|Northeast of Thailand Isaan |
NORTHEAST or ISAN is noted as the center of an age-old civilization dating back to pre-historic time and to the period when the Khmer people held away in the region. Relics and monuments still stand, attesting to the splendors and majesty of the ancient era. The Phra That Phanom in Nakhon Phanom, the Prasat Hin Khao Phanom Rung in Buri Ram and the Prasat Hin Phimai in Khorat, are some of the most important and interesting structures in the area. Ban Chiang village in Udon Thani, where remains of pre-historic skeletons and tools have been discovered, serves as concrete evidence of a Bronze Age civilization flourishing 5,000 to 7,000 years ago.
The Northeast's ancient traditions and customs are still reflected in fairs and festivals found nowhere else in the country. These include the colorful Bun Bang Fai (rocket festival), the Candle Procession and the Wax Castle Festival.
Probably the most well-known local products of the Northeast are the world - famous Matmee silk, wickerware, earthenware and edible items such as sausages, Mu Yong and Mu Phaen.
|AMNARTCHAROEN - NORTHEAST or ISAN THAILAND PROVINCE |
AMNARTCHAROEN is located in Southern I-San plateau approximately 583 kilometres from Bangkok. It is a newly established province upgraded from Amphoe Amnat Charoen of Ubon Ratchathani Province in 1993.The province is divided into the following districts: Mueang, Chanuman, Phana, Hua Taphan, Senangkhanikhom, Pathum Ratchawongsa and Lue Amnat.
|KALASIN - NORTHEAST or ISAN THAILAND PROVINCE |
KALASIN, the land of Pong Lang music and the famous Phrae Wa cloth, is 519 kilometres from Bangkok. It is the site of the ancient city of Fa Daet Song Yang and one of the largest concentrations of dinosaur fossils in northeastern Thailand.Kalasin has an area of 6,946 square kilometres. It is divided into 18 districts (Amphoe): Mueang Kalasin, Yang Talat, Kamalasai, Sahatsakhan,
|BURIRAM - NORTHEAST or ISAN THAILAND PROVINCE |
BURI RAM is a land of ancient Khmer prosperity. The southern part of the province has a number of Khmer sanctuaries, the most magnificent being Phanom Rung, regarded as one of the most beautiful examples of Khmer architecture in Thailand.Buri Ram is 410 kilometres from Bangkok. It has an area of 10,321 square kilometres The province is divided into the following districts: Mueang Buri Ram, Nang Rong, Lam Plai Mat, Prakhon Chai,
|CHAIYAPHUM - NORTHEAST or ISAN THAILAND PROVINCE |
CHAIYAPHUM is a province in the centre of Thailand. It is well known in tourism terms because it has beautiful flower fields. Chaiyaphum was founded over 2 centuries ago during the early Rattanakosin period by a group of Vientiane people led by Nai Lae. Chaiyaphum is 342 kilometres from Bangkok and has an area of 12,778 square kilometres. It consists of the following districts:
|KHONKAEN - NORTHEAST or ISAN THAILAND PROVINCE |
KHONKAEN, boasts of a lengthy history and has been the birthplace of so many thriving civilizations and cultures. This is an area where the first dinosaur fossils were found in Thailand. Once the quiet capital of one of the poorest provinces in the Northeast, it has undergone dramatic changes and is now a prosperous, bustling town. Located at the heart of the region, it is the focal point of many regional development projects
|LOEI - NORTHEAST or ISAN THAILAND PROVINCE |
LOEI, Although geographically located in the northeast or I-San, Loei has many things in common with the northern region namely its numerous high hills and mountains and its wintry as well as foggy climate. Literally speaking, the province deserves its name Loei which means beyond or to the furthest extreme as Loei lies in the northernmost part of the Northeastern region. Most notable is that Loei is the only province in Thailand
|MAHASARAKHAM - NORTHEAST or ISAN THAILAND PROVINCE |
MAHASARAKHAM ,Situated in the heart of Northeastern Thailand, the small province of Maha Sarakham is considered to be a regional education centre, earning the name "Taksila of Isan" (Taksila was a city where education of all branches centered around in ancient India). The province also houses a sacred Buddha image and has many historical sites,
|MUKDAHAN - NORTHEAST or ISAN THAILAND PROVINCE |
MUKDAHAN is a peaceful province located on the bank of the Mekong River, opposite Sawannakhet in Laos. The ancestors of the Mukdahan people migrated from Laos to establish the city in the late Ayutthaya period. The province has always been an interesting mixture of cultures from various tribes since ancient times. Moreover, it is a land of fantastic natural rock parks and is a major gateway to tourism in Laos and Vietnam
|NAKHONPHANOM - NORTHEAST or ISAN THAILAND PROVINCE |
NAKHONPHANOM,Located on the right bank of the majestic Mekong River is Nakhon Phanom an ancient city with a name that literally means of City of Hills. The lovely setting of the provincial capital is enhanced by the rugged beauty of jungle covered mountains which lie beyond the Laotian town of Tha Khaek, located on the opposite bank of the river.
|NAKONRATCHASIMA - NORTHEAST or ISAN THAILAND PROVINCE |
NAKONRATCHASIMA at a glance Nakhon Ratchasima, generally known as "Khorat", is Thailands largest province situated on sprawling northeast plateau. Located approximately 260 kilometers northeast of Bangkok, the city itself serves as the gateway to the lower I-San region.Covering an area of 25,494 square kilometers that is mainly plateaus and mountainous terrain, Khorat has fascinating traditions, charming hospitality, splendid natural
|NONGBUALAMPHU - NORTHEAST or ISAN THAILAND PROVINCE |
NONGBUALAMPHU,Nong Bua Lam Phu is 568 kilometres from Bangkok. It used to be the site of an ancient city over 900 years ago and was once a part of Udon Thani Province. It was established as a province outright on December 1, 1993. It has an area of 3,859 square kilometres and consists of the following districts: Mueang, Non Sang, Si Bun Rueang, Na Klang, Suwannakhuha and Na Wang.
|NONGKHAI - NORTHEAST or ISAN THAILAND PROVINCE |
NONGKHAI is a tourist city on the bank of the Mekong bordering the Lao Peoples Democratic Republic. It is the gateway to Vientiane, the capital of Laos, which is only 20 kilometres away.Nong Khai is 615 kilometres from Bangkok and has an area of 7,739 square kilometres. It consists of the following districts: Mueang Nong Khai, Bueng Kan, Phon Phisai, Tha Bo, Sangkhom, Seka, So Phisai, Si Chiang Mai, Phon Charoen,
|ROIET - NORTHEAST or ISAN THAILAND PROVINCE |
ROIET,is a province in the lower Northeast. It is the land of Thung Kula Rong Hai that was formerly regarded as a wasteland. However, it is now the one of the sources of high-quality rice in the country.Roi Et has an area of about 8,299 square kilometres, consisting of the following districts: Mueang, Thawat Buri, Selaphum, Phon Thong, Nong Phok, At Samat, Phanom Phrai, Chaturaphak Phiman,
|SURIN - NORTHEAST or ISAN THAILAND PROVINCE |
SURIN is world-famous for the Elephant Roundup and for its many Khmer sanctuaries and wide variety of handicrafts.Surin is 457 kilometres from Bangkok and has an area of 8,124 square kilometres. It is divided into the following districts: Mueang, Chumphon Buri, Tha Tum, Chom Phra, Prasat, Kap Choeng, Rattanaburi, Sanom, Si Khoraphum, Sangkha, Samrong Thap, Buachet, Lamduan, Si Narong, Phanom Dong Rak, Khwao Sinarin and
|SAKONNAKHON - NORTHEAST or ISAN THAILAND PROVINCE |
SAKONNAKHON is in the upper Northeast. It is on the Phu Phan mountain range and has many forest temple retreats for meditation. These temples are also where famous monks well known in meditation circles reside.Sakon Nakhon is 647 kilometres from Bangkok and has an area of 9,605 square kilometres. Sakon Nakhon consists of the following districts: Muang Sakon Nakhon
|SISAKET - NORTHEAST or ISAN THAILAND PROVINCE |
SISAKET is 571 kilometres from Bangkok. This is another province in the lower Northeast that received Khmer influence. Several interesting Khmer historical sites are in the province.Si Sa Ket has an area of 8,840 square kilometres, comprising the following districts: Mueang Si Sa Ket, Kanthararom, Kantharalak, Khun Han, Phrai Bung, Khukhan, Prang Ku, Uthumphon Phisai, Rasi Salai, Yang Chum Noi, Huai Thap Than, Non Khun, Si Rattana, Wang
|UBONRATCHATHANI - NORTHEAST or ISAN THAILAND PROVINCE |
UBONRATCHATHANI has been a well established community for hundreds of years. Relatively unknown to the most tourists, the province boasts a number of natural wonders, cultural and historical attractions, national parks, silk producing shops,cetc. The province is renowned for its strong Buddhist tradition, particularly the practice of forest-dwelling monks and the ancient Buddhist temples, which can still be seen throughout the province today.
|UDONTHANI - NORTHEAST of ISAN THAILAND PROVINCE |
UDONTHANI, a northeastern province covering an area of 11,730 square kilometers, is a prime business center of I-San. Located 564 kilometers from Bangkok, it the world heritage site for the prehistoric culture of Ban Chiang.Udon Thani is probably best known for its archaeological wonders, paramount among them the hamlet of Ban Chiang where the world's first Bronze Age civilization is believed to have flourished more than 5,000 years ago.
|YASOTHON - NORTHEAST of ISAN THAILAND PROVINCE |
YASOTHON is a small province in the lower Northeast, about 530 kilometres from Bangkok. It is famous for growing high-quality jasmine rice and for the largest Rocket Festival in the region.
Yasothon has an area of 4,161 square kilometres. It is divided into the following districts: Mueang, Kham Khuean Kaeo, Maha Chana Chai, Pa Tio, Loeng Nok Tha, Kut Chum, Kho Wang, Sai Mun and Thai Charoen.