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    CNN names Isaan as one of best places worldwide to visit this year

    THAILAND’S northeastern region of Isaan was recently named by CNN as one of the top 17 places in the world to visit this year.

    Yuthasak Supasorn, governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said: “Isaan has a long history with some of Southeast Asia’s oldest settlements found here. In modern times, the region is famous for its fiery salads, country music, stunning scenery and elaborate temples.

    “There is so much to be enjoyed here and most of it is unseen by tourists, so we encourage people to explore and discover their own amazing Isaan stories.”

    The flowers of the Red Lotus Sea in Khumphawaphi district of Udon Thani are usually in full bloom from New Year until around February. Tourists can hire a boat to see the red lotuses up close and enjoy the natural scenery of the freshwater lake and waters, which are home to a variety of fish, birds, wildlife and aquatic plants.

    The list was put together by CNN travel experts and international reporters who named their favourite destinations around the world for a feature on the news organisation’s website. Other destinations on the CNN list included Penang in Malaysia, Columbia, Bordeaux in France, Bhutan, Albania and Senegal.

    Isaan was cited as “a piece of Thailand that’s still largely unexplored by the international market”. CNN also noted Isaan’s “excellent infrastructure” including domestic airports and hotels.

    CNN also wrote about Isaan’s most famous food exports, sticky rice and papaya salad, as dishes that are among Thailand’s best – provided diners can handle the spices.

    Aside from Isaan, Bangkok was named the “Best City” in Asia by readers of DestinAsian, a travel and lifestyle magazine in the Asia-Pacific region with a print run of 33,414 copies and a readership of 100, 242 per edition.

    This is the 12th annual DestinAsian Reader’s Choice Awards and Bangkok took the top spot in the city category with Singapore and Hong Kong taking the second and third place on the list. Another popular Thai city, Chiang Mai, was also popular with DestinAsian readers, taking ninth place in the poll.

    This poll shows how Bangkok is fast becoming a popular short-haul trip for travellers and tourists across the region. The city offers a range of shopping and entertainment as well as historic sites, temples and attractions that can be easily enjoyed by visitors coming for a few days visit.

    CNN names Isaan as one of best places worldwide to visit this year

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    One things for sure they ain't been around are area.

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    Essentially, Isaan IS Thailand.

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    Rose coloured spectacles and all that.

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    Yeah sure fly around the planet to visit Isaan. Makes sense. Good idea. Culture. Food. Dust. Mosquitoes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chico
    CNN names Isaan as one of best places worldwide to visit this year
    CNN needs to STFU! Last thing we needs is a bunch of fukwit tourists polluting isaan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thaimeme View Post
    Essentially, Isaan IS Thailand.
    Were you tempted to add the hilariously idiotic 'Bangkok is not the real Thailand' brainfart there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slick View Post
    Yeah sure fly around the planet to visit Isaan. Makes sense. Good idea. Culture. Food. Dust. Mosquitoes.
    I'll have you know that Isaan has become positively cosmopolitan over the last few years. Much of the food is now cooked in indoor facilities You can even buy real bread and fresh milk in some places. Afternoon TV entertainment still needs a bit of a boost to bring it into the current century, but that's not just an Isaan issue.

    Maybe the CNN guys just spent a night in the Pullman hotel in Khonkaen and never bothered to go out anywhere. Anyway, I like it and have no plans to move anywhere else. Most of us who live here, would also prefer it if all the tourists just went somewhere else. All they do is raise TukTuk fares...and give false hope to some of the bar girls.
    I blame the Americans......and Thaksin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by koman
    Most of us who live here, would also prefer it if all the tourists just went somewhere else.
    I would like it more if all the geriatric English alcoholics would fuck off

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slick View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by koman
    Most of us who live here, would also prefer it if all the tourists just went somewhere else.
    I would like it more if all the geriatric English alcoholics would fuck off
    This is exactly what gives Isaan its uniqueness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Lennon View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Slick View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by koman
    Most of us who live here, would also prefer it if all the tourists just went somewhere else.
    I would like it more if all the geriatric English alcoholics would fuck off
    This is exactly what gives Isaan its uniqueness.
    Particularly now that all the over amplified Vietnam vets are dying off.

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    "Imbeciles garbed in gypsy rags, inhabiting scruffy rainforests, shabby paddy land, dog infested, litter-strewn, somnolent and decrepit villages, dreary hick towns hewn out of poured concrete, cheap plastic and overflowing sewers, crumbling highways hosting casual death at every turn, bug heavy nights drinking warm beer under fluorescent lights, the yammering of drunken, brain-addled, toothless geriatrics cackling incoherence and stupidity, eating the same old meal in a Groundhog Day cuisine of utter tedium, where the fucking apotheosis of achievement in their leisure time is a fucking shopping expedition to Big C amid throngs of bandy-legged, pug-nosed hobbit like creatures drifting about in a splay-footed, plastic shod daze, followed by a greasy encounter in Chesters chicken emporium.

    Aaaah, Isaan."

    ( "My journey through Isaan with a handbag" Vol.23 Ch.8 - Terence ' Hosepipe' Ocker (Didgeridoo Press- Perth)).
    Last edited by Seekingasylum; 23-02-2017 at 11:06 AM.

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    More fake news from CNN.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thaimeme
    Essentially, Isaan IS Thailand.
    why do they all speak Lao then?

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    Isaan-Thai, Thai, English, Burmese, Chinese, Japanese & others.

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    the yammering of drunken, brain-addled, toothless geriatrics cackling incoherence and stupidity, eating the same old meal in a Groundhog Day cuisine of utter tedium, where the fucking apotheosis of achievement in their leisure time is a fucking shopping expedition to Big C amid throngs of bandy-legged, pug-nosed hobbit like creatures drifting about in a splay-footed, plastic shod daze, followed by a greasy encounter in Chesters chicken emporium.
    sounds more like a day in the life of many a farang retiree in pattaya or even hua hin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Chico
    CNN names Isaan as one of best places worldwide to visit this year
    CNN needs to STFU! Last thing we needs is a bunch of fukwit tourists polluting isaan.
    Norton they should all go up your way, to see that special temple.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Chico
    Norton they should all go up your way, to see that special temple.
    Boring. Better they go to Yaso for the rocket massacree. Far more exciting.

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    nah the military has stopped all the gambling won't be much going on in the future.



    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
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    Norton they should all go up your way, to see that special temple.
    Boring. Better they go to Yaso for the rocket massacree. Far more exciting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chico
    nah the military has stopped all the gambling won't be much going on in the future.
    Stopped here for the last 2 years, Buriram Province, due to safety claims.

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    It seems that CNN is heavily promoting Thailand these days. They also have this "Made in Thailand" item on air.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Warrior
    They also have this "Made in Thailand" item on air.
    Yea. Must be an ulterior motive. No clue what it may be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seekingasylum View Post
    "Imbeciles garbed in gypsy rags, inhabiting scruffy rainforests, shabby paddy land, dog infested, litter-strewn, somnolent and decrepit villages, dreary hick towns hewn out of poured concrete, cheap plastic and overflowing sewers, crumbling highways hosting casual death at every turn, bug heavy nights drinking warm beer under fluorescent lights, the yammering of drunken, brain-addled, toothless geriatrics cackling incoherence and stupidity, eating the same old meal in a Groundhog Day cuisine of utter tedium, where the fucking apotheosis of achievement in their leisure time is a fucking shopping expedition to Big C amid throngs of bandy-legged, pug-nosed hobbit like creatures drifting about in a splay-footed, plastic shod daze, followed by a greasy encounter in Chesters chicken emporium.

    Aaaah, Isaan."

    ( "My journey through Isaan with a handbag" Vol.23 Ch.8 - Terence ' Hosepipe' Ocker (Didgeridoo Press- Perth)).
    Fvck off and die Seekingass. You wouldn't recognize cultural diversity even if it bit you in the ass. Have you even spent any time in Isaan?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seekingasylum View Post
    "Imbeciles garbed in gypsy rags, inhabiting scruffy rainforests, shabby paddy land, dog infested, litter-strewn, somnolent and decrepit villages, dreary hick towns hewn out of poured concrete, cheap plastic and overflowing sewers, crumbling highways hosting casual death at every turn, bug heavy nights drinking warm beer under fluorescent lights, the yammering of drunken, brain-addled, toothless geriatrics cackling incoherence and stupidity, eating the same old meal in a Groundhog Day cuisine of utter tedium, where the fucking apotheosis of achievement in their leisure time is a fucking shopping expedition to Big C amid throngs of bandy-legged, pug-nosed hobbit like creatures drifting about in a splay-footed, plastic shod daze, followed by a greasy encounter in Chesters chicken emporium.

    Aaaah, Isaan."
    Sheer bliss ! You forgot the betel nuts. I've taken to chewing them now that granny has passed away. I swear there is nothing better at breaking down cultural barriers than a few quick flobs on the pavement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Warrior
    It seems that CNN is heavily promoting Thailand these days. They also have this "Made in Thailand" item on air.
    I was thinking the same. A couple of months ago if the word Thailand was heard on CNN the feed was cut, strange................

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