as Isan in Thai, the Northeast
consists mostly of a plateau. Some may think that this area is dry
and lifeless. But in fact, it has large numbers of tourist spots,
some of which are being developed.
Nakhon Ratchasima (259 km), or Korat for short, is the gateway
to the Northeast, where are located the Thao Suranari Monument,
Khmer-style stone shrine Prasat Hin Phimai and a 250-year-old banyan
tree. Khon Kaen (449 km), one
of the north-eastern commercial centres famous for the local product
- matmi silk. At Phuwiang National Park, dinosaurs' fossils which
were uncovered at the site, are on show and their footprints can
also be witnessed. Kalasin (519
km) is where dinosaurs' fossils
were excavated and are now exhibited at Dinosaur Research Center
in Sahatkhan district.
Exotic Rock at Phu Phra Bat
Folk Dance of the Northeast
(629 km), where the annual Candle Festival is grandly celebrated.
Sakon Nakhon (647 km) offers
tourists the picturesque scenery of the vast Nong Han Lake.
Surin (457 km), the land of elephants, is world famous for
its Elephant Round-up taking place at the third weekend of November.
Buri Ram (410 km), is where
the largest-Khmer style stone temple, Prasat Phanom Rung,
is located. Loei (520 km), a
challenging place for visitors who want to find out the lowest temperature
of Thailand in the cool season. Udon
Thani (564 km) has thrived as a transport hub and agricultural
market of the Northeast with its World Heritage site - Ban Chiang
Village of ancient civilization. It also boasts Phu Phra Bat Historical
Park with bizarre rock formations.
Prasat Hin Phimai