The town's most striking monument is the nine-tiered Wat Nongwan Muang Kao, located at the southern end of Klang Muang Road. Supposedly inspired by the Shwedagon Pagoda in Myanmar, its white, red, and gold coat glows in the early-morning and late-afternoon sun, making it an ideal Instagram opportunity. Conveniently located to the east of the temple is Beung Kaen Nakhon, a large lake that attracts walkers, joggers, and cyclists to its perimeter path (bikes can be rented for 20B) in the mornings and evenings, and diners to eat at restaurants overlooking the water. Bua Luang, situated at the northern end of the lake, is a good choice.

Models of dinosaurs dot the city and major intersections of this “Dinosaur City” thanks to a discovery in 1996 of a small (6m-long/20-ft.) fossil of a 120-million-year-old dinosaur at Phuwiang, about 90km (56 miles) northwest of Khon Kaen. Phuwiang has now been protected as a national park, but, in truth, there is little to see there apart from a few dusty old bones.

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