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Isaan Travel Guide

Exploring the Isaan – Road Tripping Thailand

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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 …

The Mask Makers of Dan Sai, Isaan, Thailand

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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 …

Exploring the Isaan: the Lovely Backroads to Loie

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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 …

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CURRENCY

CURRENT EXCHANGE RATES

$1.00 USD = 31.68 THB
$1.00 AUD = 22.49 THB
€1.00 EUR = 35.82 THB
£1.00 GBP = 41.77 THB

The Thai currency (THB) is called the ‘Baht’, and it’s the only currency used in the country. In touristy areas they may acccept USD but and give change in THB but you’ll suffer an unfavourable exchange rate. It is, however, easy to change most major currencies into THB.

LANGUAGE

THAI IS THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE OF THAILAND.
Thai language, ‘hello’ in Thai, ‘sawasdee krab’, said by men, and ‘sawasdee ka’ said by women. Copyright © 2018 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.

ELECTRICITY

ELECTRICITY IN THAILAND IS 220 VOLTS. 50 CYCLES/SEC.
Electricity in Thailand is 220 volts. 50 cycles/sec. Power plugs used in Thailand. Copyright © 2018 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.

LOCAL TIME

CURRENT ISAAN TIME
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Isaan’s Time Zone is (GMT+7)
Isaan has never utilised daylight saving.

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TRANSPORTATION

AIR/LAND/SEA

Where to start an Isaan journey is based on what sights you wish to visit. The most popular city is Khon Kaen, which is at the heart of the Isaan region. The city is well-served by trains, buses and flights to Khon Kaen airport (KKC). Flights from Bangkok can be as low as US$25 on Air Asia. Local transport is everything from tuk-tuks to car hire with driver, depending on your destination.

Isaan Daily Costs

Budget

Daily Budget Up To:

US$30

  • Guesthouse room: US$20+
  • Night market dish US$0.5–3
  • Short tuk-tuk ride: US$1-1.50

Mid Range

Daily Budget From:

US$31–200

  • Decent air-con hotel room: US$35–100
  • Good local restaurant meal: US$5–15
  • One half day tour: US$45

Luxury

Daily Budget From:

US$201+

  • Boutique hotel or resort: US$80–500
  • Fine dining meal: US$40+
  • Compact rent a car per day: US$35+

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