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3 or 4 days in Issan, is Khon Kaen worth it? Or only UT?

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Hi all!

 

I'm contemplating doing a short hope in Issan during my next trip in Jan 2020. 

 

I'll be coming from a week in Koh Chang and a few days in Pattaya but I wanted to see something different before finishing the trip in BKK. 

I've seen that there are direct flights to both Udon Thani and Khon Kaen from Pattaya airport and thought why the hell not.

I'm 30yo, looking to see some less touristic part of Thailand, some place where you feel a bit more like an oddity than Patt or BKK.

Still, I’m looking for somewhat of a nightlife as I’m more of a night owl than an early riser. I understand it will be nowhere as vibrant as P. or BKK but I’ve seen some nice bars and clubs in both Khon Kaen and Udon Thani. I'm especially drawn towards those Thai clubs with Live music/shows.  

 

Initially, I only thought about doing 3 nights in UT but Khon Kaen grabbed my attention being a big student town with even less tourists than UT.

Is Khon Kaen worth it in that regard? Is the city nice? Should I do 1 or 2 nights there or should I just focus on Udon Thani for 3 nights.

 

Thanks for the help!

 

Cheers

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For the type of things you mention the 2 places are quite similar imo. 

Im not sure you are correct in saying there are less tourists in KK compared to UT. 

I’ve just come back from Udon and will be going to KK next month as I enjoy them both equally. 

As they are only about an hour apart do them both would be my advice. 

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Phi Mai, about 50km north east of Korat (Nakon Ratchasima), there, the inappropriately named PhiMai historic park is a little known part of Angkor Wat, that is, it was a 'hotel' on the route to Angkor Wat, built for use by royalty, in the same style (different to the Thai style) at the same time, and it exactly aligns with Angkor Wat, 300km away.

There is of course the standard street food, night walking street (mostly food) bars, night clubs and hotels, definitely worth a visit just for the 'historic park'.

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52 minutes ago, millymoopoo said:

Phi Mai, about 50km north east of Korat (Nakon Ratchasima), there, the inappropriately named PhiMai historic park is a little known part of Angkor Wat, that is, it was a 'hotel' on the route to Angkor Wat, built for use by royalty, in the same style (different to the Thai style) at the same time, and it exactly aligns with Angkor Wat, 300km away.

There is of course the standard street food, night walking street (mostly food) bars, night clubs and hotels, definitely worth a visit just for the 'historic park'.

Thanks for the tips but I don't think I'll have time to go to Phi Mai.

 

Udon Thani is priority, wondering if it's worth it to squeeze Khon Kaen as well :).

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2 minutes ago, Ireland32 said:

KK, can’t stand the place, I’d rather be in a Monkeyhouse BORING, avoid Korat , also, Udon Thani , you might enjoy the Nightlife , I enjoy my friends in Nong Khai , also, I lived up there for 3 years, bring your own, if you visit , No English and the girls are on the take, Ruthless, PM me for horror stories, I heard Buriram is Worse, but have only spent a couple weeks , there, and I thought Pattaya girls were Ruthless, at least you know what their up to, I tried Christians and Buddhist you there, The Christian Girls were even Worse, especially Konburi, Yuk

I think a lot depends on how well you know a place - unfortunately the OP won't have either the time or the knowledge to do that.  When I first moved to Khao Yai/Pak Chong, I thought the only nightlife was either the local 'farang bar' or a Thai country music bar near my house. With the benefit of time I've found many bars and 2 nightclubs in Pak Chong - a place many would consider as a 'sleepy hollow' and I continue to find new places even now - 5 years later.  I can't understand why you would say 'avoid Korat' - lots to do there is you know where to look.  KK?  Luckily I have a friend who lives there and knows where to go, I've had good nights out on every trip.

 

OP, both Udon and KK have a Tawan Daeng club.  If you've never been they're a nightclub/cabaret style venue. Some of the acts can be a little 'tame' and there's a lot of 'lip syncing' going on but I've never met anyone who said they didn't have a good night out at a Tawan Daeng (although I'm sure there will be a few here 😉). Once the beer starts flowing the place starts jumping and there's always lots of eye candy.

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36 minutes ago, Ireland32 said:

KK, can’t stand the place, I’d rather be in a Monkeyhouse BORING, avoid Korat , also, Udon Thani , you might enjoy the Nightlife , I enjoy my friends in Nong Khai , also, I lived up there for 3 years, bring your own, if you visit , No English and the girls are on the take, Ruthless, PM me for horror stories, I heard Buriram is Worse, but have only spent a couple weeks , there, and I thought Pattaya girls were Ruthless, at least you know what their up to, I tried Christians and Buddhist you there, The Christian Girls were even Worse, especially Konburi, Yuk, I enjoyed the Buriram Nightlife

Not impressed then? Bizarre 

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18 minutes ago, KhaoYai said:

I think a lot depends on how well you know a place - unfortunately the OP won't have either the time or the knowledge to do that.  When I first moved to Khao Yai/Pak Chong, I thought the only nightlife was either the local 'farang bar' or a Thai country music bar near my house. With the benefit of time I've found many bars and 2 nightclubs in Pak Chong - a place many would consider as a 'sleepy hollow' and I continue to find new places even now - 5 years later.  I can't understand why you would say 'avoid Korat' - lots to do there is you know where to look.  KK?  Luckily I have a friend who lives there and knows where to go, I've had good nights out on every trip.

 

OP, both Udon and KK have a Tawan Daeng club.  If you've never been they're a nightclub/cabaret style venue. Some of the acts can be a little 'tame' and there's a lot of 'lip syncing' going on but I've never met anyone who said they didn't have a good night out at a Tawan Daeng (although I'm sure there will be a few here 😉). Once the beer starts flowing the place starts jumping and there's always lots of eye candy.

Thanks KhaoYai!

 

Would you still do both Khon Kaen and Udon Thani (2 nights each) or focus on Udon Thani for 3 nights? 

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16 minutes ago, KhaoYai said:

I think a lot depends on how well you know a place - unfortunately the OP won't have either the time or the knowledge to do that.  When I first moved to Khao Yai/Pak Chong, I thought the only nightlife was either the local 'farang bar' or a Thai country music bar near my house. With the benefit of time I've found many bars and 2 nightclubs in Pak Chong - a place many would consider as a 'sleepy hollow' and I continue to find new places even now - 5 years later.  I can't understand why you would say 'avoid Korat' - lots to do there is you know where to look.  KK?  Luckily I have a friend who lives there and knows where to go, I've had good nights out on every trip.

 

OP, both Udon and KK have a Tawan Daeng club.  If you've never been they're a nightclub/cabaret style venue. Some of the acts can be a little 'tame' and there's a lot of 'lip syncing' going on but I've never met anyone who said they didn't have a good night out at a Tawan Daeng (although I'm sure there will be a few here 😉). Once the beer starts flowing the place starts jumping and there's always lots of eye candy.

I’ve heard, Tawan  Dang in Udon, the local Thais will bump shoulders with you and cause a fight, Korat 3 years , now, English not spoken, girls just users, btw I lived in Pattaya 9 years, so it’s Tame, Try Baankuer, not far from UBar same road, but you go down a soi on the right after UBar, Tawan Dang is an ok nite, avoid Club Life next to it and Karoke, Trouble My Friend 

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1 minute ago, Rainville said:

Thanks KhaoYai!

 

Would you still do both Khon Kaen and Udon Thani (2 nights each) or focus on Udon Thani for 3 nights? 

Focus Udon

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15 minutes ago, Rainville said:

Thanks KhaoYai!

 

Would you still do both Khon Kaen and Udon Thani (2 nights each) or focus on Udon Thani for 3 nights? 

I probably would yes, just for the variety, I doubt you'll find much difference between them in just 2 nights but do a little research before you go. Find a starting point (farang bar) and ask the expats there - ask as many as you can because some just get cocooned in their own little world's. I went out with a mate in Pak Chong last trip - he's lived nearby for over 5 years and didn't know most of the places I took him to.

 

Better still, if you manage to find English speaking Thai's whist you're out, they'll tell you far more. Despite what others may say, there are quite a few basic English speakers 'out in the sticks' - they can be shy to use it though (its a face thing). With my basic Thai and their basic English, I usually get by.

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18 minutes ago, fishtank said:

Not impressed then? Bizarre 

Bizarre, if you live in Moobaan , NOWHERE, it’s Bizarre, Terminal 21 is Nice, The Mall, I bizarrely hate Central Rachisima , confusing layout, If you like going on a date with a Translate app, be my guest, I guess you re  Bizzarrly Impressed with life in slow lane after boring farm life, if you want to communicate, study some Thai, the police will usually not ticket you in Korat, because they don’t speak English, But The Korat Police are stand up Gentlemen a far cry from Pattaya, Let us know , What your thoughts were on your return

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Speaking of both Udon, would you guys say it's important to be there at the end of the week (Thursday/Saturday) should I wish to enjoy the local nightlife ? Is there a big diff between week days and weekend nights in clubs like Tawan Dang, Phoenix, Blue Bar, Day and  Night complexe etc.?

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1 hour ago, Rainville said:

Speaking of both Udon, would you guys say it's important to be there at the end of the week (Thursday/Saturday) should I wish to enjoy the local nightlife ? Is there a big diff between week days and weekend nights in clubs like Tawan Dang, Phoenix, Blue Bar, Day and  Night complexe etc.?

Saturday night is usually the busiest because a lot of Thai's work 6 days. However, I've been to my local clubs/bars on a weekend and found them quiet whilst I once went to Tawan Daeng in Korat on a Tuesday and it was packed. There's no hard and fast pattern.

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