Khon Kaen city is in the Isaan heartlands and is on a low lying plain that is some way from any nearby cities.
Khon Kaen is a fairly large provincial city and is considered in the heart of Isaan. There are a few things for the typical tourist to see but most are not in the city itself. A few expats make Khon Kaen there home, having married and settled down with thai wives.
The Friendship Highway runs through the city but traffic is well managed thanks to a decent set of bypasses that run around the city.
Khon Kaen has a history going back 150 years or so. The city is entirely modern with no obvious signs of a distant past.
Bars and nightclubs catering to the tourists are in short supply but a few small nightmarkets give it a small-town-in-the-city feel. An expats bar is located in the center-west region of Khon Kaen.
On the south side of the city and East of the Friendship highway, there is a beautiful lake—Bueng Kaen Nakhon, with a diverse range of places for entertainment. The lake offers paddle boats for rent on the Northwest side and at night there is a lively night market buzzing with activity where one can buy an assortment of food, clothing and various souvenirs. The lake has a paved running path, which many people use during the evening.
Khon Kaen Facts
Founded: circa 1850 A.D
Population: 145,000 (Approx)
Size (Metropolitan): 6 Sq. Miles
Distance from Capital by Air: 236 miles
Distance from Capital by Road: 280 miles
Typical Visa Run Destination: Nong Khai
Seasons and Weather.
Khon Kaen is in the heart of Isaan and the north-east of Thailand. The heat is a sharp contrast to the rain during the monsoon season. The temperature hits a peak in April. The wettest is normally September and the coldest is usually November.
Cool Season - October to February. Avg Temp - 24 C
Hot Season - March to May. Avg Temp - 31 C
Wet Season - June to September. Avg Temp - 28 C.
Provincial Map of Khon Kaen