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Bangkok  September 24, 2009 12:54 PMSunny83°
 

 

KHON KAEN

 

The Land of Phuwiangosaurus Sirindhornae Dinosaur
  

Historically, Khon Kaen is considered a new town, established a little over two centuries ago. But, prehistorically, this town on the plateau had various natural phenomenon and cultures.  The dinosaur has been the provincial symbol ever since remains of these great beasts were unearthed in Phu Wiang National Park, an area also famous for its flora, fauna and waterfalls.
 

 

  

 01 Step back in time and discover dinosaur fossils at the Phu Wiang National Park

Thailand’s most complete dinosaur fossils were discovered at Wiang Kao. Part of Phu Wiang National Park, Dinosaur Park was built to showcase nine excavation sites packed with a newly found species of dinosaur fossils dating back approximately 160 million years. The park also offers a wide range of attractions including waterfalls, wildflowers, Red Palm Cave, and a high relief of the reclining Buddha on the cliff.


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Walk the holy grounds of the Phrathat Kham Kaen

One of Khon Kaen’s major historical sites, the pagoda was built to enshrine the holy relics of the Lord Buddha. Legend has it that a dead tamarind stump miraculously grew branches and leaves again after a procession bearing the holy relics of Lord Buddha walked past.
 

 03 The impressive Phra Mahathat Kaen Nakhon

The nine-storey stupa houses relics of the Lord Buddha and important Buddhist Scriptures, as well as murals that feature the town’s history. The life and former reincarnations of the Lord Buddha, sixteen classes of visible deities in the Brahmas world, and Buddhist rites are beautifully carved into the temple’s doors and windows. Visitors are also treated to a panoramic view of the town.
 

04 The beautiful symmetry of Sim Isan – Wat Pa Saeng Arun

Sim Isan is the northern ordination hall located within Wat Pa Saeng Arun. Its outstanding features lie in its typical shape and style, solidity, shelter as well as beauty of the murals of Mut Mi patterns of the province’s famous tie-dyed silk. In addition to being a significant tourist attraction this revered place has been intended for later generations to learn, treasure and converse local architecture.
 

 05 Join in the revelry at the Festival of Dok Khun Siang Khaen and Khao Niao Road

Part of the traditional Songkran Thai New Year, the Festival of Dok Khun Siang Khaen and Khao Niao Road begins with merit-making ceremonies. The rest of the Grand Songkran holidays are filled with festive hours of friendly water splashing, floral procession, Miss Songkran beauty pageants and a variety of traditional Northeastern folk entertainment along the Si Chan Road, also known as Khao Niao or Sticky Rice Road.
 

06 Say hello to a slithering snake at the Ban Khok Sa-nga King Cobras Village

The village is famed for the King Cobra snake, one of which is kept at every house. In the village, a snake show is held at Wat Si Thamma; highlights of this performance would be snake dancing and boxing between king cobra and man. Located nearby are the king cobra nursery and exhibitions.
 

 07 Discover a piece of history at the ancient town of Non Mueang

Known to local people as Non Mueang, this ancient town is believed to have been inhabited from prehistoric times until the 10th century AD. It is an oval-shaped earth hillock where an ancient city of the Dvaravati period was once situated. Human skeletons and 3,000-year-old bronze tools have been discovered at this site.
 

08 Savor the scent of orchids in the air at Chang Kra

Having grown wild over a century ago in Wat Pa Mancha Khiri, over 4,000 Chang Kra orchid-Rhyncostylis gigantean (Lindl.) are in full bloom on some 280 trees every year during January and February. These wild orchids always fill the whole area with their mild fragrance.
 

 

09 Shop for spectacular silks in Khon Kaen

Khon Kaen is the centre of the northeastern silk industry, with numerous villages producing their own Mut Mi silk. At Chonnabot District and Sala Mai Thai silk center, visitors will find silk selections to bring back home, and also learn the silk making process of dyeing and weaving. Shops in downtown Khon Kaen, especially at the Pullman Khon Kaen Raja Orchid Ex Sofitel, are ideal for fast and casual shopping.
 

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10 Delicious and distinct Khon Kaen dining

Most visitors should visit Khao Suan Kwang District for its famous and unbeatable grilled chicken. These special chickens are bred only in Khao Suan Kwang. This scrumptious delicacy is marinated with local spices, perfectly grilled for 20 minutes, and then served with the secret sauce.
 

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 How to Get There
 

 

Thai Airways International

operates flights from

Bangkok to Khon Kaen.


Bangkok Office

Tel. 0 2280 0060, 0 2628 2000 or Hotline 1566

Khon Kaen Office

Tel. 0 4322 7701 – 4
www.thaiairwaysusa.com

 

 

 

The 7-hour journey from Bangkok can be made by either air-conditioned or non-air-conditioned bus, leaving from the Bangkok Northeastern Bus Terminal (Mo Chit 2).

Tel. 0 2936 2852-66
www.transport.co.th

 

 

 

Daily trains bound for Udon Thani and Nong Khai go via Khon Kaen and depart from Bangkok’s Hua Lamphong Station.
 

Tel. 0 2223 7010, 0 2223 7020
www.railway.co.th
 

 

 

From Bangkok, take Highway 1 (Phahonyothin Road) to Saraburi and then Highway 2 to Khon Kaen via Nakhon Ratchasima, a total distance of 278 miles.

 

Useful Links


Phu Wiang National Park

Sala Mai Thai

Thai Airways International

State Railways of Thailand