I visited Phu Phrabat Historical Park this year during Songkran Festival. The whole family gathered together and we planned to have picnic and visit the historical park. On the second day of Songkran, we went over with 2 pick-up trucks. 1 for the veterans and 1 for the younger generations. We climbed up the truck with water guns and 2 buckets of iced water.
Before we reached the Udonthani – Nongkhai Highway, we were already wet since the whole city was in the water festival. From Udon, it is located around 70-80 km and we took around 1 hour to reach the historical park since we slowed down to splash water onto villagers and also residents of Ban Phue.
Phu Phrabat Historical Park is located in Ban Tio, Tambon Muang Phan, Ban Phue District at the foot of Mount Phu Phan. This historical site is also considered as an archaeological features a large number of ancient buildings and ancient objects of both prehistoric and historic times. Mostly are of Dvaravati, Lop Buri, and Lanchang style. Within the site are many rocks of peculiar shapes which resulted from glacial movement millions of years ago. It can be seen that most of the ancient buildings and objects found in this area were modified from what was naturally available and not built entirely by human beings.
Phu Phra Bat Historical Park covers the entire area of the Phra Phutthabat Bua Bok, Phra Phutthabat Lang Tao and Caves and Stone Shelters. I was attracted by Phra Phutthabat Bua Bok which has a very unique design. Noon told me that it was built by a village head who had a pretty daughter. The purpose was to keep his daughter there so that nobody knows about her and marry her.
We then walked around the area which is quite big. You might get lost if you did not follow the signs. And I was lost for few times before I managed to join back my family members. It was so confusing. We then walked around and explored the surrounding hill. Bring at least a small bottle of mineral water and I can guarantee that you will finish it before you finish exploring the area.
Once we reached the top of the hill, some of my aunts and uncles sat under a hut which is built for resting. With the smooth wind, I don’t feel like going down. The view is very beautiful. We used the other route to go down as we followed the sign. It was quite dangerous and slippery. Right before we reached the exit/entrance, we came across few caves which presumed to be shelters of people in the stone age. There were few pre historic paintings in the caves with the figures of animals, humans and few other figures which are quite special which I do not know what it was. Poor thing that my camera is out of order on top of the hill. เช็งโวย!!!
Once we reached the car park area, rain started to pour heavily. The younger generations including Noon moved to the veterans'(Ta Toi) pick-up truck as Ta Toi’s truck has roof behind and left me, P’Nat and Pee on Ta Aem’s truck which is an open air pick-up. P’Nat finished up 2 bottles of LEO before we arrived in Udon. I don’t blame him as it was freezing and before we can enter Udon, we were trapped in the massive traffic jam due to Songkran Festival for almost 30 minutes.
The admission fee is 100 Baht and it is free on Songkran.