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Historically, Chaiyaphum is a place where many periods of civilization have overlapped one another from the Dvaravati and Khmer periods until the Laotian or Lan Chang influence. Many archaeological remains and objects were found in many areas in the province. Later, the province appeared as a border town during the reign of King Narai the Great of the Ayutthaya period. After that, the town was abandoned and appeared once more in the Rattanakosin era as a destination where the Vientiane people led by their leader called Lae, immigrated to. Then he was designated as the first governor of Chaiyaphum.
The main problem most tourists will have is that this is not a tourist place! As a result,little English is spoken,or written on hotel/restaurant menus etc. It is a charming little city though,and everyone is friendly. You should be able to bluff your way through easily enough.
Take Hwy 1 (Phahonyothin Rd) from Bangkok to Saraburi. Turn right onto Hwy 2 (Mittraphap Rd) and turn left into Hwy 201 at Sikhio District, passing Dan Khun Thot and Chatturat Districts into Chaiyaphum, being a total distance of 330 km.
A second route is to take Phahonyothin Rd from Bangkok, passing Saraburi. At the Phu Khae Intersection, enter Hwy 21 to Chai Badan District. Then, take Hwy 205, passing Thep Sathit and Chatturat Districts into Chaiyaphum Province.
Buses from Bangkok to Chaiyaphum are provided daily. It takes approximately 5 ½ hours. For more information, contact the Bangkok Bus Terminal (Mo Chit 2) at Tel. 0 2936 2852-66, Chaiyaphum Bus Terminal at Tel. 0 4481 1493, Air Chaiyaphum Co., Ltd. at Tel. 0 4481 1556, Nakhonchai Air Co., Ltd. at Tel. 0 4481 1739, 0 4481 2522, Chaiyaphum Chong Charoen Co., Ltd. at Tel. 0 4481 1780 or Fax. 0 4481 1760, Chaiyaphum Tour Co.,Ltd. at Tel. 0 4481 6012 or at .
You can get a bus from Khon Kaen, about 150 km distant, either air-con or fan/windows open. Price of the latter is very cheap, but it stops everywhere along the way.
From the Bangkok Railway Station (Hua Lamphong Station), there are both rapid and express trains from Bangkok to Nong Khai everyday. Get off at Bua Yai Station. After that, passengers can connect with a bus for a further 51 km to Chaiyaphum. For more information, contact the Travel Service Centre, the State Railway of Thailand, at Tel. 1690, 0 2220 4444, 0 2220 4334, 0 2621 8701 or at .
Thai Airways International Co., Ltd. has no flights to Chaiyaphum. Visitors can take a plane to Khon Khaen and connect with a bus from Khon Kaen back to Chaiyaphum, a distance of 150 km. Otherwise, take a plane to Nakhon Ratchasima and continue to Chaiyaphum by bus, a distance of 119 km. For more information, contact Tel. 1566, 0 2356 1111, 0 2280 0060, 0 2628 2000 or at .
There are tuk-tuks at the bus terminal and inside town. Prices are reasonable (ask before you climb on board!)
Tad Tone National Park
Is some 25 km north of the city and can be reached by tuk-tuk, but they will want a hefty price, and since the latter part is quite steep, both you and the driver will have to hop out and push on a couple of occasions.
The Tad Tone waterfall (น้ำตกตาดโตน) is worth a look and there is a souvenir/snack shop on site. The entrance fee for farangs (Westerners) is 200 baht. There is a lesser waterfall known as Tad Fa nearby with same price entrance fee.
Mo Hin Khao (known as Thai Stonehenge) is about 20 km from the waterfall. The entrance fee is the same.
There is a night bazaar near the provincial headquarters worth a visit for dinner
Souvenirs popular among tourists visiting Chaiyaphum are Mudmee silk, cotton cloth, Khit cloth, triangular pillows, and other woven cloth products. There are also delicate basketry and various local dishes such as Mam, Som Wua, fish cake, and Isaan sausage which satisfy visitors.
There is very little in the way of budget accommodation as the lowest prices tend to be around 400 baht, but often higher than this. Outside town a few kilometres there are places along the main road for 300 baht and up and further out as low as 150 baht. In the town, there appears to be nothing below 300 baht, but usually 400 baht up.