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    Yasothon Bun Bangfai (Rocket) FestivalYasothon Province is bordered by Mukdahan, Amnat Charoen, Ubon Ratchathani, Sisaket and Roi Et Provinces in the Northeast of Thailand known as Isaan. It was commissioned as a province in 1972 and has a reported population of around 150,000 people. The most important festival of the year for the province is the Yasothon Bun Bangfai (Rocket) Festival. It is held at the end of the dry season during the second week of May to appease the Thai rain god Phaya Thaen. The

    rockets are handmade of bamboo and are filled with saltpeter and charcoal. The rockets are taken in a colorful parade with dance and music to the Suan Phaya Thaen public park. The rockets are then launched at the park for all to view. The rockets are thought to activate the rain clouds and persuade the rain god to bring plentiful rain for the year's crops.

    How To Get there:

    There are no flights or trains to Yasothon Province. Buses depart daily from the Morchit Bus Station in Bangkok to Yasothon Province or it can be reached by car.

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    Phra That Kong Kow Noi is an Ayutthaya period ancient monument with a beautiful mixture of Lao and Lanna style architecture surrounded by a wall in rice fields. Folk lore claims that it was built by a poor rice farmer seeking forgiveness for mistreating his mother when she only brought him a only a small plate of food after he had worked all day in the field.
    Phra Phutthabat is a an ancient site located in a sandy area in Mae Nam Che and is said to bear a footprint of Buddha. Thee is also a Khmer style image of Buddha brought to Yasothon Province from Ayutthaya in 835 AD.
    Ban Song Puei is an ancient city site with a ruined temple, pond and city wall from the 7th century. There is also a museum that houses artifacts from that period.
    Phuttha Utthayan Khao Dan Prabhat is a park that has a giant Buddha that was commissioned in 1965 by Isaan artist Chit Buabit.
    Wat Phra Lao Thep Nimit is a temple that has a beautiful gilded Buddha image and a wood carving of a mythical monster.
    Don Chao Pu Forest Park has many jungle species of wildlife, a large number of wild monkeys (take care as many tourists have been bitten) anbd an old wooden shrine thought to house the spirit Chao Pu - in English - the spirit of the grandmother.
    Ban Thung Nang Oak and Ban Na Samai are two villages famed for their bamboo basketry for household use and souvenir.
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