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5 Must-see attractions in Khon Kaen – Discover the many treasures of this enigmatic city!

Khon Kaen is situated in the northeastern part of the country nestled on the Khorat plateau and is the commercial centre of Northeastern Thailand. Unique Buddhist Temples, historical sites, miles of paddy fields and their famous silks are some of the attractions luring visitors to this awesome city.


Discover history at Prasat Pueai Noi

The largest Khmer sanctuary in Northeastern Thailand, it is believed that Hindu rituals were performed at the three brick buildings built on the same laterite base facing the East from whence the sun rises in the ancient era. Each of these pagodas has a sandstone lintel with intricate designs. The ancient buildings take you back in time in terms of the history and ancient architectural features, the location has some scenic views. A great place to visit to understand the history and culture of the people.


Wat Thung Setthi a serene temple

About a 20 to 30-minute drive from your hotel in Khon Kaen you find this relatively new Thai Buddhist temple serenely placed among stretches of lush paddy fields. With magnificent architecture and intricate carvings showcasing skilled workmanship, the temple also has a huge pond providing much charm with lotus blooms aplenty. A rare black Buddha statue is another feature of this temple. The local folklore deems that merit acquired at this temple would bring lasting gains to the devotees.


Explore silk making

Khon Kaen is the epicentre of the silk industry in Thailand with many villages producing their version of mud-mee designs. You can do a tour of one of the villages such as Chonnabot noted for their silk quality. Witness in person the intricate process of rearing silkworms, spinning, dyeing the thread and the labour-intensive hand weaving process mostly undertaken by females. Whilst it is an intriguing experience it also gives you an appreciation of the price you pay for the effort taken. If you happen to visit Khon Kaen in December plan to witness the Silk Festival.


The Iconic Phra Mahathat Kaen Nakhon Chedi

This nine-storeyed chedi standing at 80 metres with all its grandeur keeps attracting devotees as well as visitors to the temple throughout the year. This chedi is a part of the ancient Wat Nong Waeng temple which was built in the 18th century on a large extent of land. The eye-catching chedi was built to celebrate the 50th anniversary of King Bhumibol's accession to the throne as well as the 2nd centenary celebration of the founding of Khon Kaen town. The 9th floor is a must-visit for visitors to experience the panoramic view of the city and Kaen Nakhon lake. Plan to visit in the evening as many guests from Avani Khon Kaen Hotel & Convention Centre do, to experience the beautifully illuminated chedi when lights come on.


Enjoy the vibes at Khon Kaen Night Markets

Your visit to Khon Kaen will not be complete without experiencing the night markets as the streets come alive with people young and old shopping, dining and enjoying. Taste traditional Thai dishes, and a variety of beverages as you wind down at the end of the day. Pick up handmade products to take away as memories of your visit to Khon Kaen.

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