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North East Thailand

North East Region consists of 19 provinces: Amnart Charoen, Buri Ram, Chaiyaphum, Kalasin, Khon Kaen, Loei, Maha Sarakham, Mukdahan, Nakhon Phanom, Nakon Ratchasima, Nong Bua Lam Phu, Nong Khai, Roi Et, Sakon Nakhon, Si Sa Ket, Surin, Ubon Ratchathani, Udon Thani, Yasothon.

The areas of the Northeastern regions, comprising one-third of the Kingdom's total area, is situated on the elevated Khorat plateau with clear demarcations from the other regions. The Phu Pan mountain ranges run down the middle of the plateau, effectively dividing the region into 2 parts, the Mekong River Valley and the Khorat Plains. The numerous archeological sites of ancient civilization and dinosaurs in Khon Kaen, Loei and Kalasin provinces led to significant discoveries, and more new ones are being unearthed daily.

Though the area is comprised of many diverse minority groups, locals exist in peaceful harmony with each other. Often characterized as hard working, they are also artistically creative, as seen in the exquisite designs on silk cloths and other handicraft products.

Though it is considered the nation's poorest region because of its arid, infertile soils, this region is rich in culture and historical heritage sites influenced heavily by the Khmer Empire of old. Beautiful natural scenery and wonderful people, plus a tantalizingly spicy cuisine and exquisite silk productions entice visitors to this part of the Kingdom. 

  • Amnat Charoen is located in Southern I-San plateau, approximately 583 kilometres from Bangkok. The town was founded during the reign of King Rama III,...
  • Originally called 'Nakhon Roi Prang' (Hundred Prang City), the province boasts of having the most Khmer stone sanctuaries, most of which are...
  • Considered to be centrally located in Thailand, Chaiyaphum has an abundance of natural attractions and is famous for its beautiful flower-fields,...
  • Kalasin , the land of Pong Lang music, is an ancient city with many interesting historical sites. It is the site of the ancient city of Fa Daet Song Yang and...
  • Khon Kaen boasts of a lengthy history and has been the birthplace to many thriving civilisations and cultures. This is an area where the first dinosaur...
  • Literally translated, ‘Loei' means ‘beyond' or ‘to the furthest extreme', a name most suitable for this province that lies in...
  • Situated in the heart of Northeastern Thailand, the small province of Maha Sarakham is considered to be a regional education centre, earning the name...
  • 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...
  • As the Mekong River flows East past Nong Khai and then South, it progresses down the Nakhon Phanom's entire elongated eastern side, separating it from...
  • Nakhon Ratchasima , or "Khorat," is a large province on the northeastern plateau and is like a gateway to other provinces in the Northeast. It is 259...
  • Originally a prosperous town of the Srisutthanakhonhut Kingdom (Laos) 900 years ago, its official name was'Nong Bua Lamphu - Nakhon Kuan Kun Kab Kaew Bua...
  • The Mekong River flows along the horizontal Nong Khai's northern side, separating it from Laos. The provincial city, sitting on the Mekong bank, is only...
  • Founded in 1782, Roi Et literally means ‘one hundred and one', believed to be an exaggeration of the number 11 since the prosperous town once ruled...
  • Sakon Nakhon, the ancient, Khmer town formerly known as'Nong Han Luang', is now an important Buddhist religious center that contains a very sacred...
  • Si Sa Ket is 571 kilometres from Bangkok. This is another province in the lower Northeast that received Khmer influence. Several interesting Khmer historical...
  • Surin is world-famous for the Elephant Roundup and for its many Khmer sanctuaries, wide variety of handicrafts, its silk, its rich cultures and its first...
  • Since the 10th century, Ubon Ratchathani , or simply Ubon, was part of the Khmer Empire until the Ayutthaya Kingdom later conquered it. Towards the end of...
  • The Vietnam War transformed the sleepy provincial city of Udon Thani into a booming support center for a nearby American airbase, and since the withdrawal of...
  • According to the historical chronicles of Muang Yasothon , in 1797, Phra Chao Voravongsa and his followers migrated and selected an area to establish a new...

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