Khonkaen Travel Guide, Khonkaen Travel Information, Khonkaen Thailand

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Welcome to Khon Kaen
Wat Nong Waeng
Wat Nong Waeng
Khon Kaen located away from Bangkok around 449 kilometers and covered an area about 10,885 square kilometers. Located in the heart of Isan, Thailand’s northeast region, Khon Kaen has been one of the fastest growing areas in Thailand. Khon Kaen is the commercial, administrative an educational centre of the Northeast, which is often used by travelers as a base for visiting many parts of upper Isan. Khon Kaen is the commercial and political center of Northeastern Thailand, featuring a number of upscale restaurants and hotels, the largest university in the Northeast, produce high quality silk and a busy airport.

Historically, Khon Kaen is quite a new town, established a little over two centuries ago during the reign of King Rama I. But prehistorically, this town on the plateau has been home to various cultures as well as other fascinating creatures, heretofore unknown to the modern world. Artifacts have proven that millions of years ago the area was occupied by gigantic dinosaurs, several of which were endemic to the region. People in various cultures later occupied the plateau for thousands of years until the Ancient Khmer Empire expanded its presence into the area in the 12th century and ruled it for some time. The ancient cultures, traditions, and historical sites in this area have all contributed to shaping the people and culture of Khon Kaen.

A major source of local wisdom regarding the production of silk is in Chonnabot district, where excellent Mudmee Silk is delicately woven by hand using a special tie-dye technique, and Khon Kaen features both creature comfort, in the form of fine eateries and swanky hotels, and beautiful nature, including a variety of animal parks and a number of spectacular national parks.
North : Udon Thani, Nongbualumphu and Loei
East : Kalasin and Mahasarakham
South : Nakhon Ratchasima and Buriram
West : Phetchabun and Chaiyaphum
Distances to Other Provinces
Maha Sarakhram 87 km Nakhon Ratchasima 199 km
Kalasin 97 km Loei 217 km
Udon Thani 121 km Buriram 223 km
Nongbua Lamphu 142 km Phetchabun 235 km
Chaiyaphum 142 km    

Distances from Mueang District to Other Districts
Ban Haet 18 km Phu Wiang 68 km
Ban Fang 22 km Wiang Kao 70 km
Phra Yuen 30 km Waeng Yai 72 km
Sam Sung 39 km Phon 74 km
Nam Phong 43 km Khok Pho Chai 75 km
Ban Phai 44 km Pueai Noi 80 km
Nong Ruea 45 km Nong Na Kham 80 km
Khao Suan Kwang 49 km Chum Phae 82 km
Ubolratana 50 km Waeng Noi 96 km
Chonnabot 55 km Nong Song Hong 96 km
Mancha Khiri 58 km Phu Pha Man 109 km
Non Sila 58 km Si Chomphu 114 km
Kranuan 66 km  
Festivals & Events
Dok Khun Siang Khaen and Khao Niao Road
When: 13 - 15 April
Where: Kaen Nakhon Lake and on Si Chan Road
Dok Khun Siang Khaen and Khao Niao Road is held annually during Songkran day (13 - 15 April) to celebrate the Songkran festival or water splashing. Experience the beauty of Dok Khun flowers in full yellow bloom throughout this northeastern province, major festival activities include religious rites and merit-making and I-San folk music.
Phrathat Kham Kaen Fair
When: The full-moon day of the sixth lunar month.
Where: Wat Chetiyaphum
Phrathat Kham Kaen Fair is an annual festival on the full moon day of the 6th lunar month at Wat Chetiyaphum where is situated of Phrathat Kham Kaen. The fair is intended for the people of Khon Kaen to pay homage to the much revered Phrathat as well as for them to have something to rely on spiritually and make merit. Silk Festival, Phuk Sieo Tradition and Red Cross Fair
Silk Festival, Phuk Sieo Tradition
and Red Cross Fair
Silk Festival, Phuk Sieo Tradition and Red Cross Fair
When: 29 November - 10 December
Where: Khon Kaen City Hall
Silk Festival, Phuk Sieo Tradition and Red Cross Fair is held annually during 29 November - 10 December in front of the city hall to promote silk weaving and silk worm culture. Silk production is a main source of extra income among people in the Northeast, and Khon Kaen today can be called a major silk production centre. The fair is held with various traditional related activities such as Phuk Sieo tradition, local products contest, Isan dinner or Pha Laeng, local performances, and shops.