If you’re a butterfly enthusiast, you may want to head to Thailand during the month of June for the 4th Annual Butterfly Sighting Festival at Pang Sida National Park. Located in the eastern province of Sakaeo, Pang Sida is host to over 350 species of butterflies including many exotic swallowtail and birdwing species. The best time to observe butterflies is in the early morning, about an hour or two after sunrise. For a sample of Thai butterflies, see our Thai butterfly gallery . Also check our Butterflies in Thailand video.
Located about 2 hours from Bangkok by car, Sakaeo has a variety of attractions to keep you busy for at least 3-4 days - in addition to Pang Sida, there are the bizarre earth pillars and dunes at Lalu, affectionately called “The Miniature Grand Canyon of Thailand” and some rather small but remarkable Khmer ruins near the city of Aranyaprathet. In close proximity to the Cambodian border, Aranyaprathet has the largest border market in eastern Thailand. Pang Sida Park is about 20 minutes from downtown Sakaeo while Laluk is about 80 minutes northeast and Aranyaprathet is about 1 hour to the east.
Like many cities in Thailand, Sakaeo seems to be relatively nondescript but once you are there for a while, it kind of grows on you. Actually, I find Sakaeo to be a rather pleasant place and despite it’s boring reputation, there is sanuck to be found. You just have to know “where to go”.
Want to visit Sakaeo Province? Calypso Island Tours offers Explore Sakaeo, an introductory 4 day/3 night tour package to this ‘off the beaten track’ destination in Thailand