Chiang Rai Province
Путеводитель по северо-восточным провинциям
Северо-восток Таиланда часто называют Исан (ภาคอีสาน). Он включает в себя 20 провинций с населением около 22 миллионов человек. Этот регион имеет свои уникальные черты не только в части топографии, по-своему уникальна и здешняя кухня, обычаи, традиции и диалекты тайского языка, унаследованные местными жителями от древних цивилизаций. Здесь находится множество памятников археологии и архитектуры, например, наследие культуры Банчианг, процветавшей около 4000 лет назад или священный храм Прасат Хин, доставшийся от прежнего Исана, входившего в состав кхмерской империи Камбуджадеша. По большей части, регион является сельскохозяйственным и его экономика опирается на рисоводство. Исан обладает огромным многообразием культуры населяющих его народов и богатством природных ландшафтов. Здешние жители очень гостеприимны и всегда рады гостям, для которых гарантирован радушный приём. Прекрасно развитая инфраструктура туристических объектов, включая гостиницы различного уровне, обеспечивает удобство и комфорт для путешественников.

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Amnat Charoen Amnat Charoen (อำนาจเจริญ)
Amnat Charoen is part of lower Northeast region. The province acquires a total area of 3,161 square kilometres. Its eastern boundary, at Amphoe Chanuman, is next to Mekong River. The community was firstly established during the reign of King Rama III of Rattanakosin some two centuries ago. Amnat Charoen has been part of Ubon Ratchathani until it was upgraded into province in 1993. Although it is a small and tranquil town, Amnat Charoen has various attractions distributing in different Amphoe. Visitors to Amnat Charoen can stroll around to witness sacred Buddha images, picturesque rice paddies and fruit orchards, rocky rapids of the Mekong River in dry season, and excellent handicrafts - particularly silk.
Nakhon Ratchasima Nakhon Ratchasima (นครราชสีมา)
Nakhon Ratchasima, generally known as "Khorat", is Thailand's largest province situated on the sprawling northeast plateau. Some of the main attractions in Khorat are Khmer ruins. Scattered around the province, these products of ancient wisdom shines through time.

One of the Thailand's finest Khmer ruins can be seen here next to Mon and Lao sites. In addition, Khorat has an abundance of natural attractions in its forests, hills, wildlife and waterfalls that are easily accessible in locations such as Khao Yai National Park. Apart from the famous statue of Khun Ying Mo or Thao Suranari, Khorat is most well known for silk weaving (in Pak Thong Chai) and a variety of top-notch quality handicrafts such as clay pottery products of Dan Kwian.
Buriram Buriram (บุรีรัมย์)
Known as the city of pleasantness, is one of largest and most populated provinces in Isan. 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.

Phanom Rung Historical Park: Phanom Rung (ปราสาทหินพนมรุ้ง), or, with its full name, Prasat Hin Phanom Rung (Phanom Rung Stone Castle), is one of the most significant Khmer monuments in Thailand. It was built in sandstone and laterite in the 10th to 13th centuries. It was a Hindu shrine dedicated to Shiva, and symbolises Mount Kailash, his heavenly dwelling.
Surin Surin (สุรินทร์)
Surin is a big province on Mun River Basin in the lower Northeast of Thailand. It is well known, locally and international, for its elephants. The gigantic animal of Surin impresses everyone with loveliness, cleverness and creates unique character of the province. Surin people have long relationship with elephants which became an icon of the province. Plenty of Khmer Ruins, beautiful silk and famous jasmine rice make Surin a very interesting destination.

If you have ever wanted to see a lot of elephants in one place (there are more elephants now in Thailand than in India), this is your opportunity. Surin is 457 kilometers from Bangkok.
Si Sa Ket Si Sa Ket (ศรีสะเกษ)
Si Sa Ket is a quiet province on the Cambodia border with Khmer ruins scattered throughout the province. Most notable are the two ruined sanctuaries of Wat Sa Kamphaeng Yai and Noi, dating back to the 10 th century. However, the most famous Khmer site is actually in Cambodia. Khao Phra Wihan was built over 10 centuries ago and is one of the most spectacular Angkor-period sites. Built as a Hindu temple, it begins in Thailand and rises to 600 metres with the main sanctuary in Cambodia.

After a long period of war, its wonderful craftsmanship, stairways and courts are now being restored. The walk to the summit is long and steep, but visitors are sure to be impressed by the size and complexity of its design.
Ubon Ratchathani Ubon Ratchathani (อุบลราชธานี)
Ubon Ratchathani 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, etc.

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. The province is unique in its folk culture, which is expressed in the indigenous cuisine, handicrafts, such as silk and cotton products, basketry, and bronze-ware, and traditional events such as the Candle festival held every July.
Yasothon Yasothon (ยโสธร)
Yasothon is famous for its boisterous Rocket Festival every May, when giant home-made missiles are launched into the air in a symbolic rain-making gesture.

In the town at Wat Mahathat, Phra That Yasothon is a much-visited Lao-style chedi, said to be over 1,200 years old. It enshrines holy relics of Phra Ananda, ne of Lord Buddha's chief disciples. That Kong Khao Noi is an ancient Khmer chedi with a much revered brick and stucco Buddha that is ritually bathed every April. The handicraft village of Ban Si Than is famed for the triangular pillows used in most Thai households.
Roi Et Roi Et (ร้อยเอ็ด)
Roi Et town is built around a large artificial lake, Bung Phlan Chai, where a large, walking Buddha stands on a small island in its centre. Tall Buddhas are popular in Roi Et as Wat Buraphaphiram features a 68-metres walking Buddha, with a staircase that enables visitors to climb to knee-high level. Sixty kilometres outside of town is Ku Kasing, a large Khmer sanctuary dating from the 11th century.

Handicrafts are the province's main product, particularly the Isan khaen, a kind of panpipe made from wood and reeds. These are best made in the small village of Si Kaew. Thanon Phadung Phanit is a good place to buy silk and cotton fabric.
Maha Sarakham Maha Sarakham (มหาสารคาม)
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, with the province being the former site of the ancient Dvaravati city of Nakhon Champa Si. Maha Sarakham's beautiful hand woven silk and cotton fabrics are sought after for their original patterns. Maha Sarakham is 470 kilometres from Bangkok.
Khon Kaen Khon Kaen (ขอนแก่น)
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. 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.
Chaiyaphum Chaiyaphum (ชัยภูมิ)
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. Four national parks are located in the province. The Tat Thon National Park is in north-west of the province. The biggest attraction of the Sai Thong National Park in the west of the province is the Sai Thong waterfall, but also some fields of the Siam Tulip.

Similar fields can be found in the Pa Hin Ngam National Park in the south-west, scheduled to be gazetted in the future. This park has its name from the strangely shaped rock formations found there (beautiful rock forest). Phu Laenkha National Park covers another 200 km² of forested hills northwest of Chaiyaphum city.
Kalasin Kalasin (กาฬสินธุ์)
Kalasin, which means the land of Pong Lang music, is also called the "Queen of Silk" for its famous Phrae Wa hand-woven silk cloths and shawls. It is 519 km north-east of Bangkok and most of the province is covered by hilly landscape. In the north is the Lam Pao dam built 1963-68, storing 1,430 million m³ of water for flood prevention and agriculture. Most parts of the province is fertile agricultural land, producing sticky rice and other cash crops such as manioc and sugar cane.

In recent years the province became most famous for the dinosaur fossils found at Phu Kum Khao, the largest dinosaur site in Thailand. Most of the fossils are from the giant Sauropods aged 120 million years ago.
Mukdahan Mukdahan (มุกดาหาร)
Mukdahan is a peaceful province located on the bank of the Mekong River, opposite Sawannakhet in Laos. 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. The province is renowned for its sweet tamarind fruit and features many natural attractions.

Mukdahan is known for this beautiful Mekong scenery and as a Thai-Lao trade centre. Among Thais it's most known for the Talat Indojin, or Indochina Market, a Thai-Lao-Vietnamese affair that gathers around Wat Si Mongkhon Tai near the Tha Makdahan.
Sakon Nakhon Sakon Nakhon (สกลนคร)
647 km from Bangkok in the upper Northeast, is located on the Phu Phan mountain range and has many forest temple retreats for meditation. These temples are home to famous monks well known in meditation circles. Phu Pha Yon the mountain in the compound of a meditation centre houses 3000 year old cliff carvings featuring lifestyle of Thai people in the pre-historical period. The Phu Thai tribe people living in this province sometimes still wear their ancient costumes on special occasion. The famous "Wax Castle Festival" is held in October. To celebrate the end of Buddhist Lent (Ok Phansa), mould beeswax into miniature Buddhist temples and shrines (wax castles) in order to gain merit, believed to determine their future rebirth. Ban Kud Na Kham is the production centre of ceramics, wood carvings and silk weaving.
Nong Khai Nong Khai (หนองคาย)
Nong Khai is a long thin province running along the Mekong River, providing the main access to Laos. Originally people went by boat from Tha Sadet, but the building of the Friendship Bridge across the Mekong has made Nong Khai a major centre for transport and trade with Laos.

Attractions include Wat Pho Chai, renowned for its large seated Buddha believed to have been cast in Lan Chang, and Phra That Nong Khai, an old chedi that slipped into the river and can now only be seen completely in the dry season. Sala Kaeo Ku is a bizarre sculpture garden packed with statres of Shiva, Vishnu and Buddha as well as many other figures from Hindu and Thai culture. Phu Wua Wildlife Sanctuary near the Mekong River contains a number of beautiful waterfalls.
Udon Thani Udon Thani (อุดรธานี)
Udon Thani, 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. The locals are mainly engaged in agricultural activities, with particular rising in wholesale and retail trading activities. That is why Udon Thani is an agricultural market hub or neighboring provinces.
Loei Loei (เลย)
Loei is one of Thailand's most beautiful and unspoiled provinces. The land is mountainous and the temperature goes from one extreme to the other, the weather being hotter than elsewhere in Thailand during the hot season and colder during the cold season. This is the only province in Thailand where temperatures can drop to 0°C.

Attractions within the province that should be explored include Phu Kradung, Phu Luang and Phu Reua National Parks, as well as the districts of Tha Li and Chiang Khan.
Nakhon Phanom Nakhon Phanom (นครพนม)
Located on the right bank of the majestic Mekong River is Nakhon Phanom, an ancient city with a name that literally means 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. Nakhon Phanom is renowned as a great place with beautiful scenery and relaxing ambiance by the Mekong River consisting of high hills and plains covered with lush and virgin forests.

Nakhon Phanom is where Phra That Phanom, the most sacred and ancient religious monument of the Northeast, is located. Both Thais and Laotians usually make their pilgrimage to this highly venerated site to ask for blessings.
Nongbua Lamphu Nong Bua Lamphu (หนองบัวลำภู)
Split off from Udon Thani in 1993, Nong Bua Lam Phu is a scenic province famous for its prehistoric sites. Fossilized shells about 140 million years old can be seen in the cliffs 10 kilometers outside the main town, archaeological sites at Kudkwangsoi villages are also attractions.

Wat Tham Klong Phen, a tranquil forest monastery outside of town, is revered as the home of the famous meditation monk. Luang Phu Khao Analayo. A museum in the compound is dedicated to the monk. A beautiful nature reserve is found at Phu Kao Phupan Kham National Park, covering 320 square kilometers, including a large lake formed by Ubon Ratana Dam, which is a popular fishing area.
จังหวัดบึงกาฬ Bueng Kan (บึงกาฬ)
Bueng Kan, anew province was formed in August 2010, separating from Nong Khai province in the northeastern Thailand. The new province has population of around 400,000. It borders from the south clockwise Nakhon Phanom, Sakon Nakhon, Udon Thani, Nong Khai Province and lies opposite Bolikhamxai province of Lao People’s Democratic Republic across Mekong River.

Perfectly positioned in the valley of the Mekong River, it is abounded with natural attractions such as waterfalls, mountains, highlands, flat farmlands and inevitably missed, the Mekong River, which is the home to beautiful sandy beach on the river bank. The Friendship Bridge connecting to Vientiane is the closest border crossing which facilitates the commuting and travelling to and from the two countries. Not only the natural wonders, traditions and cultures of Isan people allure tourists to discover. There are accommodation for both city lovers and those who prefer unwinding with the backdrop of the river.
Популярные отели в North-East (Isan)
Centara Hotel & Convention Centre Udon Thani
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Khon Kaen
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Ubon Ratchathani, City
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Loei, Dansai
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Nong Khai Ok Phansa and Naga Fireball Festival
When: 11 - 12 October 2011
Where: Nong Khai
Be thrilled by the world's phenomenon of shooting fireballs from Mekong River at night. To mark the end of Buddhist Lent, the residents hold alms offering ceremony to pay homage to the Chedi in the river. There are also "Opening the Legend of the Naga Rockets" light and sound presentation, food and local product stalls, wax castle contest, traditional long boat races, competition of the float to worship the Naga. 
Surin Elephant Round-up
When: 19-20 Nov 2011
Where: Srinarong Stadium, Surin
Surin has long been associated with elephants and the locals are well recognised by their skills in capturing and rounding up wild elephants as well as training and taming them. The event, held to commemorate the importance of Thai elephants and their long-standing relationship with humans, displays the amazing grace, strength and intelligence of these giant creatures in games of soccer, log carrying, mock battle, and the tug-of-war against human teams. 
Погода и климат
Situated in the west amidst the densely mountainous landscape, isan has pleasant weather and can be visited all year round. There are 3 seasons; warm, rainy and cool seasons. In general, it is pretty warm throughout the year. In rainy season, rains come only a short period of time per day and the sun returns after the rain. Cool season can be chilly during the night.

To make the best out of the blue sky, sunshine and the verdant forest, plan and schedule your holiday in advance. This section provides information on temperature of each month, rainfall, the actual temperature and the best time to visit.
География Исана
Situated 150 km from Bangkok, isan town can be reached within 2 hours with scenic views along the convenient highways. Bus services are available daily and many times a day. The most popular means of transport seems to be by train which can reach the town within a few hours along the spectacular views along the railway. Steam locomotive is also available if you would like to experience the time back in the past.

Information on the train and timetables, bus information and timetables, train timetables, directions for driving from Bangkok as well as travelling within the city is provided in this section.
Как добраться
The province is abundant with natural resources which become significant tourist destinations of the province, the long history which is dated back in the 4th century and what remains from the war. A home to 7 national parks, isan covers vast area of dense forests where there are several beautiful waterfalls, caves, hot springs and habitats to wild animals. The civilisation of the culture of the community leaves traces where you can visit in archeological sites and cultural centre. There are also a number of temples as well as those influenced by Burmese. isan is known for the death railway that the Japanese used war prisoners to build to connect Thailand and Myanmar during the World War II which has left as tragic and honourable memorial of the war which can be found at the war museum and the cemetery. This section provides you with useful information and guides to attractions in isan.
Фестивали и праздники
isan is a home to 7 national parks namely Chaloem Rattanakosin National Park, Erawan National Park, Khao Laem National Park, Lame Khlong Ngu National Park, Sai Yok National Park, Sri Nakharin National Park and Thong Pha Phum National Park. The diversity of flora and fauna of these national parks is the ideal place for wildlife enthusiasts. Large and small waterfalls lie within. Some of them may need strenuous effort to reach but it is definitely worth the journey. They also provide a host of activities such as trekking, elephant trekking, rafting, bird watching or exploring caves and many more. Accommodations within the parks are provided by National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department. This section features useful information on each national park, attractions within the parks, how to get there and also contact for National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department.
Главные исторические достопримечательности
Imagine dipping in the refreshing cool water of the waterfall with the backdrop of relaxing and breathtaking views. isan has fantastic option of waterfalls in all sizes from small one with one or two levels to large one of multi-levels. Some are easy to reach and some are situated in the deep forests which require a lovely opportunity to explore the diversity of plants, some walking and climbing.

The waterfalls that are worth visiting in isan are Huay Mae Khamin Waterfall, Erawan Waterfall, Pha Sawan Waterfall, Sai Yok Yai Waterfall, Sai Yok Noi Waterfall, Thung Nang Kruan Waterfall, Dai Chong Thong Waterfall, Kroeng Kra Via Waterfall, Ta Kian Thong Waterfall and Pha Tat Waterfall. Information on these waterfalls is featured in this section.
Главные природные достопримечательности
isan covers an area of 19,483 sq km with mountain range lying within and around. It is the source of rivers, waterfalls and dams were built for irrigation purpose but also a source of fun activities. The province has rivers running through namely Kwai Yai, Kwai Noi, Phachi and Mae Klong which are the backbone of the residents and provides a multitude of things to do for tourists. On easy days, ones can enjoy freshwater fishing, taking a boat trip along the rivers, star watching or just relaxing and swimming. For more strenuous activities, there is a wide choice such as white water rafting, white water canoeing, and jet skiing. Since it is a home to several national parks, activities in the wild are also popular such as bird watching, trekking, mountain biking, elephant trekking and many more. Check out information on activities in isan with details on where you can find such services including contact numbers.
Национальные парки
Situated in the breathtaking landscape, isan offers golf lovers with a good choice of golf courses ranging from 18 holes, 27 holes and 36 holes. Featuring various designs and challenges, the courses here are well-maintained and in very good condition. There are a wide choice of environments and landscapes for your preference. There are ones that lie next to limestone mountains providing awe-inspiring backdrop or take a challenge of playing across the real river or in valleys with the views of the mountains and their tops in different shapes. All offers accommodations and Club House. Add value to your golf tour with other activities that isan has to offer will make your trip unforgettable.

This section provides information golf courses as well as the map and green fees of each one
Активный отдых
If you search for dining with the view, isan has a galore of riverside restaurants for your selection. It is a popular destination for Bangkokian weekenders to dine with family and friends. The restaurants vary from budget to mid-range. The specialty of the province is freshwater fish which is transformed into various delectable Thai-style dishes. Since the province is a major tourist destination, the international food has been added to the variety of cuisine here. For a change from Thai food, there are restaurants offering Italian, English, Japanese, Muslim, vegetarian, Indian or even some wild food.

This section provides a list of restaurants of various cuisines for each area in the isan.