Northeastern Thailand has a long history, with some of Southeast Asia’s oldest settlements found here. In modern times, the region is famous for its spicy salads, stunning scenery and historical sites. Most of them are still unseen by tourists.
Ancient Khmer ruins outside Buri Ram, mountainous national parks in Loei and Bronze Age artifacts in the UNESCO-listed Ban Chiang Archeological Site are among must-visit tourist attractions.
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