Northeastern Thailand Things to Do

  • Things to Do
    by Willettsworld
  • Things to Do
    by Willettsworld
  • Things to Do
    by Willettsworld

Northeastern Thailand Things to Do

  • Alternatives to Angkor Wat

    If you want to see Khmer ruins, you can also do it in Thailand. The Khmer Royal Road ran from Angkor Wat in Cambodia to Prasat Hin Phimai in southern Isan (northeast Thailand). You have many choices besides Phimai, including Prasat Hin Phanom Rung, Prasat Hin Muang Tam, Prasat Ta Muen Tot and Prasat Ta Muen Thom. There are also many smaller, less...

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  • Prasat Khao Phra Wihan or Preah Vihear?

    Although the easiest way to get to Preah Vihear is from Thailand, it is actually now in Cambodia (since a World Court decision in 1962) and should be called by its Cambodian name. It is a spectacular Khmer site and very much worth visiting. It may be 100 years older than Angkor Wat. There are four levels of temples (Khopuras) with steep, weathered...

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  • Dinosaur Footprints - Tha Uthen (Nakhon...

    Now it is time for us to leave Nakhon Phanom and drive to Nong Khai which is another 350 kilometers away, but there will be a stop along the way as we have heard there is a place with Dinosaur Footprints, hope we can find it!!Well we were about 20 kilometers outside Nakhon Phanom, the Dinosaur Footprints place is on the map, so we should be there...

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  • Ho Chi Minh's Safe House - Nakhon Phanom

    On the outskirts of Nakhon Phanom is a little place called Ban Na Chok. Here you will find the safe house that Ho Chi Minh lived in for several years from 1923, he was the ex president of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam during 1924 - 1931 when he led the war for Vietnams Independence. The house and small museum is run by the grand children of the...

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  • Wat Phra That Phanom - Nakhon Phanom

    This beautiful Temple is 80 kilometers south of Nakhon Phanom and it is said that every Buddhist should visit here at least once in their lifetime. We have visited twice now and it really is a special place. The Chedi is the main reason as it contains the chest bone of the Lord Buddha. So this makes Wat Phra That Phanom one of the most sacred...

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  • Driving from Prasat to That Phanom

    We left Prasat early in the morning for the 380 kilometer drive to That Phanom as we wanted to arrive there early but once again there were just too many places to stop at along the way. From Prasat we travelled along Highway No. 214 through Surin and up to Suwannaphum where we veered right onto Highway No 202 heading for Yasothon. There was a...

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  • Huay Ta Kao Dam - Surin Province

    We decided to drive to the Huay Ta Kao Dam for lunch; there is a little beach area and quite a few nice rickety style restaurants. I forget what we had for lunch etc, but from the photos it looks like chicken fried rice, the menu was in Thai but we left full and happy. The area around the dam is lovely, I have never seen so many butterflies, and...

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  • Phanom Sawai Forest Park - Surin...

    Phanom Sawai Forest Park was another place I had on my list of places I wanted to visit. We combined the trip after our drive to Chong Chom Border Markets, Ban Pluang Ruins and lunch at Huay Ta Kao Dam. So it is easy to see all four places in one day.Coming from Surin City Hall travel along the Surin Prasat road highway number 214 for about 22...

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  • Prasat Ban Pluang - Khmer Ruins - Surin...

    Prasat Ban Pluang is only a small site but beautifully restored and still worth a visit. It is easily combined with a trip to Chong Chom Border markets. The ruins are a 11th -12th century Khmer sanctuary and surrounded by a U shaped pond with some beautiful carvings. Ban Pluang Ruins are about 30 kilometers south of Surin or 5 kilometers from...

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  • Phnom Rung Historical Park - Buriram...

    Phnom Rung Historical Park is one of Thailand’s most beautiful and important Khmer ancient monuments and it is at the top of an extinct volcano in Buriram Province which is in the Issan region of Thailand. The creator of Phnom Rung was Narendraditya who was related to King Suryavarman II who was the creator of Angkor Wat in Cambodia. It took...

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  • Prasat Mueang Tam - Khmer Ruins -...

    Prasat Mueang Tam is a Khmer temple in Prakhon Chai district, Buriram Province, Thailand. It is modeled on the Khleang and Baphuon styles, which dates its construction to the late 10th and early 11th centuries. This is another beautiful place to visit and much cooler here with four ponds which symbolize the Goddess of the Water and 5 headed Naga...

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  • Buriram Province

    Buriram means the City of Happiness or Peaceful City and is in the north east of Thailand about 420 kilometers from Bangkok. The province is home to over 60 Khmer ruins including the very impressive Phanom Rung Historical Park which is about 60 kilometers away from town and one of Thailand’s most spectacular and ancient Khmer sanctuaries.The...

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  • Dinosaur Footprints Park - Tha Uthen

    Now it is time for us to leave Nakhon Phanom and drive to Nong Khai which is another 350 kilometers away, but there will be a stop along the way as we have heard there is a place with Dinosaur Footprints, hope we can find it!!Well we were about 20 kilometers outside Nakhon Phanom, the Dinosaur Footprints place is on the map, so we should be there...

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  • Ho Chi Minh's Safe House - Nakhon Phanom

    On the outskirts of Nakhon Phanom is a little place called Ban Na Chok, it took us quite awhile to find it and we were just about to give up when Gary decided to try a small turnoff on the left, well there it was! Here you will find the safe house that Ho Chi Minh lived in for several years from 1923. The house & small museum is run by the grand...

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  • Wat Phra That Phanom - Nakhon Phanom

    This beautiful Temple is about 80 kilometers south of Nakhon Phanom, it is said that every Buddhist should visit here at least once in their lifetime. The Chedi is the main reason as it contains the chest bone of the Lord Buddha. So this makes Wat Phra That Phanom one of the most sacred Temples in Thailand and every year there is a weeklong...

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  • Nong Prachat Park - Udon Thani

    Nong Prachat Park was formerly called Nong Na Kluer and was a natural swamp before the founding of Udon Thani. The swamp and surrounding area was designated as a park and named after the town founder Major General Krom Laung Prachat Silapakom. It is now a very popular recreation park with beautiful flowers in a garden in the middle of the swamp...

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  • Ban Chiang Archeological Site - Udon...

    Ban Chiang Archeological Site is located in Nong Han district and was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. It is the most important prehistoric settlement so far discovered in South East Asia. The site is under the town of Ban Chiang; only one of the excavation sites is open to the public and it is in the grounds of a Temple called Wat Po Si...

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  • Udon Thani

    Issan is the entire north east area of Thailand which covers an area of approximately 160,000km2 and is the poorest region in Thailand. Due to this many people leave for the big cities to look for work, however it will usually only be one or two members of a family who move from Issan often leaving children in the care of friends or family. Farming...

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  • Driving from Khon Kaen to Prasat

    The drive from Khon Kaen to Prasat is about 320 kilometers so we had an early start and the plan was to only stop when we had to, no looking at tourist attractions etc along the way. We are going to stay in the Prasat area for 3 nights as there are plenty of fantastic places to visit and things to do.We stayed on Highway No. 2 heading south for...

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  • Wat Pa Kham Hua Chang - Khon Kaen

    About 20 kilometers outside of Khon Kaen there is a lovely little temple called Wat Pa Kham Hua Chang. It is full of thousands of elephant statues, I have never seen so many before, so of course we had to go in and have a look around. A young man was there in a Ute delivering 2 big elephant statues, he said it is for good luck and also people who...

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  • Khon Kaen Area - Ubolratana Dam

    Ubolratana Dam is about 45 kilometers north of Khon Kaen; if you are heading to Udon Thani on Highway No. 2 after about 25 kilometers you will see the signs for the dam on your left. Once you have turned follow the road for another 20 kilometers and you will see the entry and car parks for the dam. The dam is massive and serves many functions which...

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  • Driving from Udon Thani to Khon Kaen

    The drive from Udon Thani to Khon Kaen is only around 135 kilometers and we have been through here before but there were a couple of things I wanted to see so we decided to stay the night. We have a Toyota Hilux 4x4 for the next 8 days of exploring. We are staying in the Khon Kaen Orchid hotel, nice rooms and all for the cost of 700baht a night...

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  • Chong Chom Border Markets & Crossing...

    The Chong Chom border markets are only a couple of kilometers from the Thai Cambodia border. These markets are all undercover and everything is so much cheaper here. Every time we go to Cambodia there is certain brand polo top I buy and they had them here for only 100baht. Needless to say my sister and I stocked up in every color. The area around...

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  • Phu Wieng dinosaur park

    A short drive to the east, Thailand’s own “Jurassic Park” is taking shape at Phu Wieng. This mountainous park combines a natural beauty with a high historical value. Phu Wieng stores a number of important archeological sites with evidence of the region's earliest inhabitants: dinosaurs. Thailand's Isaan once was home to these giant creatures. They...

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  • Phanom Rung, (The Angkor Wat of...

    As Buri Ram is off the beaten track, most people are not aware that Phanom Rung historical site exists, Its an ancient Khmer Temple that sits atop an extinct volcano overlooking the surrounding plains, the approach to it is absolutely stunning.It very well preserved and you need to make a whole day of it.Silk from the grub to the woven cloth - see...

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  • Thai Silk, From the worm to the woven...

    THAI SILK, See where and how it is produced, this activity is mainly carried out by the female members of the family, see them taking extreme care with the worms, protecting them from parasitic wasps and feeding them daily, eventually dying and spinning the final cloth. (can take anywhere from 1 - 3 months).This is no tourist show, and you will...

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  • TIP - SURIN ELEPHANT roundup Festival ...

    If you want to see the World famous elephant Festival in Surin that is held in November every year for a week, you WILL have to pre-book a hotel room, sometimes years in advance, as people come from all parts of the world to see this amazing event..TIP - TIP - TIPStay at the HOMESTAY near Ban Kruat and a driver will chauffer you to and from Surin...

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  • Dok Krajiew

    To see Dok Krajiew, you have to go there during July to August. The flowers will bloom all over the hill. And the weather will be too good.

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  • famous temple in Nongkhai

    The major Buddha Image of the province,Luang Pho Phra Sai,is enshrined at Wat Pho Chai within town limit.Comporatively small,with only a spread of about one meter across the knees,it is tought to have bee cast in Lan Chang.The annualSoeng Bung Fai,or Rocket Festival,which is held on the day of the Full Moon in April,is celebrated at this temple

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  • Sculpture park Salakaewkoo

    You can't come to Nongkai and not see the very strange sculpture park known as Salakaewkoo.World famous,as one of the most extraordinary artistic creations of south east asia.Build by the mystic shaman Luang Poo Boun Leua Sourirat,who passed away in 1996.There are more than one hundred sculptures in the park. There are images taken from Theravada...

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  • Around Khorat

    A lot of historical sites you'll find around Khorat, like the upper and lower city Phanom Rung and Muang Tam, build in 10-13 century a.d. in Buriram, more to the east , the archeological site Ban Prasat with it's excavations. Close by is the city of pottery Dan Kwian with a small museum of old carriages.

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  • Stone Park

    Amazing for me that I see. Have many stone that is difference.They called" Hin Kham" In Thai or Beautiful Stone Park in English..Good to see and very nice weather

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  • Klajew blossom at Chaiyaphom

    Very nice place to visit during Jun until August of every year.Near this place you will see and look many thing that natural and very interesting .

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  • KOH YAI NATIONAL PARK

    We decided to take a tour of this famous national park. It was the best choice we made. We met this really friendly guy, named APPLE, on the train. He was just starting his tour guide company called GREEN LEAF TOURS. They are THE BEST! He and NINE, who is the animal expert, are in the business together. Accomodations are in little villas out back...

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  • KORAT

    We had the most amazing time in KORAT. As cheesy as it sounds, we went to the MALL in the morning for a MacDonalds breakfast. This was the most awesome mall we had ever seen! Great shopping, paradise birds flying loose, awesome movie theatres, a wicked waterpark that was practically empty, and the most interesting people watching you are gonna get....

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  • Samut Prakan

    Samut Prakan, also known as Pak Nam, is located 29 kilometres south of Bangkok, around the area where the Chao Phraya river flows into the Gulf of Thailand. It is a town of the Ayutthaya period. Samut Prakan is home to countless historical and cultural sites. It occupies an area of 1,004 square kilometres and is administratively divided into 5...

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  • King Cobra Village at KHON KAEN

    Ban Khok Sanga King Cobra VillageFor an exotic cobra show, visit Ban Khok Sanga King Cobra Village. Though frightening to many people, the villagers here earn their living by catching and breeding the King Cobras, the king of the snake. It may be difficult to imagine how to be safe among the poisonous snakes, but a visit to the King Cobra Village...

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  • The Phu Kradung challenge

    Day 1. Early morning transfer to Phu Kradung. The beautiful drive will bring you already in the right mood for the trek today. The walking trail is a challenging 5½ km climb gaining almost 1000 m in altitude, followed by a 3½ km meadow walk to the parks headquarter. The trail is steep and sometimes requires creative walking but it is not difficult....

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  • Nongkhai

    I stayed in Nongkhai for about 4 months. It is a great place with friendly people and welcoming smiles. But what place in Thailand doesn't? There is a festival every week and the river makes these events even more incredible to witness. I'll never forget letting a Khatong (a banana leaf boat that I made) float down the Mekong River for the Roy...

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  • Ban Chiang - Early Bronze Age Village

    Ban Chiang is considered the most important prehistoric settlement so far discovered in Southeast Asia. The site has the earliest evidence of farming in the region and of the manufacture and use of bronze in a peaceful environment (3600 BC). Although there are extensive excavation pits and buildings, due to refurbishment a small museum was all that...

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  • Phu Kradung National Park

    This is Thailand's national park on top of a mesa at 1200 meters (~4000 ft) elevation. It is 135 square kilometers of a cooler climate and the associated ecosystem. To reach its pine forests and grasslands, you must walk, or more specifically, climb the 1200 meters in a distance of 5.4 km. This is a non-trivial task and limits the number of...

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  • Phu Phrabat Historical Park

    The sandstone formations, caves and water pools here are worth seeing. Some of the cave paintings are 6000 years old. You can get a half day tour out of Tim's Guest House in Si Chiang Mai. In Mar 02, it was 450 baht for the car and guide for four people. The site is actually closer (12 km) to the "other" Ban Phu, i.e., not the one near Ban Chiang....

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  • Prominent Khmer Hospital

    Prasat Ta Muen Tot was a hospital on the Royal Khmer Road. You can see the reservoir in the foreground. All the larger Khmer sites had them. Hey, there was someone else at that site besides us...the guy mowing the grass!

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  • Worth Having an Armed Guard

    Prasat Ta Muen Thom is worth having an armed guard follow you around. It stands on a hill almost directly on the Thai-Cambodian border. It is mostly restored now but there are fields of numbered stones next to the main complex.

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  • Needed an Armed Guard Here

    At Prasat Ta Muen Tom on the Cambodian border, you may get a special escort to protect you from the bandits that may cross the border. We were the only ones at this site, so the guard was happy to see us. This site is only partially restored. See also my Thailand travelogue on Smaller Khmer Sites.

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Northeastern Thailand Hotels

  • The Tip Hotel

    9 Mitrapap Rd. Moo 10, A. Muang, Nong Khai, 43000, Thailand

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Families

  • Kirimaya

    The name 'Kirimaya' means 'illusion of mountain' which suitably describes the refreshing character...

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  • Pullman Khon Kaen Raja Orchid

    A beautiful hotel that is visible on arrival at the airport, some 7-8 km away but sit in the centre...

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