With a long history, the area around Si Saket has had a strong culture and a prosperous economy since the Khmer era over one thousand years ago. Moreover, many ethnic tribes settled here such as the Suay, Lao, Khmer, and Yer. Si Saket became a town in 1759 during the Ayuthaya period. In the reign of King Rama V, or around a century ago, the town moved to its present location.
With plenty of Khmer ruins, Si Saket is an interesting destination to visit. It is also the gateway to the world famous Preah Vihear ruins, a cliff-top Khmer sanctuary, most of which is just across the border in Cambodia. However, it can can be visited without requiring a Cambodian visa. The province grows a wide variety of fruits, such as rambutan and durian. These are typically available at the beginning of rainy season around May. Much of the local population are near-subsistence farmers earning an average of about 100 baht or $3 per day.
From Bangkok, use Hwy 1 (Payolyothin Rd), then Hwy 2 (Mitraphap Rd) from Saraburi. Near Korat (Nakhon Ratchsima) take Hwy 24 (Chock Chai-Det Udom) to reach Si Saket. This route is 571 km.
Buses and air-conditioned coaches leave the Northeastern Bus Terminal (Mor Chit 2)in Bangkok for Si Saket daily. The journey takes 8 hours. For more information, call 0-2936-2852-66 and Si Saket Bus Terminal at 0-4561-2500 or visit []
Buses from Roi Et go via Yasothon and cost 120 baht.
The terminal itself is within the city, and is about 1 to 1.5 km from the railway station. To get to there, exit the terminal onto the main road and turn left. Walk along to the end of the road, where there is a road at right angles which backs onto the railway line. Turn right and walk to Khukhan Rd, turn left and cross the line, then turn left again. The station is a couple of hundred metres distant.
To get around, there are only motorbike taxis.
Ordinary, rapid, and express trains regularly leave Bangkok and Bang Sue Station for Sisaket. The route is 515 kilometres. For more information, call State Railway of Thailand at 1690, 0-2220-4334, 02220-4444, and Sisaket Railway Station at 0-4561-1525 or visit www.railway.co.th
For getting around in Sisaket City, tricycles are readily available. Moreover, there are buses from downtown Si Saket (Amphoe Muang) to other towns (Amphoe) as well as provinces nearby.
To get from here to the bus terminal, see the reverse directions in "Bus" above.
The nearest airport is at Ubon Ratchathani (UBP) which is served by Air Asia and Thai Airways.
There are neither meter-taxis nor tuk-tuks, but you can hire a motorbike-taxi or take a samlor (three-wheeled bicycle-taxi).
Si Saket is in the heart of Isan. You will find excellent Isan food anywhere in the area. There are quite a few good restaurants in Si Saket. But maybe the best offer in town is the lively evening market adjacent to the railroad on the south side of the train station. There you will find a wide variety of cooked, baked and BBQ-ed food for a very reasonable price. The evening market opens at 17:00 and closes at 21:00.
In the main part of the city, there are a couple of decent restaurants close to the railway line on Khukhan Rd (heading north in the direction of the station), and on the road parallel to the railway which leads off this road (to the right facing the railway line). Everything is in Thai though,and little English is spoken.
There are a few places you can go to in the evening/nightlife, one of the most famous being Sugars on Lak Muang Rd. Then you could go off to the Nona disco on Kuang Heng Rd, and last but not least to the I-Bar at the Prompiman Hotel on Lak Muang Rd, not far from the train station. In the I-Bar you can meet the trendy young locals and listen to live music. Dress properly, no beachwear, or you will be refused at the door.
1102-05 Khukhan Rd, 045 614006.
To get here from the bus terminal, turn left onto the main road as you exit the terminal and walk until you see a road at right angles opposite. Walk along this road about 200M, then turn left into Khukhan Rd. The hotel is about another 500 metres further on your right. From the train station, turn right as you exit the station, then right again across the railway line at the first road you come to. This is Khukhan Rd. The hotel is about two blocks along on your left. There is a sign in English out front.
Hotel is a little dated, but is well run and clean. Has about 10 floors. Credit cards accepted. There is an internet terminal near the desk and you pay to use it.
Double is B550, and this includes your choice of Thai or Western breakfast.