is the commercial and political centre of Northeastern Thailand and is well known for the high-quality silk that is produced in the province. Located in the heart of Isan, Thailand’s northeast region, Khon Kaen has been one of the fastest-growing areas in Thailand. The Thai government nominated Khon Kaen as the export center for trade throughout the Indo-China Region and both Laos and Vietnam have consulates in Khon Kaen to process visa applications. Khon Kaen also contains the largest university in the northeast, Khon Kaen University, a major centre of education and technology.
A major source of local wisdom regarding the production of silk is in Amphoe Chonnabot, where excellent Mudmee Silk is delicately woven by hand using a special tie-dye technique, and Khon Kaen features both creature comfort, in the form of fine eateries and swanky hotels, and beautiful nature, including a variety of animal parks and a number of spectacular national parks.
Phra Mahathat Kaen Nakhon or the 9-storey Stupa is located in Wat Nong Waeng, a royal temple on Klang Mueang Road, where the relics of Lord Buddha and important Buddhist scriptures are located. Doors and windows of the 9-storey Stupa are beautifully craved the former reincarnations of the Lord Buddha, 16 classes of visible deities in the Brahmas world, and Buddhist rites while the history of the town are painted on the wall. On the top floor, where the Lord Buddha’s relics are located, is where the visitors can also enjoy the beautiful panoramic view of the city. Opening hours: Daily from 8.00-17.00 Contact: Tambon Mueang Kao, Amphoe Mueang.
Chang Kra Wild Orchids having grown wild over a century ago in Wat Pa Mancha Khiri over 4,000 Chang Kra wild orchids (Rhynchostylis gigantea) are in full bloom on the branches of some 280 trees every year during January and February. These wild orchids always fill the whole area with their mild fragrance.
Chang Kra Wild Orchids, at Wat Pa Mancha Khiri is located on Mancha Khiri-Chonnabot Road, Covering the area of approximately 15 Rai, the temple is located on a large area of hill surrounded by field. Filled with over 280 trees aged over hundred years such as tamarind, ebony and yellow flame trees, the place has grown over 4,000 wild orchid-Rhyncostylis gigantean (Lindl.). Every year during January to February, the area will be filled with full bloom of these wild orchids which spreading its mild fragrance all over.Wat Pa Mancha Khiri was previously known as Wat Pa Non Ban Khao.
Taking the total area of 218,750 Rai, the park covers areas in Amphoe Phu Pha Man and Amphoe Chum Phae of Khon Kaen as well as Amphoe Phu Kradueng in Loei province. The natural Landmark of this park is the towering limestone cliff that looks like a huge curtain. The lush jungle and mixed forest keep this place cool almost all the year round. attractions in this national park include; Tham Klang Khao: The cave is in Phu Pha Man Mountain, 2.5 kilometres from Amphoe Phu Pha Man where the entrance is around 100 meters above ground level. Inside is the habitat of millions of bats, which its accumulated droppings caused a very strong smell