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Things to Do in Khon Kaen, Thailand - The political and commercial center of Northeastern Thailand

Travelling to Thailand on holiday? Then Khon Kaen is definitely worth including in your bucket list. Known as the political and commercial center, Northeastern Thailand, Khon Kaen is located 280 miles away from the capital Bangkok.


Visit the Nong Waeng Temple

The Nong Waeng Buddhist Temple is among the more popular places to visit in Khon Kaen. Here you can expect to meet friendly monks, local worshippers paying their respect along with a picturesque lakeside accompanied by 360-degree views of the city below, once you reach the very top of the building. There is no entrance fee for the temple and it is a place where you can immerse yourself in the spiritual culture of the attraction. The plus point about this attraction is that visitors can reach the site with absolute ease while staying in many a hotel in Khon Kaen.


Wine, dine and shop at Khon Kaen's night and day markets

No trip to Khon Kaen is complete without experiencing the city's nightlife. Appreciating authentic Thai food, experiencing its nightlife, and splurging on some shopping is an absolute must, and to do so you must check out at least one of the many night markets in Khon Kaen. Once there you can hang out in charming coffees shops, sample delicious Thai fare, shop for handmade souvenirs, all the while enjoying the buzzing atmosphere of the markets. Overall there are seven-night markets scattered throughout the city, but Taon Tann night market stands out for its live entertainment, boutique shops, and restaurants.


Splash around at Dino Waterpark

The Dino Water Parks is a family-friendly tourist destination and is the largest water park in the northeastern end of Thailand. It can also be easily reached from accommodation options such as Avani Khon Kaen Hotel & Convention Centre. The dinosaur-themed water park is home to giant water slides, divided into eight different zones. There are also beach-like seating areas and sprawling swimming pools with ocean-like waves.


Ride around Bueng Kaen Nakhon

Another top sightseeing spot, you should not miss out on includes Bueng Kaen Nakhon. Here, visitors can enjoy a relaxed walk, take picturesque photos, make use of its bike lanes, and the exercise equipment open to public use. Enjoying this city lake is best done in the late afternoon, so it's not too hot to wander about. Do dedicate at least two to three hours to take in the area, and appreciate a tropical sunset in paradise.


Por Lak Muang Khon Kaen Shrine

Choa Por attracts a steady stream of locals and tourists, especially during sunset. However, this attraction can be visited during the day and evening. This particular shrine is noted as being one of Thailand's most beautiful city shrines. Locals believe paying here will bring them good luck. A Chinese-style shrine, Choa Por features large blue guardian lions, sculpted bushes, ornamental trees, and well-maintained gardens. Towards dusk, the whole compound is illuminated with hundreds of coloured lights strung through the trees and bushes. After taking in the site, make your way to the hub of the city's nightlife located just a stone's throw away.

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