Roi Et is a small city in Northeastern Thailand and capital of the Roi Et Province and was founded over 200 years ago. As Isan remains Thailand’s poorest region, Roi Et along with Khon Kaen, Ubon Ratchatani, Si Sa Ket and Buri ram, is one of the poorest areas in the country.

One hundred and one

Roi Et used to be a very large and important city called Saket Nakhon which had 11 city gates and 11 satellite cities under its jurisdiction, that’s why the Name Roi Et translates to one “one hundred and one,” which refers to the original eleven satellite cities around the main city as well as the eleven city gates.

Roi Et has amazing landscapes, many nice temples and spectacular Buddhas, however if you’re looking for a vibrant and exciting nightlife, then Roi Et is not for you.

While agriculture is the main way of life, handicrafts are Roi Et province’s main product, specially the Isan khaen, a kind of woodwind instrument made in the small village of Si Kaew. Ban Wai Luen villagers earn their living by making silk cloth. The products from this village have won several awards for their quality.

Roi Et’s cuisine is pure and traditional Isan food, that’s is Som Tam, a papaya salad with pickled fish and Thailand’s national dish; Isan rice or Khao Nio (steamed rice); grilled chicken, and for brave people, why don’t try a exquisite variety of fried grasshopper, worms and white ant eggs cooked in a soup?

Stunning temples

When you visit Roi Et town, the first you will see is Wat Burapha Phiram. This temple houses the Phra Buddha Ratanamonkhol Mahamunee also known as Luangpho Yai, a 59-meter tall walking Buddha and Thailand’s highest Buddha image in blessing attitude. It’s worth a visit to the Phalanchai Lake. This lake, built 100 years ago, is situated in the heart of Roi Et, inside is situated the city pillar shrine, a sacred shrine that is highly revered by the people of Roi Et.

If you’re in Roi Et, I would recommend to visit Wat Phra Maha Chedi Chai Mongkol, one of the largest pagoda temples in Thailand. This white pagoda measures 101 meters wide, 101 meters long and 101 meters high. The temple has been built by monks and it’s still under construction. This Chedi has seven stories and bones of Buddha are enshrined on the 6th floor. The top of Chedi is a umbrella made from 60 kg of gold.

Despite Roi Et is not a tourist area, there are other several places of interest that may be enjoyed by visitors:

Wat Sa Thong – This temple is located in the township area. It houses Luang Pho Sangkatjai, the Happy Buddha.

Somdet Phra Srinakarin Park – A public park decorated with various species of flowers, plants, and trees. To highlight the admirable fountain in the middle of the park and the clock tower.

Wat Pha Kung – A fascinating and beautiful temple located 80 km from Roi Et city.

Ku Ka Sing – Located 60 kilometres from Roi Et town it’s a large Khmer temple dating from the 11th century.

Wat Pha Nam Yoi – A beautiful temple on a small mountain, about 70 km from Roi Et town.


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