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Yasothon Covid-19 Safe Travel Northeast Thailand

Yasothon (ยโสธร) is a town and province in the Isaan region of Thailand. Understand Get in By car Use Hwy 1 (Pahol Yothin Road) and turn right at Saraburi onto Hwy 2 (Mitraphap Road). Keep going via Korat to Phimai, Nong Song Hong, and Ban Phai of Khon Kaen. Get onto Hwy 23, travel via […]

Yasothon (ยโสธร) is a town and province in the Isaan region of Thailand.

Get in

By car

Use Hwy 1 (Pahol Yothin Road) and turn right at Saraburi onto Hwy 2 (Mitraphap Road). Keep going via Korat to Phimai, Nong Song Hong, and Ban Phai of Khon Kaen. Get onto Hwy 23, travel via Boraue, Maha Sarakham, Roi Et, Thawatburi, and Seraphume to Yasothon. This route is 531 km and it takes 7 hours.

By bus

Buses and air conditioned coaches leave the Northeastern Bus Terminal in Bangkok for Yasothon daily. For more information, call Northeastern Bus Terminal, Kamphaeng Phet 2 Road, at +66 2 9362852-66.

Get around

See

  • Chedi Sai (เจดีย์ทราย), Ban Plab, Duthung. A chedi or stupa made entirely of sand, said to be over 400 years old. It is roughly a right circular cone around a central post, with a base diameter of about 60 m, and sloping up about 20 m. Traditionally, sand is brought to temple grounds at the end of the dry season in Apr, then shaped into “sand art and play” that is washed away when the rains come. This one, however, is about 600 m from the village temple ground, and is replenished all year long, for over 400 years they say.
  • Church of the Archangel Michael (โบสถ์คริสต์บ้านซ่งแย้) (Ban Songyae; Signs direct visitors from Hwy 2169.). The church serves Catholic villagers and also has a school for those of all faiths. The church was founded in 1908. The present structure, built in 1947 of wood contributed by villagers, is the fourth church. Built in Thai traditional style, the country’s biggest wooden church is 16 metres wide and 57 metres long. (updated Dec 2015)
  • Phaya Tan Park สวนสาธารณะพญาแถน The park is surrounded by winding stream. It includes a beautiful garden, outdoor stage, playground, and health park. Phaya Tan Park is the venue for provincial fairs and festivals such as annual Rocket Festival, short boat racing, and Songkran (Thailand).
  • Wat Maha That. วัดมหาธาตุ The Buddhist temple is a Yasothon icon. The ancient temple houses “Phra Buddha Boonyarat” or “Phra Kaeo Yod Nam Kang”, Buddha statue in attitude of meditation in Chiang Saen Art style. Attractions in Wat Maha That include:

Phra That Yasothon or Phra That Anon. พระธาตุยโสธร หรือ พระธาตุอานนท์ A significant ancient stupa of Isan. Housing ashes of Phra Ananda พระอานนท์ inside, the square based stupa has a head similar to Phra That Phanom.

Hor Trai or Library for Buddhist scriptures. หอไตร The pavilion is used for keeping Buddhist scriptures. The rectangular pavilion has terrace around for housing the Buddhist scriptures chest board, cradles, and shelves from Vientiane. The niche and wooden door are well carved and covered with gold leaf.

Phra That Kong Khao Noi. พระธาตุก่องข้าวน้อย Different from other monuments which are often mainly concerned with Buddhism, Phra That Kong Khao Noi was built by a commoner. Legend says that a young farmer had been working since dawn. At noon, his mother came late with his lunch. Great hunger and his anger at seeing a tiny serving of rice drove him to kill his mother. The young farmer built this stupa, hoping for forgiveness and to expiate his sin.

  • Ban Thung Nang Oak. บ้านทุ่งนางโอก A village famed for its bamboo basketry.
  • Ban Na Samai. หมู่บ้านนาสะไมย Close to Ban Thung Nang Oak, the village is famed for bamboo basketry and carved miniature carts.
  • The old building of Ban Singha Tha. ย่านเมืองเก่าบ้านสิงห์ท่า Ban Khum Singha Tha, in Muang municipality, is the old area whose name is found in the city’s history.
  • Phu Tham Phra. ภูถ้ำพระ Housing Buddha statues, the cave Phu Tham Phra is six metres wide and 16 metres long. The shady mountain is blanketed with lush forest. Other caves in the area include Than Keng, Tham Ngu Suang, Tham Kliang, and Tham Prombutr.
  • Ban Song Puey Archeological Site. แหล่งโบราณสถานบ้านสงเปือย Its significant attractions include:

Big Buddha Image. พระพุทธรูปใหญ่ Made of brick, the principal Buddha of Wat Song Puey is three metres wide and eight metres high. This sacred image can be dated back more than 200 years.

Pagodas containing soil from holy sites of Buddhism. เจดีย์บรรจุดินจากสังเวชนียสถาน The old pagoda, more than 200 years old, houses soil from a holy site of Buddha, namely the place of birth, enlightenment, the first sermon, and nirvana, brought from India by a Buddhist monk, Khien Ammaphand.

The replica of Buddha’s footprint. รอยพระพุทธบาทจำลอง The Buddha footprint was built by sponsorship of Field Marshal Plaek Pibulsongkram and his lady. The locals come to bathe the footprint during Songkran.

Antique Museum. พิพิธภัณฑ์ของโบราณ The museum features antiques found in Dong Muang Toey, an ancient Khmer town. The antiques include the stone bed of the mayor, and stone inscriptions in ancient Khmer script.

Dong Muang Toey Ancient town. ซากเมืองโบราณดงเมืองเตย Foundations of a temple and town wall are found here. Although they are ruined, their remains indicate that it once was settlement in the Chenla-Dhavaravadi period. Chenla King’s inscription indicates that this ancient site was religious site for Shaivism.

Ku Chan. กู่จาน is an ancient pagoda similar to that of Wat Phra That Phanom. Legend says it was built in the same period to Phra That Phanom in That Phanom District, Nakhon Phanom Province.

Yasothon Buddha footprint. พระพุทธบาทยโสธร The Buddha footprint is on a white sandy hill. It is considered a sacred antique of the province. An antique found nearby is a 2-foot-wide (0.61 m) laterite Buddha image in the attitude of meditation under Nāga protection, and a laterite inscription which is a metre high and 50 centimetres wide.

Hor Trai, or library of Wat Sra Trinurak. หอไตรวัดสระไตรนุรักษ์ The pavilion, over a century old, houses Buddhist scriptures. The Burmese-style wooden architecture is 8.3 metres wide and 10.5 metres long, with 4-level metal-sheet roof and long eaves at all sides.

Do

  • Bodindecha Golf Club, Ban Doet, Tambon Doet (Rte 23 west of city). Camp Bodindecha is home to the Royal Thai Army 16th Infantry Division and a golf club which is open to the public. 120-150 Thai Baht.
  • Garland Festival (งานประเพณีแห่มาลัย). The ancient festival is held annually on Makha Bucha Day (Feb or Mar). Buddhists believe that on that day, the Buddha comes back from the heaven after preaching to his mother. Angels welcome him back with flowers and rice. Such belief is turned into tradition when villagers make garlands from rice (the rice will be baked until it pops like popcorn). Today the rice garland, 4-6 metres long, is decorated with flowers and beads. The garland will be displayed in a beautiful parade, and used for decorating temple pavilions a day before Makha Pucha. (updated Dec 2015)
  • Rocket Festival (งานประเพณีบุญบั้งไฟ) (Phaya Taen Park). Yasothon is famous for its Rocket Festival, held every year in May. Originally a fertility rite, it has become the major festival of the year in the region. The festival is held on every second weekend of May. Yasothon locals believe that the festival pleases the gods and spirits which ensure adequate rain and food.
    Each rocket is decorated with Thai traditional patterns in gold. It is said that rocket makers spend months in cutting the pattern before gluing it to the rocket. The rocket head will be decorated differently, but the most popular figure is a Naga spraying water. Rocket heads may be found decorated with other figures. All are related to rain-beseeching legends.
    There are various types of rockets, namely Bang Fai Kilo, Bang Fai Muen, and Bang Fai Saen. Bang Fai Kilo means the rocket contains a kilogram of gunpowder. Bang Fai Muen contains 12 kilograms of gunpowder and Bang Fai Saen contains 120 kilograms of gunpowder. After making decision what type of rocket to make, the villager will make it themselves or assign a specialist. Making a rocket requires a specialist who can calculate proper proportions of gunpowder and charcoal, otherwise, the rocket will explode at launch.
    The celebration lasts for several days and peaks on the final day with serial firing of the makeshift bamboo-rockets, some up to 10 meters in length that ascend to 10,000 meters. The festival grounds and firing takes place in a municipal park. The festival and parade takes place on Yasothon’s main street.
    Rockets are individually judged by a committee and the respective winners take home attractive prizes. Misfiring rockets and poor performers are punished immediately by tossing of the entire rocket crew in mud holes by their competitors. (updated Dec 2015)

Buy

Yasothon boasts of its fragrant jasmine rice, watermelons (of the red-fleshed, spherical variety sometimes called “icebox melons”) and handcrafted axe pillows (Mon Kwan,) a specialty of Ban Si Than, the Khit pillow making village in Tambon Si Than, Amphoe Pa Tio. Yasothon is known for its handicrafts: Khit cloth, replica carts, sticky rice containers, and basketry. Good foods include preserved sour fish, royal featherback fish, and sweet rice noodles.

Drink

  • Miss Aree Coffee Shop, 148/1 Prachasampan Road,. 08:00-17:00. Serves freshly brewed coffee.

Where to stay in Yasothon

  • B M Grand Hotel, 105/4 Rattanaket Road. Check-out: noon. Air conditioned double room with bath. 450 Thai Baht. (updated Mar 2017)
  • Yot Nakhon Hotel, 141-143/1-3 Uthairamrit Road. Fan and air conditioned rooms with bath. 250+ Thai Baht. (updated Mar 2017)

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Udon Thani Covid-19 Safe Travel Northeastern Thailand

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Udon Thani (อุดรธานี, also Udorn Thanee) is a city in the Isaan region of Thailand. Often referred to as simply Udon or Udorn (อุดร), the city should not be confused with Ubon — Ubon Ratchathani in southeastern Isaan.

Introduction to Udon Thani

Founded in the 1890s by Prince Prajak Silapakom, Udon Thani is the 7th largest city in Thailand.

Udon had a USAF airbase during the Vietnam War that increased its wealth and importance. Surrounded by one of the major agricultural areas of the country, Udon Thani has become a regional hub for agriculture, commercial distribution, shopping and a fledgling tourism industry.

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Udon Thani F.C

Because of the US presence (the airbase until 1976, a U.S. consulate until 1995, and currently, a Voice of America radio station in Amphur Ban Dung) many Thais were well-paid and learned English, making them more marketable to foreign labour recruiters.

Udon has a large number of its citizens who have worked or are working overseas, particularly in Middle East oil fields. This has contributed both to the wealth of the area and its desirability as an expat destination.

More than 5,000 expats from Europe, Australia and North America have settled in the area.

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Get in

By plane

  • Udon Thani AirportHas several 50 min daily flights to Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi [BKK]) (Thai Airlines: around 2,500 Thai Baht) or (Don Mueang [DMK]) (Air Asia from 500 Thai Baht and Nok Air from 1,250 Thai Baht if booked well in advance). There are also direct flights to Chiang MaiLoei and Phuket (Air Asia flies to Phuket with tickets often around 1,000-1,200 Thai Baht, which is comparable to a 2-night bus/train trip via Bangkok).

To get to the city there is a limousine service (actually a minibus) for 80 Thai Baht/person that will drop you and other passengers at the location of your choice. Minibus tickets are available in the booth just to the right as you leave the terminal building. If there are more than two of you, it may be cheaper to call a taxi (Tel. +66 42 323239) or to use Grab ride-hailing service, which (as of January 2019) costs 160 Thai Baht to/from central Udon. Taxis are not permitted to wait for passengers at the airport, but some do it anyway, asking 200-400 Thai Baht for the 4 km journey. Some hotels have pickup services and may take an extra passenger or two if space permits. Some long distance buses to Khon Kaen were seen in the airport, with numerous people boarding them. No local Udon Thani songthaews have been seen near the airport.

Udon Thani Wallpaper

Udon Thani Wallpaper

If you are travelling on to Nong Khai, there is a bureau straight ahead of you when you get to the arrivals hall which sells minivan tickets to Nong Khai. They have a minibus which meets most flights and for 200 Thai Baht they will load you into a minivan. It takes one hour to reach Nong Khai and if you ask the driver he will take you to your hotel, or drop you off at the Thai side of the Friendship Bridge. You can then proceed into Laos.

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By bus

There are four bus stations in the city:

  • City Centre Bus Station, Station 1 (BKS Station). The city’s main bus station is near Central Plaza.
  • Bus Station 2 (Northern Bus Station) (On the western outskirts of the city on the road in from Loei  towards Nong Khai). Buses to and from northern Thailand such as Loei , Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai. A tuk-tuk into the city costs about 100 Thai Baht from there (Dec 2014). Songthaew 7 will take you there as well.
  • Bus Station 3 (Just off the ring road, north side of the city). Third-class buses to Nong Khai.
  • Nakhonchai Air Bus Terminal Udon Thani (Tahan Road opposite the Army Hospital). First class and VIP day and overnight buses to Bangkok. Nakhonchai Air has a high reputation for quality, and for managing its drivers to drive safely. Buses from Bangkok also stop at Bus Station 1 when arriving in Udon Thani, before terminating at their own terminal. Nakhonchai Air has buses departing to Bangkok at 08:50; 09:40; 19:00; 20:50; 21:25; 22:00; and 22:45. Travel time is about 7-9 hours depending on traffic. Regular, 454 Thai Baht; VIP, 606 Thai Baht.
  • Udon-BangkokBuses from Bangkok (Mo Chit), an 8-hour journey, arrive at the BKS station in the city centre. BKS buses to Mo Chit depart at 20:00; 20:30; 21:00; and 21:20. Nakhonchai Air also runs buses to Bangkok.
  • Udon-Chiang MaiA VIP seat on a bus (e.g., Chackrapong Tour) costs 666 Thai Baht. (Dec 2014). The overnight journey takes 10.5 hr. This has to be one of Thailand’s worst bus trips as roads en route are small, rural, and winding. Those on the top of double decker buses may get queasy from all the toing-and-froing. Also, as the mid-point is one of Thailand’s more remote areas, your bus may not make the customary 20 min. break mid-way, or any break at all. Chackrapong buses to Udon drop you at the remote Bus Station 2, a reason to avoid it if you can by taking Phetprasert.
    • Phetprasert has three buses a day from Chiang Mai to Udon (and onto Nakhon Phanom). They leave Chiang Mai at 14:30, 17:30, and 19:30, arriving in Udon at 02:15, 05:15 and 05:30 respectively. Fare (Apr 2015) is 636 Thai Baht. Phetprasert drops passengers at Central Plaza Shopping Mall, a very good location in the centre (Mar 2015). Buses to Chiang Mai depart the shopping mall at 17:45, 18:45, and 20:45. Buy Phetprasert tickets in the city centre bus station, a 5 minute walk from the shopping mall.}}
  • Udon-Khon KaenAir conditioned buses and minivans depart from Udon’s Bus Station 1 downtown. There are at least two departures per hour. Duration of the trip is roughly 90 min for the 125 km route. As the old “Non-air conditioned terminal” in downtown Khon Kaen is closed now, the bus will go straight to the Terminal 3 six kilometers south on the city outskirts. The bus will pass through the city center though, and will stop a few times to drop off the people, so it may be wise to watch the map and get off at the location nearest to your hotel, then take a tuk-tuk or Grab there. 80 Thai Baht.
  • Udon-Nong KhaiBuses from several companies depart at least once per hour after 08:00 to Nong Khai, 1 hour, non-air conditioned 3rd class) on the Lao border. Buses from Nong Khai may drop you off north of the city. Follow the locals and hop on the waiting #6 songthaew to the bus station or take a tuk-tuk. 50 Thai Baht (Oct 2013).
  • Udon-PattayaThe 407 Bus Company has daily 08:00, 18:30, and 20:55 buses to Pattaya. The morning bus takes about 12 hours as the bus makes many stops. Night buses take about 10 hr. Fare is 636 Thai Baht VIP (Nov 2015). The 407 Company has its office/bus stop near, but not in the city centre bus station. It’s on the corner of the main street out the front of the bus station near the 7-Eleven.
  • Udon-Points eastBuses depart around once per hour to Sakon Nakhon (100 Thai Baht, 3 hours, air conditioned, 160 km from Udon Thani, on the way to Nakhon Phanom and Mukdahan).
  • Udon-VientianeThere are six express buses a day direct to the Morning Market in Vientiane (80 Thai Baht, 2 hours, air-con 1st class departures at 08:00, 10:30, 11:30, 14:00, 16:00, 18:00). Some companies will not sell this trip if you cannot show a visa. These cross-border buses will sometimes carry passengers who have not obtained their Lao visas in advance, but may not wait long enough at the border for a visa on arrival to be applied for and issued. This isn’t a problem when the queues are short, but at busy times passengers who don’t already have their visas may be left behind and have to continue by local bus or tuk-tuk. There is a notorious scam of foreigners charged up to 100 Thai Baht for a 2 min ride, plus 25 Thai Baht for the bridge crossing, plus tuk-tuk or taxi to Vientiane.

By train

Daily trains go to Nong Khai (45 mins for just a bargain 11 Thai Baht) and over the Friendship Bridge across the Mekong River to Laos. Trains are also frequent to Nakhon Ratchasima and Bangkok. The overnight express sleeper to Bangkok is scheduled to take 9.25 hours, but usually takes longer. Nevertheless, it is still quite comfortable and pleasant, especially when taken in a sleeping berth or compartment. A daytime express train to Bangkok traverses a causeway over the large and scenic artificial lake created by the Pa Sak Jolasid Dam (in Lopburi Province). Connections to the major centres of southern Isaan (Buriram, Surin, Sisaket and Ubon Ratchathani) can be made in Nakhon Ratchasima for those who like to travel by rail.

In all, there are daily daytime trains, and three daily nighttime trains from Bangkok to Udon Thani and vice versa (most of which normally originate or terminate at Nong Khai), and several local trains to other destinations, including Nakhon Ratchasima.

  • Train StationThe Udon Thani train station is convenient, near the main tourist area and Central Plaza shopping complex.

Get around

Navigation around Udon Thani is made easier by three large roundabouts on the central road, Hwy 2: the clock circle, the fountain circle and Prince Prajak Circle. It’s also possible to orient yourself with Central Plaza or Nong Prajak Park. There is a bypass road that goes around the city.

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Udon Thani Wallpaper

By taxi

The main bus station, near Central Plaza has a taxi stand. Grab ride-hailing service works in Udon as well, though prices start from 60 Thai Baht even for a shortest ride, and increase pretty quickly afterwards.

By bicycle taxi

Udon Thani has many samlors (three-wheeled bicycle taxis), although as elsewhere, they are slowly succumbing to the pressures of the internal combustion engine.

By tuk-tuk

Tuk-tuks, three-wheeled motorcycles, are readily available in most commercial areas. Negotiate a price for your journey before you get in. Note that in Udon Thani the locally made vehicles (called Skylabs) differ from those in most of Thailand outside Isaan in that their fronts are adapted motorcycles. If you travel to Laos, you will also see such vehicles (called “jumbos”) there. Tuk-tuks prowl the streets on the lookout for tourists. Apart from long journeys the price should be around 30-50 Thai Baht. If you get into the bus station early in the morning and need a guest house they may pretend they can’t speak English, drive you around in a small circle “looking” for guesthouses before dropping you around the corner from the station; however, some may not speak English and are just trying to be helpful. They will then ask for 100 Thai Baht for a 30 Thai Baht journey. There is plenty of accommodation within walking distance of the station.

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Udon Thani Wallpaper

By songthaew

Udon Thani has a bus-like network of numbered pick up trucks with 2 benches in the back songthaews; cost is 8 or 10 Thai Baht per trip (10 Thai Baht outside the ring road).

By bicycle

  • Bicycle RentalBicycles are available for rent at the northeast corner of Nong Prajak Park. 20 Thai Baht/hour.

Bicycles can also be rented by the day from Asia Backpackers and SPM House.

By motorbike or car

Motorbike rentals are readily available at many locations in Udon Thani such as Soi samphanthamit. There are also many shops that accept online bookings such as Udon Rent A Bike and www.motorbikerentaludonthani.com.

If you wish to travel with a little more comfort, it is recommended to rent a car, the most well established local car rental in Udon Thani is UD Car Rent. You will also find most manjor International car hire companies at Udon Thani Airport.

See

Excavations at Ban Chiang
  • Ban Chiang (About 35 km E of Udon). An archaeological dig that is a UNESCO World Heritage List. Both buses and inter-village songthaews will drop you off at the Ban Chiang turn-off.
  • Ban Nakha (15 km N of Udon on Rte 2). A village famous for selling hand woven silk and cotton garments. It is somewhat commercialised but a walk back from the road into the village can net some silk and cotton bargains.
  • Nong BuaA park with a lake just to the east of the railway line. It is noted for its Chinese pagodas over the lake and the dragon pole.
  • Phu Foi Lom Eco-Park (40 km SW of Udon). Numerous trails and rainy season waterfalls. South of Udon is a large wetlands area/lake called Khumpahawapi. In Oct, traditional dragon boat races are held on the lake. Within Khumpahawapi is a city park with a large troop of monkeys that have been living there for over a hundred years.
  • Phu Phrabat National Park (60 km NW of Udon near the Ban Phue). A marvelous ridge line with numerous sandstone edifices several thousand years old. Bronze age cave paintings are also within the park.
  • Red Lotus Lake (Talay Bua Daeng, ทะเลบัวแดง), Tambon Chiang Haeo, Kumphawapi District, . Take a boat ride through a lake full of red flowers (they are actually red hardy water lilies) at the lake of Nong Han (หนองหาน). The bloom starts in October, but is best viewed from December to February during the morning. Bird watchers may also spot herons and other fowl. Boats and drivers are available for rent by the hour at the side of the lake, 300-500 Thai Baht. A suggested over night stay is the Ma Der Bua Hotel next to the lake. They also have a restaurant and provide a toilet for five Thai Baht.
  • Udon Sunshine Orchid FarmFamous for a variety of orchids, orchid-derived perfumes and plants that “dance to music”.Due to poor public transportation in Udon Thani, the only mean of transportation for tourist to get to these tourist attractions is by Car rentals or Taxi service.
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Udon Thani Wallpaper

Do

  • Daytrip to Nong KhaiCatch a 45 minute train at either 08:34 or 11:42 to Nong Khai for 11 Thai Baht. Either catch train back at 13:03 or catch a mini bus back for 50 Thai Baht. Every 30 min from bus station. If you wish do rent a car and travel a little more comfortable, there many car rentals agencies available in Udon Thani, such as UD Car Rent, Avis, Budget.
  • Major CinemaWatch a film at Major Cinema in Central Plaza. Some movies in Thai and some in English so choose the appropriate showing.
  • Nong Prajak Lake ParkDaily, 04:00-20:00A large recreational area within the city and the primary site for locals to exercise and chill out. Consisting of a large lake/reservoir with several small islands, it features pleasant grassy areas and activities such as nightly aerobics (to Thai pop music) and feeding bread crumbs to the fish. For the more active, it’s also popular for jogging or cycling (bike rentals available). Two paved pathways circle the lake: the inner one for cyclists, the outer one for those on foot. The circumference of the outer one is 3.3 km (2 mi). Most of the jogging path around the lake is ungated, but a portion is locked from 20:00-04:00.
  • Your Fitness Udon Thani322/19 Prachaksilpakom Road (Between Bangkok Hospital and 7-Eleven, behind the shops), . Monday to Friday, 08:00-24:00; Saturday to Sunday, 12:00-24:00New (Jan 2020) gym in Udon, one of only a few. Centrally located near Central Plaza and the railway station. Coordinates approximate.

Buy

On the east-side ring road is the Bo Bei Clothing Market. Within the city itself are numerous 7-Elevens as well as many mini-marts with Western snacks and goods.

  • Big C (SE of the city centre on Nittayo Road; SW of the city centre on Rte 210). Daily, 09:00-24:00Two locations. Hypermart, groceries, housewares, clothing.
  • Central Plaza (Formerly Chareonsri), 277/1-3 Prajaksillapakom Road, . Monday to Friday, 09:30-21:00. Sa, Su, Hols, 09:00-21:00Udon Thani’s largest indoor shopping mall, featuring five floors of shopping, including Asia Books, a Robinson’s department store, Tops Supermarket, Sizzler steakhouse, KFC, Pizza Company, Swensen’s Ice Cream, Boots pharmacy, IT products, mobile phones, cineplex.
  • Landmark Plaza / TukComShopping complex with SFC Cinema.
  • Makro (E of the city centre). Daily, 06:00-22:00Cheap bulk purchases.
  • Night Market (W of the train station, five min walk from the central bus station.). 17:00-22:30Eat in and takeaway food.
  • Tesco Lotus (UD Town; another on the ring road, N side). Supermarket with lower prices than Tops Supermarket at Central Plaza. Several locations. The most central one is in UD Town (hours: 07:00-24:00). The one on the north ring road is a Tesco-Lotus Extra (hours:08:00-23:00).
  • Tops market CentralPlaza277/3 Prachuksilpakom Road, . Western and Thai foodstuffs; salad bar; deli; bakery. Monday to Friday 11:00-21:00; Saturday to Sunday 10:00- 21:00.
  • UD Town (Adjacent to the train station). Mall with a food court, Tesco Lotus store, three different Oishi restaurants, McDonald’s, Swensen’s Ice Cream, Pizza Company, WaWee Coffee and numerous retail businesses.

Eat

Street vendors abound throughout the city. Satay, noodle soup (beef, pork, chicken and duck are common), pad Thai, som tam, grilled chicken, meat on a stick, various sweets and rice dishes are available at nearly all times. Udon Thani has a large range of buffet restaurants including Korean-style cook it yourself BBQ in a raised dish over a charcoal burner in the centre of your table.

  • Bongkotch Restaurant (ร้านอาหารบงกช) (At the top of Soi Suphanthanit). Popular Thai restaurant with good food and low prices. 40+ Thai Baht.
  • Fuzzy Ken’s298/15 Sayoutis Road (Opposite 7-Eleven on Sayoutis Road; 1 min walk from central bus station 1 or Central Plaza; 10 min from railway station), . M-Sa, 08:00-late. Closed SuA wonderful hybrid: a restaurant serving Thai and Western food, a used bookshop, and a shop selling hard-to-find Western foodstuffs (Bovril, Marmite, Heinz beans, Vegemite, meat pies). A Brit, Ken is a terrific source of local info. Serves beer and wine. Good website. Free Wi-Fi. Huge breakfast, 145 Thai Baht (Aug 2017).
  • The Good Corner Restaurant and BarNutty Park, Prachak Road (Just around the corner from the “bar street”; across from UD Residence), . Daily, 08:00-23:00; kitchen closes 22:00Owned by a Danish lady, serves breakfast, pizza and Thai food. Great quality and decent prices.
  • Maeyaa (ร้านอาหารแม่หยา), 79-81 Rachapasadu Road (ถ.ราชพัสดุ) (Just S of Phosi Road and W of Amphoe Road, about 3 km from city centre). Terrific family restaurant, an Udon institution. Three floors, crowded with Thais at mealtimes. Extensive photo menu and have an English menu available. Thai and Western food, but best to stick with the Thai. Also known for their extensive ice cream selection including banana splits. Air conditioned.
  • Diary Restaurant (Diary), 128/17 Ban Lao Road., Soi 6 Udon Dutsadi, Udon Thani 41000 (Opposite Gomen City Estates), . 10:00-21:00 Tuesday to SundayInternational and Thai food, great quality & affordable prices. Serving Isaan food, Vegetarian food, Thai curries, Western breakfasts, Mexican & Italian food. Online ordering & delivery available.

Drink

Udon Thani has a variety of karaoke bars, beer bars and Western bars. “Farang bars” tend to be concentrated in the area between Central Plaza and the railway station. Bars close sharply at midnight as the police are strict. Police set up roadblocks at the hour to look for drunk drivers. If you are driving a motorbike and over the limit it will cost you a night in a very uncomfortable Thai jail, most of the next day, and 3,000 Thai Baht.

  • Day and Night Bar Complex (Next to the Pannerai Hotel). Noon till midnightAbout seventeen beer bars in this open air, but covered, bar complex.
  • Nutty ParkL-shaped alley containing a dozen or more small bars popular with tourists and expats. Nutty Park contains what may be the best farang-oriented bar in Udon, the Good Shot Bar. It’s clean and well lit, with nice hostesses and two pool tables. Serves Thai and Western food from two nearby restaurants.

Where to stay in Udon Thani

This guide uses the following price ranges for a standard double room:
Budget less than 500 Thai Baht
Mid-range 500-1,500 Thai Baht
Splurge over 1,500 Thai Baht

Hotels Udon Thani City: Popularity

Hotel Stars Discount Price per night, from Choose dates

Centara Hotel & Convention Centre Udon Thani

★★★★

-16%

4336

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Siamgrand Hotel

★★★★

-9%

3028

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There are many hotels in town. Prices vary, and as with most things, you get what you pay for. Rates range from 200 to 2,000 Thai Baht or more per night. Apartment rentals from 1,800 Thai Baht/month. Private pool villas can be rented for catered stays of two nights or more.

Budget

  • Asia Backpackers299/5 Prajak Road (NE of the Number 1 (Central) bus station. On a small road between Prajak and Rangsan), . Check-out: NoonAlso rents bicycles for 100 Thai Baht per day. Great location. Dorm bed 250 Thai Baht, fan single room from 400 Thai Baht.
  • Karin Hotel (Watthananuwong Road mid-town between Nong Prajak and Robinson/train station.). Somewhat ageing, but cheap and convenient location. 460-800 Thai Baht.
  • Kumkaew Udon146/1 Srisuk RoadCheck-out: NoonAir-con double with own bathroom and cable TV. Free Wi-Fi. 320 Thai Baht.
  • Phimonrat MansionPhimonrat Mansion 38/9 Moo 5 Robmuang Road (Junction of Mittraphap, Nong Bua Road. 100m E of Nong Bua Road), . Rooms with air con, TV and fridge, Wi-Fi in and outside. Thai food & drinks are available (30-200 Thai Baht) and laundry on-site. Staff speak little English, but good Japanese. Thai owner has visited Europe extensively. 350 Thai Baht.
  • Ruysuk Mansion Hotel249/1 Adunyadet RoadPopular inexpensive hotel for long and short stay with English speaking management. Discount for long stays. Wi-Fi. Air-conditioned rooms. 300+ Thai Baht.
  • SPM HouseDecent cheap rooms in good location. They also have a street side make shift bar outside. They also rent motorbikes for 200 Thai Baht per day and bicycles for 60 Thai Baht per day. 450 Thai Baht.
  • Top Mansion35/3 Samphanthamit Road (200 m from Central Plaza shopping mall), . Convenient for bus and train stations, night market, UD Town Shopping Centre and Paolo Memorial Hospital. On the street with foreigner-oriented bars and pubs. 450-590 Thai Baht.

Mid-range

  • @ Home at Udon (แอทโฮมแอทอุดร), 11/11 Sampanthamit Road, . There’s a lot to like about this unobtrusive hotel: great price, free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, spotlessly clean, great location in the middle of the tourist entertainment zone, good water pressure, off-street parking. The only quibbles are no bedside reading lamp and no illumination for shaving. 750 Thai Baht high season.
  • Charoen Hotel549 Phosri Road (A few hundred metres SW of the central bus station). 250 standard rooms, 3 superior rooms and 2 suites, on a 10 acre area surrounded by garden and beautifully landscaped with swimming pools. 950+ Thai Baht.
  • Irish Clock19 / 5 – 6 Samphanthamit RoadBar, restaurant, hotel that is and popular with Udon’s expats. Bar open 08:30-23:00. Kitchen open 08:30-22:00. Big Christmas dinner every year. Adults, 595 Thai Baht; children, 295 Thai Baht. Free Wi-Fi. Room, 833 Thai Baht.
  • Ma Der Bua Hotel (โรงแรมมาเดอบัว), Chiang Haeo, Kumphawapi District, . Check-out: NoonHotel, bar, and restaurant at the side of Red Lotus Lake. Managed by very helpful and friendly couple. The lady speaks English. The village of Ban Diam and its temple and tourist market is within walking distance, but you may also borrow bikes if you want to go a bit further. Breakfast is included, as is Wi-Fi. 1,200 Thai Baht.
  • Nuntiya Terrace549 Prachasanti Road (City centre), . Central, clean, TV, air-con, Wi-Fi, parking lot. Daily rate and monthly rates are available.
  • Santipran Place99 Tongyai Road, Makkhaeng (Very near Bangkok Hospital), . Check-in: 14:00-20:00, check-out: 12:30Managed by the English-speaking Dowdy, a highly competent and helpful lady. Their website is excellent and shows the four types of accommodation available. Suites have kitchen sink, microwave, large refrigerator. Spotlessly clean and welcoming. Advance reservations are recommended due to its popularity. 500+ Thai Baht.
  • Silver Reef Bed & Breakfast338/8 Prajack Road (5 min walk to Central Plaza), . Central, close to the bus station and Central Plaza. New, rooms have 29-inch TVs, air-con, Wi-Fi. Cheerful theme with cartoon characters. Canadian management. 500+ Thai Baht.
  • TaNiTa (Lagoon) Resort113 Baan Nong Huaw Mue (2 km from airport), . Nine standard rooms in large area surrounded by nice lagoon and beautiful garden. 680+ Thai Baht.
  • Udon Airport Hotel14 Moo 1, Udon-Nongbua Lampoo Road (500 m from airport), , fax+66 42 346514On a 3 hectare area surrounded by garden and beautiful landscape. 115 standard rooms, 3 superior rooms, and 2 suites. Standard rooms are air-con with mini bar, radio, colour TV and Internet access. 800+ Thai Baht including breakfast.
  • Udon Star Palace (Udon Star), 75/3 Watthana Nuwong (At the bottom end of the bar street, Soi Suphanthanit), . Run by an elderly Frenchman whose presence is fleeting, the ground floor of the hotel is packed with vintage radios, musical instruments, passenger liner memorabilia and other fabulous knick-knacks. Historical photos of Udon abound. Rooms are huge, clean and eccentric. Pool or snooker table, table football, Wi-Fi and breakfast are all free. c.1,000 Thai Baht.

Splurge

  • Bodhi Villa (เรือนเจ้าโพธิ์), 91/9 Nonglek Soi 7, . Offers 5 spacious accommodations in traditional Thai wooden house style. Simply furnished rooms offer air-con, a seating area and cable TV. En suite baths come with free toiletries and shower facilities. Free Wi-Fi. The hotel is next to a shopping complex. 1,800-2,000 Thai Baht includes breakfast for two.
  • Centara Hotel & Convention Centre (Formerly the Charoensri Grand Royal Hotel) (Next to Central Plaza shopping centre). WARNING: If your criteria for a good hotel includes a good swimming pool, avoid this otherwise good hotel. The fifth floor swimming pool is surrounded by ultra-high copies of the Berlin Wall. The pool itself is tiny. It deepest part rises to the navel of a 178 cm tall person. For a good pool, go to the Pannerai. Otherwise the hotel is fine: good rooms, amenities, and location. It is just behind, and connected to the Central Plaza Shopping Centre. In February 2018 a room for two was going for 1,300 Thai Baht. 1,300+ Thai Baht.
  • Gecko Villa126 Moo 13, Um Chan, A Prachak (Free transfers from Udon Thani). Check-in: flexible, check-out: flexibleSet in the countryside outside of Udon Thani, this villa has a swimming pool and offers fully serviced stays with freshly prepared Thai food at no additional cost. Fast and free WiFi. Sleeps 2-6. 6,800 Thai Baht.
  • Green Gecko (Free transfers from Udon Thani). Check-in: flexible, check-out: flexibleA traditionally-styled Thai house, has a swimming pool, and offers fully catered and serviced holidays. Sleeps 2-4. 7,900 Thai Baht.
  • The Pannarai Hotel (เดอะพรรณรายโฮเต็ล), 19/8 Samphanthamit Road (Next door to Irish Clock Bar, near Central Plaza), . Check-in: 13:00, check-out: NoonBeautiful city location with swimming pool, restaurant, rudimentary gym. Two meeting rooms and private car park. 5 minutes walk to bus and train stations. In the middle of Udon Thani, next to Day & Night, Central Plaza, UD Town Shopping Centre, and Bangkok Hospital. Strong free Wi-Fi. Excellent free buffet breakfast for guests, 06:00-10:00, and non-guests pay 250 Thai Baht (Jan 2017). 1,780+ Thai Baht including breakfast (Jan 2017).
  • Rice Paddy Villa (25 min from Udon Thani. Free transfers). Check-in: flexible, check-out: flexibleLooking directly over the surrounding rice fields, has a swimming pool and sleeps 2-4 guests. Finished in Thai-style with modern conveniences. 10,000 Thai Baht, fully catered.

Cope

Co-working space in Udon Thani

  • Smarthub322/19 Prachaksilpakom Road (Near Central Plaza and the train station, between Bangkok Hospital and 7-Eleven, behind the shops), . Daily, 09:00-21:00Work spaces, meeting rooms with audio-visual equipment, Internet, copier, fax, office support staff. Coordinates are approximate. 60 Thai Baht for 1 hour, 180 Thai Baht per day.

Dental Clinics in in Udon Thani

  • Wattra Dental ClinicSai Uthit Road (Purple storefront across from 7-Eleven at Bus Station 1 downtown, 100 m from CentralPlaza), . M-Sa, 09:00-19:30; Su, 09:00-17:00Competent, English-speaking dentist(s) who work with up-to-date technologies. 800 Thai Baht to re-cement molar crown.

Telecommunications in Udon Thani

Go next

  • Ban Dung City, Udon Thani Province
  • Nong Khai is a very pleasant riverside town near the border with Laos. The Friendship Bridge is located here and this is the main overland border crossing into Laos on the way to Vientiane. Many travellers pass through Nong Khai on their way in and out of Laos without realising that this a worthy travel destination in its own right.
  • Khon Kaen another similar city on the train line heading south. Buses leave frequently and take 1,5 hours, trains take longer.
  • Vientiane, the capital of Laos, is about one and a half hours away across the Mekong. Express air conditioned buses leave the Udon Central bus station six times daily for Vientiane. Bus fare one way is 80 Thai Baht. A visa on arrival for Laos at the Friendship Bridge costs about USD35 for 30 days (two passport photos are required or there is an additional USD1 charge).

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Loei (เลย) is a city in the Isaan region of Thailand. Contents 1 Understand 2 Get in 2.1 By car 2.2 By bus 2.2.1 From Bangkok 2.3 From Phitsanulok 2.3.1 Within Isaan 2.4 By train 2.5 By plane 3 Get around 4 See 5 Do 5.1 Festivals 6 Buy 7 Eat 8 Drink 9 Where […]

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Loei (เลย) is a city in the Isaan region of Thailand.

Understand

Loei is a city surrounded by undulating mountain ranges whose fog-shrouded summits are abundant with flora. The well-known mountains are Phu Kradung, Phu Luang, and Phu Ruea. Its temperature is comfortably cool, with beautiful geographical surroundings, as well as unique cultures and traditions. In the cool season it can get decidedly chilly, one of the few parts of Thailand that ever gets down to 0 degrees Celsius.

Loei is 520 km from Bangkok, covering an area of 11,424 square kilometres. The city’s population is roughly 23,000. It is a boundary (with Laos) province in the upper northeastern part of Thailand, on the bank of the Mekong River along the Phetchabun mountain range.

In the past, it was a small community in a prosperous empire during the same period as the Thai Kingdom of Ayutthaya. Later, the Lan Chang Empire became weaker, therefore, the community moved to be with Ayutthaya. During the reign of King Rama V of the Rattanakosin period, the community was upgraded to become Loei Province.

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Get in

By car

From Bangkok, take Hwy 1 or Phahonyothin Road, passing Saraburi. Turn onto Hwy 21, passing Phetchabun. Then, take Hwy 203, passing Lom Sak, Lom Kao into Loei Province at Dan Sai, Phu Ruea to Loei. It takes approximately 7-8 hours. Alternately, from Saraburi, take Hwy 2, passing Nakhon Ratchasima to Khon Kaen, for a distance of 536 km and turn left onto Hwy 12, passing Chum Phae and take Hwy 201 to Loei Province through Phu Kradueng, and Wang Saphung, a distance of 540 km.

By bus

From Bangkok

The Transport Co., Ltd. provides daily buses between Bangkok–Loei, both normal and air conditioned. The trip takes approximately 10 hours. For further information, contact the Bangkok Northern Bus Terminal (Mo Chit 2), Kamphaeng Phet 2 Road, Tel. +66 2 9362841-8, +66 2 9362852-66. There are private bus companies such as Air Mueang Loei Co., Ltd.’s Bangkok office at Tel. +66 2 9360142 or Loei Office at Tel. +66 42 832042; Chumpae Tour Ltd., Bangkok office at Tel. +66 2 9363842 or Loei office at Tel. +66 42 832285; Phet Prasoet Co., Ltd.’s Bangkok office at Tel. +66 2 9363230, Phu Ruea office at Tel. +66 42 899386, Dan Sai office at Tel. +66 42 891908.

From Phitsanulok

Many buses are available from Phitsanulok, which is a particularly convenient starting point for exploring the area west of Loei (Dan Sai, etc.).

There are two bus terminals in Phitsanulok. No.1 which is very accessible by foot and no.2 which is like 5 km away from the city on the highway 12 on Indochina junctions. 50 Thai Baht to get there on a songtheaw. Both terminals have the exact same time for the busses going to loei. So just stick to terminal no.1. Time schedule for busses to loei are 9:30 and 12:00. Arrive earlier so you can catch the early bus, otherwise it’s all booked pretty fast.

Price as of 2017, goes for 207 Thai Baht.

Within Isaan

There are regular buses to Loei from Khon Kaen (buses every 30 min) and Udon Thani (100 Thai Baht). Buses depart from bus station 2, somewhat inconveniently outside the main town.

By train

There is no railway station in Loei. However, visitors can take a train from Bangkok Railway Station (Hualamphong) to Udon Thani or Phitsanulok, and take a bus to Loei.

By plane

There are 2-3 flights weekly from Bangkok on Nok Air, one of Thailand’s domestic discount airlines to Loei Airport (LOE). Service has changed from time to time. If it is not available, the next-nearest airport with commercial flights is Udon Thani with flights to/from Bangkok , Chiang Mai, and Phuket using Thai Airways, Nok Air, and Air Asia (Thailand). As noted above, there are frequent buses from Udon Thani to Loei.

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Get around

Songthaews can be used to reach the town from the bus station (10 Thai Baht). Tuk-tuks are also available to and around town. Local buses and/or songthaews serve some of the noteworthy sights mentioned below.

See

Most interesting tourist attractions are sufficiently far away they require public transport or a motorbike to reach them.

  • Chaopho Kut Pong Shrine and the City Pillar Shrine (ศาลเจ้าพ่อกุดป่องและศาลหลักเมือง)The city pillar was made of the golden shower wood elaborately carved into a lotus shape at its top and gilded with gold leaf on black lacquer. Its height is 139 centimetres (55 in).
  • Chaloem Phra Kiat Public Park, Pa Loeng Yai (สวนสาธารณะเฉลิมพระเกียรติฯ ป่าเลิงใหญ่) A public park on the Loei River. There is a decorative garden with flowers and decorative plants.
  • Office of the Loei Tourism Coordination Centre (อาคารที่ทำการศูนย์ประสานงานการท่องเที่ยวจังหวัดเลย) Previously the city hall and Mueang Loei District office. The Loei Provincial Council of Culture collected the king’s chair at this place. The Fine Arts Department has registered it as a national monument for preservation.
  • Wat Tham Pha Pu or Phiang Din cave (วัดถ้ำผาปู่ หรือ ถ้ำเพียงดิน), Houses the remains of Luangpu Khamdi Paphaso, who discovered this place. The temple is a grand cave within a stone mountain. There are Buddha images enshrined in the cave, as well as stalagmites and stalactites.
  • Phu Pha Lom Forest Park (วนอุทยานภูผาล้อม) Steep limestone mountains with various pointed summits similar to a wall surrounding the virgin forest in the middle. There are various kinds of plants, herbs, sightseeing points, and caves as well as, Bo Nam Sap or Nam Phut, which is a sacred seepage pond.
  • Si Khun Mueang temple (วัดศรีคุณเมือง) This temple is a collection venue of Lanna and Lan Chang arts. The ubosot’s roof is in many layers reflecting Lanna-style. There are also many objects of art such as a carved Buddha image gilded with gold leaf on black lacquer in the forgiving posture of the Lan Chang style.
  • Phu Khwai Ngoen Buddha’s footprint (พระพุทธบาทภูควายเงิน) The Buddha’s footprint is 120 centimetres long and 65 centimetres wide, enshrined on a whetstone and was registered as a national ancient monument in 1935.
  • Phu Khok Ngio Buddha statue (พระใหญ่ภูคกงิ้ว) A walking Buddha image in the blessing posture, cast of fibre and golden resin combined. It was cast by the Second Army Area Command and the people as a form of merit making for the king and queen.
  • Thai Dam Cultural Village (หมู่บ้านวัฒนธรรมไทยดำ) Thai Dam people migrated from Chiang Khwang Town, Laos in 1905 to settle at Ban Na Pa Nat. At present, the Thai Dam culture is still preserved.
  • Crown Princess’s Sirindhorn Art Centre (ศูนย์ศิลป์สิรินธร) A venue displaying paintings of students who have gained popularity at both national and international levels. Moreover, it is a source of knowledge on arts and culture, including both permanent and rotating exhibition halls, and an arts training building.
  • Phu Luang Wildlife Sanctuary (เขตรักษาพันธุ์สัตว์ป่าภูหลวง) Phu Luang means ‘large mountain’ or the ‘mountain of the king’. On the east of Phu Luang, dinosaur footprints on the rock, aged more than 120 million years, were discovered. The most distinguished ones on Phu Luang are Pinus merkusii and Kesiya pine forests, savanna on plains, mounds, and stone terraces.
  • Pha Ya cave (ถ้ำผายา) is inside Wat Tham Pha Ya at Ban Mai Santi Tham, Tambon Na Dok Kham. Inside the cave is a flock of millions of insect-eating bats.
  • Suan Hin Pha Ngam or Thailand’s Kunming (สวนหินผางาม หรือ คุนหมิงเมืองไทย) A limestone garden aged around 230-280 million years, occurring from the aggregation of beach deposits. Then, an uplift of the earth’s crust, together with millions of years of natural rot have made this mountain strangely beautiful, similar to the stone garden in Kunming, Yunnan, China.
  • Mahoran Cave (ถ้ำมโหฬาร) A large cave whose entrance enshrines a Buddha image in subduing Mara posture. The area within the cave is quite large consisting of stalactites and stalagmites, as well as, caves in smaller sizes. A Buddha’s footprint was also found on the wall of the cave.
  • Phothisat Cave (ถ้ำโพธิสัตว์) or Thailand’s Guilin is within the compound of Wat Tham Phothisat. It is a complex cave.
  • Piang Din Waterfall (น้ำตกเพียงดิน) is 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) beyond Suan Hin Pha Ngam. The waterfall is at the end of the asphalt road.
  • Phrathat Si Song Rak (พระธาตุศรีสองรัก) Its architecture is in the Lan Chang style. Phrathat, a stupa containing the Buddha’s relics, is 19.19 metres high and 10.89 metres wide with a square base of 12 redented corners. Moreover, within the compound of the temple is enshrined a Buddha image canopied by a seven-headed Naga in the Tibetan-style.
  • Neramit Wipatsana temple (วัดเนรมิตวิปัสสนา) Both the ubosot and chedi are constructed of laterite. A replica of Phra Phutthachinnarat is enshrined as the main image.
  • Phi Ta Khon Museum (พิพิธภัณฑ์บ้านผีตาโขน) An educational attraction for those interested in the Bun Luang and Phi Ta Khon Festivals. There is an ubosot reflecting the skills of local craftsmen as well as a replica of Phrathat Si Song Rak.
  • Pho Chai Na Phueng temple (วัดโพธิ์ชัยนาพึง) Enshrined within the abbot’s cell is the Prachao Ong Saen Buddha image, an ancient image of the town for many generations. On the outside of the ubosot are paintings which were created in 1916.
  • The Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge (สะพานมิตรภาพน้ำเหืองไทย-ลาว) A bridge crossing the Hueang River connecting Thailand and Laos.
  • Cotton Blossom Festival. Every year, in early-February.
  • Phitakon (ผีตาโขน, Phi Ta Kon, Phi Ta Khon) (Dan Sai is about 2 hours W of Loei. It can be reached by bus). The best worst-publicised festival in Thailand. Every year in Dan Sai (ด่านซ้าย) the Phi Ta Kon festival is held. Revellers make traditional masks, which they wear in a parade down the main street of Dan Sai. Traditionally, the masks were made to frighten evil spirits away, the wearer dons the mask and drags bells behind them with the intention of clearing the surrounding area of evil spirits (generally while drinking large amounts of home brewed spirits of a different kind). Afterward, the parade begins and thousands of people head through the streets for what becomes a chaotic fertility festival, many participants in the parade carry phallic water guns and comically over-sized wooden penises with them.
  • Phu Kradueng National Park (อุทยานแห่งชาติภูกระดึง), Moo 1, Ban Si Than, Si Than Sub-district, Phu Kradung District (Hwy 2019 leads to the park) , ✉ phukradueng_np@dnp.go.th. A sandstone mountain park with a wide plain summit, whose shape is similar to a leaf of the elephant ear or a heart. Sites in the park: Nok Aen cliff: A small stone terrace with pine trees standing at the cliff’s edge. It is a beautiful sunrise spot overlooking the scenery of the grass field and mountain range; Lom Sak cliff: A wide stone terrace with a large pine tree near an overhanging cliff. It is a place where the sunset can be the most clearly viewed; Tat Hong waterfall: When falling from the cliff to the basin, it creates a loud and resonant sound of water. Therefore, it is called “Namtok Tat Hong”. (updated Jun 2016)
  • Phu Ruea National Park (อุทยานแห่งชาติภูเรือ), Nong Bou Sub-district, Phu Rua District (The park is 48 km from Loei. Take Hwy 203 to Phu Ruea Sub-District then turn right and go about 4 km to park HQ) , ✉ phurua1@hotmail.com. Its special feature is an overhanging cliff in the shape of a junk’s prow. It is considered the coldest national park of the country. Interesting sites: Decho Viewpoint: sunrise view spot; Lon Noi cliff: From this spot, Phu Luang, Phu Pha Sat, Phu Khrang and a sea of complex mountain ranges can be seen; Sapthong or Kulap cliff: A steep cliff with seepage full of water throughout the year where there is plenty of golden yellow lichen; Huai Phai waterfall: This waterfall is drops from a steep cliff with an approximate height of 30 metres; Phu Ruea peak: The highest spot in the national park at 1,365 m. Within its compound is a stone terrace and grass field mixed with pine forest including Pinus merkusii which is naturally grown and Kesiya pine which is planted. (updated Jun 2016)
  • Phu Suan Sai National Park (อุทยานแห่งชาติภูสวนทราย), Saeng Pha Sub-district, Na Haeo District (From Loei, take Hwy 2003, 2031, and 2113 to Na Haeo District and then about 4 km further to Ban Mueng Prea. Turn left on Hwy 1268 and turn right at its last junction at the km0 kilometre post. From km0 it is just a few meters to park HQ). Dry evergreen forests mixed with deciduous trees. Along the high area are hill evergreen forests which are also a natural boundary between Thailand and Laos. Interesting sites: Khing waterfall: The waterfall has many rock tiers. At this spot, the government has constructed a royal residence for Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn who visited on 12 February 1991; Chang Tok waterfall: 500 m higher than Namtok Khing which is also along the Phrae River. It is steeper than the lower one; Wang Tat waterfall: 1.5 kilometres above Namtok Chang Tok on the Phrae River; Tat Hueang or Thai-Lao waterfall is on the Hueang River, consisting of three tiers with a height of approximately 50 metres. There is water throughout the year; Pha Khao waterfall: On the Heuang River, the border between Thailand and Laos.; Four direction rock: On its south side are four rocks rising up in the middle of the tropical evergreen forest. The locals go to pay respect at this place once every three years, thus it is called “Song Pi Ham, Sam Pi Khrop”; Kuai Lo rock: A sandstone whose shape is similar to a mushroom bud rising in the middle of the tropical evergreen forest; Hill 1408 Viewpoint: The highest viewpoint and centre of the national park; Hill 1255 Viewpoint: The scenery of Ban Huai Nam Phak below as well as Phu Soi Dao and Phu Wiang in Laos. (updated Jun 2016)

Do

  • Climb Phu Kradung (camp at the top if you wish).
  • Phu Rua National Park.
  • Visit the rock formations at Phu Luang.
  • Take in the views of the Mekong at Chiang Khan, Pak Chom, or Tha Li.
  • Mountain Hike, 24/16 Charoenrat Road. Kutpong district. Loei City. Postcode 42000. Thailand. (Visit TAT Tourism Authority of Thailand (Loei Office) or Mountain Hike office on Charoenrat Road, behind Bangkok Bank building) , ✉ mountain.hike@outlook.com. Mountain hiking or cave tour, with standard or tailored packages, in Mt. Phuluang Wildlife Sanctuary, Phuruea National Park and Mt. Fuji San. (updated Feb 2019)

Festivals

Dok Fai Ban Makham Wan Mueang Loei Red Cross Fair (งานกาชาดดอกฝ้ายบาน มะขามหวานเมืองเลย) held in front of Loei City Hall 1–9 February every year. Parades from various districts, as well as cultural performances are highlights of the fair.

Thai–Lao Songkran Festival (งานประเพณีสงกรานต์ไทย-ลาว) held in Tha Li District 12–15 April of every year. Large numbers of Lao participate in the festival.

Bun Bang Fai Lan Festival (งานประเพณีบุญบั้งไฟล้าน) held within the compound of Wat Erawan Phatthanaram, Erawan District on the full moon of the 6th lunar month or during May of every year. It is Loei’s biggest festival.

Phrathat Si Song Rak Fair (งานนมัสการพระธาตุศรีสองรัก) an annual event organised on the full moon of the 6th lunar month, around the end of April until early-May to celebrate Phrathat Si Song Rak, a significant place of worship of the town.

Bun Luang Festival and Phi Ta Khon (งานประเพณีบุญหลวง และการละเล่นผีตาโขน) held annually in Dan Sai District on Saturday–Sunday after the full moon day of the 6th lunar month, and after paying respect to Phrathat Si Song Rak. Phi Ta Khon is a local activity of Dan Sai and Na Haeo Districts, relating to the belief and faith in Buddhism and the spirit of ancestors. Phi Ta Khon parades are organised in the Bun Luang Festival, an annual local merit-making ceremony. On the first day, the Phra Upakhut procession proceeds from the Man River to Wat Phon Chai and on the next day, it enters the town, while the Phi Ta Khon participants throw their costumes and accoutrements into the Man River. After that, a series of all 13 chapters of the Great Birth Sermon will be read.

Chiang Khan’s End of Buddhist Lent Festival (งานประเพณีออกพรรษาอำเภอเชียงคาน) organised in front of Chiang Khan District Office on the full moon day of the 11th lunar month every year. There is the Prasat Phueng procession, long-boat races, Ruea Kap races, illuminated boat contest, Tak Bat Devo, and various local cultural shows and entertainment in the festival.

Sea of Fog and Beautiful Flower Blossom on Phu Ruea (Winter Flowers Fair, Phu Ruea District) (เทศกาลหมอก ดอกไม้งาม บานสะพรั่งภูเรือ) is held on the grounds in front of Phu Ruea District Office during the New Year’s Festival, around 31 December–3 January every year. Activities in the festival include a temperate plant fair, floral float parade, temperate flowers and decorative plants contests, Mae Khaning evening party, dances in the winter breeze.

Buy

There are various kinds of local products of Loei such as sweet tamarind, kunchiang (Chinese pork sausage), mu phaen (dried pork slices), glacéd coconut, souvenirs related to the Phi Ta Khon Festival, quilts, silk and cotton fabric. For local fabrics, visit Ban Kang Pla, which offers Loei fabric, a product unique to the province. For rattan furniture and utensils, visit Ban Na Kraseng, Tha Li District.

Eat

There are any number of restaurants within the city, which is easy to walk around. Many ethnic Chinese provide a good variety, and all are reasonably priced.

  • 17.4936989393101.7243006731 Loei’s American Burger (Junction of Khirirat Road and Khirirat Soi 3). Daily, 11:00-20:30. Good Western and Thai food by Doug and his Thai wife. (updated Sep 2015)

Drink

Where to stay in Loei

  • Phuluang Hotel, 55 Charoenrat Road (About 1-2km from the bus station on the edge of town). Shower water is hot, but not much pressure. In the hotel restaurant fried rice with a large bottle of beer for 135 Thai Baht in the evening, and a Western breakfast for 90 Thai Baht. Has free Wi-Fi and the Internet computer is 40 Thai Baht per hour. There are plenty of restaurants nearby. Little English spoken, depending who is on the counter, but you can muddle through easily enough. Tuk-tuk from the bus station is 40 Thai Baht. 350-900 Thai Baht.
  • Sugar Guest House (Pronounced su-gar, not shu-gar), 4/1 Wisutitep Road, Soi 2. Run by friendly, English-speaking Pat. The rooms are plush by backpacker standards and very good value for money. Breakfast and bike hire services available. 180-380 Thai Baht.
  • Country HouseKhokngam, 203 Moo 1. Khokngam Village, Dansai. 42120. Thailand. (From Loei Airport or Loei City Center, using highway route no 201 onward to the nor th and turn right into a highway route no 2013 21 enroute to Phuruea District and continue to Khokngam village for 15 km. The house is on the main road no) , ✉ countryhouse.khokngam@outlook.com. Homestay in a nice contryside for rent, short or long term. Ideally good for long stay vacations in Loei or retirement guests who want to have a simple and a slow life in Loei. 1,500 THB per day. (updated Feb 2019)

Go next

  • Chiang Khan – Thirty minutes from Loei bus station if you time it right via the overnight bus from Bangkok’s Mo Chit bus station, or 60-90 mins by songthaew. The guesthouses of Chiang Khan look across the Mekong at Laos. The wooden town, replete with wats, is backed by a mountain topped by a Thai navy lookout surrounded by tamarind trees. A teak plantation on another mountain shades the home of forest monks caring for a temple in a cave. The cafe in the main street sells coffee made with milk from a dairy hidden in the hills. Nearby cotton is teased and netted into quilts. On a beach of coloured pebbles, children run into the river where they float around in tubes from old tyres. It’s a place to stay and watch the river world go by.
  • Phitsanulok – gateway to Sukhothai, Chiang Mai and the rest of northern Thailand.

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From Isaan.Live Jump to: navigation, search Khon Kaen (ขอนแก่น) is a city and province in Isaan, Thailand. Understand While various artefacts have been found in the region that hint at its dinosaur era and early human inhabitants, what we know today as Khon Kaen came into being when the ancient Khmer empire expanded into the […]

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Khon Kaen (ขอนแก่น) is a city and province in Isaan, Thailand.

Understand

While various artefacts have been found in the region that hint at its dinosaur era and early human inhabitants, what we know today as Khon Kaen came into being when the ancient Khmer empire expanded into the area in the 12th century. The current town was established a little over two centuries ago during the reign of King Rama I.

In addition to being a university town, Khon Kaen is a historic centre of silk production. In Chonnabot, Mudmee silk is delicately woven by hand and then tie-dyed.

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Fly to Khon Kaen

Thai AirAsia flies from Bangkok (DMK) to Khon Kaen (KKC) several times a day; there are also flights from/to Chiang Mai, Pattaya (UTP) and Phuket. Nok Air and Thai Lion Air each has a couple of flights a day to Bangkok (DMK) as well. Thai Smile Airways flies from Bangkok (BKK) five times a day, and can be booked in one ticket with an international Thai Airways flight.

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Travel by train to Khon Kaen

Khon Kaen is on the branch of the Northeastern Line that runs to Nong Khai and Laos. The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) runs one reasonably timed overnight train, Train 133, which leaves Bangkok at 20:45 and is scheduled to arrive at 06:11 in Khon Kaen.

As of 2018 the main railway station is being rebuilt and trains stop instead at a temporary station along the same line 3 km to the south. A 30-minute walk to the center, or else taxis are available.

By bus

Until 1 December 2017 Khon Kaen had three bus terminals. The newest, Terminal 3, is eight kilometres out of town and, for that reason, inconvenient. The city fathers want to get buses out of the city’s core. The taxi cartel support that initiative for obvious reasons: the cost of a tuk-tuk or taxi to downtown may well cost more than your bus ticket to Khon Kaen.

  • Khon Kaen Provincial Transport Station (Baw Kaw Saw 3), Muang KK By-pass Road (On the ring road 8 km S of city centre. Any tuk-tuk can take you there). 24/7. Since 1 December 2017, the long-distance KK bus terminal. Also has minivans to nearer destinations. Opened in 2014. (updated Nov 2015)
  • Air conditioned bus terminal, Ammat Road (Central KK. Nearest cross-street is Klang Mueang Road.). Minivan station to places such as Udon. (updated Nov 2015)
  • Central Khon Kaen Bus Station (Baw Kaw Saw 1), 46/16 Prachasamoson Road (Central KK). Closed on 1 December 2017. (updated Nov 2015)

Buses to/from Bangkok’s Northern (Mo Chit) Bus Terminal depart every 15 minutes from early until late.

For quicker service, avoid the touts at Mo Chit, and ask for Chan Tour. This company provides only VIP buses, which have very large seats and a bathroom. Alternatively, Nakhonchai Air has nice VIP buses which are cleaner (meals, drink, in-coach toilet) than Chan, but with small seats. Both will cost 420 Thai Baht, highly recommended. Both have terminals separate from Mo Chit, about 1 km away, where you can wait for your bus in an air-conditioned waiting room.

From Chiang Mai Arcade Terminal 3, Phetprasert and Sombat Tour have buses throughout the day from 08:00. Evening buses run at 19:00 and 20:00 from Platform 6. The price is approximately 641 Thai Baht one-way and duration of journey is 10 hr. The only problem is at the Khon Kaen end: you are dropped off at Terminal 3, far from the city center, near the intersection of Highway 2 and the ring road south of Khon Kaen. This terminal is new (May 2020) and lacking in amenities (coffee shop, hotel, etc.), but there is a new (Feb 2016) 7-11 about 100 meters to the south of the Nakhonchai Air terminal. NCA has a free shuttle service for its customers between its downtown and ring road terminal. A yellow songthaew service will take you downtown to the rail station and the in-town bus station (non-air-conditioned bus station) for 10 Thai Baht (May 2020).

From/to Udon Thani, several air conditioned buses depart hourly from Udon’s Bus Station 1 downtown. Fare is 80 Thai Baht (May 2020) and the duration is approximately 90 min. Minivans depart from the same station to Khon Kaen continuing on to Roi Et. They are slightly faster than the bus, but probably not as comfortable. As the downtown terminal is now closed, the buses now arrive to Terminal 3 on the southern outskirts of the city, but before they will pass the city center, stopping a few times to drop off the passengers – for the main tourist area, the best location to get off will be after an underpass near CentralPlaza, and tuk-tuks seem to wait for the buses there (alternatively, or if they ask for too much, use the Grab app).

There are two bus terminals in town. The “big” terminal, where most buses arrive and leave and the “small” terminal, which is somewhat more exclusive and appears to provide the “direct to BKK” type of buses. It really is quite small compared to the other. They are about 1 km distant from each other within the centre of town, unlike most Thai cities where the bus terminals are on the outskirts. Both terminals have air-con buses, but the big one also has non-air-con to the local provinces.

  • Bangkok Nakhon Chai Air Bus (6 hours), 420 Thai Baht, departs hourly from the air-con Bus Terminal (Prab-Argat). Highly recommended, though their staff speaks Thai only.
  • Vientiane (Lao PDR) Thai-Lao International Bus – 180 Thai Baht, departs 07:45 (usually delayed till 08:00) and 15:15 daily from the Aircon Bus Terminal (Prab-Argat). Passport (with current Laos visa) must be produced when purchasing ticket. If you do not have a Laos visa you cannot buy a ticket, as the bus will NOT wait for passengers processing their visas on arrival (citizens of few countries outside Southeast Asia who can enter Laos visa-free, notably Russians, may have to insist on that fact and/or to show some solid proof they will not need a IsaanLive, like existing Lao visa-free entry stamps). Tickets can only be purchased on the day of travel. Visas are available at the Lao PDR consulate in town. Thai and limited English are spoken by consular staff. Hours are Monday-Friday, 08:00-12:00 and 13:00-16:00. Prices are said to be same as in Bangkok. Visas for American, Australian, British, several EU and New Zealand citizens cost 1,400 Thai Baht/US$40, Canadians pay 1,700 Thai Baht/US$50, while Chinese pay 600 Thai Baht/US$17. Officially, visas can be picked up the next day, or pay an additional 200 Thai Baht to have the visa issued within 1 hour. Officially, only Thai Baht is accepted although if you don’t have Thai Baht, they may take US dollars. A 30-31 Thai Baht to the US dollar rate has been reported, making it more expensive than getting a visa on arrival and paying in US dollars.
  • Bus connections to Ubon, Udon, Nong Khai (Class 2: 110 Thai Baht), Maha Sarakham, Nakhon Ratchasima, Chaiyaphum, Roi Et, Chiang Mai, Lampang, Lamphun, Phrae, Phetchabun, Phitsanulok, Mukdahan (Savannakhet Lao PDR), Amnat Charoen, Nong Bua Lamphu, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (22:00 daily, 335 Thai Baht) and Northern Thailand are also available.

By car

It’s easy to get to Khon Kaen by car from Bangkok. Just follow the four lane Hwy 2. Hwy 2 also heads north to Udon Thani, Nong Khai, and Laos.

Get around

Khon Kaen’s centre is characterised by a strict grid system of wide streets and long blocks. It appears to have been designed for road traffic in mind, pedestrians be damned. Thus getting around on foot is fairly unpleasant.

Numbered songthaews charge 9 Thai Baht/person/trip (pay when you get out). Just wave your hand and the songthaew will stop to let you get on; ring the bell and it will stop again to let you get off. There are at least 10 routes serving Khon Kaen. Signage in Thai only.

The ordinary bus station (“baw kaw saw”) is the interchange for all songthaew routes.

  • Songthaew 2: Central Plaza-town
  • Songthaew 3: Big C-Central Plaza-town
  • Songthaew 8: KK University-town-Fairy Plaza

If you need to take a tuk-tuk the driver will normally quote 40 to 50 Thai Baht for trips within the city. Taxis (similar to those in Bangkok) are available too, as well as Grab ride-hailing service (with fares a bit more reasonable than in nearby Udon Thani – 55-65 Thai Baht for a few kilometers in the city center, 90-100 Thai Baht to the main bus terminal at the city outskirts (January 2019)).

See

  • Bung (Lake) Kaen Nakhon (บึงแก่นนคร). Occupying an area of 603 rai (96 hectares), the lake is in the town’s southeast quadrant. By the lake is a monument of Chao Phia Mueang Phaen, founder of Khon Kaen. The shady park around the lake decorated with sculptures attracts many visitors.
  • City Pillar Shrine ((ศาลเจ้าพ่อเทพารักษ์หลักเมือง) (in front of Sala Suk Chai, on Thepharak Road in the compound of the Khon Kaen Municipal Offices). A famous monk and former governor of Khon Kaen placed a stone inscription from an ancient site in Chum Phae here for a Buddhist rite and set up the city pillar shrine.
  • Khon Kaen National Museum (พิพิธภัณฑสถานแห่งชาติ ขอนแก่น) (on Lang Sun Ratchakan Road). Daily, 09:00-16:00. exhibits antiques and precious art pieces from pre-historical periods as well as a skeleton of the New Stone Age man and tools found at Ban Chiang. Interesting exhibits include stone lintels from Khmer ruins in the region as well as art from other periods, namely the Sukhothai and Ayutthaya, and native tools. These exhibits deepen knowledge of the history, archaeology, and the lifestyles of Isaan. Admission, 30 Thai Baht.
  • Khon Kaen University (มหาวิทยาลัยขอนแก่น) (4 km from downtown Khon Kaen. Visitors can travel to it via Mitraphap Road (Khon Kaen-Udon Thani route) or Pracha Samosorn Road (Khon Kaen-Loei route)). On the hill called “Mo Din Daeng” on a 5,000 rai plot of land, the university is the largest educational centre in Isaan.
  • Art and Cultural Centre ((หอศิลปวัฒนธรรม) (on the Khon Kaen University campus). the Isaan barn-style building displays local arts, geography, and history. The centre can be accessed through the Si Than Gate.
  • Phra Mahathat Kaen Nakhon (The 9-storey stupa) (พระมหาธาตุแก่นนคร หรือพระธาตุ ๙ ชั้น) (at Wat Nong Waengon on Klang Mueang Road). A royal temple, the Phra Mahathat houses relics of the Lord Buddha and important Buddhist scriptures. Doors and windows of the 9 storeys of the stupa are beautifully carved, featuring the life and former incarnations of the Lord Buddha, 16 classes of visible deities in the Brahma’s world, and Buddhist rites. Murals within the stupa feature the history of the town. The top floor, on the 9th storey, houses relics of the Lord Buddha. Visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of the town from there.
  • Sim Isan (Wat Pa Saeng Arun) (สิมอีสาน) (approximately 3 km from Khon Kaen City Hall on the Khon Kaen–Kalasin route). Sim Isaan, a term for northeastern ordination halls or Ubosot, is within Wat Pa Saeng Arun, Phra Lap. The Sim Isaan’s outstanding features lie in its typical shape and style and solidity, as well as the beauty of the murals of Mudmi patterns of the province’s famous tie-dyed silk. This has been intended for later generations to learn from and treasure as well as to conserve local architecture.
  • Treasure Hall Museum (โฮงมูนมังเมืองขอนแก่น). Daily, 09:00-17:00 except Su and public holidays. Established to strengthen local identity and serve as a study centre, this museum features the history of Khon Kaen and ancient culture dating back 5,000 years, to the city’s founding, and Khon Kaen’s lifestyle. Admission, 90 Thai Baht.
  • Wat Chai Si (วัดไชยศรีและฮูปแต้มสินไซ) (at Ban Sawathi). Daily, 08:00–17:00. The temple, of archaeological, historical, and social importance, was declared a national ancient monument in Aug 2001. The ordination hall (sim or ubosot) of this temple houses magnificent murals, both inside and out, painted by a folk artisan from Maha Sarakham known as Thong Thipcha. The building originally had a northeastern roof style with an extended roof on each side. Later, a new roof of the Rattanakosin-style replaced the old dilapidated one. In 1993, the roof was extended to shelter the murals from the elements. There is also a folk museum nearby where rare folk implements of the region are on display.

Do

Every night at the City Pillar Shrine, movies are shown for free on large projectors outside at around 20:00. Most are dubbed in Thai.

  • Take a day trip (or stay overnight) to Phu Kradung, around halfway between Khon Kaen and Loei. Popular with young Thais, the mountain is a pleasant climb with cliff views and waterfalls (depending on the time of year) on the plateau. Camp or stay in a lodge overnight if you don’t want to do it in one day. See Loei for more information.
  • Isan Explorer , ✉ info@isanexplorer.com. This local tour company has day and overnight trips in and around Khon Kaen. They follow a slow travel approach and include stops at villages, temples and markets on all tours to allow people to experience the local culture.

Buy

Khon Kaen is famous for its silk.

Across the road from the Roma Hotel in downtown, there is a cheap breakfast restaurant. A lady pulls up in a car and unloads stuff to sell on the footpath, including Thai silk. Prices are excellent, and can be bargained down if you buy in quantity. (Initial price was 500 Thai Baht, Four of them were 1,500 Thai Baht total.)

There are two shopping centres, TukCom (formerly Oasis Plaza) and Fairy Plaza, a Big C, a Tesco Lotus and a Makro. Other major stores include Global House, Homepro and Index Living Mall. Central Department Store (Central Plaza), just beside the City Gate, is the largest shopping complex and hosts SFC cinema, Robinson, Se-Ed Book Centre, B2S, Tops Supermarket, and various restaurants.

There are various night markets, which also are good places to try out many different kinds of foods; a “young and hip” market at Khon Kaen University behind the Complex where students sell many of the goods, a popular one on Glang Muang Road, and one that sometimes doubles as a carnival, at Bueng Kaen Nakhon.

  • Heng Nguan Hieng ((เฮงง่วนเฮียง) 王源兴), 54/1-2 Klang Mueang Road. Preserved pork, Chinese-style sausage and dried crispy sliced pork.
  • Je Ruch ((เจ๊รัช) 廖兰姐), 54/22 Klang Muaeng Road. Preserved pork, sour pork, Chinese-style pork sausage, dried crispy sliced pork.

Eat

Along the road from the Roma Hotel (same side of the road), there are several cheap street eateries. There is also a cheap Internet cafe in the area. A 7-Eleven (alcohol sales 11:00-14:00 and 17:00-24:00) is nearby where you can buy beer if you want to drink with your meal, use the shop’s bottle opener.

  • Duan’s Restaurant (Am-Mart St). German and Thai food. Best German food in Isaan. Very friendly and helpful owner, living in Thailand for 35 years.
  • Keng Kokoon, 162/4-7 Mitaphap Road (between Trachoo Temple and the LPG station). Best food in town.
  • 16.430726102.8303451 Khao Tom Restaurant (ร้านข้าวต้ม ก๊ก24น.), 70 Srichant Road (Srichant is a major road in the Pullman Hotel area. Across from the Hugz Mall and Tom Tom Coffee there is a small entrance leading to a hotel. The restaurant is 35 m or so in on the right.). 24/7. Great, but hard to find, 24 hour Thai restaurant. Signature dish is khao tom, boiled rice porridge, but there is much more on offer. Friendly staff. (updated Mar 2018)
  • Pomodoro Italian Restaurant, 348/16 Prachasumran Road (at the side of the Pullman Hotel). An Italian restaurant specializing in pizzas and pastas.
  • TastyChocolat, 193 Srichan Road (in RAM Hospital). Real Belgian chocolate shop. They offer running chocolate fountain, handmade pralines and truffles, sugar-free Belgian chocolate, cakes, famous ice cream and are also the Belgian chocolate wholesaler for the Isaan region (chocolate for baking and cooking included).

Drink

  • Blues Bar Khon Kaen, Pracha Samran Road (About 100 W of the Pullman Hotel). 08:00-01:00. One of the more upscale bars in Khon Kaen. Run by David, a Brit, and his Thai spouse. Two very good pool tables. Live music some nights. Have two menus: one for Western food, one for terrific Indian food prepared by an imported Indian chef. All day English breakfast from 09:00, making it very unusual as a (relatively) early breakfast is hard to find outside of larger hotels. Have a Facebook page. Free Wi-Fi. English breakfast, 170 Thai Baht. (updated Nov 2015)
  • The Club (In Hotel Charoen Thani Princess). A popular nightspot for music and dancing.
  • Dtawan Daeng (Red Sun) Khon Kaen (ตะวันแดง) (Chalermprakiat Road near intersection with Ammat Road). Huge brewery/indoor beer garden/concert venue with live guest acts, house band and dancers, performing regional luk thung- and mor lam-influenced rock. You’ll find university students, middle-aged locals and families sharing in the mirth all at once. This feels like Isaan. A must-visit.
  • Happy Times Bar (On the street fronting the Pullman Hotel). Spacious, modern bar with 2 good pool tables and lots of nice hostesses to play pool with. It appears to be the number one beer bar in the Pullman Hotel area.
  • The Rad Club. Consistently the most popular nightclub in Khon Kaen with a selection of rooms to suit your taste. Live music, disco, and coyote girls.
  • Sync, 43/2 Pimpasut Road, Na Mueang Road (Beside the Khon Kaen Hotel). Sleek and modern dance club with live bands and DJ, with a small after-hours club downstairs. If you’re seeking an escape from Bangkok, this is not the place. It’s a short tuk-tuk ride from Dtawan Daeng, if you’ve been there till closing and fancy another drink (and a microcosm of Thailand contrasts in one evening).

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Hotels Khon Kaen: Popularity

Hotel Stars Discount Price per night, from Choose dates

Pullman Khon Kaen Raja Orchid

★★★★★

-8%

6458

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The Terminal Khon Kaen Hotel

★★★★

-18%

3831

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Charoen Thani Hotel, Khon Kaen

★★★★

-6%

3231

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  • Cana Resort (แคนารีสอร์ตขอนแก่น), 153 Moo 9, Baantoomnoi Ropbung. Quiet and relaxed bungalow style accommodation on the Khon Kaen’s outskirts. Clean, well maintained bungalows are set around a yard among a few garden ponds and fountains. Each bungalow comes with a covered parking place, a small veranda (you can hang your hammock there), aircon, TV, fridge and attached bathroom with hot shower. There aren’t any restaurants or shops nearby though, so own transport is needed. Definitely great value if you have your own transport available. 380-500 Thai Baht. (updated Aug 2017)
  • Chaipat Hotel, 106/3 Namuang Road. Budget hotel with an option of fan or air-con rooms. City centre location. Off-street parking and free Wi-Fi. Cafe, restaurant, massage and karaoke. Various restaurants nearby.
  • D’Ma Hotel, 113 Chi Tha Khon Road. Check-out: Noon. Budget hotel with fan or air-con double rooms with own bathroom. all rooms have cable tv. off-street parking and free Wi-Fi. Various restaurants nearby. 280 – 400-700 Thai Baht.
  • Glacier Hotel, 141 Prachasamran Road , ✉ info@glacier-hotel.com. Free Wi-Fi. 1,900+ Thai Baht.
  • 16.429797102.830782 Hotel Pullman Khon Kaen Raja Orchid, 9-9 Prachasumran Road , ✉ pullman@pullmankhonkaen.com. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: Noon. 2,415+ Thai Baht.
  • Khok Pia Village Homestay. An authentic village experience (you spend the day with a local resident who shows you village life) rather than just a place to sleep. It’s in a village outside the city, but transportation to and from the city centre is included.
  • Khon Kaen Orchid, 149/96 Soi Wat Pachaiyawan, Mittraphap Road. Thai/European-managed hotel/serviced apartments. 790+ Thai Baht.
  • Nan’s Hotel , ✉ np_nans@hotmail.com. A good quality budget hotel in the quiet Bangkok district of Khon Kaen with fully furnished rooms (air-con, fridge, cable TV, Wi-Fi) available from 400 Thai Baht including copious free continental breakfast.
  • The Piman Garden Hotel, 6/110 Klang-Muang Road , ✉ info@pimangardenhotel.com. A good quality hotel in city centre, between the two in-town bus stations, 15 min walk to the Pullman Hotel area. No pool, no restaurant. Lots of coffee shops, restaurants, and 24/7 convenience stores in the locale. Free Wi-Fi and off-street parking. The hotel is composed of two buildings. When you enter the courtyard, reception is on your right. That’s the older building. Rooms here are bigger, hence more expensive, but with dated electrical and plumbing and dim lighting. Rooms in the newer building are smaller, cheaper, with more modern features. Book a room there unless you need space for ballroom dancing. Booking online with an aggregator will get you much cheaper rates. 2,000-4,000 Thai Baht.
  • Roma Hotel. 500 Thai Baht for a decent air-con room with TV. 230 Thai Baht for a fan room with hot water, TV and Wi-Fi. There is also in-house laundry service at a reasonable price. 1 km from the main bus station, a tuk-tuk costs 50 Thai Baht. Or take songthaew 9. Some English is spoken depending who is on duty at the time. Breakfast not included, but can get directly across the road very cheaply.
  • Tonwa Residence and Resort, 88/103 Laonadee Ave, Soi 10/11. Two types of accommodation: villas and terraced houses. 54 rooms, all surrounded by natural beauty and assorted scented trees. Wi-Fi access, car rental, and dry cleaning/laundry. Website rates start at 800 Thai Baht.

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