Visitor's Guide (Facilities in Khon Kaen)

Khon Kaen Facilities

 

General Information

 

Khon Kaen City

Welcome to Khon Kaen! This bustling city is located on the Khorat Plateau, in the central-northwestern area of Isaan (also written as Isan, Isarn, Issan, or Esarn, is the northeastern region of Thailand) around 450km from Bangkok. Isaan is located on the Khorat Plateau, bordered by the Mekong River (along the border with Laos) to the north and east, by Cambodia to the southeast and the Prachinburi Mountains south of Nakhon Ratchasima. To the west, it is separated from Northern and Central Thailand by the Phetchabun Mountain range. The total population of the city is around 1,790,049 (Khon Kaen Province Population 2014).

Khon Kaen is a regional center for education, financial institutions, government offices and transportation. The city is also an industrial center, especially for the region's silk trade, as well as an agricultural hub. Presently Khon Kaen is one of the major cities under Thailand's National Economic and Social Plan. The government had endorsed Khon Kaen as the export center for trade into the Indo-China Region. 

The city is bisected by Mithraphap Road, also known as 'Friendship Highway', or 'Highway 2', the road linking Bangkok to the Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge and Vientianne, Lao PDR. A modern, multi-lane by-pass enables through-traffic to avoid the city centre to the west, and connects to the airport and to the main roads to Kalasin and Mahasarakham in the east, and Udon Thani in the north.  In addition, there are two main east-west roads—Srichan Road and Prachasamosorn Road—leading east to the city of Kalasin, and West to the airport, as well as to other small villages.

 

Climate

July in Khon Kaen: Average High 33.0 C, and Average Low 25.0 C.

 

Transportation Service

 

Taxi

Taxis in Khon Kaen are available 24/7. The meter starts at 40 baht and the service charge is 20 baht if the pick-up arrangement is made through a call center.

Tel: (+66) 43 /465777,  (+66) 43 /465343,  (+66) 43 /465380,  (+66) 43 /364028

 

Tuk Tuk

Tuk Tuks  are also available in the city. However, the service charge will depend on the passenger’s bargaining ability and agreement with the Tuk Tuk driver.

 

Song Taew

Songtaews are available from early morning (06.00 hrs.) till late evening at around 7.00 hrs. Service charge is around 10 baht per person per trip.

 

KK City Bus

Khon Kaen University provides free shutter buses around the university. Following the policy of Green and Smart Campus, the buses are designed for energy-saving basis and convenience with GPS system, free WIFI, air condition, and CCTVs. There’re six main lines which are orange, yellow, red, green, blue, and purple.

 

Banks and Currency Exchange

 

Currency exchange is available at Pullman Khon Kaen Raja Hotel and at the following banks:

Kasikorn Bank

  • Location: Central Khonkaen, 2 floor,
  • Address: 99 Srichan Rd., Muang, Khon Kaen
  • Tel: (+66)43/288060
  • Office hours: Everyday from 11.00-20.00 hrs.

Siam Commercial Bank

  • Location: Tuk Com Department Store near Pullman Hotel, 1st floor
  • Address:  250/1 Srichan Rd., Muang, Khon Kaen
  • Tel: (+66)43/226331, (+66)43/226371
  • Office hours: Everyday from 10.30-20.00 hrs.

Bangkok Bank

  • Location: Central Platza, Khon Kaen
  • Address:  254 Srichan Rd., Muang, Khon Kaen, 40000
  • Tel: (+66) 43 222 983
  • Office hours: Monday – Friday 08.30-15.30 hrs.

 

Emergency

 

 In case of emergency, an available hospital in Khon Kaen is 

                                                        Khon Kaen Ram Hospital

The service provided includes: Accident/Emergency, Intensive Care Unit. Khon Kaen Ram is a private hospital providing international quality medical care to the northeast region of Thailand and beyond.

Address: 193 Srichan Rd., Muang 40000 Khon Kaen, THAILAND

Tel:     (+66)43/333800

 

Other Services (ShopPing & Recreation)

 

                                                       Central Plaza, Khon Kaen

Central Plaza Khon Kaen is a shopping mall in Khon Kaen City and the first shopping mall of Central Group in Isaan of Thailand. It is Thailand’s second largest retail corporation in the northeastern region of Thailand.

Central Plaza opens everyday from 10.30-21.00 hrs.