Sisaket is most known for the temples and ruins, such as the bottle temple in the south of the province. But if you are in the town center, it is worth a visit to the aquarium (ศูนย์แสดงพันธุ์สัตว์น้ำศรีสะเกษ), where you can also go into Sri Lamduan Tower (หอคอยศรีลำดวนเฉลิมพระเกียรติ) for a nice view across Sisaket.
Where is the aquarium?
It is situated in Suan Chaloem Phra Kiat Park (สวนเฉลิมพระเกียรติศรีสะเกษ), a small island in the middle of Huai Nam Kham reservoir.
It should be easy enough to take a taxi but you may want to agree a time to be picked up again. Save a taxi number in your phone but bear in mind, they may not speak English.
Chaloem Phra Kiat Park
The park was built in 2007 to commemorate the 80th birthday of King Rama IX (Bhumibol Adulyadej). The island is accessible by a vehicle or by a footbridge to the east. To find where the footbridge begins, head to this location.
This is a lovely park with a few different things to see and do, such as:
- The garden – A beautiful array of flowers and bush sculptures surround a stone pagoda in the middle of the park. This makes for a nice tranquil place to visit.
- Fitness – There is outdoor gym equipment as well as a track to ride a bicycle on.
- Aquarium – Get up close to different species of aquatic animals.
- Observation tower – Take in the panoramic view from the top of this tower.
This is a small aquarium and you might not spend a whole lot of time here but it doesn’t cost much and it is quite interesting. You can see many different species of fish native to Thailand and other parts of South-East Asia. The building is air-conditioned so it can also be an excuse to escape the heat from the park.
There are two tunnels going through a big aquatic tank where you will have fish, big and small, swimming above you. This is a great opportunity to catch a selfie with a big fish to add to your Instagram story.
In the back room, there is a seating area with a viewing screen of the aquarium. At certain times, you can watch the fish being fed. Just before you exit, there is also a small gift shop.
There are signs in front of each of the tanks, discussing the fish inside but they are written in Thai. They do however have the name of the fish written in English.
Sri Lamduan Tower is around 85 meters high. It acts as a learning center for the history of Sisaket. There are three floors open to the public:
1st floor – Learn all about Sisaket, from its original name of Khu Khan, how it became the city it is today and the history of the Khmer temples scattered around the province.
2nd floor – Learn about the minority ethnic groups of Southern Isaan in the Ayutthaya period – The Kha, Suay and Kuay (Kui).
16th floor – Take the lift to the top of the tower to get a 360 degrees panoramic view of Sisaket.
How much does it cost?
It doesn’t cost anything to go into the park but you will need to pay to get into the aquarium and the tower.
You will have to pay separately for each one. It is the same price for both locals and foreigners.
Adults – 30 baht each.
Children – 20 baht each.
These are the opening times for the aquarium and the tower:
Tuesday – Sunday: 10am – 4pm
You can get into the public park from 5am until 10pm.