Nong Bua Lam Phu was established as the 76th province of Thailand on December 1, 1993. Before separation, Nong Bua Lam Phu was part of Udon Thani, which borders it to the north. Although the province was just established recently, it has a long history. Archeological artifacts found in this area indicate that there have been human settlements in Nong Bua Lam Phu since pre-historic times. Besides picturesque nature and a beautiful lake, Nong Bua Lampu is rich in cultural attractions, such as archeological sites and interesting local handicrafts.
Wat Tham Klong Pen is the province’s famed forest temple. Blanketed with lush vegetation and decorated with a rock garden, the temple is shady and peaceful. The main hall houses a statue of Luang Pu Khao and a two-sided ancient drum. Located in the compound of Wat Tham Klong Pen is the Pmotita Pagoda, which houses a relic of the Lord Buddha sent from Nepal.
At Phu Pha Ya archeological site you can find many pre-historic cave paintings. The first group of paintings comprises geometric shapes, animals, and hands, in red. The second group comprises pictures of stars, men, reptiles, and a draft of a big animal. All of the pictures in this group were also painted in red. These paintings are estimated to be 2,000-3,000 years old.
Ban Kong Sawan is a village famed for its terra cotta pottery products made by traditional method.