Both Lao and Khmer influences can be experienced in the Northeast’s ancient temple ruins, distinctive food, architecture, and dialects.

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Known as “I-San,” this area sits on the Khorat Plateau, where traditional Thai customs flourish. Compared to the rest of Thailand, I-san has a slower pace but the people retain the same friendliness that is found throughout the Kingdom.

In addition to many towns and villages with individual character and sights, the finest Khmer ruins to be seen in Thailand are found in I-San. The prehistoric site of Ban Chiang is in I-San where, in the 1970’s, archaeological finds yielded evidence of a civilization dating back more than 4,000 years.

Besides places of historical and cultural interest, I-San is home to vast tracts of Khao Yai National Park, ranked as one of the country’s finest nature preserves and featuring a great diversity of habitats from evergreen rainforest to savanna.