Photo: Time to eat.

Introduction

Our rating:

As green rice paddies slide by on the way to Chaiyaphum, you may well be hit with a strong sense of venturing into the middle of nowhere. The small provincial city has no train station or airport and is by and large off the radar for both foreign and Thai travellers. Few people come this way. If you prefer the path less taken, that may be a reason to come.


Buy our Chaiyaphum eGuide for A$1.99

 This 15 page guide includes all of our coverage for Chaiyaphum in one neat, easy to read PDF guidebook.
  Download link emailed straight to you.

     


Hotels, food, sights, transport quick links

Keep reading to learn more about Chaiyaphum!

Chaiyaphum surfaced as a Khmer vassal state in the Angkor period as evidenced by Prang Ku, a minor Khmer-style sanctuary to the east of town. In the early 19th century, a Lao nobleman named Lae settled here and began paying tribute to King Rama III in Bangkok. In a rebellion against Siam, Lao forces attacked and briefly seized Chaiyaphum (and Nakhon Ratchasima), and Lae was killed next to a tamarind tree now marked by a shrine. Collecting offerings of flower garlands and miniature horses, a monument to Governor Lae stands at the centre of a traffic circle in the heart of Chaiyaphum town.

Chaiyaphum: It's sleepy. Photo taken in or around Chaiyaphum, Thailand by David Luekens.

Chaiyaphum: It's sleepy. Photo: David Luekens

Wedged between the North, Northeast (Isaan) and Central regions of Thailand, Chaiyaphum province appears to enjoy a prominent position when viewed on a map. In reality, it’s an obscure area bypassed by major highways and railways. The picturesque Petchabun mountains rise in the west side of the province, while the east is an endless sea of paddies stretching into Khon Kaen and Nakhon Ratchasima ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 600 words.)


Get the full story.
Create an account.

Becoming a Travelfish subscriber costs A$35 for a year. Benefits include:
1) Full access to the site
2) 250+ PDF guides
3) Discount coupons
4) 50% off our travel planning service
5) And of course, our gratitude and a warm fuzzy feeling for helping us stay in business!



By

What next?

 Browse our independent reviews of places to stay in and around Chaiyaphum.
 Check prices, availability & reviews on Agoda or Booking
 Read up on where to eat on Chaiyaphum.
 Check out our listings of things to do in and around Chaiyaphum.
 Read up on how to get to Chaiyaphum, or book your transport online with 12Go Asia.
 Do you have travel insurance yet? If not, find out why you need it.
 Planning on riding a scooter in Chaiyaphum? Please read this.
 Buy a SIM card for Thailand—pick it up at the airport when you arrive.
 Browse the web securely while travelling with TunnelBear. Try with a 7–day free trial.



Onward travel

Chaiyaphum is on the way to or near ...