The surrounding provinces of Si Sa Ket, Surin, Ubon Ratchathani, Katharalac and the surrounding districs abound with beautiful National Parks and attractions like the ancient rock paintings at Pha Taem national park. The highways and roads are excellent and allow the visitor numerous day trip destinations for sight seeing, treking in national parks and swimming in waterfalls like Nam Tok Wangyai or Nam Tok Bak Theo Yai. Visit the convergences of the Mun River and the mighty Mekong River, stroll through the riverside markets shopping for trinkets, clothing local snacks or souveniers, take a boat for sight seeing up the river eat on board while sight seeing!
The opportunities are many and varied with something surely to suit your tastes or interests. Let us guide you onto the right track!
Krachang Yai Guesthouse is ideally situated close to the Immigration border crossing known as Chong Sangam in Phu Sing District of Si Sa Ket Thailand making access from the Thai Cambodian border to the magnificent Angkor Wat in only 3 hours!!! The new asphalt (Black top) highway between the border crossing and Angkor Wat which was recently opened replacing the old dirt road which was an adventure in its self! Full immigration services are available on both the Thai and Cambodian sides of the border crossing for your convenience.
We encourage travelers in either direction to use our Guesthouse as a jumping off point for those who would like to tour the Ancient Temple city of Angkor Wat from the North East of Thailand or those who have already toured through Cambodia and wish continue their tour across the border into Thailand. We can arrange tours and transport from our Guesthouse across the border into Cambodia to Angkor Wat. Tours normally includes accommodation in Siem Reap close by the 12th century Angkor Wat site.
More info on Angkor Wat is available here
There is more to the "real" story about were the idea came from local legend has it that the original Abott who started construction using beer bottles etc was a heavy drinker who asked Buddha to stop him drinking and promising that if he was able to stop he would join the local temple as a monk and build a entire temple complex from alcohol bottles and the pickup bottles that he used to drink daily. He stopped drinking and joined the temple, the rest is history!
More info on Angkor Wat is available here
World Heritage listed Khmer temple site , procession and sanctuary, built by five different Khmer kings, starting in 889 AD, 300 years before Ankor Wat. currently access to the temple site is only possible from Thailand through Kantahalac district and is only 25 Kilometers from our Guesthouse. Cambodian and Thai authorities are currently conducting talks aimed at re opening the access to the temple from the Thai side of the border following cessation of border clashes earlier this year. We will keep you all posted as this develops as we know that there are many of our former Guests and new visitors anxious to visit this unique temple site and scene of recent conflict as soon as possible.
More info on Khao Phreah Viharn is available here
We can make day trips for you and your groups to visit the temple complex which has been extensively restored by the Thai Department of Fine Arts between 1971 - 1988. It was opened by Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn in May 1988. This Hindu religious monument was build between 10-13th centuries A.D. The complex and sanctuary include symbols of the mountain Kailasa with Shiva's patheon. Interestingly during the sun rise and sunset the suns rays pass straight through the door-ways of Prasat Phanom Rung 4 times a year during 2 sunrises and 2 sunset events. The sunrise events are in April and September, the sunset events are in March and October. Visitors can observe these events.
More info on Prasart Phnom Rung Historical Park is available here
We can arrange day trips including a visit to the Research Center at Baan Ta Klang in Surin, which includes an elephant show and it is possible to have elephant rides including one across the Mun River into the forested banks on the otherside and return. The Center is run by decendants of Suay or Kuay speaking peoples who are the traditional elephant Mahout's since Khmer times and were instrumental in the foundation of Surin by Chiangpum later appointed the local governor by King Rama 1 after he established the Chakri dynasty. The elephant roundup and buffet is held every year during third week of November and is of epic proportions not to be missed and has attracted many visitors including the American film director Steven Spielberg. Elephants are fed a buffet and parade with their mahout's dressed in traditional Suay clothing and elephant equipment.
More info on Surin Elephant Village and Research Center is available here