In the northeast, the terrain rises and opens to a vast plateau, the Isaan, a rice-growing region with an unstable climate (monsoons can be heavy in one year and low in another). Its landscapes are not spectacular and infrastructures are less developed and varied than areas devoted to seaside tourism. Adjacent to Laos and Cambodia, the region does have its own charm: vast fertile lands, a dozen national parks and a population whose roots and traditions are a blend of the three bordering countries. There is also the slow-paced and majestic Mekong at the border with Laos.
This region covers about one third of the country.© Eric Debray
The majority of the population in this region comes from Laos.© Josef Mullek - age fotostock
This agricultural region is mostly home to animals that have been bred, but it does also have monkeys, like most of the country.© Chris Upton / age fotostock
Like all of Thailand, the region is dominated by the practice of Buddhism.© Chris Upton / age fotostock
Khon Kaen is a city to the north-east of the country.© SuperStock / age fotostock