TOUR 2 (S); Isan with Insects small group tour
9 Days. From AUD $920

This short tour of North Eastern Thailand is our first venture into the region collectively known as Isan which is made up of 19 provinces most of which never see a western tourist from one year to the next. This is real  Thailand which makes for a fascinating look at local culture away from the tourist hordes. While all Baktrax tours go out of the way to show you the local culture going to Isan takes this to another level again. The famous Thai smile will only get wider as the locals hardly know what a tourist is. They will  be just as  interested in you as you in them. Very little English is spoken in the area so practice your charades. One particular highlight really worth stressing is the local food markets. It really is eye popping stuff for first timers. While this tour will be fascinating  on it’s own it would also be the perfect add on after doing one of our other tours. Dive even deeper into the local culture.

 

(3 star hotel x 2 nights, 1 to 2 star hotels x 6 nights).

From AUD $920

Wat Arun
taxi
Thai Monks

Group Size: Minimum 1, Maximum 8

Guaranteed to depart

English speaking tour coordinator

Visiting
BANGKOK - ROI ET - KALASIN - KHON KAEN

Accommodation

  • Three star hotel, (2 nights).
  • One to two star guest houses and hotels, (6 nights).
Transport

Transport
Bus, Train, Taxi.

Day Trips
None included on this trip.

Entry Fees
All included when part of the itinerary.

Meals
9 meals included as per itinerary.
B = Breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner.

Itinerary

Day 1:

Tonight our Isan with Insects small group tour will stay in; BANGKOK - Our  small group tour officially starts when you check into your Bangkok accommodation. A welcoming dinner will be had in the evening. If you arrive early enough your free time could be spent visiting the enormous Chatuchak weekend market and/or, Wat Phra Kaew & the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Wat Arun, MBK or Siam shopping centres or take a boat ride with the locals on the Chao Phraya express to some local shops in Nonthaburi.       

  A few of the  dozens of other options may be Vimanmek Teak Mansion, Chinatown, Wat Traimit, Jim Thompsons House, Silom or Sukhumvit road shops.        

OR? Maybe just lay back and have a traditional Thai Massage. A month in the capital wouldn't allow you enough time to see it all. D.

 

Day 2:

 

 

BANGKOK - A free day to get the feel of this amazing city. Our tour coordinator will be more than happy to make suggestions on what to see or do as well as pointing you in the right direction after you decide which way to go.

As it's a Sunday the Chatuchak Weekend Market is a favorite place to go. With thousands of stalls don't expect to see it all in one day but do expect to purchase something you never even new existed before today. From a mouse to an elephant; Although it's so big even an elephant may be hard to find. One of the worlds great markets. Bartering, (always with a smile), is the name of the game as usual. B.

 

Day 3:

 

Tonight our Isan with Insects small group  tour will stay in; Roi Et - An early start today to the Mor Chit bus station to catch a bus to Roi Et and your first taste of Isan life. With it's long history Roi Et, (literally one hundred and one), is a great place to begin. A few tourist attractions include the Roi Et national museum and the almost seventy metre high standing buddha being hard to miss above the roofline at the ornate temple of Wat Burapha. Another tall walking buddha and the city pillar dominate  the island in the centre of lake Beung Phlan Chai which has some leisurely walking paths to stroll around on.  But it will be the huge indoor night market that you will most likely never forget about Roi Et. One of the largest undercover food markets in all the kingdom with an innumerable amount of food choices. From pizza and sushi to  local sprecialities not known to visitors that will keep you guessing. No need to guess though when you see the large piles of fried insects, (malaeng in Thai) on display. Insects are but one of the local specialities in this part of the world so don't miss  the chance of a taste test.  Squid, chicken or pork on a stick and dozens of other stir fries and curries will be a taste treat to behold. B.

 

Day 4:

 

ROI ET - A free day at leisure to explore Roi Et and the local Isan way of life. B.

Day 5:

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Tonight our small group Isan & Insects tour will stay in; KALASIN - A short local bus ride will see our small group tour in Kalasin with the rest of the day free to  just wander around town and check out the local way of life.Check out a temple or two and  get the feel of Isan culture in general. This is a real cultural experience seen by few other tourists. In fact for every western tourist you see in Kalasin Baktrax will buy everybody in the group a big bottle of beer everyday for the remainder of the trip. B.

 

 

Day 6:

 

Tonight our small group Isan with Insects tour will stay in; KHON KAEN -  Another short local bus ride will see our small group tour in the much larger and more modern city of Khon Kaen. Khon Kaen has a number of actual tourist attractions including Wat Nong Wang Muang and Wat That. Museums include a National Museum a City Museum and an Art and Culture Museum so you will most likely  see a few other tourists about. This  means that along with everything Isan you may also find some comfort food from home and do a bit of partying in an Isan bar at night. The large lake of Beung Kaen Nakhon makes for a pleasant stroll before a meal or snack at one of the lakeside eateries. So Khon Kaen has something for everyone from past history to modern day culture and comfort. No meals.

 

 

Day 7:

KHON KAEN: Our last day in Isan will give you ample opportunity to see the attractions and maybe you will find another market for a final plate of malaeng. B.

Day 8:

Tonight our small group Isan tour will stay in BANGKOK -

An early start will see our Isan small group tour return to Bangkok by train for a final night in the capital.  The rest of the day is free. In the evening a farewell dinner will be had. B D. 

 

Day 9:

Our Isan with Insects small group tour is officially over after you check out of your Bangkok accommodation. An airport transfer is included also. B.

 

Tour Departure Dates

2017
01 Jul, 15 Jul, 05 Aug, 19 Aug, 02 Sep, 16 Sep, 07 Oct, 21 Oct, 04 Nov, 18 Nov, 02 Dec, 16 Dec

2018
06 Jan, 20 Jan, 03 Feb, 17 Feb, 03 Mar, 17 Mar, 07 Apr, 21 Apr, 05 May, 19 May, 02 Jun, 16 Jun, 07 Jul, 21 Jul, 04 Aug, 18 Aug, 01 Sep, 15 Sep, 06 Oct, 20 Oct, 03 Nov, 17 Nov, 01 Dec, 15 Dec

Any other date on application. (Minimum two people).

Price

AUD $920
Single Suppliment: AUD $470