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Amnat Charoen is a City in Isaan (North East Thailand), and the Capital City of the Province of this name. It is pronounced "Am-nart Ja-rern" in Thai.
Although it is a small and tranquil town, Amnat Charoen has various attractions. Visitors to Amnat Charoen can stroll around to see sacred Buddha images, picturesque rice paddies, and fruit orchards, rocky rapids of the Mekong River in dry season, and excellent handicrafts, particularly silk.
Nok Air offers twice daily flight+minivan services from Bangkok to Amnat Charoen v.v. by flying with Nok Air from Bangkok to Ubon Ratchatani and transferring to a minivan to Amnat Charoen (Total travel time of approx 3 hrs). This can be booked directly from their website.
From Bangkok, head north via Hwy 1, then Hwy 2 to Nakhon Ratchasima. After that take Hwy 226, Nakhon Ratchasima-Surin, then Hwy 214, Surin-Amphoe Suwannaphum, turn right onto Hwy 202 via Yasothon and Amphoe Pa tio to Amnat Charoen. This route is 585 km. Or motorists can take Hwy 1, Hwy 2, then Hwy 226, Nakhon Ratchasima-Ubon Ratchathani, and Hwy 212 to Amnat Charoen. This route is 704 km.
Scheduled buses and air-conditioned coaches leave Northeastern Bus terminal Mo Chit 2, Kamphaeng Phet Rd, for Amnat Charoen daily.
Tourists who travel by plane or train can head for Ubon Ratchathani first, then take bus to Amnat Charoen, 75 km away.
Amnat Charoen's remote bus terminal is several kilometres north of the centre, off Highway 212 towards Mukdahan. Motorbike taxis go from the terminal to the town centre for around 60 baht, or try to board or leave your bus when it passes through the centre. There is only one big 4 way intersection in this City, so get off close to here.
White minibuses to Ubon Ratchathani leave from a more convenient stop on the east side of Highway 212 a short distance south of its intersection with Highway 202 (the main crossroads in the town centre).
There are plenty of motorcycle taxis here, and also several tuktuks. These latter tend to hang around the market close to the 4 way main intersection in the City.
As you come into the City there is only one large four way intersection and it has traffic lights. This is the Clocktower one, and the Clocktower is a little difficult to spot as it is to the left as you reach the intersection.
As you stand here and look to the north (towards Mukdahan and away from Ubon) -
-To the left is the main shopping strip on the other side of the intersection. The markets are here, up the streets to the right hand side as well as the only (apparent) internet cafe in the City which is on this road. About a kilometre along is the Faikit (or Faikid) Hotel.
-To the right about two hundred metres on the left hand side is a 7-11,with the Prince Hotel a couple of hundred metres further on the same side. Another 200 metres on the opposite side is the Mansion Hotel (written in Thai), and another 100 metres along on the left is the L J Emerald Hotel (also written in Thai) and is next to a Suzuki dealer.
There are not many restaurants so you will need to walk around to find one.
There are restaurants around the place, but the menus are totally in Thai - few tourists ever come here. There are also street eats near the market, but no tables to sit and eat were noticed. There is a reasonable restaurant some 300 metres from the intersection to the right, on the right hand side. Everything is in Thai, but the lady is very helpful. They also have beer if you want this. This place is quite cheap!
Since you may find that some of the hotels do not have a restaurant if you want breakfast, you have two options. There are cooked snacks available at the 7-11, or close to the four way intersection there are a couple of restaurants open in the morning.
It is about 400 metres along on the left hand side. The hotel sign is in English. It advertises rooms at B350, and from the outside, there are aircon rooms. Phone is 045511251, 0967893639.
This place is actually quite good. It is reasonably modern, very clean with aircon, hot water, multichannel TV and barfridge. No English is spoken, but they are very friendly. A decent aircon room will cost B350, which is ridiculously cheap! There is no operating restaurant here, so head back up the road to the 7-11 or the intersection to eat!