Cool Isaan

Buoyed by the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s latest campaign, all eyes are looking north of the Kingdom to the once sleepy region of Isaan

Isaan eventually works its way into the hearts of Thailand’s more discerning repeat visitors, and also among expatriates who know the Kingdom well and who have had enough of the traffic jams of Bangkok and crowded sands of Southern islands. The slower pace of life, the chilled people, and lower prices found in Isaan are a primary draw, along with the region’s rich historical and cultural heritage.

Geographically, the northeast sits apart from other regions atop the immense Khorat Plateau, which extends right across Isaan and into parts of Laos and Cambodia. The Phu Phan mountain range divides Isaan into two wide drainage basins, one fed by the Mekong River and its tributaries in the upper northeast, and another fed by the Chi and Mun Rivers in the lower northeast.

These large, shallow bowls offer fertile…

Original published: 2018-07-31 08:00:55 Read the full Bangkok News here

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