Loei

“Nestling some 520kms from Bangkok between the banks of the mighty Mekong River and the Petchaburi mountains, the northeastern province of Loei and its main town of the same name are ecotourism centres for their unspoiled natural beauty. Standard and air-conditioned buses run from the capital’s Northern Bus Terminal, MoChit 2, with the journey taking some 10 hours. It’s also possible to travel by bus from Phitsanulok, Khon Kaen and Udon Thani.

Loei town is known as the ‘Mae Hong Son of the northeast’ for its charm and border position with Laos as designated by the river itself. Its typical provincial bus station is found on Mallwan Road, close by a number of guest houses and bed and breakfast lodgings, and local songthaews run routes through the countryside as well as around the small town. If you’re planning a bus trip from Bangkok, it’s best to book your ticket online in advance.

Arrival by train or air is via Udon Thani’s rail station and airport, both of which are connected by bus to Loei town. Pu Kraduan National Park, 75kms from town, is accessed by taking a Bangkok bus to Pha Mok Khao and transferring to a songthaew or minibus to the park entry point.”