CNN names Isan as one of top 17 places to visit in 2017
The huge and culturally diverse region of Thailand featured on CNN Travel’s list of world destinations

Thailand’s northeastern region of Isan was recently named as one of the top 17 places to visit in the world during 2017. The huge and culturally diverse region of Thailand featured on a list of world destinations put together by CNN’s travel experts.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said, “Isan has a long history with some of Southeast Asia’s oldest settlements found here. In modern times, the region is famous for its fiery salads, country music, stunning scenery and elaborate temples. There is so much to be enjoyed here and most of it unseen by tourists, so we encourage people to explore and discover their own amazing Isan stories.”

The CNN list was put together by CNN’s travel experts and international reporters who named their favourite destinations around the world for a travel feature on the news organisation’s influential website. Other destinations on the CNN list included Penang in Malaysia, Columbia, Bordeaux in France, Bhutan, Albania, and Senegal.

Isan was cited as “a piece of Thailand that’s still largely unexplored by the international market”. CNN also noted Isan’s “excellent infrastructure” including domestic airports and hotels.

CNN also wrote about Isan’s most famous food exports, sticky rice and papaya salad as dishes that are among Thailand’s best – provided diners can handle the spice.


AVANI Khon Kaen Hotel & Convention Centre :
Designed to delight both business and leisure travellers, AVANI Khon Kaen Hotel & Convention Centre is the perfect blend of convenience and modern comfort

Our prime location in the heart of Khon Kaen gives you easy access to the city and makes it simple to balance work and fun.

Take advantage of the conference and meeting facilities, dine in style with an expansive variety of dining options or make the most of the leisure facilities and entertainment options on offer at this Khon Kaen hotel. MORE

Centara Hotel & Convention Centre Udon Thani :
Udon Thani is one of the great commercial cities in the Northeast of Thailand, and is also the gateway to Laos, Northern Vietnam and Southern China, being close to the Friendship Bridge across the Mekong River. Renovated and reopened on December 15 2011, Centara Hotel & Convention Centre Udon Thani is located in the heart of the city, one minute’s walk from the Udon Thani’s largest shopping and lifestyle center, Central Plaza Udon Thani, spanning across five floors and comprising a Robinson’s department store and a TOPS supermarket together with a Major Cineplex and Major Bowl. MORE

The Charm Boutique Resort & Hotel :
The Charm Boutique Resort offers modern boutique accommodation with air conditioning in central Khon Kaen, a 10-minute drive from Central Shopping Centre. It has free Wi-Fi and Thai massage services. The Charm Resort is a 15-minute drive from Khon Kaen Airport and an airport shuttle is provided. From there it is an hour’s flight to Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport. Stylishly decorated with wooden furnishings and warm colours, rooms at The Charm feature flat-screen cable/satellite TVs and private balconies. Hot shower f acilities, as well as a minibar, are also included. Guests may enjoy a stroll through the lovely gardens. The resort also provides laundry services and free parking. A daily American breakfast is served at The Charm’s terrace. Room service is available. MORE

Dusit Princess Korat :
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Khao Yai Convention Center :
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Laithong Hotel :
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Piman Garden Boutique Hotel :
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Pullman Khon Kaen Raja Orchid :
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Rachawadee Resort and Hotel :
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Wishing Tree Resort - Khon Kaen :
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