Khon Kaen is not as popular a tourist
destination as the more famous areas of Thailand such as Phuket,
Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Hua Hin etc but this does not mean there
is nothing to see or do in Khon Kaen. On the contrary, visiting
Khon Kaen is a refreshing escape from the hordes of tourists that
are found in the other areas, and is an excellent place from which
to visit some of Thailand's less visited but equally rewarding
Getting to Khon Kaen is simple. Thai Airways
International flies there three times a day from Bangkok, and the
airline often runs promotions which make the price of a ticket an
attractive option. Alternatives to flying, include driving the 450
kilometres from Bangkok to Khon Kaen, or taking the train or bus.
For those on a tight schedule flying is the best choice with
flights departing Don Muang arriving in Khon Kaen around an hour
Khon Kaen is the capital of Isaan (also spelt
Isan, Esaan) province and as such the commercial, administrative
and educational centre of the North East of Thailand. It has a
population of over 350,000, and its mammoth and highly regarded
university covers a staggering area of around 7,000 rai.
There are numerous high quality hotels in Khon
Kaen and numerous others which are both well established or
opening to take advantage of the increase in arrivals from both
foreigners and Thai business persons and tourists.
Khon Kaen is an excellent base from which
visitors can explore the culturally rich areas of Isaan and even
visit Vientiane in Laos which is just across the border from
Nongkhai and only a two hours drive from Khon Kaen.
We will soon be adding some more indepth reviews
of Khon Kaen, including attractions, some excellent tips on where
to enjoy the best of Issan food, shopping etc. so do check back.
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