Southern Isaan : Sisaket
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 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 visit 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 highway 1 (Payolyothin Road) then highway 2 (Mitraphap Road) from Saraburi. Neat to Korat (Nakhon Ratchsima) take highway 24 (Chock Chai-Det Udom) to reach Sisaket City. This route is 571 kilometres.
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 0-4561-2500 or visit www.transport.co.th
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.
The nearest airport is at Ubon Ratchathani - airport code UBP which is served by Air Asia and Thai Airways International (or subsidiary companies).
There are neither meter-taxis nor tuk-tuks, but you can hire a motorbike-taxi or take a samlor (three-wheeled bicycle-taxi).
Eating / Restaurants
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 5 p.m. and closes at 9 p.m.
There are a few places you can go to in the evening/nightlife, one of the most famous being Sugars on Lak Muang Road. Then you could go off to the Nona disco on Kuang Heng road, and last but not least to the I-Bar at the Prompiman Hotel on Lak Muang Road, 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.