Thailand - Northeastern Thailand (PDF Chapter)
This is the Northeastern Thailand chapter from Lonely Planet’s Thailand guide-book.
The northeast is Thailand’s forgotten backyard. Isan (ee·s?hn), as it’s usually called, offers a glimpse of the Thailand of old: rice fields run to the horizon, water buffalo wade in muddy ponds, silk weavers work looms under their homes, and pedal-rickshaw drivers pull passengers down city streets. If you have a penchant for authentic experiences, it will surely be satisfied here.
Spend even just a little time here and you’ll discover as many differences as similarities to the rest of Thailand. The language, food and culture are more Lao than Thai, with hearty helpings of Khmer and Vietnamese thrown into the mix. And spend time here you should, because it’s home to some of Thailand’s best historic sites, national parks and festivals. Thailand’s tourist trail is at its bumpiest here (English is rarely spoken), but the fantastic attractions and daily interactions could end up being highlights of your trip.
- broaden your horizons with amazing views and ancient art in Pha Taem National Park
- spot elephants, gibbons, deer and birds in Khao Yai National Park
- climb an extinct volcano to the towering Khmer ruin of Phanom Rung
- restaurants & accommodation
Coverage includes: Loei Province, Loei, Chiang Khan, Pak Chom, Phu Ruea National Park, Phu Kradueng National Park, Nong Khai Province, Nong Khai, Sangkhom, Udon Thani Province, Udon Thani, Ban Chiang, Red Lotus Sea, Ban Na Kha, Phu Phrabat His-torical Park, Bueng Kan Province, Bueng Kan, Phu Wua Wildlife Sanctuary, Nakhon Phanom Province, Nakhon Phanom, That Phanom, Mukdahan Province, Mukdahan, Phu Pha Thoep Na-tional Park, Nakhon Ratchasima Province, Nakhon Ratchasima (Khorat) & Around, Phimai, Khao Yai National Park, Buriram Province, Nang Rong, Phanom Rung Historical Park & Around, Surin & Si Saket Provinces, Surin & Around, Ubon Ratchathani Province, Ubon Ratchathani, Ban Pa-Ao, Phibun Mangsahan, Kaeng Tana National Park, Khong Jiam, Pha Taem National Park, Khon Kaen Province, Khon Kaen, Chonnabot, Phu Wiang National Park, Nam Nao National Park, Roi Et, Yasothon.
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