Khon Kaen, a major producer of silk and home to one of Thailand’s largest universities is one of the most important centres of education and finance in Thailand. However, there is much more to the city than finance and education. Travellers would love elements such as history, culture, diversity and food. Have a look at the things you can do, on your trip to Khon Kaen.
Khon Kaen is popular for a number of fine-looking wats (temples). One of the most notable and visited amongst them is Wat Nongwang, which resembles a golden pyramid. It is circled by a 9-tiered balcony, offering stunning views of the Bing Kaen Nakhon Lake and the town. Another imposing temple is the lake temple of Wat Wutharam. The temple is famous for a local ritual; wherein people buy fish at a market nearby and release the same in the waters here. It is believed that this brings good luck.
Check Out the Khon Kaen National Museum
Khon Kaen National Museum, apart from keeping historical artefacts, is a historical place in itself. The displays include religious artefacts, ancient musical instruments and pieces of art. The displays here were brought from Isan as well as from various other places across Thailand, including the finds from Ban Chiang. There are different charges for the admission tickets for foreigners and locals.
Try the Local Food
Isan can also be billed as a haven for foodies. The destination is popular for its ‘hot and spicy’ selection of food, including neua nam tok (beef salad) and somtam (spicy salad). Sticky rice is the local staple which is used as the base ingredient in many dishes. A highly sought after restaurant in the city is Turm Rom, in Chi Tha Khon Road; it’s one of the top 10 restaurants in the city. The place offers both indoor and al alfresco dining options, and offers some of the best of Thai dishes. Dee Dee, located at Soi Khlong Nam is another popular spot to try the authentic flavours of Isan.