1 Khao Yai National Park

Easy and tough trails, lots of birds, gibbons and elephants, several waterfalls and night safaris.

2 Khmer ruins

Exquisite Angkor Wat-style temples at Phimai, Phanom Rung and Khao Phra Viharn.

3 Silk

A northeastern speciality, available all over the region but particularly in Khon Kaen.

4 Yasothon rocket festival

Bawdy rainmaking ritual involving ornate home-made rockets.

5 Phu Kradung

Teeming table mountain, the most dramatic of the region’s national parks.

6 The Mekong

The best stretch in Thailand for gentle exploration of the mighty riverscape is between Chiang Khan and Nong Khai.

7 Wat Phu Tok

Extraordinary meditation temple on a steep sandstone outcrop.

8 Wat Phra That Phanom

Isaan’s most fascinating holy site, especially during the February pilgrimage.

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