khon kaen thailand isan
khon kaen thailand isan
Khon Kaen 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.
Actually, I found the above paragraphs on quite a few different sites, so isan.sawadee.com may not in any way be original for it.
Welcome to KhonKaen.com, the online resource for the city and province of Khon Kaen, including the Northeast region of Thailand. Khon Kaen is the commerce and political center of Northeastern Thailand, and is well known for the silk that is manufactured in the area. Khon Kaen is the home of tennis sensation Khun Paradorn Srichaphan.
The province is also home of Thailand’s First Olympic Gold Medallist, the 1996 bantam weight Khun Somluck Kamsing. Located in the heart of northeast region of Thailand (Isaan), this community was experiencing one of the fastest growth rates in Thailand until the baht was devalued in 1997. In the last several years, construction has restarted within the city, including the widening of Mitaprahp Road on the West side of Khon Kaen (Highway 2 Bangkok-Nong Khai). The present population of the city is around 150,000. The government had endorsed Khon Kaen as the export center for trade into the Indo-China Region, but politics may play a role in preventing this. Laos and Vietnam have located consulate offices in the city to process visa applications. The city also hosts the largest university in the North East, Khon Kaen University.
As the development center of the Northeast, Khon Kaen is the defacto capital of I-san, and is the site of many important establishments, including the Ubolrat Dam, the Khon Kaen University, and a branch of the Bank of Thailand. Khon Kaen is 449 kilometers from Bangkok.
Thailand’s sixth largest city, Khon Kaen has seen rapid growth due to the government’s efforts to bolster the economy of the northeastern region. You’ll see high-rise hotels shooting up and shopping malls under construction everywhere you look. Khon Kaen has long been renowned for its mudmee silk, celebrated each December with a huge festival. The city can feel chaotic, but its pleasures include dining in seafood restaurants along Lake Bueng Kaen Nakhon and interacting with the city’s rousing party scene at one of its hopping nightclubs.
Khon Kaen city, in Khon Kaen province, is the political and economic hub of Isan (ee’-sahn), Thailand’s northeast region. It is located 450 kilometers (280 miles) northeast of Bangkok.
Visitors to Khon Kaen are always pleased to find a modern infrastructure that supports the economic growth the region is experiencing, with a population that is increasing its use of English.
In Khon Kaen, visitors also find a connection to the past through the history and traditions of the region.
Khon Kaen, with the province and the main city bearing the same name, is the political and commercial center of north-eastern Thailand. The city is home to the largest university in the region. The province is also the center of the silk industry in the northeast.
Khon Kaen, in the heart of Isan, was a nice surprise. It’s definitely less developed than Udon Thani and maybe because of that there are not many foreigners around and you feel like being in the real, non-touristy, Thailand!…I stayed in Roma Hotel , the oldest hotel in town if I remember correctly. My room was bit stinky but on the other hand offered a TV with 100 channels including English speaking ones…..Hurrraaaagh, I didn’t remember when it was last time I watched TV….Anyway, I strolled around the town and went to its museum where I talked to its staff for a while and then went on to a new 7-floor pagoda from where I enjoyed a view over the city…Next day I took a bus to Chonabot which is famous for the production of Thai Silk. Because I met a retired Canadian fellow on the bus and we had similar plans for the day we spent it together. We visited a museum there which was btw located on the grounds of a local college (university) and then explored a so-called Silk Street where we watched the weaving process in action. At the end of our day trip Peter invited me to his summer house in Pattaya….but unfortunatelly I won’t be heading that way this time…
Khon Kaen University has been mentioned several times — here is a good assessment of it by the-scientist.com:
Khon Kaen is a bustling, prosperous town in the heart of Isan. Established in 1783, Khon Kaen is today the centre for regional development projects and home to the Northeast’s largest university.
Khon Kaen is 450 km from Bangkok and covers an area of 10,886 square kilometres. It has 20 districts and three sub-districts. Khon Kaen is a tourism and transport hub for the heartland and northern provinces of Isan. In addition to its modern airport, the city is a busy junction on Highway 2 and an important station on the northern railway line to Nong Khai.
The province has plenty of tourist attractions to keep visitors occupied, but Khon Kaen geographically is the most central gateway in the region, offering convenient links to the northern and central provinces. In the east, the Mekong River at Nakhon Panom is 295 km from Khon Kaen. Nong Khai is 213 km to the north while Nakhon Ratchasima is 219 km to the south.
If it is true that Khon Kaen “is the commerce and political center of Northeastern Thailand” (as one site claimed), then I am a little surprised. I felt sure Udon Thani had greater stature. But I was impressed by the blog comment that “It’s definitely less developed than Udon Thani and maybe because of that there are not many foreigners around and you feel like being in the real, non-touristy, Thailand!” That in itself might draw me should I ever become an Expat and grow weary of Udon Thani.
Homestay and Guesthouse Manida in Khon Kaen, Thailand
cjruinemans1 | August 18, 2009
A short impression of Homestay and Guesthouse Manida, Khon Kaen, Thailand. We are located 400 km northeast of Bangkok, 20 km outside Khon Kaen city in a village called Ban Non Toon. This area is called Isan and is Thailands rice growing area. Khon Kaen is it’s center with schools, hospitals, university, rail- and busstation and airport.
200 km to the north is Vientian the capitol of Laos.
Experience life in Thailand the way Thai people do: stay in a village, explore the area, visit the markets, museum, silk farm, King Cobra village, make an offering to the forest monks or just relax in one of the comfortable rooms.
Visit our website www.homestaymanida.com