With a long history, the area around Sisaket (more correctly pronounced "Sisagate") 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. Sisaket 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, Sisaket 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 300-400 baht or $9-12 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 Sisaket. This route is 571 km.
Buses and air-conditioned coaches leave the Northeastern Bus Terminal (Mor Chit 2)in Bangkok for Sisaket daily. The journey takes 8 hours. For more information, call 0-2936-2852-66 and Sisaket Bus Terminal at +66 45 612 500 or visit []. Besides, [] Pombai is an online bus ticket booking system that you can routes to most of destinations in Thailand.
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,about 1Km 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.
A minibus from Surin will cost B60, and they go regularly.
Ordinary, rapid, and express trains regularly leave Bangkok and Bang Sue Station for Sisaket. The route is 515 km. For more information, call the State Railway of Thailand at 1690, +66 22 204 334, +66 22 204 444, and Sisaket Railway Station at +66 45 611 525 or visit []
The nearest airport is at Ubon Ratchathani (UBP) which is served by Air Asia and Thai Airways.
There are no tuk-tuks available, but you can take a meter taxi (Sisaket Taxi), or hire a motorbike taxi. If you use the meter taxi, they will probably not use the meter, so bargain beforehand.
There are many Samlors here (3 wheel pedal tricycles)
Moreover, there are buses from downtown Sisaket (Amphoe Muang) to other towns (Amphoe) as well as provinces nearby.
Sisaket is in the heart of Isaan. You will find excellent Isaan (Northeast Thailand) food anywhere in the area. There are quite a few good restaurants in Sisaket. But maybe the best offer in town is the lively evening market adjacent to the railway on the south side of the train station. There you will find a wide variety of cooked, baked and barbequed foods 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, and little English is spoken.
There are a few places you can go to in the evening, 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.