An Original province city with nice houses, streetlife and a wonderfull park. Come and taste the real Northeast of Thailand; a mixed culture between Thai and Lao style.
The airport is small. When our plane landed (8pm) we were soon the only people left cause everyone had family who picked up their relatives. In the dark, after a rainshower, we stood all anone but soon 5 soldiers, 2 officers and an executive from the airport helped us to find our way in the dark and offered us a taxiride to the city and our hotel. Great people!
The area outside of Sakon Nakhon city is quite rural and lovely, with a comfortable, relaxing feel not easy to find.
For someone wanting to see "real" Thailand, this is a good place to start--with the comfort of a small city nearby.
Sakon Nakhon is an interesting city to see and learn their culture, tradition. There are a lot of attractions to visit especially Buddhist and Catholic study.
Winter season is the best time to go (during the Xmas festival there is the grand festival of Catholic' s star parade in the city...Worth to visit (^_^)
I loved it there. I wish I could stay a little longer to visit the well known temples and explore some more.
Sakon nakhon's a small city. The local peoples are nice also.The province is located on the Khorat Plateau, not far from the river Mekong.
The Nong Han lake - the biggest natural lake of North-East Thailand - near the city Sakon Nakhon is a popular resort of the local people. The Phu Phan Mountains delimit the province to the south.
Great Photo ops for the tourist. Many Buddhist temples and the beautiful White Cheddah (SP?) at one of city centres Wats (Temples) Friendly shopping.
There is a large park with a lake. I walked all the way round and must have been over a kilometre. Many local jogging and relaxing. All smiled at me and local policeman chatted in broken English. They have a local wine called "Mao" which is made from the berries in the nearby National Park. The road from Sakon Nakhon to Klasin was very twisty through beautiful forests and hairpin bends as you climb the mountain. Not fast be very scenic. I will go back there again.
We went to photograph the Sakon Nakhon Wax Castle Festival. It is a unique cultural event celebrating the end of the Buddhist Lent or sometimes referred to as Buddhist Retreat which typically occurs in October.
Large (very large) floats are constructed and adorned with wax castles. In addition to a nighttime proccession of the floats through the downtown area there are long boat races. The celebration is a very joyous time and the residents are very friendly. It is a fine opportunity to experience some unique aspects of the Lao Loum culture.