Guide when Visiting Thailand for the First Time – Here’s Our Advice

Thailand is a beautiful country, rich is wildlife, culture and history which makes it great for exploring. Here’s a quick guide for first timers visiting Thailand.

What to wear

Thailand is a hot, humid country and if sun and heat is what you’re after, rest assured you’ll get plenty of it. Wear loose comfortable clothing, shorts and strapless shirts are recommended, but remember to cover up before visiting a temple. Always wear sunblock.

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Be responsible

Don’t be a typical tourist who wants to do things for the sake of a great picture. Elephant rides, tiger temples, snake farms, and other forms of attractions that uses animals for entertainment should be boycotted.

Book early

Whether you’re looking for waterparks, hotels or anything else, book well in advance. If you’re staying at a hotel in Khon Kaen, look for some great deals. Booking in advance at properties such as AVANI Khon Kaen Hotel & Convention Centre is recommended as they tend to fill up fast during peak season.


Despite wanting to eat the “iconic” list of Thai food; head to the nearest street stall or roadside restaurant and try some other type so less common food. Your taste buds will not be disappointed.

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Travel Around Khon Kaen Thailand

Located about 500km away from Bangkok, Khon Kaen is a part of Thailand’s northeast region and has seen rapid growth in the past few years.

Being the educational centre of the vicinity, Khon Kaen is a traveller’s base if they want to visit the places around it. Finding a hotel in Khon Kaen is an easy job as they have everything from budget hotels to luxury and business hotels like AVANI Khon Kaen Hotel & Convention Centre.

In comparison to the ancient towns in Thailand, Khon Kaen is relatively new as it was founded just two centuries ago. Research and archaeological digs in and around town have revealed that though Khon Kaen didn’t start functioning as a town until recently; the artefacts prove that Khon Kaen has a rich history in ancient civilisation, especially when it comes to endemic dinosaurs.

Over the years, people of various cultures have settled in the area and in the early 12th century, the Khmer Empire expanded its ruling and took over Khon Kaen too. The current traditions and norms of Khon Kaen have been carved by people over the centuries and is a surely delightful place to visit when in Thailand, especially if you get to see the silk festival, Full moon festivals and more.

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A Guide to Nam Phong National Park in Khon Kaen – A Gift From Nature to Mankind

Nam Phong National Park is spread over northeast Thailand’s Kohn Kaen and Chaiyaphum provinces and is 50 km west of Khon Kaen City and the park is divided into two sections.


Where to stay


Always choose to stay at a hotel in Khon Kaen, as it’ll be close to many attractions like the National Park. If your preference is for a conveniently located hotel with high end modern comforts then the AVANI Khon Kaen Hotel & Convention Center would be a good choice in accommodation.



The Park’s northern section lies in the Phu Phan Kham Mountain range .The southern section is in the Phu Meng Mountain range. The mountains are of sandstone. The headwaters of the Nam Phong, Chi and Choen rivers are within the Park.



The main type of forest vegetation is dipterocarp (80%) mixed with deciduous forest and grassland. Wild almond, Cycas and Siamese Sal are among the tree species found here.



Barking deer, wolf, wild boar, porcupine and pangolin are among the Park’s fauna population. Richard’s Pipit, white wagtails, kingfisher and munia are among the Nam Phong bird population.


Tourist Attractions


The Park’s northern section is home to part of the Ubolratana Dam Reservoir. The sunsets over the reservoir is marvelous. The Hing Chang Si view point offers panoramic views of the reservoir, forest and Khon Kaen to the east.

The rocks here are used by elephants to scratch their flanks. Pre historic rock paintings are found here. Other attractions include Khan Pon Volcanic Rock Well, Pha Sawan Cliff Terrace (more panoramic views),Phalan Chat Rock Terrace and Phu Meng Summit.

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