Khon Kaen - The Heart of Isaan

Khon Kaen was founded in the 18th century, but its skyline is decidedly more modern, with skyscrapers and sleek malls popping up around its beautiful temples.

The heart of the city is the Bueng Kaen Nakhon lake, which is surrounded by a pleasant park and even has a waterfront temple. Another unique temple is the white, gold, and blue Wat Thung Setthi which is filled with white statues, while the 9-story Phra Mahathat Kaen Nakhon royal temple houses distinctive artwork and artefacts on each floor. For those looking to delve deeper into the city’s past, stop by the Khon Kaen National Museum which exhibits pieces dating back to the pre-history, including the skeleton of a "New Stone Age" man.