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Si Saket (ศรีสะเกษ) is a town in Isaan, Thailand.


With a long history, the area around Si Saket has had a strong culture and a prosperous economy since the Khmer era over one thousand years ago. Moreover, many ethnic tribes settled here such as the Suay, Lao, Khmer, and Yer. Si Saket became a town in 1759 during the Ayuthaya period. In the reign of King Rama V, or around a century ago, the town moved to its present location.

With plenty of Khmer ruins, Si Saket is an interesting destination to visit. It is also the gateway to the world famous Preah Vihear ruins, a cliff-top Khmer sanctuary, most of which is just across the border in Cambodia. However, it can can be visited without requiring a Cambodian visa. The province grows a wide variety of fruits, such as rambutan and durian. These are typically available at the beginning of rainy season around May. Much of the local population are near-subsistence farmers earning an average of about 100 baht or $3 per day.

Get in

By car

From Bangkok, use Hwy 1 (Payolyothin Rd), then Hwy 2 (Mitraphap Rd) from Saraburi. Near Korat (Nakhon Ratchsima) take Hwy 24 (Chock Chai-Det Udom) to reach Si Saket. This route is 571 km.

By bus

Buses and air-conditioned coaches leave the Northeastern Bus Terminal (Mor Chit 2)in Bangkok for Si Saket daily. The journey takes 8 hours. For more information, call 0-2936-2852-66 and Si Saket Bus Terminal at +66 45 612 500 or visit [[1]]

Buses from Roi Et go via Yasothon and cost 120 baht.

The terminal itself is within the city, and is about 1 to 1.5 km from the railway station. To get to there, exit the terminal onto the main road and turn left. Walk along to the end of the road, where there is a road at right angles which backs onto the railway line. Turn right and walk to Khukhan Rd, turn left and cross the line, then turn left again. The station is a couple of hundred metres distant.

To get around, there are only motorbike taxis.

By train

Ordinary, rapid, and express trains regularly leave Bangkok and Bang Sue Station for Si Saket. The route is 515 km. For more information, call the State Railway of Thailand at 1690, +66 22 204 334, +66 22 204 444, and Si Saket Railway Station at +66 45 611 525 or visit [[2]]

For getting around in Si Saket, tricycles are readily available. Moreover, there are buses from downtown Si Saket (Amphoe Muang) to other towns (Amphoe) as well as provinces nearby.

To get from here to the bus terminal, see the reverse directions in "Bus" above.

By plane

The nearest airport is at Ubon Ratchathani (UBP) which is served by Air Asia and Thai Airways.

Get around

There are neither meter taxis nor tuk-tuks available, but you can hire a motorbike taxi or take a samlor (three-wheeled bicycle-taxi).


  • Pra That Ruang Rong - a beautiful wat (temple) about 4 km outside Si Saket. By car/motorbike/motorbike-taxi: Follow the street towards Surin over the bridge and take a right towards "Rasi Salai", when you see the road-sign. Then turn right when you see the large blue sign indicating "Pra That Ruang Rong". Another minute and you will have arrived. The whole complex takes about 90 minutes to visit. Open only in the daytime. Truly worth a visit if you are in the area!
Bottle-cap mural, Wat Lan Khuad
  • Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew (more commonly known as Wat Lan Khuad or "Temple of a Million Bottles") - a bizarre yet entirely serious Buddhist temple complex constructed entirely out of glass bottles. Even the pictures on the walls are assembled from bottle caps. The temple is some 61 km south of Si Saket, in the small town of Khun Han, and is a worthwhile detour if visiting Preah Vihear with your own transport.



Si Saket is in the heart of Isaan. You will find excellent Isaan food anywhere in the area. There are quite a few good restaurants in Si Saket. But maybe the best offer in town is the lively evening market adjacent to the railway on the south side of the train station. There you will find a wide variety of cooked, baked and barbequed foods for a very reasonable price. The evening market opens at 17:00 and closes at 21:00.

In the main part of the city, there are a couple of decent restaurants close to the railway line on Khukhan Rd (heading north in the direction of the station), and on the road parallel to the railway which leads off this road (to the right facing the railway line). Everything is in Thai, and little English is spoken.


There are a few places you can go to in the evening, one of the most famous being Sugars on Lak Muang Rd. Then you could go off to the Nona Disco on Kuang Heng Rd, and last but not least to the I-Bar at the Prompiman Hotel on Lak Muang Rd, not far from the train station. In the I-Bar you can meet the trendy young locals and listen to live music. Dress properly, no beachwear, or you will be refused at the door.


  • Kessiri Hotel (โรงแรมเกษสิริ), 1102-05 Khukhan Rd (turn left onto the main road as you exit the bus terminal and walk until you see a road at right angles opposite. Walk along this road about 200 m, then turn left onto Khukhan Rd. The hotel is about another 500 m further on your right. From the railway station, turn right, then right again across the railway line, and the hotel is a couple of hundred metres on your left.), +66 45 614 006.. Hotel is a little dated, but is well-run and clean. Has about 10 floors. Credit cards accepted. There is an Internet terminal near the desk and you pay to use it. Double is 550 baht, including Thai or Western breakfast.
  • Northeast Hotel.
  • Prompiman Hotel.
  • SP-Boutique Hotel.


Get out

  • Anlong Veng — to the south in Cambodia
  • Preah Vihear — ancient Khmer temple, about two hours to the south
  • Surin — about two hours to the west, known for the annual Elephant Roundup
  • Ubon Ratchathani — provincial capital of Ubon Ratchathani Province, about an hour to the east

Routes through Sisaket
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