TRAVEL Information

KHON KAEN is one of the large major provinces in Northeastern Thailand. The province has an airport with several direct flights from Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket and a vast variety of accommodations is available for different need and budget. With these well-developed infrastructure and facilities, Khon Kaen has been promoted to be one of the major tourist cities of Thailand.

Getting to KHON KAEN

By plane

Thai AirAsia flies from Bangkok (DMK) to Khon Kaen (KKC) several times a day; there are also flights from/to Chiang Mai(CNX), Pattaya (UTP) and Phuket(HKT). Nok Air and Thai Lion Air each has a couple of flights a day to Bangkok (DMK) as well. Thai Smile Airways flies from Bangkok (BKK) five times a day, and can be booked in one ticket with an international Thai Airways flight.
 
More information: https://www.facebook.com/kkc.airport/
Thai AirAsia https://www.airasia.com
Nok Air https://www.nokair.com
Thai Lion Air https://lionairthai.com
Thai Smile Airways https://www.thaiairways.com
 

By train

Khon Kaen is on the branch of the Northeastern Line that runs to Nong Khai and Laos. The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) runs one reasonably timed overnight train, Train 133, which leaves Bangkok at 20:45 and is scheduled to arrive at 06:11 in Khon Kaen.
 
As of 2018 the main railway station is being rebuilt and trains stop instead at a temporary station along the same line 3 km to the south. A 30-minute walk to the center, or else taxis are available.

By bus

Until 1 December 2017 Khon Kaen had three bus terminals. The newest, Terminal 3, is eight kilometres out of town and, for that reason, inconvenient. The city fathers want to get buses out of the city's core. The taxi cartel supports that initiative for obvious reasons: the cost of a tuk-tuk or taxi to downtown may well cost more than your bus ticket to Khon Kaen.
  • Khon Kaen Provincial Transport Station (Baw Kaw Saw 3), Muang KK By-pass Rd (On the ring road 8 km S of city centre. Any tuk-tuk can take you there). 24/7. Since 1 December 2017, the long-distance KK bus terminal. Also has minivans to nearer destinations. Opened in 2014.
  • Air conditioned bus terminal, Ammat Rd (Central KK. Nearest cross-street is Klang Mueang Rd.). Minivan station to places such as Udon.
Buses to/from Bangkok's Northern (Mo Chit) Bus Terminal depart every 15 minutes from early until late. For quicker service, avoid the touts at Mo Chit, and ask for Chan Tour. This company provides only VIP buses, which have very large seats and a bathroom. Alternatively, Nakhonchai Air has nice VIP buses which are cleaner (meals, drink, in-coach toilet) than Chan, but with small seats. Both will cost 420 baht, highly recommended. Both have terminals separate from Mo Chit, about 1 km away, where you can wait for your bus in an air-conditioned waiting room.

By car

It's easy to get to Khon Kaen by car from Bangkok. Just follow the four lane Hwy 2. Hwy 2 also heads north to Udon Thani, Nong Khai, and Laos.

Currency

The baht (/bɑːt/; Thai: บาท, pronounced [bàːt]; sign: ฿; code: THB) is the official currency of Thailand. It is subdivided into 100 satang (สตางค์, pronounced [sātāːŋ]). The issuance of currency is the responsibility of the Bank of Thailand. For several years 1 euro is around 35-40 baht and 1 USD around 30-35 baht.

Power plugs

In Thailand the standard voltage is 220 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. You can use your electric appliances in Thailand, if the standard voltage in your country is in between 220 - 240 V (as is in the UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa). Manufacturers take these small deviations into account. If the standard voltage in your country is in the range of 100 V - 127 V (as is in the US, Canada and most South American countries), you need a voltage converter in Thailand. You can also consider a combined power plug adapter/voltage converter.
The following plugs are used:

Time zone

In July Thailand time is UTC +7 hours all of the period. Same time as Khon Kaen.

Climate

Khon Kaen's climate is categorized as tropical savanna (from November to March), with winters that are dry and very warm. Temperatures rise until April—a very hot month, with an average daily maximum of 36.4 °C (97.5 °F). The monsoon season runs from May until October, with heavy rain and somewhat cooler temperatures during the day although nights remain warm.

Liability and insurance

Please check the validity of your insurance before you travel. The Local Organising Committee does not accept any liability for personal injuries, or for the loss or damage to property belonging to conference participants (or their accompanying persons) either during or as a result of the conference.

Safety

Thailand is the 91st safest country in the world, based on the safest and most dangerous countries ranking. Thailand is supposed to be the least dangerous country in the Southeast of Asia. Violent crimes against tourists are rare. Our main recommendation is to be aware of your surroundings and to travel with your trusted friends. Stay in touch with your family members from time to time in order to report your location. Nobody can guarantee that there will be no problems with safety, but KHONKAEN is a fairly safe city and the area of KHON KAEN University, where the conference will be hosted, is a very safe area - we travel there every day.