The 10 Best Things to do in Loei Province, Thailand

June 10, 2021 Leonarda Pillsbury

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 http://www.dnp.go.th/parkreserve/asp/style1/default.asp?npid=11&lg=2
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4.5 based on 169 reviews

Phu Kradueng National Park

Reviewed By KanyutaP - Bangkok, Thailand

One of the most challenging long hike, Phu kradueng is located in Loei province, Thailand. It is such a favorite destination for those who love nature and challenging trekking. It is quite hard to climb that you want to give up but if you take it with the right pace, you will succeed it! We travelled from Bangkok by the plane (recommend this so you won’t get too tired from long period of transportation). Staying in the city for one night before reaching the park in the early morning is a good idea. The National park fee is 40 THB for Thai and 400 THB for foreigner. We hire the porter at 30 THB per kg. which is quite cheap comparing to the height they have to carry your stuff up there. The wood stick provided for everyone is a must. You will need it when it goes higher and steeper. You should visit Phu kradueng during winter as there is lots of slug during rainy season. However, even there was no rain, the route can be slippery and dangerous so make sure that you wear the right shoes. (Even we went in the winter, during hiking I recommend wearing light clothe as you would get sweat for sure. However, at the top was super cold during the night and early evening so prepare some sweater and long pants also.) The trial was quite easy at the beginning, but it got harder with time. Don’t worry. There are many stops which are called ‘sum’ for you take a rest along the way. Don’t chase other people. Just climb at your own pace and watch your heart rate. Take it slow and steady. Snack during the journey is a must, however, there will be many shops selling food, drink and snack at every stop point. We took about 6 hours to get to the top. The tourists cannot climb up and down after 2 pm. Once you get to the top, you have the choices either walk to the tent are or rent the bike. The tent costed 225 THB per night per 2-3 people. There are enough bathrooms and toilets and also restaurants where the food is quite expensive but understandable as they have to hire the porter to carry the ingredients up there. Recommended activities include waterfalls visiting, watching sunset at Mak Dook cliff, observing sunrise at Nok Ann cliff and biking around. I regret staying only one night at the top. Next time I would stay for about 2-3 days to gradually explore the place. Either going with friends or a person you love, I guarantee that you will be impressed by the untouched nature at Phu Kadueng. Give it a try and you will want to go back, again and again.

2. Phu Thog

Chiang Khan 42100 Thailand
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4.5 based on 154 reviews

Phu Thog

3. Huai Krathing Reservoir

Phu Ruea Thailand
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4.5 based on 60 reviews

Huai Krathing Reservoir

Reviewed By TxGRunner - San Antonio, United States

When Loei people invite tourists to go “rafting,” they aren’t talking white water in raging rivers. They mean flat boats made with bamboo moored in the center of a placid lake. The experience is actually very relaxing and quite soothing during the hotter months. In addition to a nice view, there is a constant, subtle breeze to keep you cool and keep the insects at bay. We always combined our trips with a meal - the restaurant will bring the food out to you. If you visit Loei, definite accept an invitation to go “rafting.”

4. Wat Neramit Wipattasana

Amphoe Dan Sai, Dan Sai 42120 Thailand https://www.tourismthailand.org/Attraction/Wat-Neramit-Wipattasana--3563
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4.5 based on 49 reviews

Wat Neramit Wipattasana

Reviewed By ronaldmD6184CT

The temple grounds are exquisite. The floor of this temple is black polished to a mirror finish that makes for fantastic photos. Unfortunately that floor is now mostly covered as it did not age well. Murals are very special telling the stories of the mythological beings and history of the Buddha. Well worth a visit!

5. Wat Pahuaylad Temple

135 Moo 3 Santom Subdistrict, Phu Ruea 42160 Thailand http://www.watpahuaylad.org/
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4.5 based on 23 reviews

Wat  Pahuaylad Temple

Reviewed By Wingfield73 - Chiang Mai, Thailand

There are so many things to see her. Although its a bit of a Buddhist theme park the modern sculptures are all very high quality. The crocodiles (holding the pearl of wisdom in their jaws, the white Lady of Mercy stature and even a bronze coloured formidable hulk (oh and I nearly forgot the two splendid elephants to the right of the main temple. Both kids and photographers will find their heaven here'

6. Phu Ruea National Park

Phu Ruea 42160 Thailand
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4.5 based on 84 reviews

Phu Ruea National Park

Reviewed By TxGRunner - San Antonio, United States

When the heat in the valleys is oppressive, head up into the mountains for the cool air. The park can be crowded at times, but there are many trails and amazingly photogenic vistas. You don’t really appreciate the altitude you’ve reached until you look out over the distant valleys, look down on the clouds to see, through the wholes, the cities you just passed through. There are lots of nature trails for every difficulty level and transport for those who prefer or need rides up to the scenic overlooks. Thai national parks are grossly under-rated.

7. Phi Ta Khon Festival

Wat Phon Chai, Dan Sai 42120 Thailand http://www.tourismthailand.org/Events-and-Festivals
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4.5 based on 13 reviews

Phi Ta Khon Festival

Thailand is a country filled with her own ghosts and demons unique to this country. One of the most famous festival involving spirit-beings, is the Phi-Ta-Khon festival held in Loei province. Originally thought to celebrate the return of Prince Vessandorn, Lord Buddha-to-be, to the village after leaving for a long journey, the villagers were celebrating with so much joy and made such loud noises that it woke the spirits from the dead to join in. The most well-known sight of this festival would be the parade where villagers walk in procession in colorful clothes, and a ghost-mask made from the wicker-steamer used to cook stick-rice, the staple diet of Northeastern Thailand. This festival is one that shows off the painting skills of Thai artists as well.

Reviewed By anyamagic - Bangkok, Thailand

Phi Ta Khon Festival is worth seeing Tradition, music and colourful parades are all around. There costumes and Masks were creative and such Amazing Art.Once in a life time.Please visit this festival.Memorable moment !

8. Chiang Khan Walking Street

Chiang Khan 42110 Thailand +66 63 052 4117
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4.5 based on 129 reviews

Chiang Khan Walking Street

Reviewed By jobst56 - Hamburg, Germany

Well, apart from lots of food and drink, this market leads you through a narrow road right through town. There's lots of local souvenirs and clothing - also on the famous Pithakhon festival.

9. Phra Buddhabaht Phu Kwai Ngeon Footprint

Chiang Khan Thailand
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4.0 based on 68 reviews

Phra Buddhabaht Phu Kwai Ngeon Footprint

10. Prathat Si Song Rak

Amphoe Dan Sai, Dan Sai Thailand
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4.0 based on 49 reviews

Prathat Si Song Rak

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