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Top Choice Thai in Khon Kaen

Pa Ouan 2

This popular Isan restaurant between Wat Nong Wang and Bueng Kaen Nakhon has a larger than normal menu spanning the expected gài yâhng and duck lâhp to seldom-encountered foods such as lotus stalk ('lai bua') sôm·đa…
Top Choice National Park in Khon Kaen Province

Nam Nao National Park

Unheralded Nam Nao National Park is one of Thailand's most wildlife-rich parks, although its remote location means it never gets busy. Good visibility and a diverse species list make it one of the best birdwatching …
Top Choice Thai in Khon Kaen

Gai Yang Rabeab

Many Thais believe Khon Kaen Province makes Thailand's best gài yâhng (marinated grilled chicken), and this simple joint, serving an all-Isan menu, gets the most nods as best of the best in the city.
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Khon Kaen

Wat Nong Wang

Down at the south end of the lake, Phra Mahathat Kaen Nakhon, the gorgeous nine-storey stupa at the heart of this important temple, makes Wat Nong Wang Khon Kaen's one must-see attraction. It features enlightening m…
Top Choice Market in Khon Kaen

Walking Street Market

In the spirit of Chiang Mai's weekend street markets (but not touristy like them), hundreds of vendors take over Th Na Sunratchakan. Many of them sell handbags, T-shirts, postcards, picture frames and other handmade…
Top Choice Coffee in Khon Kaen

Slove U Coffee

Khon Kaen's youthful population has spawned many good coffee shops, and this friendly, attractively cluttered one is one of our favourites. They roast their own beans, have a couple of bikes to use, run a hostel ups…
Village in Khon Kaen Province

Ban Khok Sa-Nga King Cobra Village

The villagers of Ban Kho Sa-Nga have hit upon a unique way to make a living: they run king cobra shows. Locals at the King Cobra Village rear hundreds of the reptiles and most families have some in boxes under their…
Nature Reserve in Khon Kaen Province

Hin Chang Si

The core attraction of Nam Phong National Park, and the nearest nature to Khon Kaen city, the Hin Chang Si ('Elephant-Rubbing Rock') area is full of oddly eroded house-sized rocks scattered around a scraggy forest. …
Ruins in Khon Kaen Province

Prasat Puay Noi

The 12th-century Prasat Puay Noi is the largest and most interesting Khmer ruin in northern Isan. About the size of Buriram’s Prasat Meuang Tam, but far less intact, the east-facing monument comprises a large centra…
Buddhist Temple in Khon Kaen

Wat Pho Ban Nontan

Just off the lake, this peaceful tree-filled temple and noted meditation centre pre-dates the city and has a săh·lah like no other in Thailand. The ground floor is covered with sculpted trees, animals and village sc…