|North East (ISAN) Information
I-san is noted as the center of an age-old civilization dating back
to pre-historic time and to the period when the Khmer people held
away in the region. Relics and monuments still stand, attesting to
the splendors and majesty of the ancient era. The Phra That Phanom
in Nakhon Phanom, the Prasat Hin Khao Phanom Rung in Buri Ram and
the Prasat Hin Phimai in Khorat, are some of the most important and
interesting structures in the area. Ban Chiang village in Udon
Thani, where remains of pre-historic skeletons and tools have been
discovered, serves as concrete evidence of a Bronze Age
civilization flourishing 5,000 to 7,000 years ago.
The Northeast’s ancient traditions and customs are still reflected
in fairs and festivals found nowhere else in the country. These
include the colorful Bun Bang Fai (rocket festival), the Candle
Procession and the Wax Castle Festival.
Probably the most well-known local products of the Northeast are
the world – famous Matmee silk, wickerware, earthenware and edible
items such as sausages, Mu Yong and Mu Phaen.