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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 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…
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…
Thai in Khon Kaen


This superb place combines one of the best kitchens in town with a covered garden to create the perfect place for a night out, rain or shine. The þá·sá þlah chôrn (a hot and sour curry with snakehead fish) and đam t…
Thai in Khon Kaen

Somtom Internet

This rustic spot is always busy for good reason – there's no better sôm·đam in Khon Kaen. It also does grilled chicken and fried fish. It's an English-free zone, but it doesn't matter much because everything availab…
Lake in Khon Kaen

Bueng Kaen Nakhorn

This 100-hectare lake is the most pleasant place in town to spend some time, and the paths hugging its shore link quite a few interesting places. There's bike hire near the evening Rim Bueng Market.
Arts & Crafts in Khon Kaen


There's an impressively large selection of silk here, both fabric and finished clothing, plus plenty of other souvenirs. Combined with the adjoining Thammoo Art-Decor, it makes a perfect one-stop shop.