Traveling in Loei province in North-East Thailand

Traveling in North-East Thailand
Huai Krating lake in Loei, Thailand

Last year I did make a posting about counting all the provinces I had been in Thailand. And I saw I have been to (stayed in) 48 provinces out of the 76. So in the coming months I will travel via my postings from the most southern province I have been to the most northern province, with some photos and information about each province. This is part 29 of the 47 (out of the 77) provinces where I have at least stayed overnight once. Loei province is in the north-west of North-East Thailand and borders the Mekong River and Laos. Loei province is home to high mountains, national parks and rivers. The capital town is of course Loei town, a modern small provincial town with a few hotels, restaurants and pubs. Loei town is not really a tourist destination but a favourite place for motorbike riders to stay overnight. But Loei province is a beautiful remote province ... Pai Loei!

The first time I was in Loei province was in 1995 when I took the local bus from Nong Khai to Loei town, in those days that was traveling with chickens in an open-air bus while standing. Much later, around 2012, when I was living in Khon Kaen I started to make motorbike rides to Loei provinces and it is one of my favourite provinces of North-East Thailand. Remote and many mountains. My favourite places to go are Chiang Khan (watch sunset over the Mekong River and walk over Walking Street Market), Dan Sai and a lunch at Huai Krating Lake (lunch on a bamboo raft). See my posting about Traveling in Loei province. For more information see Destination Travel Guide Loei.

Popular Travel Destinations 

  • Chiang Khan along the Mekong River ⭐️
  • Phu Reua National Park (mountain like a ship)
  • Phu Kradung National Park
  • Dan Sai
  • Phi Tha Khon Festival in Dan Sai
  • Erawan Cave
  • Phu Luang Wildlife Sanctuary (wild elephants)
  • Phu Suan Sai National Park
  • Suan Hin Pa Ngam (Kunming Rock Garden)
  • Phu Tok (watch sunrise over Mekong River and Laos)
  • Huai Krating Lake (lunch on bamboo raft) ⭐️

How to get to Loei province?

  • 🚘 🛵 from Bangkok via route 1 and route 21. From Udon Thani via route 201 and route 210. From Nong Khai via route 211 and route 201.
  • ✈️  the Airport of Loei (LOE) has daily flight to/from Don Muang Airport in Bangkok with Air Asia.
  • 🚞 nearest train station is in Phitsanulok or Udon Thani.
  • 🚌 from all major cities in North-East Thailand and of course from Bangkok. But also from Chiang Mai or Phitsanulok.
Traveling in North-East Thailand
Sunset in Loei town, North-East Thailand



Traveling in North-East Thailand
Lunch at Huai Krating lake in Loei, Thailand

Traveling in North-East Thailand
Crossing the border from Thailand to Laos at Tha-Li

Traveling in North-East Thailand
Sunset over the Mekong River at Chiang Khan, Thailand


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