[pinterest-pro type=”pinit” pin_url=”http://siam-longings.com/1people-and-places/isaan-laos.htm” pin_image_url=”” pin_counter=”horizontal” pin_desc=”Presenting some of the many relationships and distinctions between Isaan and Laos. “]
And speaking of Wikipedia, does anyone refer to the Talk section an article like the Isan one has? It can be illuminating.
Wikitravel also has a section on Isaan, although it is geared more for the tourist or traveler, obviously.
I recommend having a good look at a July 11 (2012) post at the blog I-nomad: 10 little known facts about Laos. The map just above was taken from “fact” #9: 9. Are Isaan people Laotian too? (Note: Although my post was first published on April 30, I am editing this post on October 22, 2012.)
If you are interested in a few very nice images, take a look at Herveille.net‘s page Isaan:
Pictures from the Isaan region in Thailand.
Isaan is located in the north-east of Thailand. It’s one of the poorest regions in Thailand. Most of the people make a living herding cows or buffalos or growing rice. This is where the famous sticky rice is grown. Isaan borders Cambodia and Laos. In fact most of the people living here are from Laos descent.
The following map is taken from a page titled Isaan, Thailand at a website called World Hotel Plan.
The map is okay — what caught my eye was the first statement in this leading paragraph:
Isaan is the region of North East Thailand which stretches from Bangkok towards the Laos and Cambodian borders. The region is largely distinct from the rest of Thailand being a largely agricultural community, historically part of the Khmer and Lao empires, with a language that different from the rest of Thailand. The food is different with sticky rice being a feature of all meals.
Isaan may take up about a third of Thailand in geography, but it’s still a bit of a drive from Bangkok to reach the Isaan Region.
This next map is from KnutAngstrom.se where you can read a nicely illustrated account of a November – December 2009 trip to Isaan.
Isaan is a region in Northeast of Thailand consisting of 19 provinces. Like other provinces in the country their names have the same name as their capital. This region on the border to Laos and Kambodja is the poorest in the country. Many of the girls working in Phuket are comming from this province. Periodically they send money home to their parents who in many cases take care of the children to the girl. The father to the children has in these cases abandoned the family.
There are now 20 Isaan provinces — Bueng Kan was formed out of the eastern portion of Nong Khai.
The blog Jetlagged Gourmet has a pretty good post published March 17, 2011, about what is both an Isaan and Lao favourite dish: All about the som tam. This dish was also more recently (October 18) posted about in the blog Travels in Laos and Isaan: Som tam – Thailand’s Green papaya salad. My Isaan wife often enough makes it here in Canada where we currently live — she doesn’t hold back on the hot red chili peppers.
Isaan and Lao Food.flv
Uploaded by eiwvy007 on Dec 5, 2009
A Culture and politics forum at Travelfish.org has a 2009/2010 thread titled Isaan and Laos – what’s the difference? that you may find curious — only a few posters got involved in what became a heated conversation.
Also in 2009 (March 5), an article was published titled Thailand: Isaan and Laos make a perfect twin-centre:
Adventurous Southeast Asia tour operators such as Audley Travel and All Points East (formerly Gecko Travel) are blazing the way in Thailand by combining itineraries to Isaan, one of the country’s least-visited areas, with overland trips into neighbouring Laos.
You might get a bit of a kick out of the distinction offered between Isaan and Lao girls at a Lao website called Lao Babes: Isaan Girls In North Eastern Thailand.
I referred already to the blog Travels in Laos and Isaan — it has an interesting May 21, 2010, post titled Buddhist monks in Isaan and Laos.
If you are ever curious to know what it’s like to live in an Isaan village, there are ventures such as Isaan Hometel. All I have to do, however, is accompany my wife back on one of her visits to the family home in Nong Soong near Udon Thani City.
Morlum Tongjaleurn and Morlum Bounswong2 Part 1 of 2
Uploaded by gotchaws6 on Jul 20, 2009
The following 50-minute drama may be of some interest.
Singkorn’s Return (Isaan Lao language)
Published on Mar 26, 2012 by Create2010
“Singkorn’s Return” is an exciting adventure in the life of a young Isaan boy and his friends. Together they discover the evil in the world and finally escape it through the power of love. (In the Isaan Language)
I shall close today’s post with a few further references you may enjoy:
Apparently, Thai banks don’t ever carry Lao kip. Thip and I went up to the currency exchange counter at the provincial capital’s biggest bank and were informed, more or less, to this effect. We were told what is in the …
Publish Date: 08/29/2012 8:20
We found the Seng Cha Leun Guesthouse, next to the Kam Koung Restaurant a bit by accident, but it fit all my criteria: rooms with a view of the Mekong for under 500 baht/day (350 to be exact) and quiet. There were probably …
Publish Date: 09/17/2012 10:05
I attribute it as scars from the Indochina War, what we Americans call “the Vietnam War” and what some have termed the “Lao Civil War.” The general personality differences between the Lao in Laos and the Lao in the Isaan …
Publish Date: 10/08/2012 21:48
The Laotian Civil War (1953-75) was a fight between the Communist Pathet Lao, often North Vietnamese of Lao ancestry, and the Royal Lao Government in which both the political rightists and leftists received heavy external …
Publish Date: 09/25/2012 9:07
The last part of the 3-part series on “The Secret War in Laos,” which took place during the 1960s and continued on up to the mid-1970s. Keith Quincy wrote the best retrospective look at this struggle, in my opinion.
Publish Date: 10/14/2012 21:16
Allen A Hale: I am an American retired in NE Thailand in a region called “Isaan” or “Issan” During my previous career I had the opportunity to visit and work in countries around the world. Overseas experiences have greatly …
Publish Date: 10/16/2012 22:49
The Bung Kan Friendship bridge will shorten the traveling distance from Thailand to Vietnam considerably, thus also boost cross border, holiday and business traffic between the three countries: Thailand, Laos and Vietnam.
Publish Date: 10/12/2012 9:18
Hugely popular in Isaan, found everywhere in Laos -Jeow mak keua or nam prik mak keua(น้ำพริกมะเขือ), spicy aubergine paste. Flavor packed peasant food at it’s very best. 2 small aubergines/eggplants, charred …
Publish Date: 09/27/2012 11:21
In this position I oversaw 7 offices in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. My background provided me with the necessary tools to further promote and improve the growing teams in Khiri Travel’s Indochina offices. In spring 2009, the …
Publish Date: 10/06/2012 8:48
Once on the bus and rolling, we discovered we were on a lesser-known bus route on roads that don’t even appear on maps. You can only see them if you ride them or if you zoom in on them using satellite photos or Google …
Publish Date: 10/21/2012 21:24
Lao Isaan Comedy Pee-Ai-Fark-Yeo-Nong-Mia
Uploaded by Troy Chaisouang on Aug 31, 2008
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