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WESmile Magazine May 2019

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TRAVEL<br />

บนซ้าย-กลาง : อาหารหลากหลายเมนูทั้งไทยและอิตาเลียน<br />

ที่ราชาวดี รีสอร์ต แอนด์ โฮเทล<br />

Top left-Centre : A wide range of Thai and Italian dishes<br />

at Rachawadee Resort & Hotel.<br />

左 上 方 - 中 间 : 拉 查 伍 德 度 假 村 酒 店 的 泰 国 及 意 大 利 餐 的 多 种 美 食 。<br />

บนขวา : อาหารพื้นเมืองรสแซ่บ ที่ร้านแซบนัว ครัวอิสาน ซึ่งใครไปใครมาก็ต้องแวะชิม<br />

Top right : Spicy local dishes at Zab Nour Krua Isaan.<br />

右 上 方 : 森 诺 阔 伊 森 餐 厅 的 辣 爽 当 地 菜 。<br />

ล่าง : Friday Cafe & Bistro คาเฟ่เก๋ที่ดีงามทั้งอาหารและเครื่องดื่ม<br />

แถมยังมีมุมกระเป๋า FREITAG ให้เลือกช้อปด้วย<br />

Bottom : Friday Cafe & Bistro has FREITAG bags on sale<br />

besides food and drinks.<br />

下 方 : 星 期 五 小 餐 厅 供 应 别 致 菜 品 和 饮 料 , 还 有 售 卖 瑞 士 品 牌 FREITAG 包 。<br />

Khon Kaen<br />

The City of Golden Shower Flowers and Bamboo Music<br />

KHON KAEN, THE CITY OF GOLDEN SHOWER FLOWERS AND BAMBOO MUSIC,<br />

IS A HARMONIOUS BLEND OF TRADITION AND MODERNITY THAT BOASTS EXCEPTIONAL<br />

HANDICRAFTS. IT IS THE NORTHEAST’S BUSINESS HUB AND IDEAL FOR A VACATION.<br />

THE PROVINCE HAS PLENTY OF LOCAL DELICACIES AND SPLASHES OF SEASONAL COLOUR.<br />

บน : บึงแก่นนคร<br />

ศูนย์รวมจิตใจ<br />

และนันทนาการ<br />

ของชาวเมืองขอนแก่น<br />

Top : Bueng Kaen Nakhon<br />

is Khon Kaen’s spiritual<br />

and recreational centre.<br />

上 方 : 作 为 孔 敬 市 民 休 闲<br />

中 心 的 孔 敬 南 湖 。<br />

NATURAL ATTRACTIONS<br />

The road from Khon Kaen Airport to the city<br />

welcomes visitors with golden shower flowers in full<br />

bloom. The golden shower is Thailand’s national<br />

flower and Khon Kaen’s official symbol. From April<br />

to <strong>May</strong>, the yellow flowers are in blossom, creating<br />

beautiful scenery in the city.<br />

The first destination on most visitors’ itinerary is<br />

Phu Hin Chang See. Take highway 12 to Fang district,<br />

then continue on rural road 5035 that leads to Phu<br />

Hin Chang See, located inside Namphong National<br />

Park. The park is a watershed forest that regularly<br />

replenishes Ubolrat Dam. The scenic route along the<br />

dam offers a glimpse into the way of living of locals<br />

residing in waterfront communities.<br />

The Phu Hin Chang See area has a scattering<br />

of large rocks in bizarre shapes. Its name means<br />

“elephant rubbing rocks” as the area occasionally<br />

sees elephants coming in and rubbing against<br />

these large rocks. The area also has a nature trail,<br />

mineral licks, underground water and pre-historic rock<br />

paintings. At the viewpoint, there’s a bridge spanning<br />

several large rocks offering unusual views of the area<br />

from above.<br />

CULTURAL CENTRES<br />

At the heart of Khon Kaen is Srichan Road that’s<br />

bustling with life over Songkran. Bueng Kaen Nakhon<br />

Lake is the province’s spiritual and recreational centre.<br />

Around the reservoir, there are a number of attractions<br />

including a statue of Khon Kaen’s 1 st ruler, Thao Phia<br />

Muang Pan. The waterfront area is a haven of serenity<br />

and peace in the morning and late afternoon when<br />

locals go for jogging around the lake amid blooming<br />

golden shower flowers. Across the lake is Phra Mahathat<br />

Kaen Nakhon on the grounds of Wat Nong Wang.<br />

The great stupa is a blend of Dvaravati and Indochinese<br />

art as reflected in its 9 tiers that sit on a square base.<br />

Khon Kaen is home to Khon Kaen University, which releases<br />

creative forces from the new generation. The university’s Art<br />

and Cultural Centre hosts rotating and permanent exhibitions<br />

including one on Isaan textiles as befitting the city’s reputation as<br />

“World Craft City for Mudmee (Ikat).”<br />

FOOD AND BEVERAGES<br />

One is spoiled for choice when it comes to food in Khon Kaen.<br />

We stayed at Rachawadee Resort & Hotel, an environmentally<br />

friendly hotel set in a beautiful locale. The hotel serves<br />

international breakfast (Thai, Chinese and Western). The hotel’s<br />

Italian restaurant, Vacca, is run by an Italian chef who cooks<br />

incredibly tasty dishes to be enjoyed with great wines and other<br />

drinks. For delicious Isaan food, head to Zab Nour Krua Isaan<br />

restaurant. Its standout dishes include Somtam Lao, Moo Dad<br />

Diew, Plaa Som Thod and Khao Suan Kwang grilled chicken.<br />

Those enjoying spicy jaew hon or Isaan-style sukiyaki should make<br />

a beeline for Tik Jaew Hon restaurant.<br />

For a leisurely market walk in the late afternoon, Kham Hai<br />

Market at Bueng Nong Khot is highly recommended with its<br />

bewildering range of local dishes. It’s worth checking out Friday<br />

Cafe & Bistro, a great place for whiling away the hours with tea,<br />

coffee or dessert. The cafe has bare concrete walls with antiques<br />

from worldwide among its furnishings. The café has a corner<br />

displaying FREITAG bags from Switzerland, proof that tradition<br />

and modernity exist side by side in Khon Kaen.<br />

TRAVELLERS’ GUIDE<br />

Getting there : THAI Smile’s direct flights connect Bangkok<br />

and Khon Kaen 6 times daily in just 1 hour. For reservations,<br />

visit www.thaismileair.com.<br />

More info : It’s possible to rent a car from car rental companies at<br />

Khon Kaen Airport. Smart Buses and metered taxis regularly ferry<br />

visitors to and from the airport.<br />

60 <strong>May</strong> <strong>2019</strong><br />

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