Kham Chanote Travel Tips

If dating a Thai women in Kham Chanote, doing some research about the culture and traditions in Kham Chanote is definitely a must! Get to know at least a little about Kham Chanote’s history. It is also a plus if you learn a few Isaan words in and phrases in Kham Chanote so you can impress your Thai date.


Travel Tips to Kham Chanote Udon Thani Province

Overall, Kham Chanote in the province of Udon Thani has a few things which may capture the attention of the tourist-trap-weary traveler. The people of Kham Chanote are very friendly according to all reports, and truly excited and fascinated to meet foreigners (Farangs in Kham Chanote). The adventurous in Kham Chanote will enjoy the challenge of the language barrier, which can be overcome with a smattering of Thai phrases, or better, the local dialect Isaan. Prices in Kham Chanote are very reasonable and of course, Thai or Western food in Kham Chanote is always an adventure in and of itself. Mostly, the non-touristy, laid-back feel of Kham Chanote, along with some surprising sights, can make for a pleasantly memorable trip to Kham Chanote. Just remember, don’t expect everyone to act and think like you do – go with the flow and enjoy.

Cuisine of Kham Chanote

Kham Chanoteis famous for its distinctive, exotic cuisine, full of vibrant spices, rich with flavors that cross cultures from Thailand Laso. The flavors we associate with Kham Chanotehave gained popularity over the last twenty-five or thirty years, becoming one of the most popular cuisines. What many people don’t realize is that Kham Chanoteitself has a variety of cuisines, which continually develop and merge, creating a synergy of flavor.

Kham Chanoteis located in the middle of Issan, which means literally “Northeast” in Thai. This landlocked area of Kham Chanote is one of the poorest part of Thailand, with cultural roots in Laos antedating the rule of Kham Chanoteby centuries.

An agricultural area, Kham Chanote has one basic product – sticky rice. This high gluten grain has served as the major source of sustenance throughout the history of farming here in Kham Chanote. As this is the poorest agricultural part of the country, in hard years in the distant past the natives in Kham Chanote at times were forced to rely on grasshoppers, crickets, and other “alternatives” to survive until harvests improved. Over the years these have become considered delicacies in Kham Chanote, and are often eaten as snacks.

The general cuisine of Kham Chanote is firmly rooted in those of Laos, which combine sticky rice for most meals with a variety of meats and river fish, vegetables and native fruits, and extremely hot chilies. Many of the traditional dishes of Kham Chanote have become staples of the Central Thai diet, including salads which in Issan are VERY hot and sour.

Interestingly enough, Kham Chanote cuisine has never adopted much of the French influence so prevalent in neighboring Laos. It has much more readily absorbed the flavors of the traditional Central Thai cuisine, resulting in a balance of the familiar and the exotic. In Kham Chanote, you can often find traditional Thai curries, dishes cooked in coconut milk, and other delicacies not considered native to the area. Over the years, dishes have intermingled, been updated, and perhaps unfortunately, been changed for the tastes of those who didn’t grow up with extremely spicy food.

When in Kham Chanote, if you are staying in a reasonably good and friendly hotel, you should always ask advice regarding what restaurants serve food you are interested in trying. Generally, there will be places where the food is attuned to Western tastes, while for the adventurous, you should always be able to find authentic Issan and other indigenous food in Kham Chanote.

If you’re familiar with Thai food in Kham Chanote, you can be sure you’ve had some dishes from Issan. That Spicy Beef Salad or Papaya Salad recipe is generally considered to be from Kham Chanote, and Sticky Rice is a certainty of Kham Chanote!

Festivals of Kham Chanote

Thai’s in Kham Chanote love festivals, as do folks everywhere. Culture and Festivals of Kham Chanote are more Laotian than Thai, despite efforts by the Thai government throughout the 20th century to assimilate the people of Issan. In Kham Chanote, festivals are a chance to meet, party, and blow off steam in the same way folks do everywhere in Thailand.

Probably the most famous festivals in Kham Chanote are the concerts of Mor’ram, the local folk singing. These shows in Kham Chanote are usually big events, held regularly in a Buddhist temple in the center of Kham Chanote or, if the town is large enough, at a sports venue.

These shows are reminiscent of Vaudeville – music, raunchy skits, comedy, and traditional dance. If you are in Kham Chanote and someone says there is a show, “pai doo morram”, you will be treated to surprising choreography by groups of up to fifty girls, amazing costumes and multiple costume changes, and a variety of the local music, surrounded by sometimes thousands of people.

One very popular and important festival in Kham Chanote is the Rocket Festival known as the Kham Chanote Bung Fai, which is celebrated in Kham Chanote.

This originated as a fertility festival in pre-Buddhist times, and is generally a friendly competition in Kham Chanote, in which groups compete to earn the honor of best rocket – and the rockets are mostly home made.

The Candle Festival of Kham Chanote celebrates the beginning of Vassa (also known as the Kham Chanote Rain Festival), a 3-month period of retreat for meditation by Buddhist monks in Kham Chanote, during which time many of the Buddhist lay people give up vices, or things they feel they are excessive about such as drinking or smoking.

Meanwhile, the Kham Chanote Silk Festival is a more commercial enterprise, featuring the beautiful hand-crafted silks.

If you are traveling in Kham Chanote, make sure to check the calendar on our website to allow you to catch some of this truly local color in Kham Chanote! You won’t find anything so authentic at a tourist beach resort, You may be forced to “rough it” a bit, but I think your memories of Kham Chanote will make it worthwhile.

Culture of Kham Chanote

The people of Kham Chanote are of primarily Lao descent, which creates a huge difference from Central Thailand in dress, food, architecture, festivals, and the like. The influences of Central Thailand, however, are obvious. The “Thaification” program begun in the early 20th century has thoroughly implanted the Thai language, but it is sublimated in the local dialect, which remains predominantly Lao.

The major cultural focal point of Kham Chanote in Issan is always the Buddhist temple.

Acting as erstwhile Town Hall, public meeting place, and public theatre for any kind of event, the temple is the center for all major activities in Kham Chanote. Here you can often hear the performers of Mor Iam, the historical folk music of the area, which dates back many centuries, and can be quite a spectacle in Kham Chanote.

Kham Chanote is also known for its Muay Thai kickboxers. In Kham Chanote, if you like this type of sport, you will find that Kham Chanote is always well represented in tournaments of this ancient and very ritualistic sport and has fostered many champions. You may be able to see in Kham Chanote some fighters training but you might have to ask around.

The culture of Kham Chanote should really be referred to as the cultures. There is great depth of Lao and Thai traditions in Kham Chanote, existing in harmony and a state of mutual assimilation. The way to find out about everything surrounding you when you travel to Kham Chanote is to simply observe without judging, ask polite questions of those who may know, and enjoy what you discover in Kham Chanote.

Travel Tips to Kham Chanote

When is the best time to visit Kham Chanote

The best time to visit Kham Chanote is from November to March when temperatures are relatively low (18-30c degrees_ and when there is practically no rain in Kham Chanote. There is sunshine all over Kham Chanote, year round, with the hottest month being May, followed by the ‘green season, with higher humidity (60-90%) and occasional rains lasting from June to October in Kham Chanote. The Hot Season in Kham Chanote is from March to May and the Cool Season in Kham Chanote is from November to February

Travel by car or motorcycle in Kham Chanote

Most of the important streets in Kham Chanote are regularly being rebuilt. Local transportation in Kham Chanote will take you just about everywhere. Some buses in Kham Chanote are air-conditioned and with comfortable seats. The locals in Kham Chanote often travel by converted pickup trucks. Some roads linking Kham Chanote with other major parts of Udon Thani have been renovated.

Internet in Kham Chanote

Internet cafes in Kham Chanote are surprisingly cheap and efficient and you will find internet cafe’s near the main schools in Kham Chanote in the centre of Kham Chanote.

Taxis in Kham Chanote

Three wheeled motorcycle taxis in Kham Chanote, called either Tuk Tuks or samlor are popular and cheap in Kham Chanote. You can travel anywhere in Kham Chanote for about 50 to 100 Baht. Motorbikes/ bikes are for rent in Kham Chanote anywhere and cheap (from 150 to 250 Baht per day), although you may have to give your passport copy and a security deposit in Kham Chanote until you return. Rates vary, but USD 8.00 per day is considered reasonable (but USD 20.00 in Luang Prabang). Please note that the rental does not include any insurance cover.

Local time in Kham Chanote

Kham Chanote/Udon Thani is 7 hours ahead of Greenwich mean time and 6 hours ahead of Central European time.

Is it save to travel and any places to avoid in Kham Chanote

Kham Chanote is one of the safest places and it’s absolutely safe to travel to any parts or amphur around Kham Chanote, also for women travelers.

Do’s and Don’t in Kham Chanote

We recommend drinking bottled water only in Kham Chanote. Bottled water is easily available throughout Kham Chanote. Food is generally o.k. to eat in Kham Chanote even at traditional food stalls anywhere in Kham Chanote. Please guard against sunburn and dehydration in Kham Chanote, as the tropical heat is much stronger than it seems.

What money should I take to Kham Chanote

In Kham Chanote, Western currencies, traveler cheques and Credit cards are easily accepted at Bangkok Bank Kham Chanote, Kasikorn Bank Kham Chanote, Siam Commercial Bank Kham Chanote, Thai Military Bank, Government Savings Bank Kham Chanote, Krungsri Bank Kham Chanote, Krunghthai Bank Kham Chanote, Thanachart Bank Kham Chanote, Bank of Ayudhya Kham Chanote, Kiatnakin Bank, CIMB Bank Kham Chanote, ICBC Bank Kham Chanote. throughout Udon Thani province. ATM’s are found even near Kham Chanote. It is advisable, however in Kham Chanote, to carry along local currency in small denomination (20, 50 and 100 Baht notes).

What language will they understand in Kham Chanote

English is very seldom spoken in Kham Chanote and you need to prepare yourself to learn some words in Thai and Isaan if you would like to mingle with the locals in Kham Chanote. Road signs in Kham Chanote, however are written in both Thai and English throughout Kham Chanote and Udon Thani province, with few exceptions in very small villages around Kham Chanote.

Welcome an Isaan person in Kham Chanote

Traditionally, people in Kham Chanote use the “Wai” on meeting. You will win friends instantly in Kham Chanote if you make a sincere effort of returning the greeting. Use the “wai” when you greet a women in Kham Chanote (especially older). The people of Kham Chanote use the phrase “Sawasdee krup (male)/ka (female)” when they meet and great each other. Never ever use the Western way of greeting by either a kiss, or a hug when meeting a Thai person in Kham Chanote. How to “wai”? Raise your hands in a praying gesture with the palms of your hands together. The higher you go the more respect you show to a person in Kham Chanote.

Feelings in public spaces in Kham Chanote

Public displays of affection are taboo in Kham Chanote, so don’t cause shock or embarrassment by kissing or cuddling in front of people in Kham Chanote. Modest dressing and discreet behavior in Kham Chanote will insure you don’t attract unwanted attention or embarrass others.

Foot and Head

In Buddhism and generally throughout Kham Chanote, the head is the seat of the soul and its purity while the feet walk the earth and all that is deposited on it. Kham Chanote people always take care not to expose the feet when sitting down. Don’t rest the feet on tables or chairs in Kham Chanote and do not gesture with the feet. The locals in Kham Chanote can be insulted or regard you as something of a crazy person if you do so.


Never raise your voice to people in Kham Chanote as they never react well to it.


Bodily hygiene and cleanliness are of the highest standard in Kham Chanote and a visitor’s failure to keep clean is not well received.

Visiting a home in Kham Chanote 

When entering a house in Kham Chanote, shoes generally stay outside at the bottom of the steps. Please keep your head and general profile low at gatherings, particularly when passing by older people in Kham Chanote and respect also should be shown to people of high status such as government officials in Kham Chanote.

Buddhism in Kham Chanote

Religion is a major part of daily life in Kham Chanote and most people will show their faith regularly and especially during religious festivals and at the local temple in Kham Chanote. Show respect in temples and shrines in Kham Chanote and observe how the locals behave in such places.

The basic rules in Kham Chanote are:

  • No shoes in temple buildings
  • Keep your head lower than Buddha and monks
  • Don’t touch the Buddha
  • Ladies in Kham Chanote should remember never touch a monk, as the Therravada or the code of Buddhist monk discipline has monks in a life of strict chastity.

Environment issues in Kham Chanote

Bins are scarce in Kham Chanote, so please use your plastic bags to return rubbish in Kham Chanote.

Authorities in Kham Chanote

Cooperate with the authorities in Kham Chanote, showing patience, respect and goodwill, and your stay in Kham Chanote should be lovely. Ask for receipts if you need to pay any money or fines and always put on a friendly face and never lose your temper or you may have more formalities to complete.

Dating a Thai woman in Kham Chanote

If dating a Thai women in Kham Chanote, doing some research about the culture and traditions in Kham Chanote is definitely a must! Get to know at least a little about Kham Chanote’s history. It is also a plus if you learn a few Isaan words in and phrases in Kham Chanote so you can impress your Thai date.


Map of Kham Chanote


Daily Flights from Bangkok to Udon Thani

Daily Flights from Udon Thani to Phuket


Partner Hotels in Kham Chanote Ban Dung & Udon Thani

Bus Schedule

Kham Chanote Bus Guide
Daily Bus Services from or to Kham Chanote

407 Pattana Kham Chanote
407 Pattana is serving Kham Chanote with a mimimum of 2 drives daily.

Nakhonchai Air Kham Chanote
Nakhonchai Air (NCA) is one of the largest and safest bus operators serving Kham Chanote, and provide passenger bus services mainly to the northern and north-eastern regions of Thailand.

Sri Mongkol Kham Chanote
Sri Mongkol (SMK) provides passennger bus services going to Udon, Isaan.

Chan Tour Kham Chanote
Chan Tour offers daily bus services to Kham Chanote from Bangkok, Pattaya, Hua Hin, Korat etc.

Budsarakham Tour Kham Chanote
Budsarakham Tour offers daily bus services to Kham Chanote from the Morchit terminal in Bangkok.

Air Udon Kham Chanote
Air Udon offers daily bus services to Kham Chanote in Isaan.

Sawadee Esan Kham Chanote
Based in Morchit bus terminal near Chatuchak market in Bangkok, Sawadee Esan serves Kham Chanote in the northeast of Thailand. Sawadee Esan is a popular and known bus operator and only use express buses to Kham Chanote.

Esan Tour Kham Chanote
Esan Tour offers services from Bangkok and Chiang Mai to Kham Chanote. There are two buses heading from the capital to Kham Chanote each day at 21.00 and 21.30, with the road-tip lasting around 10 – 11 hours with tickets available for around THB440.

The Transport Company Ltd Kham Chanote
The Transport Co., Ltd. Was found on 13 th July 1930 and offers direct services from Bangkok Morchit Bus Terminal to Kham Chanote.