Khon Kaen Travel Guide Series
Khon Kaen is a dynamic north-eastern city with plenty to recommend it, from engrossing entertainments to colourful cultural attractions and everything in between. This week iTravel is devoting some time to exploring the city and showcasing its many wonders so you’ll know just where to go when you visit yourselves!
Temples in Khon Kaen, Thailand
We begin our journey of discovery with visits to two of the city’s spectacular temples, Phra Mahathat Kaen Nakhon, a breath-taking Nine Storey Stupa, and the exquisite white and gold Wat Toong Setthi with its unique glass engravings and rather daunting garden which depicts Buddhist hell.
King Cobra Village in Khon Kaen, Thailand
After a tasty lunch at a local restaurant the next stop on our busy agenda is a very novel – and somewhat terrifying – attraction, none other than a visit to King Cobra Village, otherwise known as Ban Kok Sa-nga , located about 60km from the heart of the city. In this serpent-inhabited settlement you can watch cobra shows at the local temple and even watching a boxing match between a deadly King Cobra and a man. Everyone in the village has plenty of experience and expertise when it comes to handling snakes and even children become proficient at handling terrifying serpents – if you are feeling particularly brave you may even get to get up close and personal with one yourself.
Ton Tann Green Market in Khon Kaen, Thailand
The rest of the day is spent touring some more sedate, but no less enthralling, attractions, such as the beautiful temple of Phrathat Kam Kaen , with its distinctive stupa, and the stylish Ton Tann Green Market which is part chic lifestyle mall and part market. With its boutiques, cafes and restaurants this is the ideal place to indulge in some retail therapy and grab a bite to eat while hunting down some amazing souvenirs to wow friends and family back home.
Dinosaurs in Khon Kaen
Our second day in Khon Kaen is devoted exclusively to all things dino, as millions of years before the city was founded the surrounding lands were roamed by prehistoric beasts. We will be visiting the Phu Wiang National Park and Phu Wiang Dinosaur Museum before finishing up at Sri Wiang Dinosaur Park ; these fascinating attractions are great places to take the kids but are just as interesting for grown-up dinosaur enthusiasts as you will get to learn about local dinosaur finds and the processes of fossilisation and excavation.
Wat Chaisri in Khon Kaen, Thailand
Our third day in Khon Kaen will sadly be our last on this trip but we will still find time to squeeze in two more must-see attractions – Wat Chaisri and the Dino Water Park. Wat Chaisri is situated just 15-minutes outside the city centre and supposedly dates back to the early 1900’s. It features some stunning murals and is home to a small but very interesting museum – well worth a visit.
Dino Water Park in Khon Kaen, Thailand
Finally we head to the Dino Water Park, an amazing family-oriented attraction which is set to open its doors to the public in November, and our unforgettable exploration of Khon Kaen’s wonders is at an end – until next time!