Khon Kaen Travel Guide

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Khon Kaen Overview

Khon Kaen, at the heart of the Isaan region is an interesting destination sat in the Northeast of Thailand. Whereas it may not have the popularity and instant attraction of Bangkok, Phuket and Chiang Mai, it actually lies in one of the countrys most picturesque and striking provinces and provides, for those who land here, an excellent insight into the prevailing local customs and traditions.

 
Although a bustling city, being slightly off the beaten track means it receives far less travelers than its famous counterparts, however, this does not hamper the possibilities for enjoyment and exploration. In fact, there is plenty to do in Khon Kaen, from visiting the Chonnabot Silk District to relaxing around the lake and temples to discovering the pristine countryside to partying the night away with the large student population.
 
With buses and a/c coaches departing at all hours of the day to Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Pattaya and Udon Thani, amongst others, the city is easily accessible yet far enough away from the overly commercial crowd. Trains also make the 8 hour journey from Khon Kaen into Bangkok. Tuk-tuks and songthaews are readily available for short trips around town.
 
A visit to Khon Kaen will either provide a return to dining and sleeping comforts, following an adventure through the Northeast, or an ideal base from where to get out and uncover the lesser traveled routes and even the opportunity to head on to Vientiane in Laos.

Things to do in Khon Kaen

Khon Kaen National Musuem - Fine collection of geographical and archaeological artefacts used to preserve and showcase the regions history and cultural heritage. Opening times are 9am to 4pm, Wednesday to Sunday. Entrance fee 30 bahts.

 
Bung Kaen Nakhon Lake - In the heart of town and surrounded by a peaceful family orientated park, the manmade lake is a popular recreational spot for Khon Kaen’s residents. Encompassed by a walking track, it makes for a pleasant afternoons walk with plenty of shady spots to take a breather away from the beating sun.
 
Wats / Temples - Three elegant and peaceful wats surround the banks of the Bung Kaen Nakhon Lake. Wat Nong Wang is a wonderful and inspiring 9-tiered temple, providing great city views from its balconies and possessing some ancient Buddhist artefacts. Wat Jien Bung is a classic and colourful Chinese temple guarded by elephant statues. The third, Wat Wutharam, lies next to the train station, with a few fish stalls close by.
 
Khon Kaen Racecourse - Enjoy a day at the races and a spot of gambling Thai style. Race meetings are held every weekend, with a total of 10 races per day.
 
Khon Kaen Nightlife
Aided by the ex-pat and student population, Khon Kaen is home to a thriving night scene with numerous western influenced bars, lively nightclubs and hostess bars. Worth checking out could be Severns Corner Bar, Zolid Discotheque above the Charoen Thani Princess Hotel, the Harem Club at Khon Kaen Hotel or any of the bars around Nate Nate Plaza.

Hotels in Khon Kaen

Budget Hotels Khon Kaen

DMa Hotel - Excellent value budget accommodation within walking distance of the main action. Tel (66) 43 321561.
Kaen Nakorn Hotel - Decent budget hotel with beer garden and Thai massage area. Tel (66) 43 224268.
 
Midrange Hotels Khon Kaen
Khon Kaen Hotel - Midrange luxury hotel in the heart of town with its own music lounge and nightclub. Tel (66) 43 333222.
Khon Kaen Orchid - Comfortable serviced apartments with great balcony views. Tel (66) 43 334000.
 
Luxury Hotels Khon Kaen
Pullman Khon Kaen Raja Orchid - Slick and modern 5-star rooms in the town centre. Tel (66) 43 322155.

Rachawadee Resort & Hotel - Tranquil and eco-friendly resort offering plenty of luxury amenities. Tel (66) 43 238585.

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This page was last modified on 18 Mar 2011 by Matt