Top things to do

Top Choice Cafe in Khon Kaen

Slove U

Khon Kaen's youthful population has spawned many good coffee shops and this friendly closet-sized one, attractively cluttered with knick-knacks, is one of our favourites.
Top Choice Market in Khon Kaen

Walking Street Market

In the spirit of Chiang Mai's street markets, hundreds of vendors, many of them students, gather to sell handmade handbags, T-shirts, postcards, picture frames and more. Dancers, musicians and other buskers work str…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Khon Kaen

Wat Nong Wang

Down at the south end of the lake, Phra Mahathat Kaen Nakhon, the stunning stupa at the heart of this important temple, is Khon Kaen's one must-see. It features enlightening murals depicting Isan culture, various hi…
Stupa in Khon Kaen

Phra Mahathat Kaen Nakhon

Down at the south end of the lake is Khon Kaen’s one must-see, Phra Mahathat Kaen Nakhon, a gorgeous nine-storey chedi at the heart of Wat Nong Wang. Inside you’ll find enlightening murals depicting Khon Kaen histor…
Buddhist Temple in Khon Kaen

Wat That

This old temple has a soaring bóht and chedi. The latter, built in 1789, is surrounded by a cloister featuring many Buddha images and you can go inside.
Buddhist Temple in Khon Kaen

Wat Pho Ban Nontan

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

Khon Kaen National Museum

This interesting collection of artefacts spans prehistoric times to the present. Highlights are Ban Chiang pottery and a beautiful Dvaravati săir·mah (temple boundary marker) depicting Princess Pimpa cleaning Lord B…
Museum in Khon Kaen

Hong Moon Mung

Inside the amphitheatre, this excellent museum about Khon Kaen provides a good introduction to Isan with dioramas and displays going back to the Jurassic period.
Gallery in Khon Kaen

Art & Culture Museum

Khon Kaen's leading arts showcase is this two-storey gallery at Khon Kaen University that features monthly installations of mostly professional artists. While open every day, it does close down regularly for a day o…
Northeastern Thai in Khon Kaen

Night Market

For cheap eats, the city’s main night market is a good one.