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The following used to be posted at Isaan Villas:
Nightlife in Isaan
Isaan nightlife tends to be of the local variety, which means plenty of live music, beer and food served up in open air country-style bars that stay open late into the night. Nightclubs in Isaan generally cater to the Thai teenage crowd, while for business visitors, Karaoke bars offer hostess services, whisky and a sing song.
In general, the nightlife scene in Isaan is one to experience with an open mind and a warm heart. The local people will welcome you to their table, and once the local firewater flows, you’re in for a jolly night out.
Ubon Ratchatani has a good selection of bars and clubs for the ultimate Thai night out. Ra Biang Mai, behind the BIG C superstore has live music, good food, cold drinks and comfortable seats, while Swing Party House on Chayangung Road also has food, drinks and live music, with a band that plays a mixture of Thai and English songs. Wrong Way Cafe on Phadeang Road is Ubon’s number 1 expat hangout with great food and drinks, plus a pool table available.
In Khon Kaen, The Underground is a sophisticated option, located in the basement of the Sofitel Hotel. Besides a disco and karaoke bar, you will find a Microbrewery, Italian Restaurant, Sushi Bar and a Chinese Buffet. For a more local experience, there are bars and clubs scattered around Bung Khaen Nakhorn, the lake in the northern part of Khon Kaen.
Nightlife in Nakhon Ratchasima (Korat) is varied, but very Thai, with a number of bars with Thai live bands and discos playing Thai dance hits. Foreigners are not a common sight in the Thai discos, but are normally welcome.
And now I see that the above content is still posted, but at Isaan Villas‘ counterpart Thailand Villas — so the URL was changed from http://www.isaan-villas.com/nightlife.html to http://www.thailand-villas.com/isaan-nightlife.html.
Isaan Villas only has this to say now about Isaan nightlife:
Entertainment and nightlife in Isaan
Isaan is a good deal quieter than other parts of Thailand and is popular with tourists who wish to be away from the usual clutter. However, Ubon does have a few nightlife spots, which are usually crowded during the weekends. Popular spots include the U-Bar and the Big Market near the river, which serves great street food. Given its diverse history, it’s no surprise to see the influence various cuisines in the Isaan food. You will also find a number of French, Laos, and Vietnamese eateries in the heart of town.
Very often, the various Thailand forums are instructive on this topic. For instance, back in July 2007, a poster opened up a thread at Thai Visa Forum with the very simple query: Nightlife In Issan.
I saw a posting on here about nightlife in Burinam and it got me wondering what nightlife in other major towns and cities in Issan was like?
I want to come to Issan and experience the Issan lifestyle and learnin thai. However, I’d also like the opportunity to go out and let my hair down so to speak once in a while. Obviously my thai will be very poor to start with but it will get better (hopefully) and I’d like to go somewhere which I can relax in, i.e. not a 100% thai venue. I’d need one where thai’s can speak at least some English as my thai would be poor.
Any thoughts on places atarting with say Ubon, Surin, Khorat, Udon Thani, Si Saket and other major towns?
It is surprising to me that the thread never ran beyond one page, nor for longer than the duration that it did — July 13-16, 2007.
An even older thread is at the Phuket Info Forums — it was started back in late May 2004, and was not really a query, but more of a report: partying in Isaan. I will let you refer to it on your own, and not quote aught from it, since it is getting rather dated at this point. The cities of Isaan are changing quite dramatically with each passing year.
To get some current information on Isaan’s nightlife, scour forums like Thai Visa for their Isaan-specific sections: i.e., Isaan Forum.
However, some forums restrict their nightlife section to forum members only — UdonMap does this.
Just keep in mind that the Isaan Region is huge — it comprises a third of Thailand, or about 20 provinces. So simply seeking a comprehensive Isaan nightlife guide is asking quite a lot. You need to be more targeted.
As a June 1 (2012) edit to this post, here are a few other related references you may enjoy:
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… in Isaan? There are no beaches, no sea to swim in There are no bars and clubs for some entertainment There are no decent restaurants with good western style food So unless you have relatives in Isaan or your partner is from that area why would you want to go there as a tourist? … to Isaan? Im not to sure on this one, ive been Udon thani, korat,Ayutthaya, and krabie town they all have the night life that all tourist areas have, just mostly thai’s with a sprinkle of falang.
Publish Date: 04/30/2011 23:54
… the region in the Northeast of Thailand called Isaan. The Northeast region, bordered by Laos on the east and Cambodia to the south, has not ‘changed its ways’ to cater to tourists looking for luxury and scintillating nightlife.
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