Founded in 1782, Roi Et literally means “one hundred and one,” a name that is thought to be an exaggeration of 11, the number of vassal states over which the town once ruled. Today it is a steadily growing provincial capital. The modern skyline is dominated by an immense brown and ocher image of the Lord Buddha, the Phraphuttha rattana-mongkol-maha-mani, which is situated within the grounds of Wat Buraphaphi ram. Measuring 225 ft (68 m) from its base to the tip of its flame finial, this giant standing Buddha is reputed to be one ofthe tallest in the world. The climb up the statue offers an impressive view of the town and surrounding area. Silk and cotton are both good buys in Roi Et and can be found along Phadung Phanit Road.