Ban Khwao is famous for silk weaving. It is particularly well known for its Mudmee silk that is popular among those who favour Thai traditional fabrics. There are both the original and newly created patterns offered as fabric and clothes at various silk shops in Ban Khwao District. Ban Khwao District is 13 kilometres from Mueang District of Chaiyaphum on Highway No. 225.



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1. Tempel Wat  Prang Ku, (etwa 2 km von Chaiyaphum entfern), Local:  Ban Nong Bua, Gemeinde Nai Mueang

Wat Prang Ku, about 2 km (11/4 mi.) from Chaiyaphum, was built at the time of King Jayavarman VII (1181-1201). The reasonably well-preserved temple has some fine sculptures on the gabling as well as on the lintels above the doors. Inside are three Buddha figures, two being seated, one in the Dvaravati the other in the Ayutthaya style, and the third standing, also in the Ayutthaya style. A second building, this time dilapidated, has a well-preserved door lintel with decoration drawn from Hindu mythology.

2. Phraya Phakdi Chumphol Statue located at the circle leading into town center, honors the founder of Chaiyaphum and was built by voluntary donations from the local people. Not too far from town center is the site said to be where Phraya Phakdi was killed by invaders from Vientiane. Here was erected a shrine in his memory called San Chao Pho Phraya lae, the title his people bestowed upon him, with a statue of his likeness inside. Every year, beginning on the first Wednesday of May, a weeklong festival in his honor is held.



3. Tat Ton Nationalpark covers the area of Na Fai, Tha Hin Ngam, Huai Ton, and Na Siao Sub-districts, Mueang District, Chaiyaphum. It is a part of the Phu Laen Kha mountain range with a total area of 135,737.50 rai or approximately 217 square kilometres, as well as, a part of significant sources of rivers of Chaiyaphum; namely, Lam Pathao and the Chi River. There are many beautiful waterfalls such as Namtok Tat Ton, Namtok Tat Fa, and Namtok Pha Iang. Due to the conditions of steep and complex mountains, a slope in the south, and a long mountain ridge from Prachin Buri, passing Khao Yai, Chaiyaphum to Loei, this national park is, therefore, located in a dry area with quite high temperatures. However, the general forest condition is still perfect, comprising deciduous dipterocarp forest and dry evergreen forest. The temperature of the national park is quite cool. Important plants consist of Teng, Rang, Phluang, Krabok, Kradon, Phayom, Rak, Pradu, Makha, Yang, Kraba, Takhian, etc. The undergrowth is mostly Ya Phek (Vietnamosasa pusilla), while wildlife are barking deer, wild boars, mongooses, rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks, red jungle fowls, and various kinds of birds. To get there: Take Highway No. 2159 and turn right into Highway No. 2051. The distance from the centre of the town to the Office of the National Park is approximately 21 kilometres. It is an asphalt road all the way.






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