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At one point in its past, legend says, Roi Et had 11 city gates. In ancient writing '11' was expressed as '10-plus-1' and somehow this morphed into the city's name, which means '101'. Except for extensive stretches of an ancient moat, Roi Et's long history hasn't followed it into the 21st century. Still, the city retains a charm and sense of identity all its own. You can't call Roi Et sleepy, but it is a pleasant place that does seem to move to its own urban beat.

Best time to visit

At Roi Et, 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 17°C to 35°C and is rarely below 13°C or above 39°C.

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

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

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 29.7 23 16.8
Feb 32.8 26.2 20.1
Mar 34.7 28.4 22.8
Apr 36 29.9 24.6
May 34.9 29.4 25.2
Jun 34.1 29.3 25.4
Jul 32.9 28.5 25.1
Aug 32.2 28.1 24.8
Sep 31.8 27.7 24.6
Oct 31.4 27 23.2
Nov 31.4 25.9 20.9
Dec 30.1 23.8 18.1

Roi Et’s current weather and 7-day forecast

ROI ET WEATHER

Roi Et refers to both a province and a city of the same name in northeast Thailand. This city is smaller than some other metropolitan centers like Bangkok but has no shortage of Thai culture and history. From the city’s unique temples to its vibrant festivals, Roi Et is someplace any traveler passing through this region of Thailand should not miss. Read on to learn more about the best things to do in the area!

1. Somdet Phra Srinagarindra Park and Bueng Phalan Chai lake

The heart of Roi Et is the beautiful park and lake, which is the hub of the city’s activity. All of Roi Et’s gatherings and festivals are centered here and it is a symbol of the larger province. Even if there is not a major event going on, it is worth spending an afternoon walking around the park’s lush flower gardens. Keep an eye out for the white clock tower, public library, and City Pillar Shrine. There is also a zoo and children’s playground. The Bueng Phalan Chai lake is connected to the park and is a peaceful respite from the hustle of the city. The lake contains a waterfall and visitors can paddle around in a rowboat. At the center of the lake is an island with a large gold walking Buddha statue which catches the eye throughout the rest of the city.

2. Roi Et National Museum

The best way to learn more about the Roi Et city and province is by stopping in the Roi Et National Museum. It contains exhibits about the natural and cultural history of the area, and gives visitors context of the present day-to-day life in Roi Et. The museum is divided into sections which focus on the geography and geology of the area; a historical section with models and dioramas of past events, including the influence of the Khmer on the area.

Originally, the building was a textile museum intended to display Roi Et’s silk and handicrafts, but the city’s fine arts department decided to turn it into a museum with a wider scope. There is still a section which is devoted to local arts and crafts and the simplicity of daily life in Isaan culture. The museum is open Wednesday-Sunday from 9am-4pm. The museum is only three floors and can be seen in a few hours, but expect to encounter some visiting school groups.

3. Mueang Municipality Aquarium

Another option for an indoor activity is the Mueang Municipality Aquarium. This aquarium is free and right next to the Somdet Phra Srinakarindra Park, making it the perfect place to stop with the family. You could easily spend a few hours there peering into the aquarium’s 24 small tanks. The highlight of the aquarium is the tunnel that goes under the largest tank. The tunnel gives the exciting illusion that you are under the water among the marine life. The aquarium is open Wednesday to Sunday from 8:30am to 4:30pm, and admission is free.

4. Wat Pha Nam Yoi

Roi Et has multiple temples within and surrounding the city, each with their own unique environment and appearance. While you would be hard pressed to visit all of them, the three mentioned here are among the most interesting and unique and should be added to the itinerary on a visit to Roi Et. The most impressive is Wat Pha Nam Yoi, a large and exquisite monastery in the countryside. The name of the temple translates to “cliff,” which describes the terrain the temple is situated upon. It can be seen for miles; however, since it’s off the beaten tourist track, most of the visitors you will see are locals. If you drive to the temple, there is parking at the foot of the hill and you are saved a climb by a bus that runs up to the temple.

Once you’re there, take a moment to take in the view of the valley below. The temple’s courtyard contains beautiful green gardens, which are perfectly manicured to surround the paths and ponds within it. The building of the temple itself is simply magnificent. It is white and red and accented with intricate gold trim. There is also extensive gold plating on the inside of the temple, highlighting the monastery’s revered status. The temple has several floors, but taking the stairs up to the top is well worth it. The top floor contains sacred relics of the Buddha and is decorated with ancient and contemporary art. Wat Pha Nam Yoi has one of Thailand’s largest chedi’s, or pagodas, and the finial on top is made of pure gold. The temple has no admission price and a tip is to visit in the morning, as soon as it opens at 6:30am, to get a glimpse of it bathed in the spectacular morning light.

5. Wat Klang Ming Mueang

If you’re unable to venture out of Roi Et, there are still several interesting temples to see inside the city. Wat Klang Ming Mueang is a very old monastery, outdating the city’s foundation. It is located in the city center on a small hill. Inside the temple, the walls of the ordination hall inside contain beautiful murals showing the life of the Buddha. The complex also has a tower structure. Previously the building was used as a location for civil servants to take an oath of loyalty to the king; today it is used as a Buddhist school and faith exams are held there annually. Admission to this historic temple is free and it welcomes visitors from 6am-5pm.

6. Wat Buraphaphiram

Wat Buraphaphiram is another monastery in Roi Et. It is known for containing Thailand’s tallest standing Buddha statue. There are several museum rooms around the foot of the statue where visitors can learn more about the temple’s history. It was the third class royal temple. Today, it is highly revered in the province and many come to visit.

7. Bun Khao Chi Festival

In the Isaan culture of northeastern Thailand, twelve festivals are held throughout the year, one during each month. This gives travelers to this region many opportunities to experience the excitement of the accompanying parades, festivals, and music! The Bun Khao Chi festival is held in February and is one of a number of festivals held at this time across the province to celebrate the harvest. The feature of Bun Khao Chi is grilled sticky rice, the traditional dish of the same name. According to Buddhist faith, a servant offered the dessert dish called khanom paeng chi to the Buddha, even though she thought he would not eat it because it was not good enough. However, he did eat it and then preached to her until she reached the first stage of enlightenment. Ultimately, the story is about giving, an important virtue in Buddhist faith. The belief that making grilled sticky rice will gain merit for the people is what inspires the festival, which also features a parade, a beauty competition, and a Khao Chi cake competition.

8. Kin Khao Pun Bun Phawet Festival

This festival takes place in March at the Somdet Phra Srinakarindra Park and Bueng Phalan Chai lake. It is a Buddhist ceremony in which the monks give a sermon. The sermon contains all the chapters of the Vessantara Jataka, the Great Birth Sermon. There are thirteen chapters in the sermon, and a parade is held for each one. The featured traditional food of the festival is Khao Pun rice noodles. Traditional arts are another big part of the festival and contests are held to determine the best artisan.

9. Bun Bangfai Festival

One of the most exciting festivals in Roi Et is the Bun Bangfai Festival, or the rocket festival, which is held in June. As the name implies, the features of the festival are colorful rockets. They are paraded through the streets of Roi Et, and each district of the province organizes a parade. The parades also feature traditional dancing and music, food carts, and activities for children. The highlight of the festival is when the rockets are launched. However, don’t expect a colorful display like fireworks. The intent of these rockets is to go as high as possible in the sky. This is believed to gain merit for the upcoming harvest and for good rain. Understandably, this festival attracts many visitors from the surrounding province.

10. Buddhist Lent Candle Procession

The Buddhist Lent Candle Procession is held at the beginning of Buddhist Lent, on Asanha Bucha Day in July. During the upcoming three month period, monks will go to their temple for contemplative study, prayer, and meditation. They are given small candles and other essentials for their time in solitude. A competition is held for the most beautifully carved candle. The monks are given quite a send off, with parades featuring traditional dances and cultural performances. Temples will decorate their floats with flowers and intricate wax sculptures in the hopes of winning the award for best float.

Budget options

Hop Inn Roi Et 

Add: 377 Moo 6, Rob Mueang Soi 5, Rob Mueang Road, Nuea Mueang Sub District, Mueang Roi Et District, Roi Et, 45000 Roi Et, Thailand

Hop Inn Roi Et offers air-conditioned rooms in Roi Et. The accommodation provides a 24-hour front desk and free WiFi.
At the hotel, every room has a balcony. At Hop Inn Roi Et every room is equipped with a desk, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom.

MGRAND 

Add: 99 Haisok Rd, Tambon Nai Mueang, 45000 Roi Et, Thailand

MGRAND is set in Roi Et and features a bar. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free WiFi. Private parking can be arranged at an extra charge.

The units in the hotel are equipped with a flat-screen TV. At MGRAND all rooms are equipped with air conditioning and a private bathroom.

The accommodation offers a buffet or American breakfast.

Mila Garden 

Add: 526 Moo 7, Soi 2, Tewapiban Road, Dong Lan, Muang Roi Et, Roi Et, Thailand, 45000 Roi Et, Thailand

Mila Garden in Roi Et provides accommodation with a garden and a terrace. Featuring a shared lounge, the 2-star guest house has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. The accommodation features a 24-hour front desk, room service and luggage storage for guests.

At the guest house, rooms include a wardrobe. At Mila Garden rooms have a desk and a flat-screen TV.

Mid-range options

Le Park 23 Boutique Resort 

Add: 298-299 Tawapiban Road, Soi 22, Mueng, 45000 Roi Et, Thailand

Located in Roi Et, Le Park 23 Boutique Resort offer comfortable rooms featuring exposed cement walls. Free private parking is available on site.

Every room at this guest house is air conditioned and is fitted with a flat-screen TV. All rooms are fitted with a private bathroom equipped with a shower. Le Park 23 Boutique Resort features free WiFi . 

Coffee&Homestay568 

Add: 568, Soi 11, Suriydechbumrung Road, Nai Mueang, Mueang, 45000 Roi Et, Thailand 

Located in Roi Et, Coffee&Homestay568 provides a garden. There is a terrace and guests can make use of free WiFi and free private parking.

All units are equipped with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fridge, a kettle, a shower, a hairdryer and a wardrobe.

Guests at the guest house can enjoy a continental breakfast.

Ruan Rim Nam 

Add: 72 Charoenpanich Rd. T.Naimuang A.Muang, 45000 Roi Et, Thailand 

Set in Roi Et, Ruan Rim Nam offers 3-star accommodation with a garden and a terrace. With a shared lounge, the 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. There is free private parking and the property offers paid airport shuttle service.

At the hotel all rooms have a TV with cable channels.

Guests at Ruan Rim Nam can enjoy an Asian breakfast.

Staff speak Thai and English at the 24-hour front desk.

Chow Rae Rim Beung

This no-frills local favourite has been dishing up chicken and rice, and other simple but tasty Thai staples, for more than 50 years. Specialities include kôw man gài (steamed chicken) and kôw mŏo gròrp (crispy pork) which, along with several other choices, are shown in pictures on the wall and in the part-translated menu. The friendly owner also speaks a bit of English.

Pizza Milano

Though named for its delicious pizzas, which attracts the expat crowd, this place also has a full Thai menu. It's a simple but comfortable air-con spot and though it's a bit of a trip from the lake, if you're craving pizza it's worth it; walk south down Th Prachadhamruk and it's eventually on your right.

Elefin

Contender for the best cafe in Isan, this coffee shop and restaurant has a wonderful lakeside perch and is serious about its beans (all Thai-grown). It's in a beautifully restored building, and the lovely tiles and wooden cabinets filled with family heirlooms and assorted bric-a-brac make it almost museum-like. As with the coffee, the Thai food is excellent too.

Night Market

By day this big roof hosts Roi Et's municipal market, and at night it shifts gears to become the city's main night market. And it's a good one, with a mix of Thai and Isan food, though seating is very limited as it's mostly bagged up for takeaway.

Get in

By car

Take Hwy 1 (Phahonyothin Rd) from Bangkok, turn onto Hwy 2 (Mittraphap Road) at Saraburi Province heading toward Nakhon Ratchasima, passing Ban Phai District, Maha Sarakham, until reaching Roi Et. The total distance is about 512 km and takes about 7 hours.

By plane

Air Asia schedule four flights daily to Roi Et from Bangkok's Don Muang Airport
for Bangkok Suvarnabhumi connections the nearest airport is Khon Kaen (120km) (Thai Airways and Air Asia)

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

Here you can find some tips to book the cheapest flight

By bus

From Bangkok's Mo Chit Bus Terminal there are several ordinary and air-conditioned buses going to Roi Et. There is also a bus route from Rayong via Pattaya-Nakhon Ratchasima-Buriram-Roi Et to Mukdahan on the Lao border. From Khon Kaen, air-con bus to Roi Et, pink colour.

The bus from Yasothon costs 59 baht.

The bus from Khon Kaen costs B80and takes a little over 2 hours.

We recommend you check the latest bus schedule and price via rome2rio.com

By train

Take the train to Khon Kaen. From there, catch a bus to Roi Et (pink colour). For more details, contact the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) at 1690, 0 2220 4444, 0 2220 4334. 

Get around

The main bus station is about 2 km from the City centre close to the Tesco Lotus supermarket. Tuk-tuks are available throughout the city, and are always waiting outside hotels.

Take a samlor ("three wheels" - pedal tricycle) to get around. You will always find samlors near markets, hotels, the bus station and in the city centre. Prices are normally between 20 and 50 baht.

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