Top 10 Things to do in Phu Ruea, Thailand

March 4, 2018 Janette Largent

Discover the best top things to do in Phu Ruea, Thailand including Phu Ruea National Park, Huai Krathing Reservoir, Wat Pahuaylad Temple, Phu Ruea High Altitude Agricultural Research Station, Ban Nong Bong Plant Market, Namtok Pla Ba Waterfall, TSA Flower Garden, Wat Pa Non Sa-At, Wat Somdet Phu Ruea Ming Mueang, Wanothayan Grapes Field.

1. Phu Ruea National Park

Phu Ruea 42160, Thailand
Excellent
47%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 66 reviews

Phu Ruea National Park

Reviewed By szaidi - Bangkok, Thailand

We hiked to the top but had to give up somewhere along the way as the trail is not well marked. The rangers told us only 4 km to top whereas to drive is 7 km and then 1 km walk (very easy). But after 3 hours of walking and not sure of where we were going we gave up. Views are nice except it was very hazy in February. It's all very manicured and touristy on top.

2. Huai Krathing Reservoir

Phu Ruea, Thailand
Excellent
53%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
10%
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4.5 based on 48 reviews

Huai Krathing Reservoir

Reviewed By peterpatterpot - George Town, Malaysia

We were driving from Chiang Khan to Loei and to Phu Ruai area and came across this Reservoir called Huai Krating. Its a lake surrounded by beautiful Mountains . On the lake there are a few raft/boat operators we can rent the raft to ourselves for a whole day at 200baht - 500baht. Depending on what you want to do. We thought just floating in the middle of the lake and hav lunch n do a bit of fishing will do and it costs 200baht smallest raft comfy for 2 pax, for a whole day! Its beautiful lake n waters cool and clean for swimming too. We chose the operator jz next to the Tourist Info Center. Shaded parking area n kitchen looks clean too. The man with long tied up hair came to assist us. Wife is the cook, not as friendly. We actually did catch a huge golden carp on the lake but they didnt want to cook for us, saying she busy n cant clean n cook our fish. Didnt seem friendly n no smile.
Anyway the rafting experience was good n worth our time to detour 10mins only from main highway. Fantastic view as we sit on the raft looking all around us are Mountains. Raft is thatched roof so very cooling and not hot.

3. Wat Pahuaylad Temple

135 Moo 3 | Santom Subdistrict, Phu Ruea 42160, Thailand
Excellent
51%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
11%
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4.5 based on 18 reviews

Wat Pahuaylad Temple

Reviewed By schloggs04 - Burringbar

Just happened to see this very large temple while driving past, just before Phu Rua It is relatively new and enormous - still being added to. The mosaics on the statues in the grounds are incredible, there are several statues in the process of having mosaic tiles laid on them now, June 2016, which is interesting to watch, such painstaking work and so intricate. The space inside the temple is massive and very interesting, really quirky and fun.
Great garden area, pond with large fish which you can feed, heaps of car parking - some undercover, about 30 spotlessly clean toilets, a cafe and an undercover area showing details of construction and what appears to be future plans, all in Thai. Stop and have a look.

4. Phu Ruea High Altitude Agricultural Research Station

Amphoe Phu Ruea, Phu Ruea, Thailand
Excellent
37%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
28%
Poor
0%
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4 based on 14 reviews

Phu Ruea High Altitude Agricultural Research Station

Reviewed By Gerard M - Phang Nga, Thailand

The place is worth the visit. Coniferes, rock Gardens, natural mountain top. There is only one problem: Some of the routes are not clear and cleared of trees, bamboo growing over the path. Two times we tried to follow the path from their map. The first time we turned around, because we could not pass it The second time we really got in some trouble..... We had to phone for help. The good thing is that rangers came!!! Thanks for that.
The sad thing is, that this happened a year ago too... At that time the -also foreigner- had to stay overnigth in the forest before getting found.
So:
-Ask for clear information about the map and possibility to take that road/path.
-Leave information at the centre that you are going down, in case of (we did not....).

5. Ban Nong Bong Plant Market

Amphoe Phu Ruea, Phu Ruea, Thailand
Excellent
33%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
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4 based on 6 reviews

Ban Nong Bong Plant Market

Reviewed By jimnliv2015 - Jakarta, Indonesia

The special thing that made Phu Ruea stands out among other places in Thailand, I think is the nurseries. There are many many nurseries by the road side of road #21 as if it decorates the road with flowers. This place is certainly give a relaxing mind and send away all the hectic from work.

6. Namtok Pla Ba Waterfall

Amphoe Phu Ruea, Phu Ruea, Thailand
Excellent
28%
Good
58%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
0%
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 7 reviews

Namtok Pla Ba Waterfall

Reviewed By Paul G

Excelent peacfull place to visit.Watch for lady in parking area-she grills chicken and fish...lovely after your exploration.(make sure the water does the falling,not you or your kids)

7. TSA Flower Garden

102 Moo 8 | Rong Chik Subdistrict, Phu Ruea, Thailand +66 42 801 078
Excellent
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100%
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4 based on 3 reviews

TSA Flower Garden

8. Wat Pa Non Sa-At

Highway 21 | San Tom, Phu Ruea 42160, Thailand
Excellent
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4 based on 1 reviews

Wat Pa Non Sa-At

Reviewed By Peter B - Kalasin

Beware of the scam merchant when you enter the car park area as he will ask for money for parking your car and extra for taking photos. If you don't speak Thai and can't send him packing, ask a Thai man to help. Everything here is free, including the car park.
I have some good photos but you don't ask or provide space for them.

9. Wat Somdet Phu Ruea Ming Mueang

Moo 6 | Nong Bua, Phu Ruea 42160, Thailand
Excellent
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100%
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4 based on 1 reviews

Wat Somdet Phu Ruea Ming Mueang

Reviewed By jimnliv2015 - Jakarta, Indonesia

Wat Somdet is a very magnificent temple in Phu Ruea. It is build from first class wood and the carving is very beautiful. It is located on one of the hill near the entrance of Phu Ruea National park. I can see the beautiful scenery of Mt. Phu Ruea from Wat Somdet.

10. Wanothayan Grapes Field

Phu Ruea, Thailand
Excellent
0%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
67%
Poor
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3.5 based on 3 reviews

Wanothayan Grapes Field

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