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Published: March 7th 2014
City Pillar Shrine
And the world's largest joss stick.
The day finally arrived again, when I packed up my stuff after a two-month long stay at my Bangkok apartment, and headed for the provinces once more. This time, I decided to head northeast towards the region known as Isaan, and what many might consider the true heartland of the Thai country, populated by the rural working class and rice farmers. And so some 6h later on the comfortable Nakhonchai Air bus, I was in Khon Kaen.
If you scroll way back to some later 2012 blog entries during my first stint here in Thailand, you'll see that in fact this wasn't my first time in Isaan per se. Some 1.5 years ago, I'd headed westwards from the capital towards Korat and subsequently Ubon, en route to the border crossing with Southern Laos. This time though, I'm headed in a more north-easternly direction, to a city that I'd heard much about, and always wanted to check out myself.
And just exactly what did I hear about humble Khon Kaen? Well, that it could be considered the modern heart of the entire Isaan region. And that really isn't inaccurate, given the central role Khon Kaen University seems to play in
Khon Kaen National Museum
Dinosaurs galore in a province noted for its pre-historic fossils.
the city. The sprawling campus dominates the landscape just outside the city, which could otherwise be mistaken for any other typical Thai province. While not quite the most exciting of cities, Khon Kaen has offered me encouraging signs of the warm and non-threatening, laid-back manner of the locals, which I'm hoping is characteristic of this region I'll be travelling through for the next week more or so.
Stayed at Roma Hotel.
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