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Chaiyaphum Province

Short Facts

Name: Changwat Chaiyaphum
Area: About 12,778 km²
Inhabitants: About 1,200,000
Location: North-East Thailand
Capital: Chaiyaphum
Neighboring provinces: Four (4) Khon Kaen, Lopburi, Nakhon Ratchasima and Phetchabun.
Amphoe / Districts: Bamnet Narong, Ban Khwao, Ban Thaen, Chatturat, Kaeng Khro, Kaset Sombun, Khon San, Khon Sawan, Mueang Chaiyaphum, Noen Sa-nga, Nong Bua Daeng, Nong Bua Rawe, Phakdi Chumphon, Phu Khiao, Sap Yai, Thep Sathit.
Popular tourist destinations: Wua Dang Cave, Tat Tone National Park, Nam Tok Sai Thong National Park, Pa Hin Ngam National Park, Pha Koeng, Tat Fa Waterfall and Nam Phut Hin Lat Wanarom.

About Chaiyaphum Province

Chaiyaphum Province is located in the Thailand´s north-eastern region, because of its central location almost be described as Thailand's heart. The 340 kilometer long route to Bangkok is easily cleared by car and by bus. The nearest train station is located, however, 50 km away (in Bua Yai).

The province's landscapes are of varied nature in which about 50 percent consists of flat landscape and the remaining areas of forest and mountains. Historically, the town of Chaiyaphum Province's been around since the days of the khmer-empire was as most powerful. The city was under a short time almost abandoned, but in the early 1800s Rama the second returned the city on the Thai map. The province currently has three national parks where waterfalls, spectacular cliffs and a rich flower flora belongs to the main attractions.

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Elephant village of Ban Khai can be found twelve miles outside the city in the small village of Ban Khai. Some of the people working here to capture and tame the elephants. In January of each year a festival is held where the elephants is presented and make arts.

Prange Ku are a few kilometers outside the city, and it is the area's oldest religious construction works. Monuments are made of sandstone and is highly revered by local people.

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