The city name is pronounced Garlasin.
Historical evidence points out that the city was first established during the Rattanakosin period in 1793. Thao Somphamit and his troops escaped from the left bank of the Mekong River and settled on the bank of the Pao River, which was called ‘Ban Kaeng Samrong.’ Then, he sent tribute to King Rama I the Great who later promoted Ban Kaeng Samrong as a city and renamed it ‘Kalasin’ or ‘Mueang Nam Dam’ (a black water town), which later became an important city. ‘Kala’ means ‘black’; ‘sin’ means ‘water’, so Kalasin means ‘black water.’ The king also appointed Thao Somphamit as ‘Phraya Chaisunthon’ who became the first ruler of Kalasin.
Kalasin is 519 kilometres from Bangkok. Take the route Bangkok – Saraburi – Nakhon Ratchasima (Highway No. 2) until you reach Amphoe Ban Phai of Khon Kaen province. Continue on Highway No. 23 and 213 and Highway No. 209 (Maha Sarakham - Kalasin).
The Transport Co., Ltd. provides air-conditioned and ordinary bus services daily from Bangkok to Kalasin. More details can be obtained at the Northeastern Bus Terminal (Mo Chit 2), Tel. 0 2936 2841-48, 0 2936 2852-66 or www.transport.co.th.
If coming from Udonthani, a minibus goes from bus station 1 every half hour from 7am, and costs B160. It wanders around the countryside for about three hours before getting there.
Take the train from Bangkok to Khon Kaen, then catch a bus from Khon Kaen to Kalasin, a distance of 75 kilometres. The State Railway of Thailand has rapid train, express train and air-conditioned sprinter train services. For more details, call SRT at Tel. 1690, or 0 2220 4334, 0 2220 4444, Khon Kaen Railway Station, Tel. 0 4322 1112, or browse www.railway.co.th.
Thai Airways International has no direct flight from Bangkok to Kalasin but you can get a flight from Bangkok to Khon Kaen and catch a bus to Kalasin. For details, call Tel. 1566 or 0 2280 0060, 0 2628 2000 and www.thaiairways.com.
PB Air also operates daily flights from Bangkok to Roi Et. Then, continue by bus to Kalasin. For details, call Tel. 0 2261 0221-5 and 0 4351 8572 www.pbair.com.
Visitors can get around Kalasin by skylabs (local 3-wheeled vehicle - tuktuk). No Samlors (pedal tricyles) were seen there in Aug 2014. There are also public bus services from Amphoe Mueang to other districts.
The bus terminal is close to the centre of town, and to get to the town centre, turn right as you leave and there is a 711 nearby. Directly opposite is a road which takes you to the roundabout, to the left of which is the main shopping strip. This is about a 300 metre walk. On the way to the roundabout, the rear of the Hotel Supak is on the right as you come to the roundabout.
If you walk directly ahead from this (Nam Phu) roundabout a couple of hundred metres, you will come to a main road (Kalasin Rd). To the left on the other side is the hospital.
If you walk along the main shopping strip, you will come to the clocktower after about 300 metres, and to your right is the road to the hospital (Kalasin Rd)). One of the three 711's in town is about 100 metres in this direction (another is at the start of the main shopping strip on the left, and the other near the bus station).
The popular dishes ; grilled chicken with papaya salad.The name of famous resturants.
Mam Tum Lag on Sompamit Road.
Easan Ban Houw on Anantanak Road.
Lame Tan on Thanapol Road.
In breakfast you can eat grilled mold sticky rice with egg Kwawghie.
There are not many restaurants in the city centre, but one place you can get a good feed at night is next to the 711 in Kalasin Rd (see in "Get around"). There is a stall here which has plenty of seats at tables where you can sit and eat. The stall does a very good thick pork, vegetable and noodle soup for B35 (no English spoken or written, but point!). If you want beer or other drinks, buy at the 711 next door (get them to open it for you).
Breakfast is quite hard to find, so you may need to rely on your hotel.
There is another hotel reasonably close to the centre of town,and this is the Rim Pao Hotel. It is close to the river and from the city map, appears to be about 2Km out of town. A tuktuk will get you there (ask the price first).