Khon Kaen Journals

The Land of Orphan Toasters

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A travel journal to Khon Kaen by SeenThat

Thai Silk Photo, Khon Kaen, Thailand More Photos
Quote: Swamping around in, out and in between the Land of Orphan Toasters’ heart: on civil graciousness, a tall Buddha, great fruits and silking out visas.

Beung Kaen Nakhon

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Attraction | "Swamping Around"

Phra Mahathat Kaen Nakhon Photo, Khon Kaen, Thailand
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Meaning the "marsh" or "swamp at the city centre," Beung Kaen Nakhon is a delightful lake located south of the modern downtown area of Khon Kaen, nothing was left from the former marshland. It is the main leisure area in the city and is an important center for travelers, especially around the northern shore where the Lakeside Market is. The market operates mainly in the afternoon hours, offering food, snacks and many "paint-your-pottery" stalls. However, the main attractions in the market are the stalls renting bikes (20 baht per hour) and the ones renting paddleboats and canoes (30 baht for half an hour). Thailand being ...Read More

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Saen Samran Hotel

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Hotel | "On Teakwood and an Arbitrary Guesthouse"

Saen Samran Hotel Photo, Khon Kaen, Thailand
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Location, Location, and LocationIn MBA courses is taught that the three most important conditions for a business success are: Location, Location, and Location. Accordingly, Klang Muang Road, the second street eastern from Khon Kaen’s bus terminal hosts several guesthouses. Due to the large number of people crossing this transport hub usually it is difficult to find a place if arriving during the late afternoon.Yet, there are a number of worthy options. The popular Saen Samran Hotel is at Klang Muang 55-9, and offers fan single rooms from 150 to 200B. The renovated Roma hotel asks for 230 to 400B, the Khon Kaen Hotel 500B, and the Pongin Mantion 200 to 350B, all of them a...Read More

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Saen Samran Hotel
55-59 Klang Muang Road
Amper Muang, Khon Kaen, Thailand 4000
043-239611

Shopping Around in Khon Kaen

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Attraction | "Silking Out Visas"

Thai Silk Photo, Khon Kaen, Thailand
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At Isaan's heart, Khon Kaen combines the relaxed ambience of small, rural Thai towns with all the commodities of the bigger ones; its fast developing center provides an attractive commercial environment for travelers looking for Isaan’s products. Of the last, silk is the main, but not only, one.VisasSurprisingly, Khon Kaen houses two consulates. There is no special reason for issuing the corresponding visas here; actually, Bangkok would be a better place for the Laotian one and Phnom Penh for the Vietnamese visa. However, if staying in Khon Kaen for a wh...Read More

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Traveling in Khon Kaen

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Attraction | "In, Out and In Between"

Read the Sign! Photo, Khon Kaen, Thailand
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In BetweenDivided by Highway 2, Khon Kaen features an easy to remember grid of streets: east of the highway are the Na Muang and Klang Muang roads running from north to south; perpendicular to them are Srichan and Prachasamosorn roads. Between these streets is the main commercial area of town.Klang Muang is one of the main avenues in the city, hosting a lively Night Market. There are several 7 Eleven branches and several Internet Cafes. South of downtown is the Bueng Kaen Nakhon Lake, which offers several recreational activities. Both areas host the bulk of travelers passing through town, though the first is substantially bigger and better located. Yet, the second offers...Read More

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On Thai Rice

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Attraction | "The Land of Orphan Toasters"

Khao Niao Ma Muang Photo, Khon Kaen, Thailand
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First SightSoon after I landed in Thailand for the first time, I found myself standing in the dry food products area of a local market. One of the shops displayed many bags of rice, each one containing a different product. Long, short, white, brown and types I couldn’t identify properly. It was like olives in the Middle East or potatoes in the Bolivian highlands: I was in the rice homeland, in the Land of Orphan Toasters.Disbelief...Read More

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Roi Et

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Attraction | "On a Tall Buddha and Great Fruits"

Standing Buddha at Bung Phlan Chai, Roi Et Photo, Thailand, Asia
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Probably it was luck, but the fact is that I found the sweetest fruits in Thailand while visiting Roi Et. But this centric town in Isaan has more than fruits to offer. Justifying a visit there is simple; Roi Et offers easy access to most of the southern half of the Thai Mekong and is near the National Highway 2, connecting Bangkok with Laos. Reaching it unintentionally is difficult, leaving it ...Read More

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Chaiyaphum

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Attraction | "Civil Graciousness"

Prang Ku at Chaiyaphum Photo, Thailand, Asia
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By the end of my most recent trip to Thailand, I found myself at timeless moment of the day – after all time doesn’t flow there – at Khon Kaen’s bus terminal, wondering what would be the most interesting way of returning to Bangkok. Unluckily, I already had traveled all the main routes and visited all the major towns in the area; the chances to innovate were slim. I walked back and forth among the terminal bays until one sign caught my attention, "Chaiyaphum" it said. I knew the name and roughly where the town was but never had visited it. The decision to reach Bangkok via Chaiyaphum was immedi...Read More

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