Khon Kaen Tourist Attractions

Though many travellers would pass through Khon Kaen, very few decide to stop in town at least for a night. If you do decide to make a break, Khon Kaen will give you a nice glimpse of everyday’s life in a bustling provincial capital where modernity meets traditions.

Khon Kaen National Museum


Khon Kaen National Museum is located in the University area in the northern part of town. Established in 1972, it is focused on the history of the Isaan provinces and displays artifacts left by the civilizations that have been living in the northeastern Thailand over the last 3000 years. A collection of tools from the prehistoric excavation site of Baan Chiang is probably the most interesting part of the exhibition, but a lot of items from the Deravati and Khmer periods can be seen as well. Pottery, old musical instruments, building tools and much more are just a part of the extensive collection. Some dinosaur fossils found in Phu Wiang National Park are displayed, too.

The museum is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 9.00am to 12.00am and from 1.00pm to 4.00pm. Admission is free during the week and THB20 during the weekends. To get there you can take the songthaew 8 (THB10) heading north.

Hong Mun Mang Museum & Bueng Kaen Nakhon Lake


Also known as Khon Kaen City Museum tis museum focuses primary on the history of the city and the related province. It features 5 different zones displaying statues, images, pictures, handicrafts and tools of all different cultures that made their contribution in creation of Khon Kaen of today during the last 2 centuries. English boards with clear explanations are everywhere and they will make your visit more interesting and insightful.

The museum is open every day except Monday from 9.00am to 5.00pm. Admission fee is THB90. It is located on the northern bank of the Bueng Kaen Nakhon Lake which is worth a visit even if you’re not interested in the museum. It is a relaxed and quiet spot not far from the city centre and it’s the favourite place for the city inhabitants for jogging, exercising and just relaxing. It can be quite busy during the weekends since it is a popular picnic destination among locals. You can walk around the lake in half an hour – and it is a good idea as during your walk you will pass a couple of temples, several shrines and many restaurants where you can have a pleasant lunch break.

To get to the lake you can either take the songthaew 8 going south or simply walk for 20 minutes.

Wat Nong Waeng

Wat Nong Waeng is a Buddhist temple sitting on the western bank of the Bueng Kaen Nakhon Lake. It’s one of the most important religious sites in Khon Kaen and it’s easily recognizable by its spectacular nine floor chedi which is one of the symbols of the city. Visitors are allowed to walk up to the top floor from where you can have a nice view of the lake. On your way up you will see Buddha’s images, murals and paintings, a collection of old scriptures and several decorated doors and windows. On the 9th floor the central throne enshrines Lord Buddha’s relics, and for this reason this temple is one of the most revered in the whole province. The chedi is 80 meter high and at night it is beautifully illuminated.

Phra That Kaen Nakhon as the chedi is called was built in 1996 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the King’s ascension to the throne, but the temple is actually one of the oldest constructions in Khon Kaen. Founded in 1793, if features several chambers, a lot of statuary, a community centre and a market.

The temple can be visited every day from 7.00am to 5.00pm.

Khon Kaen station guide

Khon Kaen - train

Khon Kaen is the second largest province in the Northeastern side of Thailand and is reachable by train and other land transportations. Khon Kaen Railway Station lies on the Northeastern route - on the Bangkok to Nong Khai line. Taking the express train to Khon Kaen would take about 8 hours of travel. Trains leave Hua Lamphong Station at 8:20 am, 6:30pm and 8:45pm daily. It is quicker to take a bus, but the main highway via Korat is one of the most dangerous roads in Thailand.

Khon Kaen - Bus

The Khon Kaen Bus Terminal 3 itself serving various type of regular buses leaving from Bangkok’s Morchit bus station and the other.

Khon Kaen, located some seven hours by road from the capital, is the rural region’s hub for commerce, with its transportation options including trains from Bangkok as well as daily flights to its airport.

Bus station are located on Mueang Khon Kaen Ring Road, 20 minutes away from Khon Kaen Airport. VIP air-conditioned buses to Khon Kaen leave from Bangkok’s Morchit Bus Terminal half-hourly between 06:00 and midnight, arriving in the city between six and seven hours later. Tickets are best booked in advance online as the VIP buses can be busy during holidays and the high season.

Other VIP bus routes to and from Khon Kaen include Chiang Mai, a twice-daily. Buses from Udon Thani arrive every 20 minutes after a two-hour journey, and four buses daily run between Nong Khai, taking under four hours.

Ban Phai - Bus

The small Isaan town of Ban Phai is located in northeast Thailand’s Khon Kaen province, just over 400kms from Bangkok. Even though it is rather small, it has its own bus station and railway station, both of which are in the town centre and within walking distance of one another. Buses leave Bangkok’s Mochit terminal to make the six-hour drive 13 times per day, while trains leave from Hua Lamphong four times per day and arrive seven to eight hours later.

Ban Phai’s town centre has a number of ATMs, a post office and a 7-Eleven. There are also a few hotels in the town, such as Inpawa Boutique plus Whanchai hotesl and Goodview Boutique Resort. Points of interest worth visiting include Wat Kilomet Sip Hok and Wat Sanuan Wari Phatthana Ram.

Chum Phae - Bus

Chum Phae is a friendly market town in the northeastern province of Khon Kaen, a far cry from the Thailand that most foreigners see. It is served by buses from Bangkok’s Mochit terminal. Travellers should disembark at the market, which sells all sorts of weird and wonderful snacks.

As is the case everywhere in Thailand, it's easy to hail a tuk-tuk or songthaew in Chum Phae to take you to your destination. The Phu Kradueng National Park is well worth a visit. From the market, take a bus to Pha Nok Khao and a songthaew will take you into the park. Chum Phae boasts a number of accommodation options including the Cheewin Palace and Major Grand hotels plus the Phuchumphae Resort.

Phon - Bus

Phon is a district located in the southern part of Khon Kaen province in the northeastern, or Isaan region of Thailand. It is about 75kms from the larger centre of Khon Kaen to Phon. Phon boasts beautiful farmland with many rice fields, and the local people still carry with them much of the old culture.

With a district population of under 90,000 people, visitors will find themselves submerged in Thai culture, from vegetable markets to food stalls and small shops tucked down every alleyway. Phon town does not possess much in the way of tourist attractions so expect a small local bus station with limited facilities.

Ban Phai - train

The small Isaan town of Ban Phai is located in northeast Thailand’s Khon Kaen province, just over 400kms from Bangkok. Even though it is rather small, it has its own bus station and railway station, both of which are in the town centre and within walking distance of one another. Buses leave Bangkok’s Mochit terminal to make the six-hour drive 13 times per day, while trains leave from Hua Lamphong four times per day and arrive seven to eight hours later.

Ban Phai’s town centre has a number of ATMs, a post office and a 7-Eleven. There are also a few hotels in the town, such as Inpawa Boutique plus Whanchai hotesl and Goodview Boutique Resort. Points of interest worth visiting include Wat Kilomet Sip Hok and Wat Sanuan Wari Phatthana Ram.

Kranuan - Bus

Approximately 500kms northeast of Bangkok, Kranuan town is located in the tranquil countryside of Amphur Kranuan in Khon Kaen province. The district lies to the east of the main road connecting Khon Kaen in the south to Udon Thani. Visitors wishing to travel to Kranuan should seek local transport from either of these larger centres.

In the middle of the beautiful Isaan region of Thailand, this area boasts beautiful views of rice paddies, and offers a glimpse at true rural Thai life. Kranuan town is very small, with little to see, though it does boast a few shops and local eateries.

Phu Wiang - Bus

Located in Thailand’s northeastern province of Khon Kaen, Phu Wiang is a district with a population of around 72,000 people most known for its national park. Phu Wiang National Park is renowned for its dinosaur bone paleontological site, which is thought to be one of the biggest in the world. There is also a dinosaur museum within the park.

Provincial buses make the 70-kilometres trip from Khon Kaen, itself connected to Bangkok by buses from Mochit terminal, to Nong Bua Lam Phu, stopping at the bus terminal in Phu Wiang town. From here you can get tuk-tuks or motorbike taxis to the park’s entrance around 20kms away.

Nong Ruea - Bus

The town of Nong Ruea is located on the main route across the top of northeast Thailand. Highway 12 runs from Phitsanoluk to Khon Kaen. Nong Ruea is 40kms from Khon Kaen. It is a good start point for exploring the beautiful landscapes of Ubolratana Reservoir as well as Phu Wiang and Nam Phong national parks.

Nong Ruea is 540kms from Bangkok and best reached via Khon Kaen. This city has both train and bus stations. The bus journey from Bangkok’s Mochit terminal takes a little over six hours. There are quite a few buses that run along Highway 12 and they take 45 minutes to get to Nong Ruea.

Nong Na Kham - Bus

Nong Na Kham is a town at the heart of a famed national park area in the northeast Isaan region of Thailand. The parks at Phu Wiang, Nam Phong and even Phu Kradeung are easily accessible from Nong Na Kham. Ubolratana Reservoir is another great attraction in the locality and a must for those who like the outdoors and amazing landscapes.

Nong Na Kham is about 80kms from Khon Kaen and 500kms from Bangkok. Visitors have the option of train or bus from Bangkok’s Mochit terminal to Khon Kaen. Bus service from Bangkok is an easier choice as it allows easy connections to provincial buses for Nong Na Kham. Total travel time is between eight and nine hours.

Ban Fang - Bus

The small northeastern town of Ban Fang sits around 475kms from Bangkok and around 22kms from the city of Khon Kaen. There is no regular bus service here from Bangkok, but minivans connect the town to the local bus station in Khon Kaen, which is accessible by bus, rail and air from Bangkok.

The Ban Fang bus station is in the town centre next to the Khon Kaen Provincial Land Office and Ban Fang District Agriculture Office. Places of interest in the area include Wat Si Chom Chuen and Hin Chang Si view point. There are a few hotels here, including the Ville Resort and Fahfang Sport Resort & Hotel.

Waeng Noi - Bus

The district of Waeng Noi stands in southwest Khon Kaen, a province in northeastern Thailand. Waeng Noi's two major attractions are the Wat Siriwanmore temple and the
Waeng Noi District Museum, which stands just 200m from the bus station; from here passengers can travel the nearly 400kms to Bangkok’s Mochit terminal.

Waeng Noi is located southeast of Tat Ton National Park, named after its most impressive waterfall. Another waterfall, Tat Fa, is compared to a natural waterslide. The park also contains three Laen Kha mountain peaks as well as Mo Hin Khao, often called Thailand's Stonehenge. Waeng Noi's closest good quality hotels are located in nearby Chaiyaphum. Lertnimit Hotel is within walking distance of the bus station, while Phusuay Park View and Dee Prom hotels are other noteworthy places to stay.

Sam Sung - Bus

Sam Sung is a northeastern Thai town 20kms from the city of Khon Kaen. It is on rural highways leading in the general direction of the Lam Pao dam and reservoir. The town is 480kms from Bangkok. People wishing to travel to Sam Sung need to go via Khon Kaen.

Buses for Khon Kaen depart from Mochit terminal on the north side of Bangkok every 30 minutes. Departures are from 06:30 until 23:00. Average journey times are 6 hours 30 minutes. It is then about 30 minutes in a local bus to Sam Sung. There are also three trains in each direction as well as frequent flights between Bangkok and Khon Kaen every day.

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