Loei (meaning ‘to the extreme’) is a diverse, beautiful province mostly untouched by mass tourism, despite all it has to offer. This isn’t the wildest place in Thailand, but the region’s national parks and nature reserves are excellent. And if you have the luck to arrive at the right time, you can balance the hush of nature with the hubbub of Dan Sai’s incredible Phi Ta Khon Festival.
The terrain here is mountainous and temperatures fluctuate from one extreme to the other: it’s hotter than elsewhere in Thailand during the hot season and it’s also one of the few provinces in Thailand where temperatures drop below 0°C.
The majority of the people are Tai Loei, thought to have migrated from Luang Prabang via Chiang Mai. They're proud of their distinct culture and you'll notice unique offerings at many temples and hear the Tai Loei dialect often.