Roi Et

“Roi Et is a provincial town in the heart of Thailand’s northeastern Isaan region between the larger cities of Khon Kaen and Ubon Ratchathani. The town’s bus station is located in the centre of the city and services to and from Bangkok’s Mochit terminal are frequent, taking around seven hours.

There are regular flights from Bangkok to Khon Kaen, with a connecting bus available to Roi Et. There is also train service to Khon Kaen with a pink bus connection from the station to Roi Et. The bus from Rayong to the Laos border also passes through the town, while there are other services to northern cities such as Chiang Mai.

The bus station offers the usual snack vendors, ticket counters and undercover waiting area. Many locals prefer to travel on night buses, so booking a ticket in advance for such journeys spares the risk of missing out. Those travelling on air-con buses should also take something warm as they can get rather chilly.

Roi Et is well off the beaten tourist path, with very few international tourists ever heading there. For those that do happen to wind up here, Phalanchai Lake in the town centre is rather scenic with its island in the middle that features a flower garden. For temple enthusiasts, Wat Buraphaphiram is well worth a visit as it features the country’s tallest Buddha image.”