Weekend trip to Khon Kaen and Udon Thani

Over the weekend I went on a trip to Northeastern Thailand. I visited two provinces, Khon Kaen and Udon Thani. The highlight was the Red Lotus Lake about an hour away from Udon Thnai airport. The following are the photos that I tweeted live during the trip.

Date of trip: 25-26 November 2017

DAY ONE: Good morning from Don Mueang Airport. This weekend I’m in Khon Kaen and Udon Thani in Northeastern Thailand.

Khon Kaen prides itself on being a smart city. One way it does this is with the city buses. You can download an app to view live updates of the nearest bus that includes details of driver & bus speed http://www.khonkaencitybus.com.

The new airport bus in Khon Kaen costs only 15 Baht and has free WiFi. The smart bus also has GPS which means the speed is regulated. You can download the KKTransit app for Khon Kaen City Buses for free. The live map shows you where all the buses are and how long before they reach your location.

The city pillar shrine in Khon Kaen. This is a relatively modern city as it was established on its present site in 1879.

Mekin Organic Farm in Nong Ruea district of Khon Kaen (สวนเกษตรมีกิน ออร์แกนิกฟาร์ม) They also have homestay. Call 061-695 9926. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/p3FegcjQkRbWisdp7

An Isaan lunch in the countryside in Khon Kaen province, Northeastern Thailand.

Wat Chaisi in Ban Sawatee, Khon Kaen is a most unusual temple. It was built in the early 20th Century and has mural paintings on both the inside and outside. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/D8EXDyJVts8kKLjg7

Drone photos of Ban Sawatee in Khon Kaen province.

An enjoyable meal tonight at 89 Upper restaurant in Khon Kaen prepared by the Iron Chef as part of the “Udon Thani Chef’s Table: Isan Modern Twist Cuisine”.

DAY TWO: Good morning from the Red Lotus Lake in Kumphawapi district of Udon Thani. We’ve rented a boat to go out to see the water-lily flowers that are abundant at this time of year. Our boat costs 500B for a 90 minute trip. The season has just started. Best time to visit is in January. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/ubrc2KPWv63EvJFt8

It’s not easy to reach Red Lotus Sea (Talay Bua Daeng) by public transport even though it’s only 1 hour from Udon Thani. Better to hire a car. But the effort of going is rewarding. Boat hire at the Red Lotus Sea (Talay Bua Daeng) in Udon Thani is 100B/150B per person or you can rent a boat for 300B/500B depending on length of trip. Best time to visit is early in the morning.

Drone photos of Talay Bua Daeng ภาพมุมสูง ทะเลบัวแดง – Red Lotus Sea in Udon Thani.

Eating a spicy Isaan lunch off Highway 2096 in Ban Dung district of Udon Thani, Northeastern Thailand. This area is famous for the production of rock salt.

During my last trip to Udon Thani, I visited a rock salt farm in Ban Dung district.

Drone photos of Ban Chiang (บ้าน เชียง) in Udon Thani. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/eXKwCj3D2mVJTgZm8

One of the major attractions in Udon Thani province is the National Museum in Ban Chiang. This is a World Heritage Site. Well worth visiting. You should also check out Wat Pho Srinai that has one of the original archaeological sites. All other sites have been filled in.

If you want to spend more time exploring Ban Chiang in Udon Thani province, there are homestay options. This one is Ruangpiman Homestay near the national museum. Price is 600B/night including breakfast. Call 081-739 9273.

The popular Vietnamese restaurant VT Namnueng has opened at a new & much bigger location in Udon Thani. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/9wrsWgr41arxNSqL9

Buying some food souvenirs at VT Namnueng in Udon Thani to take home for friends and students. I won’t hear the last of it if I neglect to buy them anything.

Boarding Nok Air DD9217 from Udon Thani to Don Mueang. Flight time is one hour.

That’s a wrap on my two day trip to Khon Kaen and Udon Thani. I hope you enjoyed my photos and I’ve inspired you to visit Northeastern Thailand.

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