In early June 2015, I flew Nok Air to Loei province in Northeastern Thailand. The purpose of the trip was to take photos of the “Tour of Isan Loei Classic”. About 300 cyclists took part in the 70km long bicycle race. The starting point was the city hall in Loei. They finished at Phu Pa Po, which is a hill 900 meters above sea level. Nearby is the stunning Suan Hin Pha Ngam, which is known as the Kunming of Loei. We spent the last part of our three day trip in Chiang Khan alongside the Mekong River. During the trip, I tweeted live on @RichardBarrow. Click for the embedded tweets for Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3.
The following map shows the places that we visited during the trip:
Sharing a Mekong River border with Laos, Loei province has in many ways more in common with the north of Thailand than to the rest of Isan, even earning the nickname “the Mae Hong Son of the northeast.” Loei is an ecotourism region surrounded by undulating mountain ranges, abundant with various kinds of flora and capped with fog enshrouded summits. The most majestic mountains are Phu Kradueng, Phu Luang and Phu Ruea. Loei has unique cultures and traditions in addition to beautiful geographical surroundings, such as the colorful Phi Ta Khon Festival.
LIST OF PLACES WE VISITED:
Loei Airport,สนามบิน จังหวัดเลย,17.445764 101.726713
Loei Pavilion Hotel,โรงแรม เลย พาวิลเลี่ยน,17.494276 101.715512
Chao Pho Kut Pong Shrine,ศาลเจ้าพ่อกุดป่อง,17.494623 101.725542
Krua Madua Restaurant,ร้านครัวมะเดื่อ,17.496120 101.717957
Loei City Hall,ศาลากลางเลย,17.486628 101.720234
Suan Hin Pha Ngam,สวนหินผางาม,17.050620 101.743453
Phu Pa Poh,ภูป่าเปาะ,17.038620 101.711527
Loi Da Nang Restaurant,ร้านเลยดานัง,17.526054 101.723657
Chiang Khan,เชียงคาน,17.896273 101.657264
Chic Chiang Khan Hotel,โรงแรมชิค เชียงคาน,17.897197 101.660124
Wat Si Khun Mueang,วัดศรีคุณเมือง,17.893563 101.652364
Udon Thani Airport,สนามบินอุดรธานี,17.386494 102.775131
GETTING THERE: Loei is 520 kilometers from Bangkok. There are no train services, though you can catch a train to Udon Thani in the neighbouring province and then change to bus. The trip from Bangkok by car and bus takes about 7-8 hours. Loei airport now has regular flights by Nok Air and Air Asia.