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Isaan Tours: Phanom Rung and Rural Life

Experience the Real Thailand with private tours in rural Thailand. Explore Thai simple life in Northeastern Thailand (better known as Isaan) a region rich in tradition, and authentic in local life. Isaan tours escapes the popular tourist trails to push well off-the-beaten-track in search of more authentic and inspiring experiences. Our tours are based in the small town of Nang Rong (Buriram Province) an area best known for its convenience to the must-see Khmer temples of Phanomrung Historical Park and Muang Tam, not so far from the Cambodia border.

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 Highlights of Isaan Tours

  • Two Nights Stay at Phanomrungpuri Hotel (4*)
  • All-You-Can-Eat feast of Isaan Hot Pot or Thai Barbecue.
  • Travel to the Ancient Khmer Ruins of Phanomrung and Muang Tam Temple.
  • Join a local family for traditional Thai cooking and eating.
  • Experience rural life with hands-on farming activities (if farming is currently active).
  • Immerse in local tradition, including morning alms offerings to local monks.
  • Rural food tour and lots of eating options.

Highlights of Isaan tours are often unplanned and unexpected, from Buddhist monk ordinations, to unique local celebrations, there’s always something authentic and exciting happening in rural Thailand.

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Program / Itinerary:

Tours being on arrival and pickup at Nang Rong. Transport options from Bangkok at bottom.

Day 1 (Introduction to Isaan)

  • 15:00 – Pick Up at Nang Rong bus stop and hotel check-in.
  • 17:00 – Tailored options: Introduction to rural life, local markets and street food.
  • 18:30 – All-You-Can-Eat feast of Isaan Hot Pot (Jim Jum) or Thai Barbecue (Moo Krata).
  • 21:00 – Drop off at Hotel

Day 2 (Phanom Rung Tour)

  • 08:00 – Explore the ancient Khmer ruins of Phanom Rung and Muang Tam
  • 13:00 – Tailored options: Explore Rural Life, Temples, Local Markets, Street Food. Optional hands-on experience at local farm (seasonal).
  • 17:00 – Return to Hotel
  • 18:30 – Eating and rural experiences (optional).

Day 3 (Explore Rural Life)

  • 05:30 – Morning Offering to Monks (Optional)
  • 07:00 – Authentic Cooking for Breakfast
  • 08:00 – Visit Family Farm and Rural Activities
  • 14:00 – Drop off at Bus Station

Experiences and activities can be substituted and added with options of tailor made Isaan tours. Itineraries will be agreed one day in advance to ensure successful planning and communication with the locals who are involved.

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Private Tour Price:

  • 1 Person ฿ 8000 per person
  • 2 Person ฿ 6000 per person
  • 3 Person ฿ 5500 per person

Included: Guest pickup, ongoing transport, 2 nights stay at Phanomrungpuri Hotel, temple entrance, all rural activities / experiences & food, snacks drinks.

Not Included: Additional restaurant meals or alcoholic drinks

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Travel to Nang Rong (Buriram)

Isaan tours start on arrival to Nang Rong. Transport options from Bangkok include.

Bus (Mo Chit Bus Station): There are regular buses to Buriram City which pass through Nang Rong town. Nang Rong is found roughly one hour before arrival at the final destination of Buriram. It takes roughly 5 hours to Nang Rong (depending on traffic) and while this may sound lengthy for a bus journey, it is often necessary to escape the tourist trails. Bus travel is comfortable and cheap in Thailand (around 370 Baht to Nang Rong) and our recommended service is Nakhonchai Air with massage chairs, movies, headphones and lots of reclining space and leg room.

Taxi from Bangkok: The expensive option is by a comfortable SUV taxi service, with pickup from anywhere in Bangkok, 4,500 Baht (4 hours).

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Contact and Booking

The official launch of Isaan tours will be in 2015. However, will have tours available in the last months of 2014 depending on availability. For more details contact Allan and Fanfan at alv@hotmail.co.uk. To learn more about your hosts at Isaan Tours hosts check our lifestyle and travel website, Live-Less-Ordinary.com.