Isaan, in north eastern Thailand enjoys the distinction of being the nerve centre of an age-old civilisation that dates back to pre-historic times. The rich history of the region finds reflection in the relics and monuments that stand testimony to the majesty of a by-gone era. However there is more to Isaan than its rich historical legacy; the colourful fairs and festivals of the region, such as the Candle Procession and the Wax Castle Festival are an added attraction. If you are in Isaan, you simply have to buy the world famous Matmee silk, wickerware, and earthenware to remind you of your visit to this memorable place.
Vacation rentals in Isaan
Isaan is a wonderful destination for those who wish to go off the beaten track and explore the region's attraction away from the madding crowds. And there is no better way to do it than stay in a vacation rental, your home away from home. Away from the tourist crowds, these homes allow you to be part of the local life and experience first hand the culture, traditions and life style of the natives. Vacation rentals in Isaan range from studios, cottages, apartments to condos and luxury apartments. Whether you are travelling single or in groups you can find a vacation home to suit your taste and budget.
Sightseeing in Isaan
Pha Taem National Park This is about a two-hour ride from Ubon. The main attractions here are the ancient rock paintings on a cliff inside the park.
Ubon Ratchathani Commonly referred to as Ubon, this quiet town serves as an ideal base to explore the region of Isaan. The town boasts of the Ubon National Museum, which showcases the rich diversity of Thailand's history in exhibits. On display are some artefacts that date back over two thousand years. You can also visit Wat Nong Pah Pong, a forest monastery with ornate carvings and impressive architecture.
Udon Thani This is the gateway to northern Isaan and has some great attractions including the UNESCO World Heritage site at Ban Chiang.
Entertainment and nightlife in Isaan
Isaan is a good deal quieter than other parts of Thailand and is popular with tourists who wish to be away from the usual clutter. However, Ubon does have a few nightlife spots, which are usually crowded during the weekends. Popular spots include the U-Bar and the Big Market near the river, which serves great street food. Given its diverse history, it's no surprise to see the influence various cuisines in the Isaan food. You will also find a number of French, Laos, and Vietnamese eateries in the heart of town.
Golf courses in Isaan
Friendship Meadows Country Club (Nakhon Ratchasima) The course features a three nine-hole layout and is set amidst a magnificent rolling countryside.
Mission Hills Golf Club Khao Yai (Nakhon Ratchasima) The misty mountains near Khao Yai National Park provide a spectacular backdrop to the undulating fairways of this golf course. There are five sets of tees and the course is a tough test at7,058 yards from the back tees.
The Country Club Khao Yai (Nakhon Ratchasima) This is a stunning golf course set in the Khao Yai Mountains. You can choose from five different tee boxes. The course boasts expansive contouring, pristine lakes and a wide variety of bunker styles and shapes gives each hole a new and exciting challenge.