Phu Ruea National Park

Loei Province

This 121-sq-km national park covering 'Boat Mountain' is mostly a place to enjoy a distant view of the surrounding farms from the summit (1365m) and overnight in relatively cool weather. There are also some hiking trails and rainy-season waterfalls.

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Nearby Loei Province attractions

1. Chateau de Loei

8.58 MILES

If you have realistic expectations of the wine, you might find Chateau de Loei worth a visit. It released the first commercially produced Thai wine in…

2. Phi Ta Khon Museum

20.9 MILES

Wat Phon Chai, the temple behind the big white gate, plays a major role in the Phi Ta Khon festivities, so it's an appropriate home for this museum, also…

3. Phra That Si Songrak

21.48 MILES

The most highly revered stupa in Loei Province, this whitewashed Lao-style chedi stands 20m high and was built in 1560–63 on what was then the Thai–Lao…

4. Wat Neramit Wiphatsana

21.77 MILES

Built on a wooded hill just outside town, this gorgeous meditation temple features buildings made of unplastered laterite blocks. The massive bóht hosts a…

5. Museum of Art & Culture Loei

24.95 MILES

This little museum, also known as 'Maloei Museum', is 5km north of town at Rajabhat University. The first gallery has an animatronic dinosaur (fossilised…

6. Lak Meung

25.27 MILES

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7. Loei City Museum

25.37 MILES

This museum sits on the 2nd floor of the restored 1933 city hall, above the tourist office. It contains mostly pictures and written commentary. Its minor…

8. Phu Bo Bit Forest Park


If you want to harden up your legs for Loei's national parks, Phu Bo Bit gives you about 1400 steep steps to practise on, and rewards your effort with…