Loei is known to be the province of extremes. With the name literally means “beyond” or “passing a specific point” the city of Loei is the northernmost province of Northeastern Thailand bordering Laos. Considering its weather, Loei can be one of the warmest provinces in the summer but is also one of the few provinces that the temperature could drop below 0 in the winter. During the cold season, Loei is especially a crowded place as people head there to summit The Phu Kradueng and Phu Ruea peaks, its most famous national parks along with Phu Suan Sai and a part of Phu Hin Rong Kla. For nature enthusiasts, Phu Luang Wildlife Reserve as well as the Phu Pha Lom Forest Park will also be just what you are looking for.
Although considered as an “Issan” or northeastern province, Loie collects many characteristics the north has – from the mountainous nature and cold weather to the ravishing art and culture to the slow-paced lifestyle people have. The biggest festival that draws visitors in every year is no doubt the Phi Ta Khon (Bun Luang) Festival. It is held on the weekend after the 6th lunar month’s full moon in Dan Sai District as a way for believers to make merit. If you want to be a part of this celebration, make sure to book your accommodation several months in advance.
Another place that is becoming popular for domestic tourists from the “hipster” trend is a village called Chiang Khan, a small community on the side of the Khong River. The houses here are made of teakwood where a good number have turned into homestays, coffee shops, and handmade souvenir stores. Get up early in the morning to see the sunrise over from the Vientiane side and take a cruise tour to beautiful Buddhist temples. There is no need to find a 5-star restaurant for dinner as you can stroll along the walking street while filling your stomach up with street food.