is 445 kilometres from Bangkok and has an area of about 10,886 square kilometres.
Khon Kaen is the commercial,administrative an educational
centre of the Northeast,which is often used by travellers as a base for visiting many parts of upper Isan.
Khon Kaen National Museum houses objects from the Dvaravati period and bronze sculptures from Ban Chiang.
Kaen Nakhon Lake in the centre of town is a popular spot
for picnics and dining,while Wat That on its bank features typical Isan spires.
Khon Kaen is the centre of the northeastern silk industry
with numerous villages producing their own mudmee designs.
Chonnabot is noted for its quality silks. Every December
the city hosts a Silk Fair, when all the best materials are on sale.
Unusual animals are popular in the province, with the cobra and the turtle
villages high on tourist programmed. In both villages, the residents
live with their proteges, training them and putting on fascinating shows.
A dinosaur is the provincial symbol ever since remains of these
great beasts were unearthed in Phu Wiang National Park,
an area also famous for its flora,fauna and waterfalls.
Thai Airways operates daily flights to Khonkaen. Contact Bangkok (02)535-2081-2 or (02)280-0080 for further details.
Information may be changed without prior notice.
Air conditioned coaches and non-air conditioned buses regularly leave from Bangkok's
Northeastern Bus Terminal on Kamphaeng Phet Road throughout the day.
Telephone (02) 271-0101-5 (non-air-cond.) or (02) 279-4484-7(air-cond) for further details.
Trains leave Bangkok's Hualampong Railway Station throughout the day for Khonkaen.
Further details may be obtained by contacting Rail Travel Information,
Tel : (02) 223-7010 or (02) 233-7020. Ext : 4311-3.
Dok Khoon Siang Khaen Flower Festival
April 12-15 Bueng Kaen Nakhon, Khon Kaen
This festival coincides with Songkran (the traditional Thai New Year) and is staged at Bung Kaen Nakhon.
Featuring colorful floral processions, major festival activities
include religious rites and merit-making and I-San folk music. Dancing and entertainment.
November 29-December 10 Khon Kaen City Hall, Khon Kaen
Staged annually in front of Government Houses, this promotes silk weaving and silk worm culture.
Pook Sieo, an I-San tradition promoting close friendship between
people of similar ages, is also celebrated during this occasion.