Fly To Khon Kaen, Thailand
Located in the northeastern part of Thailand, Khon Kaen is famous for its exquisite silk and the city itself is the export centre for trade throughout the Indo-China region. The country’s largest university is also located here, in a city that historically is relatively new, as it was only established just over 200 years ago.
Today Khon Kaen is a popular tourist destination, home to several excellent hotels and restaurants. It offers a variety of sights for tourists, including fascinating historical and archaeological sites, animal parks and nature reserves. Of course, Mudmee Silk is a trademark of Khon Kaen and visitors can see how this magnificent silk is produced and then woven by hand using a special tie-dye technique.
Visa Requirments & SA Embassy Details
- South African passport holders travelling to Khon Kaen do not need a Visa for Thailand. A valid passport is however required, with at least 6 months left before expiration.
- The South African Embassy in Thailand is in the Thai capital of Bangkok. 12th A Floor, M Thai Tower, All Seasons Place, 87 Wireless Road, Lumpini, Pathumwan, Bangkok. Phone: +66 (0)2 659 2900.
See and do
There is a lot to see and do in this modern city, including finding out all about the traditions and customs of the people who live in Northeastern Thailand. Khon Kaen offers a unique blend of modern and old world customs, so don’t be surprised to find orange-robed Buddhist monks rubbing shoulders with well-dressed businessmen and women, or water buffalo in the bustling city traffic. And do explore some of the city’s noteworthy Buddhist temples as well as the Khon Kaen National Museum, which contains a diverse array of antiques, precious artworks and archaeological finds from the region.
For entertainment, you can rent a paddle boat, go shopping in the lively night market or relax at Bung Kaen lake – if you’re feeling energetic you can even join in the free outdoor aerobics classes held at the lake! Phu Khlao-Phu Phan Kham National Park is a popular destination, with its two picturesque mountain ranges, lush forests and waterfalls. In the park itself you’ll find Pla Hai Cave and Wat Praphuttabat Phu Khlao, caves decorated with prehistoric paintings.
Interested in dinosaurs? Then head for Phu Wiang National Park, which is not only rich in flora and fauna, but also boasts dinosaur relics found in the area, as well as a Buddha image engraved on the face of a steep hill that dates all the way back to the Dvaravati period.
Khon Kaen Airport – KKC
Khon Kaen Airport (code KKC) is located 5km from Khon Kaen, in the east of Thailand. Flights to or from Chiang Mai and Bangkok use this airport, which handles 150 000 passengers each year.
Food and beverage: There is a small restaurant on the third floor.
Currency Exchange: A kiosk on the first floor offers foreign exchange services at Khon Kaen Airport.
Lost Luggage: Lost luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Report items lost or found within the airport terminal to Khon Kaen Airport authorities on 043 235 404.
Airport Hotels: No hotels at the airport. Nearby: Nichapat Place, Rachawadee Resort Hotel The Aurora KKU Apartments, The Charm Boutique Resort.