Thailand Insight Isaan 9 Day Tour 

TOUR COST from AUD2,047.00** Per Person Twin Share



08:00            Depart Bangkok by private air-conditioned car/minibus to Korat with a short

stop at Lam Takong Dam - this vast lake offers beautiful scenery with stunning views.

En route to Korat, lunch at a local restaurant where you can taste the local signature foods such as Pad Thai 'Pad Mee Korat', Som Tum (spicy papaya salad) Kai Yang (Isan grilled chicken).

13:00            Continue drive to Korat. Our first stop is at the largest Khmer temple complex in Thailand at Prasat Hin Phimai. The temples here have been beautifully preserved and date back to the Angkor period. We’ll then go to Ban Dan Kwian Pottery Village to see the potters of this famous area. Visit the retail market on the roadside, then walk thru the village to see some of the pottery process. Continue visit visit Thao Suranaree Memorial, built in commemoration of the exploit of Khunying Mo, wife of the town’s second in command, who rallied her people to defeat Laotian invaders in 1826, under the reign of King Rama III.

17:00            Check-in at Dusit Princess Hotel, Korat.

19:00            Dinner and accommodation.




08:30            After breakfast, leave Korat and drive to Phanom Rung Historical Park to see one of the most impressive Khmer monuments in Thailand. We’ll also visit Prasat Muang Tham  “Stone Castle of the Humble City”, a Khmer temple built by King Jayavarman V.

12:00            Lunch at a local restaurant.

After lunch, drive to Surin to see the ancient Thai Silk-weaving process at Baan Tasawang, a project supported by the Bureau of the Royal Household and Her Majesty the Queen’s Foundation. After this, go to an elephant village to see how the elephants live here, if time permits we’ll observe them in their daily bathing routine.

17:00            Arrive at Surin and check-in at Surin Majestic Hotel.

19:00            Dinner and accommodation




08:00            Depart for Si Saket and visit to Prasat Wat Sa Kamphaeng Yai, the biggest and most perfect Khmer Ruins in the province.  It comprises three stupas on the same base lining in North-South direction and facing east.  The ruins were supposedly built in the 11th Century with Bapuan Art style of Khmer and served as a shrine for God Shiva before changing into Mahayana Buddhist temple in 13th Century. Continue visit Prasat Wat Sa Kamphaeng Noi, which comprises laterite stupa and chapel with a big pond at the front, all are in the embrace of a laterite wall.  It was used for religious purpose and was called ‘Arokaya Sala’ to be served as community hospital in the 13th Century. Proceed to Ubon Ratchathani.

12:00           En route, lunch at a local restaurant.

13:00           Continue drive to Ban Pa Ao. This village is one of the oldest villages in Ubon Ratchathani. According to history, the villagers migrated from Vientiane, Laos during the reign of King Siri Bun San. The village is over 200 years old and has a special identity of its own which has been handed down from generation to generation by its ancestors, such as the craft of making bronzeware and weaving beautiful silk. Continue to Ban Kan Lueang Archaeological Site which situated in Wat Ban Kan Lueang. In 1992, the Fine Arts Department excavated the site. Discoveries include artifacts, implements, ornaments, beads, pottery and iron axes. It is believed that this settlement dates back at least 2,000 years.

15:00            Proceed to Ubon Ratchathani. Stop just outside town at a handicraft centre selling products of the One Tambon One Product project.  En route to the hotel, visit Wat Thung Si Muang, which is home to one of Isan’s most unusual temple buildings; the library here is built in a mixture of Burmese, Lao and Thai styles.  Then, continue the drive to the hotel and check in at Tohsang City Hotel to relax until dinner time.   

19:00  Dinner and accommodation



After breakfast,


08:00            After breakfast, leave the city of Ubon Ratchatani and drive to Chong Mek border market on the Laos border. The border market here is one of the best to shop for textiles, antiques, and others.

From here, drive up to Pha Taem National Park to see the pre-historic paintings. These paintings are estimated to be between five and seven thousand years old and depict a range of interesting animals. The Fine Arts Department of the museum will give you a talk on the paintings, explaining when and how they were discovered as well as possible theories as to why and by whom they were painted.

Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afterwards, head down to a Laos-style temple and board a Mekong River boat which will cruise its way to Khong Jiam. Continue drive to visit Kaeng Tana, the largest cataract in the Moon River. You will see the beautiful waterfalls it forms and this beautiful cataract of natural rocks is visible for half the year during the dry season. On the way to Khong Jiam, stop at Maenam Song Si or the Bi-coloured River or the Mun Rivers alluvium, the place where two rivers join: the brown Mekong River and the blue Moon River.

17:00            Arrive at Tohsang Khong Jiam Resort and check-in.

19:00            Dinner and accommodation.




08:00            Leave Khong Jiam for Ban Panna, a typical country Isan town. Walk through the town's small streets to the market. Browse the local market to buy some local fruit. Then walk over to the forest park and shrine on the edge of the village. This shrine is to a holy hermit, and the park is filled with Rhesus Macaque monkeys who will be very pleased to have you feed them the fruit you bring. Enjoy meeting the monkeys for a few minutes before continuing on to Mukdahan town. Stop for a walk through the Indochina Market.  Products from the surrounding Mekong Countries (Vietnam, China, Laos & Cambodia) make their way here and are sold to local people.  Walk the length of the Mekong River-side market, to a breezy riverside restaurant where you will enjoy lunch with a view of Laos.

Afterwards, drive to Ban Nong Hoi Yai to see the “Real Thailand”. Take a walk around the village and learn how the villagers produce the handmade Mud-Mee silk and the traditional way of life exists in harmony with the modern world.

Continue drive to Thad Phanom to see the Phra That Phanom Temple. It is believed that Phra That Phanom was originally built before the 12th Buddhist century. Then, take a look at the museum which house many of the ancient artefacts held inside the Chedi, which collapsed during several days of rainstorm in 1975.

Proceed to Nakhon Phanom and check in at Nakhon Phanom River View Hotel.

19:00           Dinner and accommodation




08:00            Depart from Nakhon Phanom to visit a historically important house; the house of Ho Chi Minh. He stayed here from 1924 to 1931 when he was a leader of the Vietnamese Resistance against French occupation. Then, make a short trip into the centre of town to see local life at the Indochina market.

Afterwards, drive to Udon Thani and stop at Sakon Nakhon to visit Phra That Choeng Chum with its remarkable Chiang-Saen style Buddha statue. 

Lunch at a local restaurant.

Continue drive to Ban Chiang archeological site, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Preserved here are many ancient artefacts and reminders of times past, including charcoal, beautiful pottery and ancient bones. Afterwards, proceed to Nong Khai province.

17:00            Arrive at Nong Khai and check in at Grand Paradise Hotel.

19:00            Dinner and accommodation.




08:00            Leave Nong Khai and drive to Phra Buddha Bat Bua Bok. The site, situated on a hillside at the foot of the Phupan mountain range, contains the 'Bua Bok Buddha Footprint' which is around 1.5 metres long and believed to date to around 900 - 1000 A.D. It is now housed in a chedi which was built to cover it in 1920. There are also a number of other temple buildings on the sites. In addition to the temples, the surrounding park also contains a number of unusual and interesting rock formations interspersed with Buddhist Icons. There are also four caves, Tham Lai Meu, Tham Non Sao Eh, Tham Khon and Tham Wua that contain a number of ancient wall paintings. Continue driving to Khon Kaen and check in at wishing tree khon kaen resort. 

Afternoon at leisure.

19:00            Dinner at the resort.

After dinner, it is worth to visit Khon Kaen night market, an interesting and colourful place to wander around with a nice atmosphere in the heart of the city.

Accommodation at Wishing Tree Khon Kaen Resort.



06:30            Early morning, take a short ride to a nearby temple to make a food offering to the monks and continue to explore the local morning market, where you can enjoy the local way of life. Then, back to the resort for breakfast.

09:30            Drive to Kalasin Province to visit Sirindhorn Museum and Phu Kum Khao Dinosaur Excavation Site (closed on Monday). This archaeological museum is situated in the foothills of Phu Kum Khao Mountain in Sahatsakhan District, approximately 28 kilometres from Kalasin Town and is also a research centre as well as being the most complete and largest dinosaur museum in Southeast Asia. The museum was named by Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.

Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afterwards, return to Khon Kaen and take a tuk tuk to visit “Phra Mahathat Kaen Nakhon” or Nong Wang Temple, where you can climb the stairs up to the 9th floor for panoramic view of the city and the Kaen Nakorn Lake. Then, return to the resort.

19:00            Dinner and accommodation at Wishing Tree Khon Kaen Resort.




08:30            Khon Kaen City Tour:

As Khon Kaen is the commercial centre and also hosts the largest university of Northeastern Thailand, today we will drive thru Khon Kaen town and around Bueng Kaen Nakhon Lake to observe its way of life and activities.  End of the tour with a visit at “Banglamphu”, an exotic fruit market to see some kind of fruits you surely won’t find at your home. Return to the resort for check-out.

11:00            Transfer to Khon Kaen Airport for your flight to Bangkok.

14:30            Depart Khon Kaen by TG 2045 (suggested flight, air ticket is not included)

15:30            Arrive Bangkok and transfer to your Bangkok hotel.

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TOUR PRICES:  FROM AUD2,047.00 per person

Tour Conditions:

  • Daily departure with English/German or French speaking guide and meals as mentioned.


  • Minor program changes are sometimes necessary, depending on local conditions and room availability.

  • Should VAT (currently 7%) or any other government taxes or fuel cost be introduced or raised within the contract period, we reserve the right to adjust our rates accordingly to reflect the change.

Package includes
  • Accommodation in air-conditioned room with bath or shower and meals as mentioned in the program.

  • Transfers, entrance fees, and tours by air conditioned car or minibus with English speaking guide.

  • Service charges, room tax, VAT and baggage handling.

NOT Included in the tour prices
  • Optional tours.

  • Domestic air ticket Khon Kaen-Bangkok.

  • Domestic airport tax.

  • Expenditure of a personal nature, such as drinks, souvenirs and laundry etc.

  • Other tours and meals than mentioned in the program.