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There are bus services all provinces in the northeast region at frequent hours per day from Mo Chit Bus Terminal ... see more

The region can be reached by several routes from Bangkok. The first province that you will reach before ... see more

Northeast region has 8 domestic airports in 8 provinces to cater the needs of travel of its residents and tourists ... see more

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Guide to North-East (Isan)

Northeast Thailand [ภาคอีสาน] is often referred to Isan. It is made up of 20 provinces. It has population of 21,328,111. It has a very unique characteristic of geography, food, culture as well as traditions which have been well inherited until present. It also has the sites of ancient civilisation such as at Ban Chiang village. The economy of the region relies on the agricultural products such as rice. Isan may come across as a dry land with scorching heat but that could be something trivial as it also has abundant of stunning natural attractions and colourful way of life. People are convivial and offer warm hospitality to guests who visit their land. It has great facilities to welcome tourists including a wide range of accommodation from small guesthouses to 5-star hotels as well as tourist activities.

Top things to do in North-East (Isan)


Phanom Rung Historical Park

Buriram Province Phanom Rung Historical Park Phanom Rung Historical Park is located approximately 64 km from Burirum town centre and 120 km from Nakhon Ratchasima town centre. It is a home to one of the most important Khmer sites in ...

Phimai Historical Park

Nakhon Ratchasima Province Phimai Historical Park Phimai is located 60 km northeast of Nakhon Ratchasima. It is one of the most important Khmer temples in Thailand. Most buildings were presumably built in the late 11th to late 12th century with Baphuon, ...

Phu Kradueng National Park

Loei Province Phu Kradueng National Park Covering an area of 348.12 sq km with 60 sq km of the plateau on the top of the mountain, Phu Kradueng has long been the spot where tourists can experience the chill of the weather up to freezing point ...

Tung Dok Krajeaw (Siam Tulip)

Chaiyaphum Province Tung Dok Krajeaw (Siam Tulip) Siam Tulip, known as Dok Kra Jeaw in Thai, is seasonal flower that blooms at the beginning of rainy season, from June to August. More than 1,000 acres of Lan Hin Ngam to Sud Paen Din Viewpoint is ...

Sam Phan Bok

Ubon Ratchathani Province Sam Phan Bok Sam Phan Bok is a group rock under Mekong River, which appears only after the flood season. Sam Phan Bok means 3,000 holes which were created by the force of nature in different shapes and sizes ...

Haew Narok Waterfall - Khao Yai National Park

Nakhon Ratchasima Province Haew Narok Waterfall Haew Narok Waterfall is the biggest waterfall in Khao Yai National Park. 3 cascades gush down in 90 degree angle. The top tier is 60 metres and flows down to second floor, third floor and to the ravine down ...

Ban Chiang Archaeological Site

Udon Thani Province Ban Chiang Archaeological Site Ban Chiang Archaeological site has been on UNESCO World heritage list since 1992. The discovery of the site was in 1966. The site displays a great cultural evolution in pre-historic period of over 5,000 years ...

Pha Taem National Park

Ubon Ratchathani Province Pha Taem National Park This park covers an area of 140 square kilometers, where plateaus and hills dominate the parks landscape. There are sheer cliffs, which resulted from earthquakes. Most trees are of the deciduous ...

Phu Pha Thoep National Park

Mukdahan Province Phu Pha Thoep National Park Phu Pha Thoep National Park (Mukdaharn), in Muang District, Dontan District, Mukdaharn Province, consists of productive forest which has deciduous forest in rocky field or rocky mound covered with colorful ...

Lan Hin Ngam

Chaiyaphum Province Lan Hin Ngam The strange-looking rock formations, the sculptures that were created by the forces of nature, stand elegantly in the garden within 10-rai Pa Hin Ngam National Park. The rain and wind that had eroded the soil and ...

Unseen Saeng Chan Waterfall

Ubon Ratchathani Province Unseen Saeng Chan Waterfall This waterfall is only 1 kilometre from Thung Na Muang Waterfall. This is a very beautiful waterfall with a special characteristic of its own the small stream of water cascades down the face of the cliff through ...

Ban Ta Klang Elephant Study Centre

Surin Province Ban Ta Klang Elephant Study Centre Experience a wonderful bond between the elephant and the Kui people "where the elephant is like one of their family" not just an animal kept for work. The elephants here can amazingly be trained to ...

Phrathat Nadun

Maha Sarakham Province Phrathat Nadun Phra That Nadun was built to house the Lord Buddha’s relics found in a small pagoda in the nearby area. It is assumed to be built during Dvaravati period in 8th – 10th century A.D. Phra That features ...

Phu Thok

Bueng Kan Province Phu Thok Phu Thok means an isolated mountain in Isan dialect. Located in Ban Na Kham Khaen, Tambon Na Sabaeng, this sandstone range stands out and can be seen from a distance. It consists of two hills ...

Sirindhorn Museum

Kalasin Province Sirindhorn Museum Sirindhorn Museum. Or Phu Kum Khao Dinosaur Museum. As a museum and research about dinosaurs. The perfect and largest in Southeast Asia. The governments in the name of HRH Princess Chakri ...

Phu Wiang National Park

Khon Kaen Province Phu Wiang National Park Phu Wiang is the name of the national park and a district. The National Park covers an area of 325 sq km which is a highland and valley. It is surrounded by 2 ring-shape mountains. Some areas have ...

Hin Chang Si View Point

Khon Kaen Province Hin Chang Si View Point Hin Chang Si viewpoint is located in the ridge of Soaktae Forest Mountain in the north of Nam Phong National Park Office. It is the point that visitors can witness spectacular sunrise and sunset. On the ...

Kaeng Khut Khu

Loei Province Kaeng Khut Khu This is an islet in the middle of the Mekong River, 3 kilometers from Chiang Khan District Office. Kaeng Khut Khu is well known for its colorful boulders that are clearly visible during the dry season and ...

Phra That Phanom

Nakhon Phanom Province Phra That Phanom Phra That Phanom is located 51 km from Nakhon Phanom town centre. It was built in the 16th century by the Laotian King Setthathirath of Lan Xang. It is used to house the Buddha’s breast bones. The ...

Phra Maha Chedi Chai Mongkol

Roi Et Province Phra Maha Chedi Chai Mongkol Phra Maha Chedi Chai Mongkol is located on the grounds of the Wat Pha Namthip Thep Prasit Vararam, a temple complex in Roi Et province in rural North Eastern Thailand. This huge chedi is 101 meters long ...

Phra That Kong Khao Noi

Yasothon Province Phra That Kong Khao Noi Phra That Kong Khao Noi, the small, square brick-plastering chedi with a distinctive top was built during the 23rd - 25th Buddhist century in the late Ayutthaya period. Its architecture is influenced by ...

Unseen Mo I-Daeng Cliff - Khao Phra Wihan

Si Sa Ket Province The Buddha Utthayan and Phra Mongkhon Ming Mueang One of the best bird’s eye view point of the northeast, this red-colour rock cliff is situated right on Thailand-Cambodia border. It offers panoramic views of the vast Cambodian forest and Preah ...

Witness natural wonder of Naga Fireballs

Nong Khai Province Witness natural wonder of Naga Fireballs An interesting cultural event, the natural wonder of Bang Fai Phaya Nak "Naga Fireballs" will soon be held in the northeastern province of Nong Khai. This phenomenon takes place only once a year at the ...

Nong Han Lake - A large freshwater lake

Sakon Nakhon Province Nong Han Lake A large freshwater lake covers an area of 123 sq km. It receives the flows of many streams in the area and is also the watershed of Lam Nam Kam which flows to Mekong River in Nakhon Phanom. The lake ...

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Camping and Trekking in Phu Kradueng

Camping and Trekking in Phu Kradueng

Phu Kradueng is a popular camping spot for Thai people and the temperature of the plateau at the top is chilly, which is pleasant during the hot season. Also, you will see the beautiful wild flowers that bloom in different seasons ...

Type : Camping, Trekking
Location : Phu Kradueng District, Loei
Contact : Phu Kradueng National Park
Tel. : 0 4287 1333, 0 4287 1458
29 fun and exciting activities in Life Park

29 fun and exciting activities in Life Park

Families with young children, and young adults who are adventure seekers will surely find a day of fun and thrills at the Greenery Resort’s Life Park. For a bit of pampering and luxurious indulgence ...

Type : Exciting Adventure
Location : Nakhon Ratchasima
Contact : The Greenery Resort Khao Yai
Tel. : 0 4429 7224
Whitewater adventures in Loei

Whitewater adventures in Loei

The rafting route will start at Ban Kaeng Kliang and end at Ban Huai Tio. The route is divided into 3 parts with the total length of 10 km. More than 60 rocks both small and big stand along the way giving difficulty ranging from Levels 1-5 ...

Type : Rafting
Location : San River, Phu Ruea District, Loei
Contact : Phu Ruea Boat Team
Tel. : 08 3670 6653

Recommended Restaurants
Banmai Chay Nam

Banmai Chay Nam

Authentic Thai taste and the old ways of Thais' lifestyle can be experienced at Banmai Chay Nam Resort and Restaurant

Cuisines : Thai Food
Opening Hours : 10:00 am. - 10:00 pm.
Location : Pak Chong, Nakhon Ratchasima
Tel. : 0 4431 4236, 08 1660 2826
The Great Hornbill Grill (PB Valley)

The Great Hornbill Grill (PB Valley)

The Great Hornbill Grill provides guests with Western and Thai Specialties in great surroundings and beautiful views of the vineyards and/or over the valley and the mountains of the Khao Yai National Park

Cuisines : Thai food
Opening Hours : 09:00 am. - 08:00 pm.
Location : Nakhon Ratchasima
Tel. : 0 3622 6415, 0 3622 6416
Dining in bamboo raft

Dining in bamboo raft

Huai Krathing reservoir offering breathtaking views which are accented by a bamboo forest and evergreen mountains, the reservoir offers dining opportunities in bamboo rafts and other recreational activities

Cuisines : Thai food
Opening Hours : 09:00 am. - 07:00 pm.
Location : Mueang District, Loei
Tel. : 0 4281 5342

Recommended Shopping Places
Chiang Khan Walking Street

Chiang Khan Walking Street

Chiangkhan Walking Street, lying across the shore of Mekhong and surrounded by many reserved ancient houses of Chiangkhan people, is one of famous tourist attractions. Coffee shops, souvenirs shops, restaurants, an ancient wooden house ...

Type : Walking street market
Opening Hours : 06:00 am. - 10:00 pm.
Location : Chiang Khan District, Loie
Tel. : 0 4281 2812
Ta Sadet Market

Ta Sadet Market

At Ta Sadet Market, there are many local products, which make wonderful souvenirs. While walking through the market, there are many shops selling electronics, watches, jewelry, silver ornaments, ceramics, hand-woven cotton, and herbs ...

Type : Shopping Center
Opening Hours : 07:00 am. - 06:30 pm.
Location : Mueang District, Nong Khai
Tel. : 0 4242 1326
Indo-Chinese Market

Indo-Chinese Market

A big shopping center of the Mukdahan province, market is located along the Mekong river, with product variety, prices are from neighboring countries. The tourists can buy souvenirs from here. Include electrical appliances, cosmetics and food ...

Type : Shopping Center
Opening Hours : 06:00 am. - 10:00 pm.
Location : Mueang District, Mukdahan
Tel. : 0 4251 349-1

Festivals & Events

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Dok Krachiao Blooming Festival

When : 1 Jun - 31 Aug 2017
Where: Pa Hin Ngam National Park

Witness the beauty of the pinkish-purple Siam Tulip, or "Dok Krachiao" when they come into full bloom each year. Diverse features comprise the spectacular Dok Krachiao parade, music performances, and charity walking rally at Chaiyaphum province.

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The Royal Cup of Princess Long Boat Racing Thai Lao

When : 1 - 30 Sep 2017
Where: Mekong River, Buengkan

This festival is a way to preserve the local tradition since 1967 by inviting local boat, nearby provinces boat and Lao boat to be part of the race. In addition to a boat race, there are trade fair and OTOP from across the country.

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Illuminated Boat Procession

When : 28 Sep - 6 Oct 2017
Where: Nakhon Phanom

This dazzling event marks the end of the Buddhist Lent or 'Ok pansa' and is accompanied by a colourful street procession and cultural performances which add to the highlights of the event which is held annually.

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San Don Ta Festival

When : Sep 2017
Where: Sisaket

The event will be held at Phraya Krai Phakdi Sinakorn Lamduan Park in Khu Khan District, Si Sa Ket. The traditions linked to the worship of ancestors are strongest along the Thai and Cambodian border.

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Sakon Nakhon Wax Castle Festival

When : 1 - 5 Oct 2017
Where: Sakon Nakhon

Held during the 12th-15th day of waxing moon in October to mark the end of Buddhist's Lent, the festival is an exciting showcase. Isan people believe that the wax will welcome Lord Buddha who comes back from the heaven to help all creatures on earth.

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Thailand-Laos Jointly Host Annual Boat Race

When : 2 - 5 Oct 2017
Where: Mekong River, Mukdahan

This boat race is held annually during end of Thai Buddhist Lent Period, at Makong River, Mukdahan province. The visitors will enjoy watching, tasting, and shopping of local performances, food, and products in Indochina Fair around Mekong River.

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The end of Buddhist lent and Nagha Fireball Festival

When : 5 Oct 2017
Where: Nong Khai

Be thrilled by the world's phenomenon of shooting fireballs from Mekong River at night. There are also "Opening the Legend of the Naga Rockets" light and sound presentation, food and local product stalls, traditional long boat races, competition of the float to worship the Naga.

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Tak Bat Thewo Rohana Fair

When : 5 Oct 2017
Where: Wat Phutthawat, Kalasin

Tak Bat Thewo Rohana Fair, a festivity where offerings are made to monks. The festivity is held annually on the 1st day of the waning moon of the 11th month of the lunar calendar or the end of the Buddhist lent.