Pha Taem National
This park covers an area of 140 square kilometers, where plateaus
and hills dominate the park’s landscape. There are sheer cliffs,
which resulted from earthquakes. Most trees are of the deciduous
dipterocarp forest. Irregular shaped sandstone is found scattered
throughout the area. Beautiful flowering plants grow among the rocky
ground. Travelling can be made from Khong Chiam District along Highway
No. 2134, followed by Highway No. 2112, and then turning right for
another 5 kilometers. Places of interest within the park are:
Pha Taem and Pha Kham
are located near the national park headquarters. On the cliff’s
surface are numerous prehistoric cave paintings dating back 3,000-4,000
years ago that offer insight into the way of life that existed during
the pre-historic days and reflect the ancient lifestyle of the people
who once lived in the area. These painting depict scenes of fishing,
rice farming, figures of people, animals, hands and geometric designs.
It should be noted that the most extensive site for cave paintings
in the country is that of Pha Taem.
Home to one of
the world's oldest agrarian communities, Ubon Ratchathani is also
the 'cradle of northeastern civilisation'. Recently discovered archaeological
evidence suggests that humans settled in the region between 14,000
to 6,000 years ago.