If you venture outside of the predictable tourist areas of Thailand, you will find a totally different version of the country. The Isaan Region has long been known as a multicultural and agricultural area of Thailand. Laos and Cambodia border Isaan so the traditions, language and ethnicity all feature in this part of Thailand. It’s a really big area, but far less populated than the well known cities like Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Pattaya. No beaches or bars, this region is all about the natural landscape and culture.


  • Khon Kaen — Mittraphap Road (Rt 2) passes the edge of the town centre
  • Loei — known for its numerous high hills, mountains and is one of Thailand’s vineyards
  • Nakhon Phanom — border town with Laos along the Mekong
  • Nakhon Ratchasima (Korat) — the chaotic main city of Isaan
  • Nong Khai — gateway to Vientiane and beautiful Mekong Valley surroundings
  • Roi Et — home to the tallest standing Buddha image of the world, Phra Phuttha Rattana Mongkhon
  • Surin — known for its annual elephant parade and Khmer temples
  • Ubon Ratchathani (Ubon) — famous for its annual candle festival
  • Udon Thani — best known for the archaeological site Ban Chiang

Thanks to Wikitravel for their comprehensive information.

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Khon Kaen University



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