Road Trip to Twenty Provinces in Cool Isaan

DAY 1: BANGKOK TO NAKHON RATCHASIMA

This week, I’ve been invited on a mega #IsaanTrip by the Tourism Authority of Thailand. We will be visiting all 20 provinces in the northeast over the next 11 days. Click here for a map of places that we visited during the trip.

Date of travel: 3-13 September 2020

Krua Nan Nam Restaurant, Pak Chong district, Nakhon Ratchasima

Lunch today was at Krua Nan Nam Restaurant in Pak Chong district of Nakhon Ratchasima. It’s the second time here for me. Good food and great locatiotion alongside the Lam Taphong River.

📍MAP: https://goo.gl/maps/GPqwLmo2PuwcwfZd6

Sawang Daowadungsatham Foundation, Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima

The Chinese shrine at the Sawang Daowadungsatham Foundation in Pak Chong District of Nakhon Ratchasima, has hundreds of deities of all shapes and sizes.

📍MAP: https://goo.gl/maps/bzjQi8DYY8PCHbUE6

Luang Phor Thuad, Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima

In Pak Chong District of Nakhon Ratchasima, there is a giant statue of Luang Phor Thuad, a revered Buddhist monk who lived 400 years ago. At 69 meters high, this is said to be the highest statue of him in Thailand. The previous biggest statue is in Hua Hin.

📍MAP: https://goo.gl/maps/dU1WVenwXnrx1fae8

DAY 2: NAKHON RATCHASIMA

Good morning from Pak Chong in Nakhon Ratchasima. This is Day 2 of a 11 day Isaan Trip.

EGAT Learning Center, Lam Takong, Nakhon Ratchasima

At the EGAT Learning Center at Lam Takong in Nakhon Ratchasima you can learn about the production of electricity at the nearby underground power plant that uses both water & wind. The center is open Tue to Sun, 9am-5pm. Free.

64% of Thailand’s power sources come from natural gas in the Gulf of Thailand, and 23% from coal & lignite in places like Lampang province. None of which is renewable energy.

📍MAP: https://goo.gl/maps/KdEpkPtZkk2NW1tf8

Lamtakong Reservoir, Sikhio district, Nakhon Ratchasima

This is the Lamtakong Reservoir in Sikhio district of Nakhon Ratchasima. It’s used to produce electricity by the underground power plant. During off peak hours, water is pumped up here from Lamtakong Lake. It is then released during peak hours to produce electricity

Running alongside the lake, you should be able to see the elevated motorway that will be opening soon.

📍MAP: https://goo.gl/maps/G75W7tL3UBDMXizh9

Ban Dan Kwian, Chok Chai district, Nakhon Ratchasima

Ban Dan Kwian, in Chok Chai district of Nakhon Ratchasima, is a village known for its pottery and handicraft. It is believed the art of pottery here goes back several hundred years. Traditionally they made large water jars.

Practically all of Dan Kwian village is either producing or selling pottery. The clay comes from the banks of the Mun River and is both durable and colorful when it comes out of the kiln.

Terminal 21, Nakhon Ratchasima

It’s not every day that a shopping mall gets listed as a tourist attraction, but Terminal 21 in Khorat is worth a look. Apart from the different international themes on each floor, you can take the free lift to the observation tower for a great 360° view.

📍MAP: https://goo.gl/maps/XQx9xTqfbXNw64Ho7

During Days 3-5, we visited Chaiyaphum, Khon Kaen, Nong Bua Lam Phu and Loei. Click here for the photo blog.

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