North east Thailand Itinerary and Cost

Rich culture in Isaan, Northeastern part of Thailand

The northeast is Thailand’s forgotten backyard. This area is ignored by backpackers and travellers to Thailand. A lot people seem to write it off as dust, and flat.

Islan or Northeast of Thailand has it rich culture which show evidence back 5,000 years ago. Khmer heritage can be found in old sanctuary all over the region. Laos influence reflects in isaan language (dialogue) and food. However, natural site and the temple are also interesting to visit.

Northeast Thailand Map & Connecting to Thailand neighbor

Issaan region has 20 provinces in the northeastern region of Thailand. Isan is Thailand’s largest region, located on the Khorat Plateau, bordered by the Mekong River (border with Laos) and share long border with Cambodia. Those who plan to visit Laos , and Cambodia , check out for this is interesting check point in Surin province, Ubon Ratchathani and Nong kai.

Meakong river separate Thailand and Laos in a long distance. Way of life along the river is worth seeing. There are also river side street that visitors can view , take a boat trip or stay overnight at the small resort to get close to nature.

Main attraction in Northeast of Thailand by Northeast Thailand Cities

Buriram

Prasat Hin Phanom Rung

The Phanom Rung historical park contains  the sanctuary build by Khmer expire and situated on the mountain top of extinct an volcano.  This historical park is a landmark of Burirum province.

Sport complex at I mobile stadium or Chang Arena and Chang International Circuit

Thailand biggest football stadium is in Burirum province. This is a home of thunder castle.  Burirum also has a very big racing stadium which is host for world class event such as formula one and MotoGP race.

Nakhon Ratchasima

This province is located in Korat Plateau. Nakhon Ratchasima or korat is a big province and wide area. Therefore, there are so many things to do here.

Prasat Hin Phimai

Phimai sanctuary is a large, extensively restored Khmer shrine dating from the tenth century, which built in the same era of Angkor wat.

Dan Kwian

A small village about 15 kilometers southeast of Korat, famed for its ceramics that people make pottery and sales decorative garden figure, stools shaped like an animal.  The product price is very cheap and they also can ship product to your home.

Khoa Yai National Park

The natural park is well preserved with more than 50 kilometer or biking and trekking trials. 150 meter tall waterfall at Heaw Narok and 20 meter tall of Hew Suwat waterfall. Numerous of  attractions near the Khao yai including Primo piazza, Palio , BP valley, the Grand Monte and Chokchai farm for instance.

Surin

Elephant Roundup festival

This is a city that not much going on. The annual roundup is held every November is a top highlight.

Elephant home

Silk village at Baan  Tha Sawang

Admire the work of traditional way of handcraft ship in the house and great opportunity to buy top quality silk and cloth from the maker.

Loei

Loei is in the northern part of Isan. The province share border to Laos and has a lot of national park such as Phu Kradueng, Phu Ruea. Natural wonders site is valid at Suan Hin Pha Ngam. Phu lom bo and Phu bo bit and Phu Thong.  Beside this Chiang Khan and Dai Sai are also famous as a hip old town worth to visit.

Phu Kradung

A national park which contains and surrounds the highest mountain in the northeast. Its a popular hiking , trekking and camping spot among Thais people during the cool season.

Udon Thani

Ban Chiang

About 45 kilometers on the  east of Udorn Thani town, this archaeological dig has become a tourist attraction. Artifacts dating back 5,000 years have been found here.

Ban Pheu

You will find cave paintings at several areas of bizarre geological formations near this village about 30 miles northwest of Udorn Thani.

Ubon Ratchathani

This is a big city which has many natural site and historical park. I put more detail on recommending itinerary of Isan for 3 days below.

 

What would make you like Isaan?

From fiery hot food to glowingly warm people, Isaan has a lot to offer those who come exploring northeastern Thailand

Check Thailand Itinerary to the northeast of Thailand.

Isaan Thailand nightlife

Each city in Isaan is very quiet. Except in main city such as Korat , Ubonratchathani and Khonkean which has student communities which night café and disco tech are entertainment at night.

Northeast Thailand Itinerary

Beside the package tour above that we recommend , this is a trip that you can do when visit Isaan.

3 Days in Ubon ratchathani

Trip during cool season

Day 1 Flight from Bangkok to Ubon Ratchathani  

Start trip by visit Wat Sirinthon waramram phopraw , beautiful temple that you can enjoy mountain views.

Continue to Tam Hewsimchai (ถ้ำเหวสินชัย) which has Buddha statue

After checkout continue to Wat Tamkoohasawan , to view Kongjeam and Laos country.

Day 2-3 Nature wonder Day

Pha Taem :

This national park is very special since lie along Maekong river.  Seeing a pre-historical painting  age over 3,000 year on the cliffs and overlooks of mountains and hills of Laos .

Seang Chan waterfall :

This water name in Thai language means moonlight . However , to see the  water light from rock in orange and green , must come before noon. It is no or less water in this waterfall if visit during February to July.

Keang chomdown

This is another national wonder near Sam Phan bok but different that this is a rocky and the sand hill . This is best for a sunrise viewpoint to visit before 08:00  or after 16:00

Sam phan bok

Saomphan means 3,000 and bok means holes. During the dry season when water level in Mekong drop, rocks and holes appear which Thai people compare this as the Grand Canyon.   Taking a long tailed boat can bring you the see the area why it was called  Sam Pha bok. It is best to visit this place during sunrise and sunset.

Mea Klong Boat ride

The morning rise in Khongjeam river resort, it is also very nice to take a boat trip to visit Laos village or just ride along Mea Khong river to see the way of living in this area.

There are other interesting place such as Walking Street at Kemmarat and Haad Hong, sand beach not far from Sam phan bok which look like beach on the ocean.

Now you know things to do in island and got idea from example of north east Thailand itinerary and what is interesting attraction in northeast Thailand cities. We hope this help to plan your trip well and perhaps we are be able to assist you for your Thailand journey.

Loei

Loei is in the northern part of Isan. The province share border to Laos and has a lot of national park such as Phu Kradueng, Phu Ruea. Natural wonders site is valid at Suan Hin Pha Ngam. Phu lom bo and Phu bo bit and Phu Thong.  Beside this Chiang Khan and Dai Sai are also famous as a hip old town worth to visit.

Phu Kradung

A national park which contains and surrounds the highest mountain in the northeast. Its a popular hiking , trekking and camping spot among Thais people during the cool season.