Lalu Thailand’s Canyon is a natural attraction in the Sa Kaeo Province in Eastern Thailand. Sa Kaeo Province is home to some of Thailand’s most impressive national parks and is a relatively untapped region in terms of mass tourism, which is why it’s the ideal place to visit for a real traveller.
Lalu is a collection of natural rock/pillar formations that seem out of place in these surroundings. The rock formation located at a place called Ban Noenkham, which is approximately a 40km drive north of Sakaeo City.
Unique Rock Formations
The formation of pillars at Lalu Canyon has been caused by thousands of years of erosion, creating gorges, canyons, impressive walls and cliff faces. The formations cover an area of almost 2,000 rai, surrounded by jaw-dropping scenery that has to seen to believed.
The word ‘Lalu’ derived from the nearby Khmer (Cambodia) dialect and means ‘punctured’ or ‘pierced’. The local Cambodia culture has had a massive influence on this part of Thailand for a very long time.
If you are a geological nerd or expert, you can find pillars similar to those in other parts of the region such as Ratchaburi and Phrae. The Lalu Canyon rock formations located in the heart of Ta Phraya National Park, which is one of the most impressive national parks in this part of Thailand.
Over the years, the local and Thailand tourism board has tried to remarket the pillars as the “miniature Grand Canyon of Thailand”, which in reality is a real play on words that do not fit the region. For starters, the rock formations are cute and interesting, but could never regard as ‘Grand’.
If you are interested in geology or want to explore and find something different, visiting the Lalu Thailand’s Canyon in Sa Kaeo Province is different. It’s also a great place to visit if you are travelling on a budget, but don’t get too excited and expect to encounter Thailand’s version of the Grand Canyon. However, it’s still an interesting site.
More About Sa Kaeo Province
Although the Lalu Canyon is impressive, there are lots of things to see and do in Sa Kaeo Province. Sa Kaeo is approximately 200km to the east of Bangkok. Sa Kaeo itself only became a province in 1993 and currently is home to six districts such as Sa Kaeo, Khlong Hat, Wang Nam Yen, Aranyaprathet, Ta Phraya, and Watthana Nakhon.
The region is predominantly known for its natural beauty and its national parks. There are two major national parks in the Sa Kaeo Province: The Pang Sida National Park and the Ta Phraya National Park. The most intrepid travellers come to the region to explore flora and fauna of the national parks while taking in other attractions such as Lalu’s Thailand Canyon in the same trip.
To the north of the province, you will find some mountainous areas that include the Sankamphaeng Range and the Dangrek Mountains. If you want to explore the region, we would suggest you come for a few days to take in the two national parks, the mountain ranges and the canyon.
If you are looking to explore areas of Thailand that other foreign visitors never visit, a trip to the Sa Kaeo province could change the way you view Thailand. There is more to the Kingdom than partying, beaches and affordable shopping. The Kingdom has some of the most beautiful national parks and natural attractions in Asia, so make sure you do not miss them if you are a traveller.
Map & More
Lalu’s Thailand Canyon in Sa Kaeo GPS location: 14.051582, 102.575508