The Northeast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The northeast region of Thailand is known as Isaan and is located on the Khorat plateau. It comprises about one-third of Thailand’s total area but is generally poorer than the rest of the country. This is where rice and other staple crops are grown. The majority of people that live here are farmers. This area is famous for its annual festivals and ceremonies and hot spicy food. There are many mountains to climb in this region too. The northeast was once an important part of the mighty Khmer Empire with its capital at Angkor Wat, the entire Isan region is rich with ancient Buddhist shrines and temples. The military was a stong influence on this area during the Vietnam War. The city of Udon Thani, which is also called Udorn, was the site of a major U.S. Air Force Base. The base is still used today by the Royal Thai Air Force. The whole northeastern region consist of nineteen provinces.

 

 

SI SA KET – Where the famous Khmer ruins, Khao Phra Wihaan, is located on the Cambodian border. There are many other Khmer-style stone buildings in the province which are worth visiting. ( 571 km from Bangkok)NAKHON RATCHASIMA – or Khorat for short, is the gateway to the Northeast where the Thao Suranari Monument, Khmer-style stone shrine Prasat Hin Phimai  are located and an over 250-year-old banyan tree.  (259 km from Bangkok )

KALASIN – Is where the dinosaurs’ fossils where excavated and are now exhibited at Dinosaur research Center in Sahatkhan District. ( 519 km from Bangkok)

 

SURIN – The land of elephants, is world famous for its Elephant Round-up taking place at the third weekend of November. ( 457 km from Bangkok)

UBON RATCHATHANI – Is the easternmost province of Thailand, bordering Laos on the east and Cambodia on the south. The renowned Pha Taem and Pha Mon are sandstone cliffs featuring prehistoric  color paintings. Other attractions include beautiful old temples and many rapids and cascades along the Mun and Mekong rivers. ( 629 km from Bangkok )

KHON KAEN – Is the de facto capital of I-san and the development center of the Northeast famous for the local product –matmi silk. At Phuwiang National Park, dinosaurs’s fossils, which where uncovered at the site are on display. ( 449 km from Bangkok)

SAKON NAKHON –  Offers the tourist the picturesque of the vast Nong Han Lake and Phu Phan National Park. ( 647 km from Bangkok )

BURI RAM – Comprising plenty Khmer ruins, this province is where the largest Khmer-style stone temple , Prasat Hin Phanom Rung is located. ( 410 km from Bangkok)

LOEI – A challenging place for nature lovers who want to admire the scenic beauty of Phu Kradueng National Park in the cool season. (520 km from Bangkok)

UDON THANI – Is famous for its World Heritage Site- Ban Chiang Village of ancient civilization, and Phu Phra Bat Historical Park with bizarre rock formations. (564 km from Bangkok)

NAKHON PHANOM – Is well known for its Phrathat Phanom, which is a very ancient pagoda containing a relic of the Buddha and its annual Illuminated Boat Procession Festival, which is held around October or November. (740 km from Bangkok)