The 10 Best Things to Do in Loei Province, Thailand

January 2, 2018 Jacquiline Darosa

Loei (Thai: เลย, pronounced [lɤ̄ːj]), in Isan, is one of the most sparsely populated provinces (changwat) of Thailand. Neighboring provinces are (from east clockwise) Nong Khai, Udon Thani, Nongbua Lamphu, Khon Kaen, Phetchabun, Phitsanulok. In the north it borders Xaignabouli and Vientiane Province of Laos.
Restaurants in Loei Province

1. Phu Kradueng National Park

Phu Kradueng, Thailand +66 42 810 833
Excellent
64%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 140 reviews

Phu Kradueng National Park

Reviewed By Charn P - Bangkok, Thailand

We climbed Phu Kradueng National Park once before. However we felt our visit was rather too rush in allowing only one night stay on its top. This second challenge included two nights in a different type of bungalow in the park. Our previous experience help us select a better month and time ourselves much better in our climb. We took time to enjoy ourselves on the way up with numerous stops en route. While on the top of the Phu (mountain in Thai), we got to visit the various must-see attractions and know some vendors of their daily activities and background. Our two nights stay seemed too short somehow. On the way down, we had to be extremely careful with loose leaves which can easily cause slippery along the slope. We felt very fulfilled after reaching the bottom, to the entrance gate and finally to our SUV. What a challenge to climb Phu Kradueng at our senior years!

2. Phu Thog

Chiang Khan 42100, Thailand
Excellent
55%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 130 reviews

Phu Thog

Reviewed By Phil M - Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand

There are great views to be had from the top of this mountain. But it is a bit of a rip-off having songtaews transport you to the top - the road to the top is perfectly OK for any vehicle and the local village has taken advantage of the 'tourist dollar' and closed the road to permit only these songtaews to transport people to the top ...... only in Thailand lol ;-) The driver and vehicle wait for you and then take you back down to the village, so you can't really meander at your leisure up the top because there's a little bit of pressure to leave.

3. Chiang Khan Walking Street

Chiang Khan 42110, Thailand
Excellent
42%
Good
52%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 77 reviews

Chiang Khan Walking Street

Reviewed By Mr_Nobody_1979 - Krakow, Poland

Probably the most famous after dark attraction of the town. Typical night market Thai style with plenty of street food (few good specifically local traits from nearby river are worth trying: tiny prawns and crabs), souvenir and clothing carts. Some nice coffee shops allow to take a rest and watch people passing by.

4. Phu Ruea National Park

Phu Ruea 42160, Thailand
Excellent
47%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 66 reviews

Phu Ruea National Park

Reviewed By szaidi - Bangkok, Thailand

We hiked to the top but had to give up somewhere along the way as the trail is not well marked. The rangers told us only 4 km to top whereas to drive is 7 km and then 1 km walk (very easy). But after 3 hours of walking and not sure of where we were going we gave up. Views are nice except it was very hazy in February. It's all very manicured and touristy on top.

5. Phra Buddhabaht Phu Kwai Ngeon Footprint

Chiang Khan, Thailand
Excellent
34%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 58 reviews

Phra Buddhabaht Phu Kwai Ngeon Footprint

Reviewed By Pladapla - Bangkok, Thailand

This place is not far from Phu Thog just 15 -20 mins drive. The temple located up on the hill. There is the 4WD car service like Phu Thog. Tip: There is view point in the temple. Just walk a little, the view is so stunning.

6. Huai Krathing Reservoir

Phu Ruea, Thailand
Excellent
53%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 48 reviews

Huai Krathing Reservoir

Reviewed By peterpatterpot - George Town, Malaysia

We were driving from Chiang Khan to Loei and to Phu Ruai area and came across this Reservoir called Huai Krating. Its a lake surrounded by beautiful Mountains . On the lake there are a few raft/boat operators we can rent the raft to ourselves for a whole day at 200baht - 500baht. Depending on what you want to do. We thought just floating in the middle of the lake and hav lunch n do a bit of fishing will do and it costs 200baht smallest raft comfy for 2 pax, for a whole day! Its beautiful lake n waters cool and clean for swimming too. We chose the operator jz next to the Tourist Info Center. Shaded parking area n kitchen looks clean too. The man with long tied up hair came to assist us. Wife is the cook, not as friendly. We actually did catch a huge golden carp on the lake but they didnt want to cook for us, saying she busy n cant clean n cook our fish. Didnt seem friendly n no smile.
Anyway the rafting experience was good n worth our time to detour 10mins only from main highway. Fantastic view as we sit on the raft looking all around us are Mountains. Raft is thatched roof so very cooling and not hot.

7. Wat Neramit Wipattasana

Amphoe Dan Sai, Dan Sai 42120, Thailand
Excellent
51%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 34 reviews

Wat Neramit Wipattasana

Reviewed By Peter586 - Tulsa, Oklahoma

This is one of the top three temples in Dan Sai and a must see if you are in the area. Amazing place, breath taking literally.... Worth the drive from Loei.

8. Prathat Si Song Rak

Dan Sai, Thailand
Excellent
32%
Good
61%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 28 reviews

Prathat Si Song Rak

Reviewed By Muralto60 - Cambridge, Massachusetts

This small historic Buddhist site is well worth a visit, starting with the very impressive white staircase leading up the the site. Here one finds primarily locals and only few western visitors. The very impressive local plants (such as massive palm trees) are an additional feature worth looking for.

9. Wat Pahuaylad Temple

135 Moo 3 | Santom Subdistrict, Phu Ruea 42160, Thailand
Excellent
51%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 18 reviews

Wat Pahuaylad Temple

Reviewed By schloggs04 - Burringbar

Just happened to see this very large temple while driving past, just before Phu Rua It is relatively new and enormous - still being added to. The mosaics on the statues in the grounds are incredible, there are several statues in the process of having mosaic tiles laid on them now, June 2016, which is interesting to watch, such painstaking work and so intricate. The space inside the temple is massive and very interesting, really quirky and fun.
Great garden area, pond with large fish which you can feed, heaps of car parking - some undercover, about 30 spotlessly clean toilets, a cafe and an undercover area showing details of construction and what appears to be future plans, all in Thai. Stop and have a look.

10. Erawan Cave

Thailand
Excellent
36%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 19 reviews

Erawan Cave

Reviewed By plugger14 - Udon Thani, Thailand

This buddha monument is placed to the entrance of a cave which is perched on top of a hill. There is in excess of 600 steps to negotiate before you get there so do not attempt this unless you are of reasonable fitness. On the way there is good views of the beautiful surrounding countryside. I wouldn't like to attempt this in the middle of the day during the hot season.

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