of the Northeastern Region
northeastern region occupies the largest land area in Thailand,
with more than 170,000 square kilometers in size or roughly
one-third of the country. It is made up of 19 provinces.
region is commonly referred to as I-san or E-san, which usually
conjures up the image of an arid land area. Yet the major
income of the folks there is from agriculture, especially
the cultivation of rice.
the tourists' eyes, they normally view I-san as having nothing
interesting. In fact, the area can be one of the most intriguing
destinations, especially for enthusiasts of pre-historic human
civilization because the region boasts several significant
ancient Khmer temples.
is this northeastern area of Thailand where evidence of the
great Khmer empire has left its legacy such as the sandstone
sanctuary in Pimai (Nakhon Ratchasima), Phanom Rung and Muang
Tam (Buriram), and Khao Phra Viharn (Sri Saket). Ban Chiang,
one of the world's greatest evidences of the pre-historic
era about 5,000 years ago, is located in the northeastern
province of Udon Thani.
region is also home to some wondrous natural attractions such
as Phu Kradung and Phu Rua in Loei.
people of I-san have a distinctive character and culture,
developed largely from their style of living. Their ancient
culture and traditions are still reflected in many festivals
which are unique to the northeasterners.
in a strategic location bordering on Laos and Cambodia to
the east, northeastern Thailand has in recent years risen
to become a significant starting point for adventurous journeys
to the Mekong countries.
the last decades, there has been a huge development of infrastructure
to accommodate the expected tourism boom. Traveling there
is made more convenient with the availability of regional
airports, served by domestic airlines. It's no longer impossible
to find a luxury accommodation, especially in large provinces
Ratchasima, Udon Thani and Ubon Ratchathani. Basic accommodations
are even easier to find.