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Yasothon is the main city of the province by that name in the Isaan -(northeast) region of Thailand.


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By car[edit]

Use highway 1 (Pahol Yothin Rd.) and turn right at Saraburi into highway 2 (Mitraphap Rd.). Keep going via Nakhon Ratchasima to Amphoe Pimai, Nong Song Hong and Ban Phai of Khon Kaen. Get into highway 23, travel via Amphoe Boraue, Maha Sarakham, Roi-Et, Amphoe Thawatburi and Seraphume, to Yasothon. This route is 531 km and it takes 7 hours.

By bus[edit]

Bus and air-conditioned coach leave Northeastern Bus Terminal in Bangkok for Yasothon daily. For more information, call Northeastern Bus Terminal, Kamphaengphet 2 Rd., at 0-2936-2852-66.

Minibus from Mukdahan bus terminal leaves approx every hour on the half hour and costs B84 to the Yasothon bus terminal.

By train and plane[edit]

Passengers can go to Ubon Ratchathani first, then drive to Yasothon, 99 km away.

Get around[edit]

This can be a little daunting as there are no TukTuks.

There are motorcycle taxis only waiting at the bus terminal which is about 3 km out of town. Cost is about ฿ 60–70.

These are difficult to find in the city itself when you want to go back to the terminal unless you ask your hotel to help arrange transport. There may be a few samlors (3 wheel pedal tricycles) within the city which will slowly get you there for ฿ 50.

Otherwise, it is not a large city and is easily walked around.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Chedi Sai (Thai: เจดีย์ทราย), Ban Plab, Tambon Duthung. A chedi or stupa made entirely of sand, said to be over 400 years old. It is roughly a right circular cone around a central post, with a base diameter of about 60 meters, and sloping up about 20 meters. Traditionally, sand is brought to temple grounds at the end of the dry season in April, then shaped into "sand art and play" that is washed away when the rain comes. This one, however, is about 600 meters from the village temple ground, and is replenished all year long – for over 400 years, they say. (+15° 53' 29.26,+104° 4' 55.29) edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Bodindecha Golf Club, Ban Doet, Tambon Doet (Route 23 west of city), 045 737 451, [1]. Camp Bodindecha is home to the Royal Thai Army 16th Infantry and a golf club which is open to the public.  120–150 baht. (15.907329°N 104.061321°E,15°54′26″N 104°03′41″E) edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

Yasothon is famed for its handicrafts such as triangle pillow or Mon Kwan, Khit cloth, replica cart, sticky rice container, and basketry. Other good foods include preserved sour fish, royal featherback fish and sweet rice noodle.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Ran Samlit Restaurant

(ร้านสัมฤทธ์) 045720310.

Is in Rattanaket Rd a few hundred metres from the city centre, to the left of the road to the bus station, as you walk towards the bus station. No English is spoken and the menu is entirely in Thai. They will do a decent fried mixed veg (pat pak ruam) with chicken (guy), pork (moo) or prawns (gung). Quite cheap, with a bottle of beer (same pronunciation – "bee-ya" – bottle is "koo-wat"), and steamed rice (cow soo-aye) will cost about ฿150.

There are plenty of cheap street stalls around the city centre also for night eating, but again, all written in Thai.

A little further along Rattanaket Rd beyond the above restaurant to the left is a night market, where cheap eats can be obtained, including fried insects for those so inclined.

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Miss Aree Coffee Shop, 148/1 Prachasampan Rd.,, [2]. 8 am – 5 pm. serves you freshly brewed coffee  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • B.M.Grand Hotel

105/4 Rattanaket Rd 045712333.

Is a modern and clean hotel close to the centre of town. There is a restaurant onsite, but it appears that it will only be open if there is any demand. The above mentioned Ransamlit Restaurant is about 100 metres distance to the right,and an internet cafe is next door to the right.

Little English is spoken and everything is written in Thai,with the exception of the hotel sign out front,which also has English. They are very helpful and friendly though, and laundry service is cheap, although a little slow.

Aircon double, with hot water, flat screen TV and bar fridge is ฿450.

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