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Northeastern Thailand

Getting around

If you have time on your side, travelling in the northeast is rarely a problem: all large- and medium-sized towns are linked by bus or train, and sǎwngthǎew (pick-up trucks) services go on to most, but not all, of the smaller villages and temple complexes. If you are short on time, however, remember that distances are large in this part of Thailand and buses are often slow. Consequently, if time is of the essence and you plan to visit the region’s more remote sites, a rental car or motorcycle will save a great many headaches and let you see much more of the region with your available time. There are very few flights between cities in the northeast; you generally need to connect through Bangkok.