Roi Et is located in the Isaan region of central northeast Thailand. Previously, it was a large, important city named Saket Nakhon with a total of 11 city gates and in charge of 11 smaller communities. The town is built around a large artificial lake, Bung Phlan Chai, where a very tall Buddha stands on a small island in its centre. There are boats to rent on the lake and various festivals of the region are held here, people use the park for exercise and recreation. One of the products the province is well known for is the Isaan Khaen, a kind of panpipe made from wood and reeds; these are best made in the small village of Si Kaew. If you are looking to buy silk and cotton fabric then head to Thanon Phadung Phanit where it is cheap and there is a lot of variety.
Wat Buraphaphiram monastery contains a Buddha image, over 59 meters high, in the attitude of blessing, named ‘Phra Phuttha Ratana Mongkhon Mahamuni’. The icon stands high above the neighbouring houses and is built of reinforced concrete, within the base there are some museum chambers.
Ku Kasing is a large Khmer structure built in the 16th Buddhist century, located in Amphoe Kaset Wisai. It consists of 3 pagodas on the same base. Many statues and lintels are kept in the province’s museum.
Wat Sa Thong enshrines The ‘Luang Pho Sang Katchai’ Buddha image. This admired Buddha image was discovered by Phraya Khattiya Wongsa, the first lord of Roi Et, in 1782 who is responsible for bringing the image to the temple. Previously, Government officials were obliged to swear in front of the image every year.
Pha Nam Yoi or Isaan Buddhist Park is a stone cliff situated at Ban Khok Klang, a total area of 20,000 rai. The forest houses an extensive variety of hardwood trees and all sorts of wild animals including boar, barking deer and red jungle fowl. Within the park is Wat Pha Namthip Thep Prasit Wanaram, which covers an area of 2,500 rai. The temple houses Phra Mahachedi Chai Mongkhon, one of Thailand’s largest chedis decorated with golden motifs and encircled by smaller chedis. The large chedi houses the relics of the Lord Buddha and is adorned with a mixture of an ancient and contemporary art. Inside the chedi is The Ubosot, which houses a collection of 101 authentic marble images of highly-respected monks, a museum and a spiralling staircase of 119 steps leading to a bell-shaped hall where the Buddha’s relics are enshrined.
Buddhist Lent Candle Procession is a festival that takes place on Asalha Puja Day each year in Somdet Phra Si Nakharin Park. Locals from each community carry their own decorated Buddhist Lent Candle in a procession through the town, ending at the 4 gabled pavilion at the park, there follows a contest to choose the most beautiful decorated candle and float.