Khon Kaen, a town and a province in northeastern region of Thailand, plunges the visitor into a region of rich cultures and historical traditions.
There is the Thailand of the beach resorts and the Thailand of the mountains. By the way, Khon Kaen is not both, but it's located in the high flat lands with rice fields and agricultural landscapes, some 450 km from Bangkok.
The city is bursting with life thanks to its young population and its lively trade in arts and crafts. The production of silk is an ancient tradition here. It was inherited from the outlying villages (from the region of Chonnabot), and the quite exceptional fabrics are a true delight. Another must: a trip to Bueng Kaen Nakhon, on the lake side, and a visit to the very fine museum of ancient civilisations. Near Khon Kaen there is also the village of Ban Khok Sa-nga. Its inhabitants have a long tradition of earning a living from catching cobras! There is also a cobra farm you can visit… The temples and pagodas are another attraction worth discovering. One of the most famous chedi (pagodas) is Phra That Kham Kaen, nineteen metres high, standing in the middle of the countryside. And this is just a foretaste before you plunge into the national parks: Phu Ka-Phu Phan Kham National Park (immense forests), Pha Nok Khao (strangely shaped rocks) and Phu Wiang (archaeological sites).
Our Festivals in Khon Kaen:
Dok Khoon Siang Khaen Flower Festival is held annually at Bung Kaen Nakhon, one of the province's premier recreation areas, on 12-15 April, which coincides with Songkran Day (Thai Traditional New Year). Important activities include merit making in the morning and religious rites, colorfully decorated floral parades featuring Isan folk music, dancing and entertainment. Another not-to-be-missed activity is the annual boating competition.
Phra That Kham Kaen Religious Festival - In April during the full moon, (Amphoe Nam Pong) people travel from afar to pay their respects. This festival includes cultural performances and local music.
Silk Fair - As a major centre for silk production, Khon Kaen will host the Silk Fair from November 29 to December 10. The Silk Fair will be held in conjunction with the "Phuk Siao" (friendship-making ritual) that continues for 12 days. The venue is in front of City Hall and the surrounding area. Colorful street processions and typical northeastern cultural shows will add to the attraction alongside the silk exhibitions, and stalls selling a variety of silk clothing.