Isan with Insects: Small Group Thailand Adventure – Tour 2

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July 19, 2024 - July 27, 2024Guaranteed AUD 1,350
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This short cheap tour package of North Eastern Thailand ventures into the region collectively known as Isan which is made up of 19 provinces most of which never see a western tourist from one year to the next.

This is real  Thailand which makes for a fascinating look at local culture away from the tourist hordes. While all Baktrax tours go out of the way to show you the local culture going to Isan takes this to another level again.

The famous Thai smile will only get wider as the locals hardly know what a tourist is. They will be just as interested in you as you in them. Very little English is spoken in the area so practice your charades.

The one particular highlight really worth stressing is the local food markets. It really is eye popping stuff for first timers. You won’t see these type of markets where the tourists only go.  Whether dedicated markets or roadside street vendors.     This is a real Thailand foodie experience at a fraction of tourist restaurants prices also..

While this tour will be fascinating on it’s own it would also be the perfect add-on after doing one of our other cheap small group tours. Dive even deeper into the local culture.

Have more time to experience Laos also then a similar 15 day tour is;


Expect to be amazed by another Thailand unknown to mainstream tourism. It really is another, even better, world compared to the regular tourist ghetto's.
Expect locals only on local buses, markets and food unlike anywhere else in the country.
Expect some local tourist attractions in Roi Et at least, to discover, before one of the most amazing undercover food night markets in the country.Expect insects among all the other mind-boggling choices.YOU REALLY ARE IN THAILAND! Most tourists are not.Transport & Accomodation


Day 1 :

Tonight our Isan with Insects cheap small group tour will stay in; BANGKOK – Our small group travel tour officially starts when you check into our Bangkok accommodation.
A welcoming dinner will be had in the evening.
If you arrive early enough your free time could be spent visiting Wat Phra Kaew & the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Wat Arun, MBK or Siam shopping centres.
Maybe just take a relaxed boat ride with the locals on the Chao Phraya express to experience river life and local markets in nearby Nonthaburi province.
A few of the dozens of other options may be Vimanmek Teak Mansion, Chinatown, Wat Traimit, Jim Thompsons House, Silom or Sukhumvit road shops.
OR? Maybe just lay back by the pool and/or have a traditional Thai Massage. A month in the capital wouldn’t allow you enough time to see it all.

Day 2 :

BANGKOK – A free day to get the feel of this amazing city. Our tour coordinator will be more than happy to make suggestions on what to see or do as well as pointing you in the right direction after you decide which way to go.
As it’s a Saturday the Chatuchak Weekend Market is a favourite place for many. Go early to beat the heat is the first advice.
With thousands of stalls don’t expect to see it all in one day but do expect to purchase something you never even knew existed before today. From a mouse to an elephant; Although it’s so big even an elephant may be hard to find. One of the worlds great markets. Clothing and other souvenirs en mass. Bartering, (always with a smile), is the name of the game as usual.

Day 3 :

Tonight our group tour will stay in; Roi Et – An early start today to the Mor Chit bus station to catch a bus to Roi Et and your first taste of Isan life. With its long history Roi Et, (literally one hundred and one), is a great place to begin.

A few tourist attractions include the Roi Et national museum and the almost seventy metre high standing Buddha being impossible to miss above the roofline at the ornate temple of Wat Burapha. Another tall walking Buddha and the city pillar dominate the island in the centre of lake Beung Phlan Chai which has some leisurely walking paths to stroll around on.

But it will be the huge indoor night market that you will most likely never forget about Roi Et. One of the largest undercover food markets in all the kingdom with an innumerable amount of food choices. From Tom yum and Pad Thai to local speciality’s not known to visitors that will keep you guessing.

No need to guess though when you see the large piles of fried crickets, worms and other bugs (malaeng in Thai) on display. Insects are but one local speciality in this part of the world so don’t miss the chance of a taste test. More conventional, Squid, chicken or pork on a stick and dozens of other stir-fries and curries will be a taste treat to behold as well. 

Day 4 :

ROI ET – A free day at leisure to explore Roi Et and the local Isan way of life.

Day 5 :

Tonight our small group travel tour will stay in; KALASIN – A short local bus ride will see our small group tour in Kalasin with the rest of the day free to just wander around town and check out the local way of life.

Check out a temple or two and get the feel of Isan culture in general. This is a real cultural experience seen by few other tourists. In fact, if you see another western tourist in Kalasin Baktrax will buy everybody in the group a big bottle of beer every day for the remainder of the trip. 

Day 6 :

Tonight our cheap small group adventure tour will stay in; KHON KAEN – Another short local bus ride will see our small group tour in the much larger and more modern city of Khon Kaen.
Khon Kaen has a number of actual tourist attractions including Wat Nong Wang Muang and Wat That.
Museums include a National Museum a City Museum and an Art and Culture Museum so you will most likely see a few other tourists about.

This means that along with everything Isan you may also find some comfort food from home and do a bit of partying in an Isan bar at night.
The large lake of Beung Kaen Nakhon makes for a pleasant meander before a meal or snack at one of the lakeside eateries.
Khon Kaen has something for everyone from past history to modern day culture and comfort. Even a truly modern Mall. No meals.

Day 7 :

KHON KAEN: Our last day in Isan will give you ample opportunity to see some of the attractions and maybe you will find another market for a final plate of malaeng. 

Day 8 :

Tonight our group tour will stay in BANGKOK –

An early start will see our Isan group tour return to Bangkok by aeroplane for a final night in the capital. The rest of the day is free. In the evening a farewell dinner will be had.

Breakfast, Dinner

Our Isan with Insects small group tour is officially over after you check out of your Bangkok accommodation after a fascinating real life travel adventure. An airport transfer is included also.
Now you can honestly say you have been to Thailand. Few others get this genuine local experience.


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Isan with Insects: Small Group Thailand Adventure – Tour 2
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