Khon Kaen Travel Information
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Introduction
Khon Kaen
Geography
Khonkaen lies in the geographical heart of Thailand's sprawling northeast plateau, an are known among Thai as I-San. Khonkaen was established in 1783 and is a major regional development center and university city. The provincial capital is 449 kilometers northeast of Bangkok. The province covers an area of 10,886 square kilometers, parts of which contain national and forest parks.
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Attractions

Natural Beauty

Bung Kaen NakornBung Kaen Nakorn
This popular lakeside recreation center in the southern part of the city is well-known for its many footstalls selling popular local specialties, particularly som tam (spicy rawpapaya salad) and kai yang (barbecued domestic chicken).

Ubolrat Dam

Ubolrat Dam
Some 50 kilometres. northwest of the provincial capital, this scenic dam is the largest multi-purpose dam in I-San, generating electricity for eight neighboring provinces. A reservoir-side restaurant and opportunities for boat trips make the dam a popular weekend destination.

 
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Historical Sites
Khon Kaen National Museum Khon Kaen National Museum
The museum contains a large collection of artifact, particularly from the Northeast, including those discovered at major archaeological sites such as Ban Chiang, where the world's first Bronze Age civilization was believed to have flourished more than 5,000 years ago.
Non Muang Non Muang
This ancient Chumpae site,85 kilometres from the Khonkaen, is believed to have been inhabited from prehistoric times until at least the 10th century AD. Human skeletons and 3,000-year-old bronze tools have been discovered in the area.
Phra That Kham Kaen Phra That Kham Kaen
This is a 19-metre high at Wat Jediyaphum about 30 kilometres northeast of Khonkaen town. The legend has it that two revered monks on their way to Nakhon Phanom provide spent the night at the site of present temple where they observed the dead tamarind tree. They told the villagers to build a Chedi over the 'Kham Kaen' (hardwood log). The province derives its name form this chedi.
Koo Puay Noi Koo Puay Noi
This Khmer complex, 76 kilometres from the provincial in Puay Noi district, is the largest Khmer complex in Khonkaen. Three brick pagodas, a laterite palace and beautifully carved doors are of particular interest.
Wat Udom Khongkha Kiri Khet

Wat Udom Khongkha Kiri Khet
is an elegant hill-top temple in Mancha Khiri district. It is know for its ornate gold coloured roof and beautifully decorated doors. The temple is 67 kilometres from town on Highway 2149, has a display of the belongings of Luang Poo Pharng ,a monk revered by I-San people.

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Light Adventure
Phu Kao-Phu Phan Kham National Park Phu Kao-Phu Phan Kham National Park
The 320 square-kilometre area covers part of Ubonrat district and extends into the neighbouring province of Udon Thani. Deciduous and evergreen forests offer ample trekking opportunities. The park may be reached by following the route from Khonkaen to Ubolrat Dam to Non Sang.
Pha Nok Khao

Pha Nok Khao
This impressive outcropping of strangely shaped rocks is 125 kilometres west of the provincial capital along Highway 201 in a mountainous area extending into Loei province. The Nam Pong River and Loei's Phu Kradung, a scenic national park, can be seen from this vantage point.

Phu Wieng National Park Phu Wieng National Park
This area, some 60 kilometres northwest of the provincial capital, along Route 2038, contains a number of important archaeological sites with evidence of I-San's earliest inhabitants seen from prehistoric rock painting. Fossil remains of a herbivorous and carnivorous dinosaur maybe seen at park headquarters at Hua Phu Chon Reservoir.
Tham Pha Puang Forest Park Tham Pha Puang Forest Park
Some 120 kilometres from the provincial capital on the Khonkaen-Chumpae highway, a large and interesting cave can be reached by walking up the hill from the parking area. Lush forests grace the area.
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Tradition entertainment
Tradition entertainment
A
few days in Khonkaen can be a combination off seeing some of the best Tourist attractions and playing the finest golf courses in the northeast. The sunshine almost never lets you down or upsets your holiday plans. So choose your own way of discovering the most beautiful golf course in Khonkaen. The experience will be most memorable And if you are not too tired, Khonkaen offers you a different kind of swing in its many night clubs and dicos at night. Ubolrat Golf course is 50 kilometers from Khonkaen.
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Transportation

By Air

Thai Airways operates daily flights to Khonkaen. Contact Bangkok (02)535-2081-2 or (02)280-0080 for further details.

By Rail
There are also trains leave Bangkok's Hualampong Railway Station throughout the day for Khonkaen.

By Bus
Busses to/from Bangkok's Northern (Moh Chit) Bus Terminal depart every 15 minutes from early until late. For quicker service, avoid the touts at Moh Chit, and ask for Chan Tour. This company provides only VIP buses, which have very large seats and a bathroom. Alternatively Nakhon Chai Air has nice VIP buses which are cleaner than Chan but with small seats.

By car
It's easy to get to Khon Kaen by car - just follow the four lane Highway 2.

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