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Ban Khok Kong

Ban Khok Kong

Ban Khok Kong is a village in I-san that is populated by the Phi-Thai tribe who have their own culture and language. The villagers are excellent hosts who are willing to teach their local traditions to visitors as well as a wide range of other activities. The village is next to a beautiful forest park that is perfect for long walks through the trees and enjoying the waterfalls and streams. The Phu-Thai is an Isan tribe which has its own culture, language and now gives you the opportunity to visit the village and stay for a night or two in the houses of the villagers. Food is included (its traditional Lao food but with choice of more western one). You can watch the show that all the villagers participate in traditional monkey dancing by the children and Phu-Thai music and dances performed by the women of the village.

The ways of weaving and crafting are also on display. Two minutes walk from villages centre is a forest park with waterfalls and streams.To Get There: Ban Khok Kong is 15 kilometres east of Kuchinarai district. The village can be reached by a bus from Khon Kaen or by contacting the village itself.

Public Transport : 1. From Bangkok, travel by or train to Khon Kaen, then take the bus which runs to Mukdahan and tell the driver to stop at Ban Na Krai and then motorbike taxi to the village, or 2. From Bangkoks Mochit Bus Terminal, take the Bangkok-Mukdahan bus and go down at Ban Bua Khao, then take big pick-up (Song Thaeo in Thai) or motorbike taxi to the village.

Accommodation

  • Homestay

Activities

  • Local folk dances, traditional monkey dance, nature walks, Tat Soong waterfall festival.

Best time

All year round

Getting there

From Mukdahan City use 2042 and turn right at Gudwha.

Sab Sai Thong Community

Sab Sai Thong Community

The locals set up a homestay at Ban Sap Sai Thong with the help of the Administration, and outside organizations. This community is recognized as “Switzerland of the Northeast” and is famous for vineyards and Shitake mushroom plantations. Ban Sab Sai Thong is situated in Tambon Wang Nam Kheow (Sub-district), Amphur Wang Nam Kheow, NakornrachasimaProvince. Amphur Wang Nam Kheow is in the south of Nakornrachasima.The name, ?Wang Nam Kheow? is derived from its distinctive topographical feature of the region where there are crystal clear water basin with clear reflection of green trees on the surface. Situated in a high mountain area, the climate in Wang Nam Kheow area is cool for most part of the year.The period of cold season is from November to January with the temperatures ranging from 9-18 degree celcious.replica handbags There is a lot of fog during rainy and cold seasons.

The cool season in Wang Nam Kheow is from November to Jauanry with the coldest temperature ranging from of 9-180c. , There are a lot of rainfalls in this area as well as a lot of fog after the rain.Living in this area is sometimes like living in the sea of fog. The weather in hot season is not differ from other regions.There are periods of high temperature, although the hot period of each day may be shorter than other regions.This is due to the abundance of trees and water sources in Wang Nam Kheow area.Normally, the wave of hot air will not be reckoned until ten o’clock in the morning and it is gone by two to three o?clock in the afternoon.Given this type of climate, Wang Nam Kheow can be a year-round tourist destination.There are a wide range of potential tourism activities that can be arranged for the tourists, and they can be different in each season.The nature and natural environment of this area will be unique for any visitor.

Accommodation

  • Homestay

Activities

Visit Chrysanthemum fields and observe organic vegetable farming.

Best time

All year round

Getting there

Buses leave from Bangkok for nearby Nakhon Ratchasima on a regular basis.

Address: Moo 13, Tambon Wang Nam Kheow, Amphur Wang Nam Kheow, Nakornratchasima Province 30370 Mr. Charin Thamdee, 086 253 1804 Mrs. Supannee, 081 999 5577 ,Telephone : 08 1977 2856

Ban Busai

Ban Busai

Ban Busai is a lovely rural village, three hours drive from Bangkok, which has opened its doors for visitors who wish to experience traditional agricultural life in Thailand. The locals are organic farmers who grow a variety of crops including, shitake mushrooms, vineyards and the wonderful chrysanthemum gardens.

Enjoy a fun ride on an “E-taen” tractor tour around the farm. Breathe in the fresh air and appreciate the simple life of the people here. Ban Busai is easily the place where knowledge can be gained and happiness is ensured to the max.

Accommodation

Homestay

 Activities

* Visit The organic farmers and see how healthy organic fruits and vegetable are planted and grown

* Learn about mushroom cultivation and processing

* Visit chrysanthemun gardens

* Take a stroll in the vineyards and see their fermentation cellars

* Cultural Study, Dok Benchamat Ban Nai Man Mok (Chrysanthemum Flowers Blooming in the Fog) Festival, tractor tour.

Best time

January for the Dok Benchamat Ban Nai Man Mok Festival.

Getting there

From Bangkok follow Highway 7 and turn onto Highway 314 then head onto Highway 304.

Chiang Khan

Chiang Khan

Chiang Khan is hugely popular with Thai tourists who make the trip from Bangkok every weekend. A bicycle is the perfect way to navigate the narrow streets and many homestays provide them free of charge. Laos is barely a stones throw away and it is possible to enjoy a drink on the banks of the Mekong River while overlooking North East Thailand’s nearest neighbour. There are no bars nor any nightlife to speak of and Chiang Khan is so sleepy that it virtually grounds to a halt at night. Please pardon our lamentation, but we really miss the old Chiang Khan. Virtually overnight, what was once a sleepy little-known riverside town full of traditional timber houses became a trendy destination for Thais, and now tour buses arrive daily. That said, it’s far from ruined and we still think it’s a good place to visit: it’s just no longer great. The photogenic views of the river and the Lao mountains beyond are still there and things remain fairly peaceful in the daytime, before the evening shopping stampede begins.

Accommodation

Traditional timber houses line the streets and riverbank, the latter now converted into quaint guest houses and homestay.

Activities

Some interesting walks, particularly the pathway between Ban Paben and Ban Umong where you will see a Buddha footprint, an ageless village and mammoth cave all under the commanding gaze of the majestic mountains. If you need a little added energy, be sure to try the robust local coffee.

Best time

Towards the end or just after the rains and winter descends as the rivers will be higher, the terrain will be greener and the air clear and crisp.

Getting there

There are buses leaving regularly from Loei. Or you can take a local bus from Nong Khai and make the trip in reverse. If you decide to travel to Chiang Khan, follow Route 2013 north and be sure you stop first at the Kaeng Song Khon Waterfall.

Chiang Khan, Loei Province, is 580 kilometres north of Bangkok and 50 kilometres north of Loei city.

Air: Nok Air (nokair.com) flies daily from Bangkok’s Don Muang Airport to Loei. Then take a bus from Loei bus station; Nakhonchai buses connect regularly to Chiang Khan, one hour away.

Bus: Take the bus from Mo Chit Northern Bus Terminal (nine-hour journey).

Train: Take the overnight train from Hua Lamphong station to Nong Khai, then a bus to Chiang Khan.

Ban Doen Village

Ban Doen Village

The mountains of Loei are some of the most remote and unspoiled in Thailand. The northeast, I-san, culture is among the country’s richest and still least explored by foreign visitors. Have a beer on the deck, watch the sun set over the valley, the real fun starts tomorrow. In town, you’ll find some decent food across from the small fresh market, but Phunacome also has a delicious restaurant. In general, the produce (chicken, vegetables) in Loei is really amazing—a simple slice of cucumber takes on whole new dimension. Want to bring back a souvenir? There’s a small shop on the main road where a bunch of guys are hand painting the famous phi tak kon masks year-round and selling them for B850. Of course, if you want the full-fledged ghost festival, you’ll have to come late June-early July (dates vary, so check with the local TAT office, 042-812-812).

Phunacome Resort deluxe room. If that’s too expensive, you can either check into the two resorts that have popped up just after Phunacome on the same road or try the resorts on the way to Na Haeo National Park.

Accommodation

Resort and homestay

Activities

Trekking, sightseeing, bird watching

Best time

Towards the end or just after the rains and winter descends as the rivers will be higher, the terrain will be greener and the air clear and crisp.

Getting there

You can take a songthaew from Loei. They depart about every 15 minutes. There are also buses leaving regularly form Loei.

Contact

461 Moo 3 Ban Doen, Dansai, Loei , 66 (0) 4289 2005-6

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