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Considered to be centrally located in Thailand, Chaiyaphum has an abundance of natural attractions and is famous for its beautiful flower-fields, particularly the Krachiao Flower Blooming Festival during the months of June-July. Chaiyaphum's size, with majority of it being forests and mountains, ranks third in the region and eighth in the country.
The town was founded by a group of Vientiane immigrants, led by Nai Lae, a nobleman, during the beginning of the Rattanakosin era over 2 centuries ago. Within a decade, King Rama III promoted Nai Lae to Phraya Phakdi Chumphon and made him the city's first lord. When the Lord of Vientiane led a rebellion against King Rama III in 1826, he helped Khunying Mo successfully defend Nakhon Ratchasima from the seige. Chaiyaphum is 342 kilometres from Bangkok and has an area of 12,778 square kilometres.

Best time to visit

In Chaiyaphum, the wet season is oppressive and overcast, the dry season is humid and partly cloudy, and it is hot year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 18°C to 36°C and is rarely below 14°F or above 39°C.

Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Chaiyaphum for warm-weather activities is from late November to mid February. 

Check the below table for the general idea of Chaiyaphum weather throughout the year.

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 30.1 24 18.5
Feb 33.6 27.1 21.1
Mar 35.2 28.9 23.4
Apr 36.3 30 24.8
May 35 29.4 25.2
Jun 34.1 29.1 25.1
Jul 33 28.3 24.5
Aug 32.2 27.7 24.1
Sep 31.9 27.5 24.1
Oct 31.4 27.2 23.6
Nov 31.4 26.4 21.9
Dec 30.2 24.6 19.3

Chaiyaphum’s current weather and 7-day forecast


With its wild outdoors, Chaiyaphum is a far cry from Bangkok, and that isn’t a bad thing. This small province in the northeastern part of Thailand is one of the country’s best-kept secrets. It offers a lot of attractions for visitors, rewarding those who take the trouble to visit this little-visited area, with a lot of visual treats and experiences they will not soon forget.

1. Discover the distinctive rock formations in Pa Hin Ngam National Park

“Pa Hin Ngam” means Forest of Beautiful Stones, an apt name given that the park is most known for the number of rock formations, in various shapes and sizes, spread across its grounds. Pa Hin Ngam National Park is about 100 km (62 miles) southwest of Chaiyaphum. A tram takes visitors from the park’s welcome center to the different trails and the rock formations.

Those who want to explore each trail but are worried about time need not fear because you can actually rent tents to stay overnight in the park. The best time to visit Pa Hin Ngam National Park is June or July, when the pink Siamese tulips, (locally known as dok kra jiao), indigenous to Chaiyaphum, are in bloom. Aside from this park, these blooms only grow in Sai Ngam and Thepsathit National Parks.

Phu Laen Kha, on the other hand, is considered Thailand’s answer to Stonehenge because of the Mor Hin Khao, or the Hill of White Rocks, which is part of the Seven Wonders of Thailand. They are comprised of large, rectangular boulders, each of which is about 12 meters (39.4 feet) high, found in the middle of a grassy field. While resembling Stonehenge, these rocks formed naturally, unlike the English attraction, which was man-made. Rumor has it that the rocks glow on certain nights, which is why some visitors opt to camp there overnight, to try to catch a glimpse of this event.

2. Bathe in the waterfalls of Tat Ton National Park and Sai Thong National Park

Tat Ton National Park can also be found in the Phu Laen Kha mountain range. The highlight of a visit to this park is seeing the numerous waterfalls, the most popular being the Tat Ton waterfalls. Tourists who want to explore the Tat Ton waterfalls can either visit in the summer, which is when locals also visit the park, to cool off or they can visit during the rainy season, between June and December, when the falls are more powerful.

The other waterfalls in Tat Thon National Park are Tat Klang and Pha Lang. Sai Thong National Park, on the other hand, is home to the Namtok Sai Thong waterfalls, which are 100 meters (328 feet) high.

The park’s high location, being perched on the Phan Hoei mountain range, allows visitors to enjoy the view at Hum Hod Cliff.

3. Find out more about Khmer history in Prang Ku

Prang Ku, found in Ban Nong Bua, was constructed between the 12th and 13th century, during the time of the Khmer empire. The original structure was built with laterite and sandstone. The remnants of a ceremonial pool can be found beyond the wall. Visitors will notice that the stone passageways all face east, toward the rising sun.

Beside the monument, with the central prang rising to about 10 meters (32.8 feet), is a Buddha image which dates back to the Dvaravati period, which took place between the 6th and 13th century.

4. Explore the Chaiyaphum fauna in the Phu Kieo Wildlife Reserve

Wildlife fanatics can visit the Phu Kieo Wildlife Reserve, with its 1560 square kilometers (602.3 square miles) of land and home to different species of animals, including 350 kinds of birds. It is also one of the best areas in Thailand to spot larger animals, such as elephants, tigers, leopards, hog deer, Asian black bears and many others.

5. Go on a boat ride in Chulabhorn Dam

Chulabhorn Dam, formerly called Nam Phrom Dam, is a reservoir resembling a lake and is surrounded by beautiful scenery. Visitors can spend a relaxing day here, simply boating along the water’s surface.

6. Buy silks in Ban Khwao

Ban Khwao, a small village about 13 kilometers (8 miles) away from Chaiyaphum, is known for its silk weaving and produces the distinctive tie-dyed Mut Mi silk. Visitors can buy silks here, or simply observe how the products are made.

7. Visit the monument honoring a Lao Chaiyaphum ruler

Jao Pho Phraya Lae was the ruler of Chaiyaphum in the 18th century. Despite being Laotian, he sided with Bangkok when Vientiane declared war against Siam.

8. Attend a festival

Chaiyaphum has several annual festivals worth checking out. One such festival is the Dok Krachiao (or Kra Jiao) Blooming Festival, which celebrates the period when the Siamese tulips come in full bloom. The festivities may include musical performances, rock climbing rallies, tree-planting activities, and parades. This is held from June to August.

Another activity is the Chao Pho Phraya Lae Festival, or the Chaiyaphum Elephant Festival, an event intended to honor the first governor of the province. A highlight of the festival is an elephant parade and the festival takes place between January 12-20, every year.

The Chaopho Phraya Lae Worship Ceremony, held at the Nong Pla Thao Shrine, is intended to pay homage to Chopho Phraya Lae. Traditional dances are performed at the Nong Pla Thao Shrine, for this event. This is held yearly, for three days, starting from the first Monday in May.

The Candle Festival is held on the first full moon day of the eighth lunar month, every year, which usually falls in July. Candle contests are held, as well as a procession.

9. Say hello to the elephants in their village

Ban Khai on Koh Phangan, otherwise known as Ban Kai Mun Phaeo or simply Ban Kai, is dubbed the elephant village because it is where villagers tame captured elephants.
In January, the villagers go on an “elephant round-up.”

10. Listen to traditional northeastern Thai music

Mor lam is the folk music of northeastern Thailand. It combines Thai and Laotian music to create a distinctive sound. The music is characterized by its fast vocals, coupled with flexible melody. The lyrics usually talk about the life of the rural poor. Mor lam is traditionally accompanied by someone playing the khene, which is a free-reed mouth organ. Mor lam may be performed during festivals.

Mid-range options

Ratchanee Place 

Add: 8,Moo. 1, Ban Kok,Chattarat, Chaiyaphum, 36130 Chaiyaphum, Thailand 

Providing city views, Ratchanee Place in Chaiyaphum provides accommodation, a shared lounge, a garden and a terrace. The apartment features both WiFi and private parking free of charge.

Every unit features a private bathroom and shower, air conditioning, a flat-screen TV and a fridge.

Phusuay Park View Hotel 

Add: 366 M.2 Chaiyaphum- Kangkho Road, T.Banlao, A. Muang, 36000 Chaiyaphum, Thailand

Located 8 km to Shrine of Chao Por Phaya Lae, Phusuay Park View Hotel is 20 km to Tat Ton National Park. It offers free Wi-Fi throughout the property. Free private parking is available on site.

The hotel is 42 km to Mo Hin Khao. Pa Hin Ngan National Park is 80 km away, while Chulabhorn Dam is located 120 km from the hotel.

Fitted with a balcony, each air-conditioned room features cable TV, fridge and wardrobe. Shower facilities are included in an en suite bathroom.

Staff can offer assistance with shuttle arrangements. Laundry services are available at a fee. For leisure, guests can take a stroll in the garden. Guests can also benefit from the meeting/banquet facilities.

Deluxe options

Park Villa Chaiyaphume 

Add: 299 หมู่ที่ 13 ตำบลหนองนาแซง อำเภอเมืองชัยภูมิ จังหวัดชัยภูมิ, 36000 Chaiyaphum, Thailand

Located in Chaiyaphum, Park Villa Chaiyaphume features 4-star accommodation with private balconies. Each accommodation at the 4-star hotel has city views, and guests can enjoy access to a bar and to a garden. The accommodation provides a 24-hour front desk and room service for guests.

All units are equipped with air conditioning, a microwave, a fridge, a kettle, a shower, free toiletries and a desk. At the hotel every room is equipped with a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom, and a patio with a garden view.

Guests at Park Villa Chaiyaphume can enjoy a buffet breakfast.

Studio at Chaiyaphum. 

Add: Chaiyaphum Park Hotel, 105, Moo.4, Ban Lao, Mueang, 36000 Chaiyaphum, Thailand

Studio at Chaiyaphum. In Chaiyaphum provides adults-only accommodation with a restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool and a garden. Each accommodation at the 4-star hotel has garden views, and guests can enjoy access to a terrace. The accommodation provides a 24-hour front desk, room service and luggage storage for guests.

All units at the hotel are equipped with a seating area, a TV with satellite channels and a private bathroom with free toiletries and a shower. The rooms at Studio at Chaiyaphum. Include air conditioning and a desk.

Touch the Wind 

Add: 134 Moo 6, Ban Buchanuan Sap Yai District, 36130 Chaiyaphum, Thailand

Touch the Wind has a restaurant, outdoor swimming pool, a bar and shared lounge in Chaiyaphum. Each accommodation at the 4-star hotel has garden views, and guests can enjoy access to a garden and to barbecue facilities. Free private parking is available and the hotel also features car hire for guests who want to explore the surrounding area.
At the hotel rooms come with air conditioning, a seating area, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a kitchenette, a dining area and a private bathroom with a hairdryer, a shower and free toiletries. The rooms will provide guests with a fridge.

Continental and à la carte breakfast options are available each morning at Touch the Wind.

The accommodation offers a terrace. You can play billiards at Touch the Wind.

A fun and tasty night bazaar stretches near Chaiyaphum’s lively expat hangout, where English beer and great burgers will cure any Western homesickness.

When the sun goes down, Chaiyaphum converges at the night bazaar that materialises on a side road running west off Sanambin Road. Marked by a big English sign, the market features bountiful finger foods like sai grok (sour Isaan sausage), flaky roti, skewered meats, cauldrons of herbaceous soups and smoky gai yang (grilled chicken) served with som tam and sticky rice. Some vendors offer a few tables for eating on site, and after filling up you could browse the second-hand clothing stalls.

Stroll across Sanambin from the night bazaar to find The 1 Bar, Chaiyaphum’s one-and-only Western-style pub, run by an affable British-Thai couple with help from their adorable kids. They serve up steak and kidney pie, New Zealand lamb, bratwurst and terrific burgers, including a veggie burger. Step up to the bar for an Old Speckled Hen or other foggy English brews along with some cocktails and the usual ice-cold Chang and Leo. You might expect a depressing crew of older Western expats to dominate but we met a bunch of friendly twenty-something English teachers shooting billiards and having fun.

Around the corner from Pocket Park Minitel, Cupple Coffee is a good option for breakfast and lunch. Set in a large air-con space with tables and sofas, the young staff offers English menus with photos along with fresh coffee, cake and WiFi. You can’t go wrong with Thai rice plates like the krapao muu sai kai dao (pork stir-fried with holy basil and chillies), but simple Western breakfasts are also available.

If you pass through when The 1 Bar is closed and are weary of the many local-style eateries serving noodle soup, chicken rice and Isaan food, you could head up Sanambin to the chain restaurants found in the Tesco Lotus shopping centre.

Get in

By car

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.

By bus

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.
As at Aug 2014, a VIP aircon bus from Mo Chit takes 5 hours and costs B320/B275.

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.

We recommend you check the latest bus schedule and price via

By train

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.

By plane

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. 

Contact us for the latest flight schedule and price. Or you can check via some online platform such as or

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Get around

There are tuk-tuks at the bus terminal and inside town. Prices are reasonable (ask before you climb on board!)


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In a new move to attract travelers during peak season, Thailand is doing away with the requirement of needing vaccination certificates or Covid-19 negative results in the case of unvaccinated passengers. Additionally, those infected with Covid-19, but have mild symptoms don’t need to isolate from next month. The same applies to those who test positive but display no symptoms.

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul announced these changes on Thursday after the National Communicable Diseases Committee (NCDC) had a meeting on Wednesday.

Instead of isolating those who have contracted the disease would be required to wear a mask, socially distance themselves from others and wash their hands frequently for the first five days. They also need to stay away from those who are immunocompromised and vulnerable.

Dr. Sophon Iamsirithaworn, deputy director-general of the Department of Disease Control, informed that since the present Covid-19 mutation doesn’t cause serious symptoms in most people, disease control measures can be relaxed.

National Security Council secretary-general Supoj Malaniyom added that the new measures are being put in place to help improve the economic conditions of the country.

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