Things to do in Loei, Loei has National Parks, waterfalls, villages by the Mekong river, markets, museums, local textile co-operations, temples, the list goes on. Here are Loei’s top attractions.
If this is the first time, you have visited the province of Loei. You will be impressed by the natural beauty and the friendliness of the locals.
Loei is the name of a province and a city. Loei province is in the North East of Thailand near the provinces of Udon Thani and Khon Kaen. This area in Thailand is sometimes referred to as Isan. Loei city is the provincial capital.
Here are Loei’s top attractions.
- Phu Kradeung National Park – Loei’s number one tourist attraction.
- Phu Ruea National Park.
- Chiang Khan – A beautiful riverside town set on The Mekhong River.
- Phu Pa Por – Fuji Muang Loei.
- Suan Hin Pha Ngam National Park – Kun Ming Muang Loei.
- Wat Pa Ban Huai Lat temple.
- Chateau De Loei – Loei’s famous winery and gift shop.
- Local Thai fabric weaving.
- Dan sai – Home of the famous Phi Ta Khon Festival.
Phu Kradeung National Park – Loei’s number one tourist attraction
Phu Kradeung is Loei province’s number one National Park. Most popular during the cold season, which is from November through to February. The reason why people like to climb in the cold season is because climbing in the heat takes a lot out of you. Climbing when the weather is cooler makes for a more comfortable climb.
It is so beautiful on Phu Kradeung. Most visitors camp on the top and stay for two or three nights. If you do not have a tent, do not worry, the park has tents for rent. You can also rent bedding from the park, too. If you don’t like tents, then why not try one of their cabins for rent.
The campsite has rows of tents with toilet and shower blocks dotted around the edge of the campground. Some huts store the bedding. If you are renting your bedding, it is from one of these huts that you need to get your bedding.
New Year is busy
The New Year period is busy. From December to early January a large number of Thai tourists want to climb Phu Kradeung. If you want to avoid the crowds then is it better to go in November or February.
From 1st June through to 30th September the park is closed.
It is a hard climb, there are no roads to the top just a trail that is very steep in places. There are lots of rest stops on the trail so there is no need to rush. The rest stops are about 500 or so meters apart. The average time it takes to get to the top is about 3 and a half hours. The hard climb is worth it though, the views from the top are amazing.
There is not a lot of information about Phu Kradeung in English, therefore few foreigners know about this great park. Thai people, on the other hand, love it and make an effort to visit Phu Kradeung at least once in their lifetime.
To read more about this great park, please check out my Phu Kradeung National Park post.
Phu Ruea National Park
Another excellent national park is Phu Ruea National Park. This park is much easier to climb than Phu Kradeung. There is a main road that allows vehicles to get to within one kilometer of the peak. From this car park is a path to the peak that is about 1 kilometer. There is also a shuttle service that takes people to the peak for a small fee.
You can camp on Phu Ruea. They have a nice campsite with toilet and shower facilities. If you do not have your own tent, then you can rent a tent and bedding from the visitor center. In and around the campsite there are nature trails you can explore.
Phu Ruea is also busy in the cold season. Phu Ruea is also known for being very cold at the top during the cold season, getting to zero degrees Celsius during the New Year period. There is a temperature display on the peak that many people like to take pictures of themselves with when it shows zero.
Phu Ruea flower festival
Phu Ruea town has a very popular yearly flower festival that starts in December and goes through to January. The town is very busy during this time. Therefore, accommodation could be hard to find and quite expensive.
To read more about this great park, please check out my Phu Ruea National Park post.
Chiang Khan – A beautiful riverside district town set on The Mekhong River
Set on the banks of the Mekong River. Chiang Khan is famous for its walking street. This street is about 1 kilometer long and has shops, bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and many food vendors.
The street opens up at around 5 p.m. by 6 p.m. it is usually quite busy with people taking pictures of the old Thai style buildings.
Just a short walk down one of the many lanes off the walking street you will find the Mekhong River. This is a great place to watch the sunset. The orange glow across the river as the sun slowly descends behind the mountains makes for some great souvenir photos.
To read more, please check out my Chiang Khan post.
Phu Pa Por – Fuji Muang Loei
Phu Pa Por is a recent attraction to Loei. It only has been open since 2013. Phu Pa Por has been marketed very well and has seen a large increase in Thai tourist numbers over the last couple of years.
The entrance is a big car park on the left of the main road. Once you are inside the car park you will see a number of food vendors around the edge and also a roofed area with tractors parked in front of it. It is here that you must buy your tickets. Once you get your ticket then you wait to be told a number and this number is the tractor that will take you along the trail.
Phu Pa Por is different from other attractions in Loei because you get to ride on an adapted tractor. This tractor takes tourists to a number of view points on the way to the peak of the mountain.
There are four viewing points. The first, second and third point, the tractor will take you to. At each point, the tractor will wait for you.
The fourth viewpoint is on a trail that the tractor can not go, therefore you have to walk up to this one. It is worth it though, you have a 360 degree view of the countryside.
To read more, please check out my Phu Pa Por post.
Suan Hin Pha Ngam National Park – Kun Ming Muang Loei
Only three kilometers from Phu Pa Por is Suan Hin Pha Ngam National Park.
For marketing purposes, it is called Khun Ming Muang Loei. The rock formations are similar to Khun Ming in China. It has proved to be a good idea because many Thai tourists come to Loei to visit this park
Khun Ming Muang Loei is a park of limestone rock formations formed many millions of years ago. There is a nature trail that takes you through these limestone rock formations.
At Suan Hin Pha Ngam, you have two choices to view the park. You can get a tractor ride to the base of the main viewpoint or you can walk the trail.
I would recommend walking the trail. It takes you through some beautiful rock formations and some cool forest. It is only 2 or 3 kilometers. Most of the Thai visitors like to use the tractor so most of the time you have the trail to yourself.
To read more, please check out my Suan Hin Pha Ngam post.
Wat Pa Ban Huai Lat temple
Just outside Phu Ruea is Wat Pa Ban Huai Lat temple.
This temple is magnificent and is at the base of a mountain. If you plan to go to Phu Ruea, I recommend visiting this temple. If you are traveling from Loei to Phu Ruea, you will find this temple off to the left of the main road shortly before reaching Phu Ruea.
To read more, please check out my Wat Pa Ban Huai Lat temple post.
Chateau De Loei – Loei’s famous winery and gift shop
About 10 kilometers from Phu Ruea is Chateau De Loei. Here is a winery that the owner has opened for visitors.
There is also a souvenir shop in the car park for visitors to buy wine and other locally made products.
If you are traveling from Phu Ruea in the direction of Phitsanulok. You will find The Chateau De Loei 10 kilometers on your left after leaving Phu Ruea.
To read more, please check out my Chateau De Loei post.
Local Thai fabric weaving
In the suburbs of Loei City is a village that has got together to form a co-operative selling Thai cotton goods weaved on old style weaving machines.
You are able to watch them while they weave. There is also a shop on site selling goods that they make. They start work at about 09.00 and go through until about 16.00.
If it is a holy day they will not work, they will be at the temple.
To read more, please check out my Local Thai fabric weaving post.
Dan sai – Home of the famous Phi Ta Khon Festival
Once a year inJune or July of each year is the Phi ta khon festival. It is a three day festival that attracts visitors from all over Thailand and abroad.
For three days the small town of Dan sai is full with visitors coming to see the festival. Many people call it the ghost festival because the villagers dress up and wear masks that make them look like ghosts.
Over the three days, there are religious ceremonies, parades, dancing, contests, concerts, and many other fun things. The highlight is the parade that starts on the second day at 10.00. The march is long and colorful. It is fun and a chance to see Thais and their ability to put on a good show.
To read more, please check out my Dan sai post.
The province of Loei has something for everyone. There are fewer foreign tourists that come to Loei than other provinces in Thailand. You will not run out of things to do here.
There are far fewer foreign tourists that come to Loei than the other provinces that are more well known. You will not run out of things to do here.
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