Si Saket Province Travel Guide
Si Sa Khet is a quiet province situated in the valley of the Mun river, which forms a tributary to the Mekong river. This medium sized northeastern province borders with Cambodia in the south, where the boundary is marked by the Dangrek mountain range. Si Sa Khet is well known for the many Khmer ruins that are scattered throughout the province.
Located in the heart of Si Sa Khet town, the provincial capital, is Wat Maha Phuttharam temple. This significant temple houses an ancient and sacred Khmer Buddha image that dates back to over 1,000 years ago and stands at 6.85 meters high. Also within the provincial capital is the marble and glass decorated city pillar shrine, located near the provincial hall.
Khao Phra Wihan National Park, on the border with Cambodia, includes access to the Prasat Preah Vihear temple which, while actually in Cambodia, is one of the biggest attractions of this Thai province. Entrance to the ruins of this 11th century temple is possible without a Cambodian visa and the site is well worth a visit.
For a relatively different temple experience, visitors should venture to the provincial district of Khun Han, which is home to Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew temple. This unique temple is made entirely from glass bottles and boasts a beautiful white jade Buddha statue.
While the tourist infrastructure in Si Sa Ket province is undeveloped, visitors to the province will gain from a truly northeastern experience without many tourist frills. Accommodation options within Si Sa Ket town are limited to a few hotels and restaurants are all Thai style. Getting around in the province’s towns can be achieved by taking a three-wheel bicycle rickshaw (samlor), which have been banned in many other Thai provinces.