to historical chronicles of Muang Yasothon, Phra Chao Voravongsa,
and his followers in 2340 B.E. were migrating to settle down with
the governor of Champasak. Along the way, they stopped at Dong Phi
Singh and decided to make their home there as it was found to be an
appropriate site which was later named Ban Ta Singh or Muang Ta
Singh. In 2357 B.E. King Rama II issued an edict to upgrade the
settlement into a town. Muang Ta Singh, reporting direct to Bangkok.
The rank of Phra Rachavongsa was given to the governor. The town was
subsequently elevated into a province under a Revolutionary Order
No.70 on February 6,2515. The province was made up of the following
districts, Yasothon, Kam Khuan Kaew, Maha Chaichana, Pa Tiew, Lerng
Nok Tha and Kud Chum (all formerly in Ubon Ratchathani), and
officially came into existence on March 1,2515 (1972).
North Mukdahan,Nakhon Phanom and Roi Et
East Ubon Ratchathani
West Roi Et
from Amphoe Muang to
- Mukdahan 111 kms.
- Nakhon Phanom 215 kms.
- Roi Et 71 kms.
- Sisaket 159 kms.
- Ubon Ratchathani 98 kms.
- Kamkhuenkaew 23 kms.
- Korwang 70 kms.
- Kudchum 37 kms.
- Loengnoktha 69 kms.
- Mahachaichana 41 kms.
- Patieu 28 kms.
- Saimoon 18 kms
- Thai Charoen 51 kms.
How to get there
Take Highway No.1 (Phaholyothin) to Saraburi. Then turn right
into Highway No.2 (Mitrapharb) through Nakhon Ratchasima heading
toward Phimai district, and on to Song Hong and Ban Phai districts
of Khon Kaen. From here, turn into Highway No.23 passing Borabue
district of Mahasarakham and Thawatchai and Selaphum district of Roi
Et before reaching Yasothon. The total distance is some 531 kms.,
traveling time is about 7 hours.
There are regular services daily by non and air-conditioned buses
which leave Bangkok from the Northern Bus Terminal.
Train or Air
passengers have to get off at Ubon Ratchathani to continue by
road for another 99 kms. to arrive at Yasothon.
Festivals & Events
Fai Rocket Festival - Phaya
Yasothon is most famous for its
spectacular Rocket (Bung Fai) Festival, an event which draws
visitors from all over the country. The festival features large
home-made rockets, fireworks displays, parades and beauty contests.
Traditionally northeastern villagers have created and launched
rockets of all kinds and sizes as a belief that this will ensure
that the gods will send plenty of rain for the rice planting season.
As part of this two-day festival there are beauty pageants and
various forms of folk and cultural entertainment full of merriment.