Sisaket the gateway to Cambodia
Sisaket, is one of the northeastern provinces of Thailand
Si Saket is a town in Southern Isaan, Thailand. With a long history, the area around Si Saket has had a strong culture and a prosperous economy since the Khmer era over one thousand years ago. Moreover, many ethnic tribes settled here such as the Suay, Lao, Khmer, and Yer. Sisaket became a town in 1759 during Ayutthaya period. In the reign of King Rama V, or around a century ago, the town moved to its present location.
With plenty of Khmer Ruins, Si Saket is an interesting destination to visit. It is also the gateway to visit the world famous Preah Vihear ruins, a cliff-top Khmer sanctuary most of which is just across the border in Cambodia. However, it can can be visited without requiring a Cambodian visa. The province grows a wide variety of fruits, such as rambutan and durian. These are typically available at the beginning of rainy season around May. Much of the local population are near-subsistence farmers earning an average of about 100 baht or $3 per day.
What to see in Sisaket
Sisaket is not a tourist spot, however this beautiful province is plenty of nature and eye pleasing waterfalls.
Phra Viharn is a beautiful National Park located opposite the temple of Preah Vihear is open for tourists in Kantharalak district. Pha Mor E-Daeng cliff with fantastic views of Cambodia and even the Preah Vihear temple, is well worth a visit.
We highly recommend to visit Wat Sombon, a Buddhist temple located in the province of Sisaket, Thailand which resemble an oceangoing vessel and Wat Lan Kuad or “Temple of Million Bottles”, an unconventional contemporary Buddhist temple built with more than a million recycled beer bottles.
How to get Sisaket
The nearest airport is at Ubon Ratchathani – airport code UBP which is served by Air Asia and Thai Airways International (or subsidiary companies).
Buses and air-conditioned coaches leave the Northeastern Bus Terminal (Mor Chit 2) in Bangkok for Sisaket daily. The journey takes 8 hours. For more information, call 0-2936-2852-66 and Sisaket Bus Terminal at 0-4561-2500 or visit www.transport.co.th
From Bangkok, use highway 1 (Payolyothin Road) then highway 2 (Mitraphap Road) from Saraburi. Neat to Korat (Nakhon Ratchsima) take highway 24 (Chock Chai-Det Udom) to reach Sisaket City. This route is 571 kilometres.