This daytrip is an ideal break between travel modules. You will spend the day in the shadow near the waterfalls of Tad Ton national park. The park offers a soothing natural setting with an abundance of trees and a gently flowing mountain creek. This is a popular recreation place for the locals. An ideal day for a swim, a pick nick, a sunbath and a good book! There are many food stalls with good food at friendly prices. Included in this arrangement are the transfers from Khonkaen or Khorat to Tad Ton and back and entrée fees for the National park. Not included are meals, drinks and other personal expenses.
Khon Kaen Silk Fair & Phuk Sieo Festival
Thailand has always been famous for its smooth lustrous silk. Khon Kaen is one of the best silk production areas in the Kingdom. Not surprisingly, Khon Kaen is the venue of a fair to promote silk weaving and sericulture industry.
Adding to an already impressive list of exciting attractions in the city, Khon Kaen further organizes the colourful Silk Fair for 10 days every year to celebrate the traditional cultivation of mulberry trees that feed silk worms that provide silk thread for weaving.
In Khon Kaen city, silk and cotton cloth and other handicrafts from throughout the area can be bought but the province also produces excellent silk, especially Chonnabot Silk. Chonnabot is a small village 55 km southwest of Khon Kaen city inhabited by farmers who weave Mudmee silk, a kind of tie-dyed silk during off-harvest season period. The workshops welcome visitors to watch the women, who do most of the work, spinning, dying and weaving the silk - and to buy the finished products with reasonable prices. In the village they also make cotton fabrics. All fabric produced here are made with delicate designs and beautiful colours.
This year Khon Kaen Silk Fair will feature colourful street processions showing the symbols of Khon Kaen province, silk product contest, demonstration of raising silk worms and weaving silk textiles as well as exhibits on the promotion of silk industry and a variety of Isan cultural shows. Also, visitors will be touched by the friendship-making ritual called Phuk Sieo, a northeastern tradition that aims at friendly introductions and strengthening brotherly bonds among contemporaries.
Note: Please be advised that event dates and program details are subject to change. To ensure you have the most updated information, please reconfirm details prior to travel.
Date : November 29, 2004 - December 10, 2004
Venue : Khon Kaen City Hall, Khon Kaen
Why visit Khonkaen ?
The more popular tourist destinations in Thailand are Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket, and Chiangmai, but these places tend to be overly commercialized. If you want to go to a place where you can experience some of the local people, customs, and traditions, Isaan is the place to be. The real Thailand is outside the popular tourist destinations. Northeast Thailand, is often neglected by tourists so what better reason do you need to come. It is also a good starting point for excursions into Laos and border visits to Cambodia.
Traveling to Khonkaen
is quite easy by bus, air, train, or car. Thai Air has 4 to 5 flights daily to and from Bangkok . If you have the time to take the train, some of the sights will be quite spectacular and some quite monotonous, but you will be traveling with the local population. The bus is more convenient for the shorter trips, while it is much cheaper it sometimes appears the driver has no concern for anyone's safety (including their own). For more information on transportation within the Khon Kaen city limits,
Favourite foods of
the Northeast are Isaan sausage, kai yang (grilled chicken), som tam (hot + spicy papaya salad), and mu phaeng (marinated grilled pork). In Khon Kaen it's refreshing to get outside of Bangkok's stagnate air and high prices. Prices in the Northeast are considerably cheaper for everything from hotels to food.
Some people believe
it is a country of farming, rural country life, water buffaloes in rice paddies. Other people see a rapidly developing country both technically and economically. The truth of it is, both people are correct. Thailand is one of the few countries left in the world where the people are struggling to hold onto their customs and beliefs while trying to keep pace with a rapidly changing world.
It was the first day of Songkran, the Thai New Year and I was at the Ban Chiang National Museum. The tradition is to splash everyone but especially farangs (foreigners). You also get talcum powder on your face. It's really fun. The water feels good in the hot weather. It's hopeless to resist anyway. LOL, this guy had a large garden hose and really soaked me down. See also my "Songkran at Ban Chiang" travelogue under Ban Chiang.
This is a more typical group "playing" Songkran and splashing passing cars and people with containers of water and water guns. LOL, you better keep your windows rolled up.
You can make merit (tam bun) at Sai-Ngarm near Phimai by buying and releasing a bird, turtle or fish. The prices are in Thai baht (~40 baht per US$).
After lunch, Mr. Pirom joined these ladies who were "guilanging," i.e., sitting and talking. This was in a small village near Prasat Chang Pae.
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