Nong Bua Lam Phu is a recently established province upgraded from Amphoe Nong Bua Lam Phu of Udon Thani Province in 1993. It is situated 46 kilometers from Udon Thani. Nong Bua Lam Phu is more than 900 years old with numerous pre-historic, archaeological sites. The province also offers mountainous and beautiful lakeside scenery.
King Naresuan the Great Statue, situated in the town, was erected to commemorate the time in 1574 when the King and his army stopped over there on the way to assist a Burmese force attacking Vientiane.
Wat Tham Suwannakhuha, commonly called Wat Tham, was constructed in 1572 by a king of Vientiane. The temple is located in Amphoe Suwannakhuha about 50 kilometers from Nong Bua I.am Phu.
Wat Tham Klong Phen, located at the foot of the Phu Phan mountain chain 13 kilometers from Nong Bua Lam Phu, is a peaceful and ideal place for those who seek mental tranquility. The temple used to be the meditation place for Phra Achan Luang Pu Khao Analayo, who is revered by Thais nationwide. In the temple grounds, there are a cave housing an ancient two faced drum, a stone engraved Buddha image and the Luang Pu Khao Museum. Inside is a collection of his utensils and a statue of Luang Pu Kao displayed for Buddhists to see and workship.
Buddha Image in front of Erawan Cave
Erawan Cave is a large cave in Amphoe Na Klang. Its entrance is much higher than ground level and a curved stairway of 107 steps ascends from the base of the hill to the mouth of the cave. The interior resembles a large hall which is capable of accommodating hundreds of people. Stalagmites and stalactites create exotic beauty. This cave has an opening onto a high cliff overlooking the picturesque fields below.
Noen Wat Pa, an ancient place of worship at Amphoe Non Sang, is believed to have been built during the time when the Khmer people dominated the region.
Phu Kao and Phu Phan Kham National Park was set up in 1985 covering an area of 322 square kilometers. The park's office is located by the lake shore, a part of Ubolratana Dam near Phu Phan Kham in Amphoe Non Sang. Phu Phan Kham is a mountain chain stretching from north to south from Nong Rua Lam Phu to Ubolratana Dam. The lake is a fish breeding ground and popular fishing area. Tourists may stay in the camping area or in the National Park's bungalows.
Phu Kao consists of nine mountains. They are rich in flora and fauna. There are waterfalls, caves and stone terraces. Another tourist destination is Wat Phra Buddha Bat Phu Kao where human and canine foot prints are engraved on stone.