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Away from it all in spicy northeast Thailand

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Posted on: November 27, 2009 at 6:03AM

We recently spent a week in rural Northeast Thailand, as a change from Phuket, Chiang Mai etc. The area seems to have been ignored by tourists, although it is home to several Unesco World Heritage sites such as Ban Chiang and of course the famous sites of Phimai and the stunning Phra Viharn, and the little villages really induce a sense of going back in time. The locals are delightful and exteremely welcoming - noone of the touts of the major toursim meccas. We stayed at a place called Green Gecko - not a hotel but a private villa with a pool in the middle of the countryside out of Udon Thani. The property was beautiful, in traditional Thai style with plenty of wood and terracotta, and the Thai meals prepared for us were excellent - although don't boast that you like Thai food too spicy or you will be taken at your word! We now know how to handle our own tuk-tuk, how to cook a number of excellent Thai dishes, and how to avoid drinking the local rice moonshine! It was really enjoyable and a completely different kind of stay. Tip: fly up to udon Thani from bangkok on either Nok Air or Air Asia (or even Thai if you dont mind soending more), enjoy a stay at green gecko, then take the Lao Aviation flight from Udon to Luang Prabang in Laos (much cheaper than the Bangkok Air alternative!) And take a LAO phrasebook - the villagers all speal lao and the reasctions when foreigners try this is superb! report a problem

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