|The Emblem of Chaiyaphum|
| Chaiyaphum Province is located
almost at the center of Thailand in the northeastern region. lts
size ranks third in the region and eighth in
the country. The province has a total area of 12,778.3 square km. or
7,986,429 Rai. lt is 342 km. From Bangkok.|
From Chaiyaphum city of nearby Provinces
- Khon Kaen 150 kms.
- Lopburi 243 kms.
- Nakhon Ratchasima 119 kms.
- Petchabun 259 kms
From Chaiyaphum city to its districts
- Narong 58 kms.
- Ban Khawao 13 kms.
- Ban Thaen 80 kms.
- Chaturat 40 kms.
- Kaeng Khro 45 kms.
- Kaset Sombun 90 kms.
- Khon San 125 kms.
- Khon Sawan 38 kms.
- Nong Bue Daeng 53 kms.
- Nong Bua Raheo 33 kms.
- Phakdi Chumphon 85 kms.
- Phu Khiao 80 kms.
- Thep Sathit 105 kms.
- Noen Sa - Nga 30 kms.
- Sab Yai Subdistrict 50 kms.
| Chaiyaphum is an old
city dating back to the time when the Khmer Empire was the pinnacle of its
power. The city was a lesser city of the empire. Some of the sites from
those That Kut Chok. |
Chao Anuwong organized a rebellion against King Rama lll and formed troops to attack Bangkok. He lied to cities along his route that he was rounding up military support to help Bangkok fight the British. Nakhon Ratchasima was subsequently overtaken in 1826. When the secret was out that Chao Anuwong and his troops were rebels, he gathered all the people of Nakhon Ratchasima to take them back to Vientiane. While at Thung Samrit, the captives under the leadership of Khunying Mo, the wife of Nakhon Ratchasima's lord, fought back with the support of Phiraya Phakdi Chumpon and lords of nearby cities until they defeated Chao Anuwong. Nonetheless, A remnant of Chao Anuwongs forces retreated from Nakhon Ratchasima and captured Chaiyaphum. After failing to persuade Phraya Phakdi Chumphon to join the rebellion, the invaders killed him under a big tamarind tree at Nong Pla thao. A shrine built by the city's citizens is a tribute to this man is 3 km. from the provincial hall. The shrine is in the shape of a Thai pavilion and has a statue of Phraya Phakdi Chumphon which is highly revered.
|How to get there|
|Bangkok to Chaiyaphum |
From Bangkok Railway Station (Hua Lamphong), there are express and rapid Bangkok - Nong Khai trains running daily. Visitors can get off at Bua Yai Station and take a bus for 51 km. More to Chaiyaphum. For details, please call the Train Serv ice Section at tel. 2237010 and 2337020
From Bangkok, take Highway No.1 (Phahonyothin Road), turn right at Saraburi onto Highway No.2 (Mittraphap Road) past Amphoe Pak Chong. Then take a left onto Highway No.201 past Amphoe Si Kheo, Amphoe Dan Khun Thot and into Chaiyahum at Amphoe Chaturat straight to Amphoe Muang. The total distance is 332 kms.
From Nakhon Ratchasima, take Highway No.2 (Mittraphap Road) past Tambon Cho Ho. Then turn left onto Highway No.205 past Amphoe Non Thai to the interesection at Tambon Nong Bua Khok in Amphoe Chaturat. Then turn right onto Highway No.201 to Chaiyaphum. The total distance is 119 kms. The Transport Co. operates a daily Bangkok - Chaiyaphum bus Service. For more information, call tel. 2710101-5 (regular bus) and 2794484-7 (air - conditioned bus).