Sunday, 1 February 2015

Phu Phrabat Historical Park in Udon Thani province

Phu Phrabat Historical Park in Udon Thani province
อุทยานประวัติศาสตร์ภูพระบาท จังหวัดอุดรธานี

In Baan Phue บ้านผือ, wait for songtheo (line 581, orange, Udon Thani - Baan Phue  - Nam Som น้ำโสม). Ride songtheo 13:21-34, 10 Baht, along hwy 2348, get off where hwy turns north (90 degree bent) 17°43'03.1"N 102°23'28.9"E 17.717518, 102.391365. From there, historical park is 4.7 km by road to the north-west. A mocy offers ride to park, wait two hours, and take me back to Baan Phue for 250 Baht, a fair offer which I accept. Entry to the park 100 Baht.

Spend 13:43-15:51 in the park. They have a map (English or Thai) with distances between the interesting sites.

Huge staghorn/elkhorn fern near park office:

The most famous rock in the park, Ho Nang Usa หอนางอุสา:
17°43'58.1"N 102°21'12.3"E 17.732821, 102.353414

It even made it on street signs in Baan Phue town:

There are more weird rocks:

This one has been converted to Wat Luk Koei วัดลูกเขย:

Prehistoric rock paintings:

Even if there is no weird rock, the surface looks interesting:

(Rocks of weird shapes and strange rock surfaces can be found in other provinces as well: Chayaphum, Ubon Ratchathani, Pitsanulok spring to my mind.)

There are many antlion (the funnels are called รูแมลงช้าง in Thai, literally: hole-insect-elephant). I saw antlion holes before in Srisaket province, now I catch ants (put a leave in their way, and then lift if off the ground when the ant is on the leave, and shake it above a hole) and put them in the funnel. Escape rate is about 50%. But those who get caught struggle for seconds and then disappear in the sand. Fascinating, I could spent hours doing this if it wasn't so hot and sunny. Surprisingly, the antlion can live in small areas of sand surrounded by rock (before I saw the holes only in large areas of sand):

On return stop at Wat Phra Putthabaht Bua Bok วัดพระพุทธบาทบัวบก:

Replika of That Phanom:

From Baan Phue return to Udon Thani by songtheo 823 (Udon Thani - Baan Phue - Na Yung นายูง) 16:50-18:11 (slow due to mocy accident on the way and stop to collect fare).  

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1 comment:

  1. another great find of yours, thank you


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