If you’re an offbeat destination lover and wanting to plan for a Thailand trip, then Isaan should be in your destination list. Offbeat destinations are the best to explore, compared to a mainstream location where you will find an immense crowd and nothing grabbing. But when it comes to offbeat location, it certainly changes the perception of the journey. Every side of Thailand has something to offer.
Central Thailand gives the picture of a cosmopolitan city, Northern Thailand gives the picture of green mountains, and Southern Thailand gives the picture of gorgeous beaches. But Isaan is something different from, which makes it to the off-beat location.
Where is Isaan?
Isaan is located in the northeastern part of Thailand and is surrounded by Bangkok in the central part, Chiang Mai in the North and Phuket in Southern. Being a sleepy area of Thailand, it is less visited location. However, cities like Udon Thani, Khon Kaen, Ubon Ratchathani, and Korat are quite familiar.
Isaan is known for offering some delicious food having a mix of Western and Thai in the major cities. Some of the major food options are Grilled Pork Neck, Papaya Salad, Isaan Sout Sausage and Minced Meat Salad. There isn’t much of a tourist infrastructure. Moreover, there isn’t much English spoken that creates the communication problem.
If you’re traveling to this place, then there are certain things to know:
No Pre-Booking Needed:
Since there aren’t many tourists flocking in this region, you don’t need to worry about the accommodation. You don’t need to pre-book your accommodation. There are enough guest houses and hotels to choose among.
Have your Own Transport:
As tourists are flocking less, you won’t be finding much of the transportation. You need to have your own transportation to get out and see the hidden gems of the place. You can hire a taxi or a bike for rent, and start exploring.
English not widely spoken:
Since there are fewer tourists flocking in this place, English isn’t much spoken. However, you will find some who will communicate in English, but you may majorly communicate in gestures.
Super Cheap Isaan:
Compared to other parts of Thailand, Isaan is super cheap. On an average, approx. 900 baht ($25USD) will be spent in a day. This includes the food, private rooms, hiring motorbikes and others.
Important sites to visit:
As Thailand is known for monumental ruins and temples, Isaan has some worth visiting locations. Angkorian temple ruins and unsophisticated wats pepper are untouched. In addition to this, there are other locations to visit:
- Khao Yai National Park
- Khong Jiam
- Nakhon Phanom
- Phanom Rung
- Phra Wihan
- Udon Thani
Colourful festivals and traditional handicraft work make Isaan a worth to explore. Isaan is the most special region that makes Thailand proud. With travelers exploring the place, Isaan is really getting into the list of top places to visit in Thailand.