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About Khon Kaen

Located to the north-east of Bangkok, Khon Kaen is one of 4 major cities comprising the “big four of Isan”. As the capital of the Khon Kaen District, the city is a hub for education, finance and trade. Renowned for its exquisite silk trade, other attractions include Wat Nong Wang Temple, Prasat Pueai Noi Ruins and many national parks.

Cheap flights to Khon Kaen are now available for a limited time only, so book your flight today and prepare to be amazed at the tropical landscapes and vibrant Thai culture of this city! Khon Kaen is home to Khon Kaen Airport (KKC), a 20-minute drive from the city centre. KKC serves many airlines, including Thai Airways and Nok Air. There are no direct flights from South Africa to Khon Khaen, but popular connecting flights depart from Johannesburg and Cape Town. Flight duration from Johannesburg to Khon Kaen is approximately 17 hours.

Why visit Khon Kaen

fascinating temples

Fascinating Temples

Discover the ancient history of the Thai people in the sacred temples of Wat Nong Wang and Wat Thung Setthi, archaeological masterpieces just to look at, adorned in gold and incense.

national parks

National Parks

The surrounding national parks are a nature-lover’s paradise with lush jungles, cave paintings and wildlife to explore. Turtle Village is a sanctuary for the local Tao Phek turtle species.

spicy thai cuisine

Spicy Thai Cuisine

Anyone who loves Thai food will tell you – the hotter, the better! Using fresh herbs and ground spices, let the locals whip up some of the tastiest dishes at the local markets and restaurants.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Thailand
Currency Thai Baht (THB)
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 2.57 THB
Language Thai
Hub Airport Khon Kaen Airport (KKC)
Airline Thai Airways
Time Zone GMT + 07:00
Travel Adaptor Type A / B / C / F / O

Best time to visit Khon Kaen

The ideal time to visit this intriguing city is between November and March when temperatures are pleasantly hot and rainfall is at a minimum. The hottest month is April and soaring temperatures can be a little uncomfortable. If you’re looking for some respite from the heat, go in the rainy season, occurring between May and September. You’ll definitely need an umbrella and may not get around to all the sightseeing but the cooler temperatures from the rain will bring a little relief to the dry humidity. If you find yourself visiting towards the end of November, you can catch the parades and festive performances of the Khon Kaen Silk Festival.

Weather & Climate in Khon Kaen

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 16°C 19°C 22°C 24°C 25°C 24°C 24°C 24°C 24°C 22°C 19°C 16°C
High °C 30°C 32°C 35°C 36°C 35°C 33°C 32°C 32°C 31°C 31°C 30°C 29°C
Rainfall (mm) 9 13 35 70 160 174 164 188 265 65 14 5

Overview

Located in the north-eastern part of Thailand, Khon Kaen is famous for its exquisite silk and is the export centre for trade throughout the Indo-China region. The city is relatively new, as it was only established just over 200 years ago.

Today Khon Kaen is a popular tourist destination, home to a variety of touristic sights, including fascinating historical and archaeological landmarks, animal parks and nature reserves. Mudmee Silk is a trademark of Khon Kaen and you can see how this magnificent silk is produced and hand-woven.

The city 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. Explore the iconic Buddhist temples as well as the Khon Kaen National Museum, which contains an array of antique pottery, 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. Phu Khlao-Phu Phan Kham National Park is a popular destination, with its picturesque mountain ranges, lush forests and waterfalls. In the park, you’ll find Pla Hai Cave and Wat Praphuttabat Phu Khlao, decorated with prehistoric paintings.

Visa & Customs

South African passport holders travelling to Thailand do not require a tourist visa.

If you are entering via an international airport, you are allowed a stay of up to 30 days; if entering through a land border checkpoint, you are granted a stay of up to 15 days. Ensure your passport is valid for a minimum of 6 months after date of departure and that there are 2 blank pages available for stamps. Have a copy of proof of accommodation at your disposal.

If you require further information, the Royal Thai Embassy is located at: 248 Hill Street, Arcadia, Pretoria

Tel.: 012 342 4600/ 4506/ 4516

Email: info@thaiembassy.co.za

Health & Safety

Khon Kaen is a very safe and relaxed city. Violent crimes are nearly unheard of and tourists are warmly welcomed by locals. This lesser-travelled part of Thailand is not a popular tourist stop and foreigners tend to generate much interest among locals. Dress modestly and avoid flaunting flashy jewellery and equipment. Exercise general caution and alertness and do not leave belongings unattended. Taxis and tuk-tuks are perfectly safe to travel in, just make sure you agree on a fair price beforehand.

There are no mandatory vaccinations, but travellers are advised to be immunized against Hepatitis A and Tetanus, due to possible contact with contaminated food and water. Be extra careful when eating street food - if it’s not properly cooked, don’t eat it. Only drink boiled or bottled water and avoid ice in drinks.

Cost of Living

ITEM CAPE TOWN JOHANNESBURG KHON KAEN
Meal, inexpensive restaurant R 90 R 100 R 18
Domestic beer (0.5 litre draught) R 22 R 20 R 23
Cappuccino R 19 R 20 R 18
Taxi 1km (normal tariff) R 10 R 12 R 4
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 35 R 35 R 39
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