the province’s most visited temple – portrays the ancient Khmer influences amidst its super shady ambiance. A perfect spot to seek your inner solitude while also enjoying the stone garden. The sacred Buddha image here is called ‘Luang Pu Khao’ – and this temple, together with so many of its artefacts, perpetuate the stories of this (Luang Pu Khao’s) holy persona.
Attractions near Nong Bua Lamphu
Wooden Sim at Wat Charoen Song Tham
Isan’s unique wooden ubosot is called ‘sim,’ and the one at this temple features a traditional Isan religious form that inside houses a meditating Buddha image called ‘Phra Kino’.
Wat Santi Tham Banpot
Also known as ‘Wat Pa Phu Noi,’ this temple enshrines a Buddha’s footprint with an ancient stone inscription in eight auspicious directions. Shady, ancient and quiet. Good for a long-term meditation stay.
Nong Bua Lamphu’s major ‘beach’ which is, in fact, a freshwater beach along the Ubonrat Dam. Enjoy full-on ‘beach town’ services of food, drinks, and lounge chairs.