Attractions and excursions in Loei Province
Loei is a beautiful province. There are many good roads and it’s very nice to drive around his green mountains. Beside that there are many things to do and nice places to visit as following:
Biking (starts from our farm)In and around Wang Saphung you can do several nice biking tours. The roads are quiet and you can explore local villages and enjoy routings through the plantations as rice, sugarcane, rubber and much more. Everywhere the Loei people like to welcome you and they are happy that finally some foreign tourists start to discover their really beautiful province!
Visit Huay Krating Mountain lake (45 km from our farm)Huay Krating Mountain lake is a quiet place to swim and relax! You can rent a houseraft and float for hours on this peacefull lake. Also you can enjoy your lunch at your raft. A few hours floating on your raft can be compared with a kind of meditation as well. A great place to clean up your mind!
BBQ at the Sirila Farm (at our farm)
Great BBQ and exellent wine and/or other drinks. As there is no electricity but only candles, torches and a campfire it’s romantic as well! You will love it!
Little Kunming (45 km from our farm)Suan Hin Pha Ngam or well know as “Thailand’s Kunming” is limestone mountains aged around 230-280 million years. An uplift of the earth’s crust, together with millions of years of natural rot have made this mountain to be strangely beautiful, similar to the stone garden in Kunming (China). Therefore, it was named “Thailand’s Kunming”. Within the compound is also situated a tourist information centre. To admire the nature, interested persons can make a tour around the stone garden, partly by longtail tractor.
Phu Pha Phor (49 km from our farm) Just 4 km from "Little Kunming". This beautiful land is very different than "Little Kunming" and beautiful as well. An Etan car (Baht 60 pp) will bring you to 3 wonderful viewpoints to oversee the mountains. Most of the time of the year you will see many flowers as well. For the last view points you have to walk a few hundreds meter (not reccomended in the rainy season). From here you will have a great view on the so called Fuji Mountain as it is a look a like from the real one.
Monkey Mountain (8 km from our farm)Soon as you arrive hundreds of monkeys will run down from the mountain to see if you bring some snacks for them. Not many people are visiting this interesting spot where the monkeys enjoy their life in freedom. In the hot season you can see the monkey’s swimming too!
Na Duang batt cave (50 km from our farm)Here everynight more than 6 million bats are flying out! To spot them is very very spectacular. It will take several hours before they are all out of the cave! The place is quiet and (very surpisingly) not yet discovered by many people.
Wang Saphung local marketEvery night in the middle of the town, a lot of food!
Wang Saphung Saturday night market
Huge local market with clothes, food, toys, tools and much more! Nice to be there as many people like to welcome you!
Visit Chiang Khan (70 km). One of Thailands most beautiful villagesStanding by the Mekong River and opposite the Saiya Buri region of Laos, Chiang Kahn was once a hectic trade route. It is now gaining recognition as a tourist destination thanks to its vintage shops, architecture, culture and generous local population. Today Chiang Khan is a small and lovely town. The town is quiet with simple life style of people. It is a very nice place for relaxation and let your mind fly with local life. Chiang Khan has been influenced by French colonial as evidenced by some old wooden houses. Here you will find the most beuatiful, and very old, teakwooden guesthouses of Thailand. Walking on a small street on the bank of Mekong river is also a great things to do in the early morning or late afternoon. Or just explore the fotogenetic narrow streets with his small local restaurants and nice and tiny shops. Walking here will put your mind back in time for years! A boatride at the Mekong river is a nice trip as well! You can hire a boat at Chiang Khan or at Kaeng Khut Khu.
Visit Kaeng Khut Ku (74 km from our farm, 4 km from Chiang Khan)Just a few minutes drive from Chiang Khan Kaeng Khut Ku offers the most beautiful viewpoint over the mighty Mekong River. Here you can have a nice meal in one of the restaurants while viewing the river. On a beach of coloured pebbles children run into the river where they float around in tubes from old tyres. It's a place to stay and watch the river world go by. There is also a nice market with plenty of local food and some nice shops as well.
Visit Dan Sai (95 km)Driving from Wang Saphung to Dan Sai you will enjoy many stunning panorama’s. Dan Sai is another tiny village and is surrounded by mountains. There is a nice local market and a few streets to explore. Another point of historical interest is Phra That Si Song Rak Stupa. Wat Neramit is another, really beautiful, temple that is located on a mountain, just 2 kilomters out of the village. His wall paintings are very nice and the garden around the temple as well. To reach Dan Sai from Wang Saphung you can go by Northern route and come back by Southern route. Both routings are beautiful with stunning panorama’s. You will have a great day!
Selfdrive! (see also our Selfdrive program)If you come by car to our farm than you can get, free of charge, several selfdrive routings. Loei province is mainly a very quiet province and it’s easy to get around. You will enjoy mountains, local villages, lot’s of stunning panorama’s and much more. Loei has some of the most beautiful routings in Thailand! You will enjoy it!!!
Visit Phu Kradung National Park ( 65 km from our farm)Hiking up to 1316 meters above sea level has always been an ultimate dream for many trekkers. It received the title of a nationally protected forest in the year 1949. The 60-square-meter top plateau of Phu Kradueng is blessed with beautiful sceneries, pine forest, wild flowers and cold climate people love to camp to catch the first and last sunlight of the day.
Pha Nok Aen, the cliff that offers a breathtaking view of the crimson sunrise, Pha Lom Sak, a sandstone ledge jutting into space providing a fine view of the hills and valleys and Pha Yiap Mek, where cottony clouds suggest a misty world of shadow figures are also worth to visit.
The national park has accommodations and camping spaces provided. The park is closed to rehabilitation during 1 June – 30 September every year.
Phu Ruea National Park ( 50 km from our farm)The peak of Phu Ruea (1,365 meters above sea level) has been regarded the coldest location in Thailand during the winter season for several years. Phu Ruea covers an area of approximately 120 square kilometers, featuring cool climate, lush pine forest and beautiful winter flowers. Other attractions include observation points, waterfalls, rock gardens, and caves with highlights such as 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.
The foot of Phu Ruea also finds Chateau de Loei Winery, a huge vineyard with modern wine-making facilities.
Phu Luang Wildlive Sanctuary ( 38 km from our farm)Thanks to cool climate all-year, lush pine forest, and scenic landscape, Phu Luang is thus a home sweet home for numerous rare wildlife animals. Trek into the jungle and you see the true beauty of the nature. Trekking here requires an accompany by an officer, though. The park is still housing quite a number of wild elephants. However, to spot them in day time is very difficult.
Advance reservations must be made at Phu Luang Tourist Office, Wang Saphung District Office, in order to arrange accommodations, food and a 3 days/ 2 nights tour. The best time for trekking is from October to May.