Khon Kaen Province effortlessly combines the Thailand of yesteryear with its contemporary counterpart, thanks to the modern capital of Khon Kaen and the surrounding natural and archaeological spoils. The capital city is home to picturesque parks and engaging museums, while the surrounding region reveals a fascinating dinosaur museum.
Things to do in Khon Kaen
Venture out to the province’s outer regions to discover full-size dinosaur models, excavated fossils and educational exhibits at the Phu Wiang Dinosaur Museum. It’s a short drive from the Si Wiang Dinosaur Park, which has open-air dinosaur statues and gift shops.
Nature lovers can visit Nam Phong National Park, which boasts sandstone rock formations and stunning views of the Ubol Ratana Dam. If you’re passionate about history, don’t miss seeing the Phra Mahathat Kaen Nakhon, a pagoda-style Buddhist temple with nine-tiered levels and a soaring golden spire.
During those hot days, take the family out to Dino Water Park, where you can enjoy a wave pool, giant slides and raft rides. You can also stroll around Kaen Nakhon, a lake surrounded by temples, shrines, waterfront parks and eateries.
Enjoy rest and relaxation at Bueng Thung Sang Health Garden, where seasonal flower gardens and shady trees create the perfect setting for walks and picnics. Afterwards, see animals from around the globe at Khon Kaen Zoo, such as deer, tigers, seals and beavers.
Getting around Khon Kaen
Khon Kaen Province is best accessed by flying into Khon Kaen Airport, which is about nine kilometres from the city of Khon Kaen. You can explore the city on foot or using taxis and tuk-tuks, but will need a vehicle to venture further afield.