Isaan, NE Thailand

Isaan is an area located in the North East of Thailand. It is located on the Khorat Plateau and is bordered by the Mekong River. Isan's border runs along most of the Eastern border of Laos and also the Northern border of Cambodia to the South. The main cities in this area are Khon Kaen and Udon Thani.

Visiting Isaan, NE Thailand.

My wife is from Isaan and I visit her home village in Na Thom for about a month every year. She lives with me in England and we plan to eventually settle together in Isaan. This year we visited some interesting places and ate some amazing food along the way.

Isaan Bin, Little Elephant.

I'm still learning the language and will be showing my progress with this on my blog which should be interesting and a little bit funny also.

Agriculture in Isaan

Agriculture is the main economic activity, but due to the socio-economic conditions and hot, dry climate, output lags behind that of other parts of the country. Isaan is Thailand's poorest region but the area has plenty of natural resources.

The area suffers from power blackouts, when all the local electricity shuts off. Hopefully one day the area will have solar panel energy, to keep the electric going locally throughout the whole day.

The language of the region is Isaan, which is a dialect of the Laos language. As a dialect of Laos, but written in the Thai alphabet, Isaan is among the Chiang Seng and Lao-Phutai languages, which are members of the Tai languages of the Kradai language family.

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