Temple of Prasat Phanom Rung, Isaan, Thailand. Copyright 2014 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.

Destination: Isaan

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Celebrating Songkran in Thailand

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12 Reasons We Are Smitten With South East Asia

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Photographing Prasat Phanom Rung Temple, Thailand

Photographing Prasat Phanom Rung Temple, Thailand

The Prasat Phanom Rung Temple in Thailand’s Isaan region is stunning. Visiting the temple at dawn, when only the temple dogs are awake, is a sublime experience. When we visited a few months ago there had been overnight rain and the sky was quickly clearing. We...
Exploring the Isaan – Road Tripping Thailand

Exploring the Isaan – Road Tripping Thailand

We love nothing more than doing a road trip and if we’re going to do a road trip anywhere in Thailand, our first choice will be exploring the Isaan, Thailand’s most off-the-beaten-track region in the remote northeast of the country. A confession: I don’t drive. Well,...
The Mask Makers of Dan Sai, Isaan, Thailand

The Mask Makers of Dan Sai, Isaan, Thailand

Located in a lovely valley amid gently undulating hills, Dan Sai, in the Loie Province of Thailand’s Isaan region, is a town of dilapidated wooden houses that is famous for Phi Ta Kon, a boisterous three-day rainmaking festival, also known as the Ghost Festival, which coincides...
Our Home Away from Home in Dan Sai, Isaan, Thailand

Our Home Away from Home in Dan Sai, Isaan, Thailand

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Exploring the Isaan: the Lovely Backroads to Loie

From Khon Kaen, where we explored gleaming gold temples, ambled about the town with an affable monk, strolled by the scenic lake, people-watched at the waterfront hipster market, and savoured the aromas of Isaan food sizzling away at the night markets, we drove in a...
Exploring the Isaan: Cool Khon Kaen

Exploring the Isaan: Cool Khon Kaen

Cool Khon Kaen, at the centre of Thailand’s northeastern Isaan region, is a hip little city. Short on sights in comparison to the cities of the north, such as Chiang Mai, the appeal for us is the upbeat atmosphere of the place, the youthful vibe (it’s a...