Airlines covering this region include Thai Airways (www.thaiairways.com; tel. 02356-1111), Nok Air (www.nokair.com; tel. 1318), Bangkok Airways (www.bangkokair.com; tel. 1771), and AirAsia (www.airasia.com; tel. 02515-9999). There are also regular bus and train connections throughout Isan. In more remote parts, however, buses are slow and won’t stop near sights, so we recommend arranging a tour, renting your own vehicle, or hiring a driver with car. The latter is a relatively affordable proposition; expect to pay about 2,000B per day, plus fuel. Little traffic and flat roads make driving in Isan on your own a very manageable prospect, too and allows for the most flexibility in your schedule. If you decide to do a tour, contact Isan Discovery Travel in Khon Kaen (www.thaitraveldreams.com; tel. 04332-1268), a small, expat-owned company. Don’t be discouraged by their dated website; they’re pros at arranging private itineraries around the region.
There are Tourist Authority of Thailand (TAT) offices in bigger towns in the region (though they’re not conveniently located). Check out www.tourismthailand.org, or call tel 1672 for assistance. In our travels, we have found 12Go’s (www.12go.asia/en) English-language website takes the hassle out of booking regional trains or buses, and it accepts credit cards.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.