Khon Kaen, the commercial center of Northeast Thailand, serves as an excellent base to explore the Isan region’s unique culture and natural splendor on luxury tours of Thailand.
The Isan region is a cultural melting pot where many varied ethnicities have gathered from across Southeast Asia over the centuries. Architectural styles from various cultures can be seen throughout the province. Chinese style temples like Wat Jeen Beung Kaen Nakhon can be easily spotted by the dancing dragons guarding their entrances. Mahesak Shrine is a Khmer style prang temple dedicated to the Hindu deity Indra. Wat Nong Wang’s step-like tiers are a splendid example of Thai temple architecture, and the upper portions of the temple are used as a museum space with murals depicting life in Isan throughout the ages.
The Khon Kaen National Museum’s exhibits provide an excellent window into the cultural history of the area with a number of art and household pieces on display. Dinosaur fossils have been discovered Phu Wian National Park, and there are several unusual villages in the area where travelers touring Thailand can see cobras being trained.
The highest temperatures are from March to May, and seasonal rains come June through October to breathe green life back into the lush forests after the dry summer months. The best weather falls between November and January.
The intriguing cultural and architectural diversity found in Khon Kaen, and the province’s central location make it a great base to explore the largely untouched areas of Northeastern Thailand.
Appropriate Attire :
Western style clothing is fine in town, but if you’re visiting any of the numerous temples in the area, Thai Buddhist tradition requires covering shoulders to knees while on holy ground.