- Phu Kradung National Park
- Phu Ruea National Park
- Chiang Khan
- Khaoa Pieak Sen (rice noodles soup)
- Phi Ta Khon Festival
Sharing a Mekong River border with Laos, Loei province is in many ways more similar to the north of Thailand than to the rest of Isan, even earning the nickname “the Mae Hong Son of the northeast.” Loei is an up-and-coming ecotourism region surrounded by undulating mountain ranges, abundant with various kinds of flora and capped with fog enshrouded summits. The most majestic mountains are Phu Kradueng, Phu Luang and Phu Ruea. However, while Loei features numerous outdoor activities and fascinating cultural attractions, tourism is relatively new to the province and the area is greatly unspoiled.
At Phu Kradung, travellers can see the beautiful sunrise and scenic views of fields and mountains at the Pha Nok Ann viewpoint. Along the trails, you can find heather flowers, and their fully blooming season is during March – April. If you want to see the sunset, Pha Lomsak is the most popular viewpoint. Moreover, you can walk on the trail to see Anodard pond, Phen waterfall and Pha Yearb Mek. You may spend 3 days to explore every attraction in Phu Kardung.
Phu Ruea National Park is another alternative. The national park is located in the big mountain with the large pine tree field. It is less difficult than in Phu Kradung because you can drive to the campsite. Phu Ruea (sailboat mountain) National Park is named after the outstanding sail-shaped cliff in the national park.
Chiang Khan is a peaceful city with interesting attractions. Kaeng Kud Koo, for example, is the clusters of rocks with beautiful colours under the river. In dry season when the river level declines, you will see the colours and beauty of the rocks. Chiang Khan Walking Street is one of the places you can’t miss. You can enjoy walking and shopping local products and food on the street with the over-100-year buildings along both sides of the street. The recommended food are Khaoa Pieak Sen (rice noodles soup), Mieng Kham (savoury leaf wraps), Khaow Chee (grilled sticky rice), and ancient ice-cream.
Loei is a province of extreme temperatures, check weather conditions and pack accordingly.