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Loei

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Northeastern Thailand
543 km from Bangkok
Province of Loei
Population : 31.000

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General Information about Loei

Loei City itself is not very interesting. However, it can be a nice stop in your journey in Isan (North Eastern Thailand) to spend the evening and sleep. The small night market and the restaurant at its end on the banks of the moat surrounding the park are nice places to have dinner and there are guesthouses and hotels in Loei at very good value for money.

The best moment to come to Loei province is during Phi Ta Khon Festival held in June-July in Dan Sai city which is 83 km away. This is one of the most amazing and best-known festivals in Thailand.

Otherwise, Loei province is mountainous and offers beautiful sceneries and nice national parks such as Phu Rua National Park. 50 km to the north of Loei city lies the charming town of Chiang Khan] on the banks of Mekong River. We advise you to spend at least one night there to enjoy the sunset, its night life atmospere and the offerings to the monks at dawn.
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Accommodations in Loei

If guesthouses and hotels in Loei are not very numerous, There are enough accommodation to meet demand even during the Phi Ta Khon Festival. But do not expect to find luxury resorts in town. The offer is quite standard with comfortable rooms with everything needed at a fee around 500 THB night. Most accommodation can be found in the surroundings of the roundabout near Kru Pong Public Park.

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My recommandations

People often ask me what accommodations I recommaend in Thailand, here are my recommandations in Loei.

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Weather & climate in Loei

Loei has a tropical savanna climate. The winters are quite dry and very hot. Temperatures rise until April, the hottest month of the year. The rainy season extends from late April to October, with heavy showers often brief and temperatures cooler during the day, even if the nights remain warm. May and September are the rainiest months.

The best time to come to Loei is from November to the end of March. September is the rainiest month of the year but remains less rainy than in many other provinces in Thailand. Whatever the time of year, except extreme weather episodes, Loei province is a pleasant destination.

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When to go to Loei ?

Practical information about Loei

If you come for Phi Ta Khon Festival, booking your room in Loei in advance will probably not be necessary but it is better to have a room in Dan Sai to not miss anything because the bus ride between the two cities lasts 1 hour 30 minutes. And then it is important to book in advance. Here is a list of guesthouses and hotels in Dan Sai. The price for a room are much higher during the festival. The rest of the year Dan Sai is very quiet and you will find a place to sleep very easily.

To take full advantage of everything offered by the province and especially the countryside around Loei, it is better to have a car or motobike. And do not hesitate to pay a visit to TAT office located near the park (open Monday to Friday: 8.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.), they will provide you a lot of information to visit the area.

How to get around in Loei ?

The city of Loei is very small, so it is very easy to walk around. but to go to Loei Bus Terminal from the city center, you will probably need to hire a tuk-tuk (40-50 THB). To find one, it is best go near the main roundabout and to hail him when he passes or order it at your accomodation's conter desk. Note that drivers are not used to see tourists and rarely speak English and even "bus station", they do not always understand. Tell them "Satani rod mae" or the name of the city where you want to go and they should know you want to go to the bus station.

How to ask in Thai to go to Loei ?

I want to go to Loei / Yak paï ti Loei.
Where is Loei ? / Loei you ti naï ?

Must-visits in Loei

Dan Sai during Phi Ta Khon Festival

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My opinion :
Every year around July, the city of Dan Sai offers this amazing festival of ghosts. It lasts three days and includes parades in the city, concerts, dance performances but people mostly come for the inhabitants dressed as ghosts with impressive colorful masks. The Phi Ta Khon Festival made Loei famous all around Thailand.

Bat temple (Wat Tham Pha Ya)

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My opinion :
Every night, millions of bats fly in convoy out of the cave overlooking the temple to the valley where they go hunting for the night before returning in the cave in the early morning. Given their numbers, it's a really impressive !

Phu Bo Bit Viewpoint

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My opinion :
This viewpoint, a little outside the city, offers from the top of its hill the most beautiful viewpoint overlooking Loei city and surroundings that you can find. It can be particularly interesting to climb there to observe the sunset.

Loei Night market

ตลาดกลางคืน
My opinion :
This mall market installs its stalls of local food and iron tables and chairs every evening. For me, it is really an experience to live at least once during your trip to eat in a Thai night market. A good way to discover the local life and the famous Thai Street Food.
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