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All you need to know to visit Roi Et

Northeastern Thailand
514 km from Bangkok
Province of Roi Et
Thai prononciation : Roï ètt


Recomm. stay
1 à 2 jours


Practical guide to go and visit Roi Et

Roi Et province is in the middle of Isan, the northesteran part of Thailand. The modern city was founded there more than 200 years ago but 2800 years ago, a village already existed here. Roi Et in Thai language means 101 recalling the 11 gates the city had at a time of its history. The history of the city began in the late Ayutthaya period, when a king of Laos migrated from Champasak City with his people and settled down in the area that is Suwannaphum today. Later, during the reign of King Taksin, Roi Et moved to its current location.
The city of Roi Et is best known for the large standing Buddha of Wat Buraphaphiram. It is the largest of its kind in Thailand. Roi Et has this little peace of cities with very few tourism. You will probably enjoy a relaxing moment in the park on Phalanchai Lake or the visit Wat Klang Ming Muang with its outdoor murals.
If you come from far just to visit Roi Et, you may be a little disappointed but make a stop here on a trip in Isan and see Roi Et's big Buddha, and lounging in the park, can be an enjoyable stay. One day is enough to visit Roi Et.
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Accommodations in Roi Et

Hotels in Roi Et are not numerous and most are quite out dated. You can fins discount rooms for a very cheap price but with no charm that backpackers will probably like, others good rooms for more than 1000 baht a night or old 4 stars hotels that did not aged well with rooms at an intermediate price. As for us, pnly Sagate City Center Hotel[/url] seems to combine reasonable rates with modern comfort. Only few tourists come to visit the city and sleep in Roi Et so that explains why the accommodation offer is so poor.

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Practical information about Roi Et

Roi Et has an airport, otherwise there are regularly Bangkok - Roi Et buses (7 hours drive). The choice of accommodation is quite limited in Roi Et and most hotel are a bit outdated. Do not expect to fin luxury resorts here. Few people speak English in Roi ET (except in hotels). So be prepared and maybe try to have some Thai speaking books or smartphone apps with you.

How to go to Roi Et ?

There are four daily flights between Bangkok and Roi Et operated by Nok Air and Air Asia. Otherwise, Roi Et is accessible by bus of course. You have about a bus Bangkok - Roi Et every hour from Mo Chit (7 hours drive) and otherwise bus every hour also from Khon Kaen (2h30), Udon Thani (5h) and Ubon Ratchathani (3h).

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How to get around in Roi Et ?

You can visit Roi Et by walking. The city is quite small. Otherwise you will find tuk-tuks (who speak little or no English in general), near the Wat Sa Thong and Mai Thai Hotel. A tuk-tuk course from Roi Et Bus Terminal to any accommodation in the city costs around 60 THB.

Festivals in Roi Et ?

Here is a list of the main festivals taking place every year in Roi Et. I mention their dates as soon as they are official on Thai Festivals page.
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Roi Et Rocket Festival

This festival generally takes place in the month of Several times a year

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Roi Et Loy Krathong Festival

This festival generally takes place in the month of November

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Other places to see in Roi Et

Wat Klang Ming Muang Roi Et
Wat Klang Ming Muang
This small temple is especially interesting for its murals on the exterior walls of the building. The terrace of another tallest building offers a stunning 360 degree view over the city of Roi Et and its great Buddha who turns his back on you.
Bueng Plan Chai Park Roi Et
Bueng Plan Chai Park
Located in the center of Plan Chai lake in the center of Roi Et, this pleasant park is a good place to relax and stroll in Roi Et. It also houses a beautiful walking Buddha and the city pillar shrine.
Wat Pha Nam Yoi Roi Et
Wat Pha Nam Yoi
Very beautiful temple with one of the finest chedis in Thailand. Unfortunately it is a bit complicated to reach by public transport.

Weather & climate in Roi Et

Roi Et, has a tropical savanna climate. Winters (from November to March) are dry and very hot. Temperatures rise until April which is the hottest month of the year. The monsoon season runs from May to October, with heavy showers and generally brief and slightly cooler temperatures during the day, although the nights remain warm.

The best time to come to Roi Et, is from November to March. During the rest of the year, there will be ponctual heavy showers, brief in general, which will only disrupt your stay for as long as they last. August and the rainiest month.

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How to ask in Thai to go to Roi Et ?

I want to go to Roi Et / Yak paï ti Roï ètt.
Where is Roi Et ? / Roï ètt you ti naï ?
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