Planning on visiting Khon Kaen in Thailand? Although Khon Kaen isn’t among the most advertised cities in the country, a trip to the city will make you wonder why it is not well known.
- Quick Information on Thailand
- Where is Khon Kaen Thailand
- The Best Time To Travel To Khon Kaen Thailand
- Fun Things To Do
- Visit Phu Pha Man National Park
- Enjoy Dino Water Park
- Explore Wat Thung Setthi
- Visit Hat Sawan Beach
- Explore The Khon Kaen City Museum
- See Dinosaurs At Phu Wiang National Park
- Relax At Bueng Kaen Nakhon
- Visit King Cobra Village
- Where to Stay on Khon Kaen Thailand
- Wrapping Up
Khon Kaen is slowly growing as a travel destination with its impressive scenery, animal parks, temples and the parks and lakes.
Quick Information on Thailand
- Currency: Thai Baht
- Language: Thai
- Population: Over 68 million
- Capital City: Bangkok
- Best time to visit Thailand: For visiting Northern Thailand is between November to February with temperature can rise up to 33°C. And southern Thailand is between November and March.
- How to get there: You can enter by land or sea through Cambodia, Laos and Malaysia. Or fly into Thailand as there are flights to most major cities in Thailand.
Where is Khon Kaen Thailand
Khon Kaen is the fifth-largest of the northeastern provinces in Thailand. Its geographical location is 16°26′N 102°50′E.
The Best Time To Travel To Khon Kaen Thailand
Khon Kaen has an average temperature of between 27°C to 33°C all year round. The monsoon season runs from May to October, with heavy showers.
The best time to visit Khon Kaen is from November and February for the good weather.
Fun Things To Do
What are some of the fun things to do in Khon Kaen while you are there? Here is our list of things to do.
Visit Phu Pha Man National Park
Phu Pha Man National Park is located about a 2 hour drive west of Khon Kean. The park is home to caves, waterfalls and steep cliffs.
One of the main reasons to visit this park is mainly to see the thousands of flying bats out of the caves. At Around 6 pm in the evening, thousands of bats fly out of the caves. And they return to the cave around 6 am.
The caves have massive chambers and paintings on their walls. Other than caves, there are beautiful waterfalls and they are is surrounded by amazing scenery.
This is a great place to go hiking and see the wild life. You should definitely bring a camera.
Enjoy Dino Water Park
Dino Water Park is a water park in Khon Kaen. It is the biggest in the north eastern part of Thailand. The park has a fantastic range of attractions that suit all ages.
The park has a kids slides and the scary slides, as well as the wave pool, a pool with artificially generated waves. The park is well maintained and is very clean.
The entrance fee is 300 baht for full access and 200 baht for limited access.
Explore Wat Thung Setthi
This is a beautiful modern Buddhist temple located just 20 min drive from Khon Kaen city. The Gold temple is a sight to behold. The landscape of the temple surrounded by a big pond.
The main temple is centrally located and has a stairs leading to its multi level platforms. That are beautifully decorated. And in the main hall there is the Black Buddha image.
There are also paintings and meditation hall in the lower levels
Visit Hat Sawan Beach
Hat Sawan beach can be found near the Ubolratana Dam. It may interest you to find out that Hat Sawan means Heaven. Unfortunately, the beach is only visible in dry season.
You can swim and have lunch here. At Had Sawan (Hat Sawan), you can take a ride on the banana vessel, take a dip or simply appreciate the delightful view while having a pleasant dinner.
Explore The Khon Kaen City Museum
The Khon Kaen City Museum is a well preserved history of province and gives an opportunity to to learn about the historical facts about Khon Kaen.
It is not a large museum. The old building was updated in 2010, so has better lighting on the displayed artifacts and displays are professionally done. Descriptions are in Thai and English.
Even though the artifacts in the museum are ancient, the facilities there are not. In fact, a part of the museum is used for exhibitions because of the state-of-the-art equipment in it.
Ticket entrance fee for Thai people is 20 baht. Ticket entrance fee for foreigners is 100 baht.
See Dinosaurs At Phu Wiang National Park
Phu Wiang National Park about 70 km North West of Khon Kaen in the Phu Wiang district.
If you think dinosaurs are as imaginary as fire-spitting dragons, you need to check the 49-foot long fossil at the Phu Wiang National Park.
At Phu Wiang National Park you will dinosaur fossils, dinosaur steps, prehistoric human skeletons and iron tools.
There are trails of varying lengths to the dinosaur bone sites are clearly signposted, some being located up in the hills so walking to these offers fine views.
There is a large car park, visitor centre, refreshments and toilet facilities.
Relax At Bueng Kaen Nakhon
Bueng Kaen Nakhon is a park with a lake that is about 4 kilometers long.
It’s a large public park which great to relax in and playing sport for the day with a big lake surrounding the area.
Since the park is big, there are bicycles available to rent, nothing stops you from riding around in the park. Enjoying yourself and keeping fit is always a winning combination.
You are not barred from fishing there either. You can rent some fishing gear. However, you can only fish on the southeast section of the lake.
Visit King Cobra Village
King Cobra Village is about a 30 mins drive from Khon Kaen city. As the name suggest this is a village that loves snakes, as every house has a pet snake.
There is a snake show every hour. The snake handlers that will come around with pythons, to hand to willing people, for a picture with a the snake around their necks.
There is also other animals in cages like crocodiles, goats and monkeys. You can also buy drinks and snacks in the shop.
Ticket entrance fee for Thai people is 40 baht. Ticket entrance fee for foreigners is 100 baht.
Where to Stay on Khon Kaen Thailand
Khon Kaen has a good variety of guest houses, hostels and hotels. Here are a few places to check out and give you an idea of what is available in Khon Kaen Thailand.
Remember to check the reviews and book a place that suits you interests while traveling.
Romantic Khon Kaen Hotel
Rating 8.5, Prices start from $33 for Double room
Romantic Khon Kaen Hotel provides rooms with air conditioning and a private bathroom in Khon Kaen. Free WiFi available.
All units at the hotel are equipped with a flat-screen TV, a dining area. The units will provide guests with a desk.
Varee Valley Resort & Restaurant
Rating 8.7, Prices start from $33 for Double room
Varee Valley Resort & Restaurant features a garden, non-smoking rooms, free WiFi and a bar.
The rooms are fitted with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with cable channels, a fridge, a kettle, a shower and a desk.
Baansuan Tayay Resort
Rating 9.5, Prices start from $17 for Double room
Baansuan Tayay Resort offers amenities including a garden and a terrace. Provides both private parking and free WiFi are available at the guest house.
All guest rooms in Baansuan Tayay Resort are equipped with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. With a private bathroom fitted with a bath or shower.
Finally, Now, you may agree that Khon Kaen is indeed, a worthy vacation destination. It will definitely change your impression and perception of the city and Thailand.
And that’s it for now! I’d love to know if this guide on the things to do in Khon Kaen Thailand has helped you. Let me know if you have any questions and let me know if you go.