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Loei (meaning ‘to the extreme’) is a diverse, beautiful province mostly untouched by mass tourism, despite all it has to offer. This isn’t the wildest place in Thailand, but the region’s national parks and nature reserves are excellent. And if you have the luck to arrive at the right time, you can balance the hush of nature with the hubbub of Dan Sai’s incredible Phi Ta Khon Festival.
The terrain here is mountainous and temperatures fluctuate from one extreme to the other: it’s hotter than elsewhere in Thailand during the hot season and it’s also one of the few provinces in Thailand where temperatures drop below 0°C.
The majority of the people are Tai Loei, thought to have migrated from Luang Prabang via Chiang Mai. They're proud of their distinct culture and you'll notice unique offerings at many temples and hear the Tai Loei dialect often.

Best time to visit

A quite short and not excessively strong rainy season runs from May to July and shouldn’t be seen as an obstacle for visiting Loei. The only inconvenience is that Phu Kradueng National Park will be closed for the whole season. Despite the province boasts the lowest temperature in Thailand, the cold season is the best time to visit Loei.

If visiting in April and May though, don’t expect to find any relief from the heat; like everywhere else in the country, the temperature in Loei town can easily reach scorching 40 degrees.

In June or July (dates are different every year), in the village of Dan Sai, the extraordinary Phi Ta Khon festival takes place; if you’re around at the right time of the year, make sure you don’t miss it.

Check the below table for the general idea of Loei weather throughout the year.

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 29.2 22 14.9
Feb 32.9 25.2 17.6
Mar 34.8 27.3 20.1
Apr 35.7 28.9 22.6
May 34.1 28.3 23.8
Jun 33.6 28.6 24.4
Jul 32.4 27.9 24.2
Aug 32.1 27.5 23.9
Sep 31.9 27.1 23.6
Oct 31.2 26.3 22.1
Nov 30.9 24.9 19.2
Dec 29.1 22.5 16.1

Loei’s current weather and 7-day forecast


What makes Loei so impressive is the fact that this province has an incredible range of natural attractions. From caves to waterfalls, national parks to reservoirs, there a piece of paradise here for everyone who visits. Start planning your “things to do in Loei” itinerary with this list, right now, and get excited about your trip!

1. Take the journey up to Erawan Cave

Erawan Cave, also known as Elephant Cave, is a sacred cave that houses a large sitting Buddha, as well as viewpoints, that are accessed by climbing 600 stairs. A small market is available at the base of the cave, for last-minute supplies, making it a fun trip for you and your friends!

This cave requires exercise to get to, but it’s well worth it. After you’ve had breakfast at the restaurant near the base of the cave, take the trip up and pay your respects to the Buddha before heading outside for fantastic views. This is one trip you’ll always remember!

2. Trek through Phu Luang Wildlife Sanctuary

For jungle views or a weekend tour of lush fields and trekking, contact the friendly and helpful staff of the Phu Luang Wildlife Sanctuary. It is a partially-public sanctuary that has a variety of different environments located within a 6 km square (2.3 square mile) area and can be viewed by reserving a time and a guide.

A trek of three days and two nights is also available and comes with accommodation, food, and a guide. The trek often ends with travellers viewing wildlife, such as Bush Elephants, in their natural habitat. Talk about a once-in-a-lifetime attraction!

3. Explore Phu Ruea National Park

Phu Ruea National Park is one of the largest and coldest areas in Thailand, in the winter season. This park is well known for having gorgeous winter flowers, rock gardens, and caves as well as cliffs and viewpoints. It’s a great stop for travellers who love to bask in natural splendor.

The park is great for families or just for a trip alone to take in the sights. There’s a lot to do here, so plan on being at the park all day. And if you’re in the mood for an evening drink, head on over to the Chateau de Loei Winery, the vineyard located at the base of the Phu Ruea Mountain.

4. Hike to the top of Phu Tok Mountain

Phu Tok Mountain is one of the few places in Loei Province that travellers rarely visit, but it ought to be on everybody’s radar. That’s because the mountain not only has amazing views, it is also home to Wat Phu Tok, a temple that serves as a retreat for Buddhist monks.

To get to the viewpoint, you will have to climb 600 steps, many of which are on steep inclines. You don’t, however, have to get to the top of the mountain in order to get great views - the walk up is done on wooden platforms that offer great views of the surrounding area.

5. Spend time on Huai Krathing Reservoir

For some downtime while you’re travelling in and around Loei, take a trip north of the city to visit Huai Krathing Reservoir. It’s a massive body of water, totalling over 26 million cubic metres (918 million cubic feet) and covers over 1,500 hectares (3,706 acres) of land. The views are also impressive: bamboo forests and mountains nestle the reservoir in lush greenery.

You will have the opportunity to rent bamboo rafts and try other water sports activities, here so you can actually spend time on the reservoir - dining opportunities are also available. With so much to do, you might want to spend all day here!

6. Picnic near Namtok Pla Ba Waterfall

Namtok Pla Ba Waterfall is a natural landmark, located less than 20 km (12.4 miles) away from Loei, making it a great place for a picnic or a lazy afternoon. It houses a waterfall, a rock platform, and a freshwater pool, all of which are open to enjoy.

You’ll love walking around the waterfall area and swimming in the pool, but you might get hungry. If you do and you forgot to bring a meal, buy one from one of the vendors in the parking area.

7. Participate in Phi Ta Khon Festival

One of the most interesting festivals in Loei Province takes place in Dan Sai, which is in the mountains on the northeastern side of the province. It is an Isaan festival, takes place in either June or July and is a unique experience for travellers.

The festival has parades with colorful costumes and masks, stage shows, traditional dancing and plays, offerings at the temples, food and more. It is expected that this year’s festival will happen in the last week of June, so if you’re in the area, drop by and see how Loei does festivals!

8. View the grounds at TSA Flower Garden

If you love flowers and gardens, the TSA Flower Garden is the perfect afternoon attraction for you. These are immaculately kept gardens that showcase some of the best plants and trees that can be found throughout Thailand.
If you find something you might like to try to grow at home, head over to the TSA Flower Shop and pick up some seeds! That’s right, you can even pick up seeds here - but please confirm with customs if those seeds can be allowed into your country.

9. Get some exercise at Phu Bo Bit Forest Park

Phu Bo Bit Forest Park is a great one-day getaway from the hustle and bustle of the tourist attractions. It’s here that you can find Phu Bo Bit, a climb of 600 steps that rewards you for your exercise with stunning views of the town and surrounding area, including the mountains.

A bit of advice: Loei locals come up at sunset and stay until nightfall, to take in the lights of the city, visible from the viewpoint. Try it yourself, and make sure to take plenty of photos while you’re at it!

10. Spend time with family at Suan Hin Pha Ngam

Sun Hin Pha Ngam, also known as the Kunming of Loei, is a gorgeous national park that is southeast of the city. With limestone hills, hiking trails, and waterfalls, you can lose yourself for a morning or a whole day in this area.
This park is great for families with small children, as most of the walks are easy. You can do a guided walk or explore independently and there are picnic spots around the area. Also, bring your camera: special views of waterfalls and hilltop vantage points are plentiful here.

11. See the magical sea of fog at the Phu Thok Mountain

Adventure seekers alike, this one is for you. When in Thailand, go beyond the beach trips and scenic cruises and experience nature at its finest. Go on a hike to Phu Thok Mountain and see the magical fog surrounding the scenic mountain. The 359 meter (1,177 foot) mountain is a popular tourist spot that many active travelers and nature lovers enjoy for the topnotch views they see of the Mekong River once they make it to the top. The best time to go on this hike is early morning before sunrise around 5:30 AM to 6:00 AM where you will get to see Thailand rise and shine as the sun winks at you while staring at the gorgeous mountain view. Tuktuks are also available to take travelers to the foot of the mountain around 100 baht (3.29 USD). Those who don’t wish to hike can ride in the public pickup truck service by Chiang Khan itself worth 25 baht (0.82 USD). Embrace the majesty of Phu Tok Mountain and experience the hike or climb to Thailand’s most beautiful nature reserves.

12. Be in awe of Wat Neramit Wipattasana's temple beauty

Thailand is filled with scenic temples all over the country and graces its locals with rich historical significance in each one travelers from all over the world come to see. One must-see temple attraction is Wat Neramit which is located at Amphoe Dan Sai and happens to be a newly structured temple made with bold laterite stones faced with a plaster or finer-grained stones that gives the temple a grade A finish. This rather new temple was developed by a renowned monk, Luang Pho Phra Maha Phan Sila Wisuttho who popularized meditation rituals, Vipassana training, and Buddhism practice to those visiting the temple. See this tourist attraction when in the Dansai and appreciate this hidden gem in one of the most scenic cities in Thailand.

13. Go on a food tour at Chiang Khan Walking Street

Travelers who learn best while walking around and manually absorbing culture would enjoy Chiang Khan. This walking street in Thailand is best for those who have big appetites and are curious to explore local and authentic Thai cuisine. Some of the best delicacies to try include candied coconut, grilled crab and shrimp skewers, as well as exotic variants of fruits that can only found in Thailand. Chiang Khan also displays an array of restaurants and are great places to sit, dine and people watch as you learn more about local life in the process. The bar scene is also one you cannot miss when in Chiang Khan, as well as local entertainment found all throughout, from singers, dancers to comedians, there’s something to see for everyone walking around.

Even if there’s not a big choice of guesthouses and hotels in Loei, the tourists who visit the town are normally never fill even those which are on offer, so it will never be a problem to find a room that will satisfy everyone’s needs for a few nights.

Some cheap guesthouses are located right in city centre while the bigger hotels can be found in proximity of the main road on the west side of town, still within walking distance from downtown. All the natural parks have some accommodation options within their territory and a bigger choice just outside the gates, while in Chiang Khan there are hotels, homestays and resorts to suit any budget.

Mid-range options

Fortune D Loei 

Add: 55/22 Maliwan Rd., Kudpong, Muang, 42000 Loei, Thailand 

Located in Loei, Fortune D Loei provides 3-star accommodation with private balconies. This 3-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk and valet parking. The air-conditioned rooms provide a garden view and come with a desk and free WiFi.
Guest rooms at the hotel are equipped with a seating area, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a private bathroom with free toiletries and a shower. All guest rooms include a wardrobe.

Guests at Fortune D Loei can enjoy a continental breakfast.

The Cozy Hotel 

Add: 157 Moo. 2, Srisongkram, Wangsaphung, Loei, 42130 Loei, Thailand

Set in Loei, The Cozy Hotel offers a garden. Featuring a restaurant, the 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. Private parking can be arranged at an extra charge.

At the hotel, all rooms come with a desk and a flat-screen TV. At The Cozy Hotel, rooms include a seating area.
Speaking English, Japanese, Korean and Thai at the 24-hour front desk, staff are always at hand to help.

Deluxe options

AU Place Hotel 

Add: 669/1, M.11, Loei-Chiangkan Rd., Meung, 42000 Loei, Thailand

AU Place Hotel features a restaurant, free bikes, an outdoor swimming pool and fitness centre in Loei. Each accommodation at the 4-star hotel has garden views, and guests can enjoy access to a bar and to a garden. The air-conditioned rooms provide pool view and come with a desk and free WiFi.

The units at the hotel come with a seating area, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a private bathroom with a hairdryer and a bidet. The rooms feature a wardrobe.

Guests at AU Place Hotel can enjoy a buffet breakfast.

The accommodation offers a sun terrace.

Speaking Thai and English, staff are willing to help at any time of the day at the reception.

Loei Palace Hotel 

Add: 167/4 Charoenrat Road, A.Muang, 42000 Loei, Thailand

Located next to the city park with pleasant garden views, Loei Palace Hotel offers spacious accommodation and recreation facilities including an outdoor swimming pool.

The Loei Palace Hotel is located within a 5-minute walk of the Loei City Centre. Nearby attractions to visit include the Chiang Khan Walking Street, Phu Rua National Park, the Erawan Caves and Khunming Mountain.

Accommodation at the Loei Palace Hotel consists of elegantly furnished rooms and suites decorated in contemporary Thai style. Each guestroom features air-conditioning, TV with satellite channels and a minibar.

Escape the heat with a dip in the gorgeous outdoor pool, surrounded by sun loungers or simply soak and relax in the spa bath. Other facilities include a business centre and a tour desk for the convenience of guests. WiFi is available for free in all guest rooms.

Savour a mix of dining options at The Botun Restaurant and Wine De Bay, which serves Thai and International cuisine.

The first thing that comes to many people’s minds while talking about Loei is the beauty of its many natural tourist attractions, be it hills or forests. However, Loei is also well-known for its local Food delicacies too. Keep reading to learn where you can find the best Restaurants in Loei!

1.Huean Luang Phra Bang

Situated in a traditional Thai-style house, Huean Luang Phra Bang is a local Restaurant that tourists will not want to miss once they get to Chiang Khan in Loei. Once customers step in, they can not only experience the real Culture of nearby Luang Prabang in Laos, but also enjoy the irresistible taste of local Food from this restaurant.

•  Highlighted Dishes: Stew Beef (Luang Phra Bang Style), Luang Phra Bang Chilli Dips, Pork Leg Simmered Hainan Style, Fried Pickled Fish with Fried Herbs, and more.

•  Opening Days: Monday – Friday

•  Opening Time: 11.00 – 22.00 Hrs.

2.Phu Rua Phochana

Phu Rua Phochana is one of the famous Restaurants in Loei that has been serving tasty Food for generations. Dishes here are well-known for their strong flavours and various influences – you can find Thai food, International Food, Isaan food, dishes made with jungle ingredients, and more. This is a two-storey restaurant with a fresh, relaxed atmosphere.

• Highlighted Dishes: Sour Soup with Fish and Mixed Veggies, Thai Spicy Mixed Vegetable Soup with Prawns (Kang Liang Goong Sod), Spicy Soup with Fish, Stir-Fried Wild Boar with Red Curry, Stir-Fried Shrimp with Shiitake, Duck Larb, Fried Shiitake Mushrooms, Fried Cabbage with Fish Sauce, and more.

• Opening Days: Monday – Friday

• Opening Time: 9.00 – 21.00 Hrs.

3. Pa Bua Wan Restaurant

If you are a fan of local Food, you will love this Restaurant. Pa Bua Wan Restaurant is very famous in Loei. The highlighted dish you can’t miss here is the classic kwaw pun nam jaw, which is a tasty local Chiang Khan dish.

Customers can pick whatever stuffs to combine and create unique tastes for their own preference. The taste of the food here is without a doubt delicious!

• Highlighted Dish: Classic Kwaw Pun Nam Jaw

• Opening Days: Everyday

• Opening Time: 07.00 – 13.00 Hrs.

4. Jam Loei Rak Chiang Kan4

The name of this café, Jam Loei Rak, is very unique and the café gives off a nostalgic vibe. Jam Loei Rak is not just a café where you’ll find flavourful Food and drink; it’s also a not-to-be-missed location to get a cool photo to show your friends on social media too. 

•  Highlighted dishes: Iced Latte, Chow Kuay Nom Sod, Pan-Fried Eggs, Vietnamese Bread, and more.

•  Opening Days: Everyday 

•  Opening Time: 07.00 – 21.00 hrs.

5. Khao Piak Sen

Khao Piak Sen noodle shop is strategically located in the centre of Loei. The popular dish here is khao piak sen, which is a Vietnamese rice noodle soup with pork spare ribs and sausage prepared following the owner’s secret recipe.

•   Highlighted dishes: Vietnamese Rice Noodle Soup with Pork Spare Ribs and Sausage, Pad Thai, and Pad See Ew.

•  Opening Days: Monday – Saturday

•   Opening Time: 06.00 – 15.00 Hrs.

6. Maengam Imaroi Restaurant

Maengam Imaroi Restaurant is listed as a must-try restaurant that people should not miss while in Loei. It is said that customers, both locals and tourists, flock here to try bowls of khao piak sen and more while enjoying the shop’s vintage vibes.

•  Highlighted Menu: Pan-Fried Eggs, Vietnamese Rice Noodle Soup with Pork Spare Ribs and Sausage, and more.

•  Opening Days: Everyday

•  Opening Time: 06.00 – 22.00 Hrs.

Get in

By car

From Bangkok, take Hwy 1 or Phahonyothin Rd, passing Saraburi. Turn onto Hwy 21, passing Phetchabun. Then, take Hwy 203, passing Lom Sak, Lom Kao into Loei Province at Dan Sai, Phu Ruea to Loei. It takes approximately 7-8 hours. Alternately, from Saraburi, take Hwy 2, passing Nakhon Ratchasima to Khon Kaen, for a distance of 536 km and turn left onto Hwy 12, passing Chum Phae and take Hwy 201 to Loei Province through Phu Kradueng, and Wang Saphung, a distance of 540 km.

By bus

From Bangkok

The Transport Co., Ltd. provides daily buses between Bangkok–Loei, both normal and air conditioned. The trip takes approximately 10 hours. For further information, contact the Bangkok Northern Bus Terminal (Mo Chit 2), Kamphaeng Phet 2 Rd, Tel. +66 2 9362841-8, +66 2 9362852-66. There are private bus companies such as Air Mueang Loei Co., Ltd.'s Bangkok office at Tel. +66 2 9360142 or Loei Office at Tel. +66 42 832042; Chumpae Tour Ltd., Bangkok office at Tel. +66 2 9363842 or Loei office at Tel. +66 42 832285; Phet Prasoet Co., Ltd.'s Bangkok office at Tel. +66 2 9363230, Phu Ruea office at Tel. +66 42 899386, Dan Sai office at Tel. +66 42 891908.

From Phitsanulok

Many buses are available from Phitsanulok, which is a particularly convenient starting point for exploring the area west of Loei (Dan Sai, etc.).

There are two bus terminals in Phitsanulok. No.1 which is very accessible by foot and no.2 which is like 5 km away from the city on the highway 12 on Indochina junctions. 50 baht to get there on a songtheaw. Both terminals have the exact same time for the busses going to loei. So just stick to terminal no.1. Time schedule for busses to loei are 9:30 and 12:00. Arrive earlier so you can catch the early bus, otherwise it's all booked pretty fast.

Within Isaan

There are regular buses to Loei from Khon Kaen (buses every 30 min) and Udon Thani (100 baht). Buses depart from bus station 2, somewhat inconveniently outside the main town.

We recommend you check the latest bus schedule and price via

By train

There is no railway station in Loei. However, visitors can take a train from Bangkok Railway Station (Hualamphong) to Udon Thani or Phitsanulok, and take a bus to Loei.

By plane

To Loei Airport (LOE), there are four daily flights from Bangkok, two on Nok Air, and two on AirAsia.

Contact us for the latest flight schedule and price. Or you can check via some online platform such as or

Here you can find some tips to book the cheapest flight

Get around

Songthaews can be used to reach the town from the bus station (10 baht). Tuk-tuks are also available to and around town. Local buses and/or songthaews serve some of the noteworthy sights mentioned below.


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In a new move to attract travelers during peak season, Thailand is doing away with the requirement of needing vaccination certificates or Covid-19 negative results in the case of unvaccinated passengers. Additionally, those infected with Covid-19, but have mild symptoms don’t need to isolate from next month. The same applies to those who test positive but display no symptoms.

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul announced these changes on Thursday after the National Communicable Diseases Committee (NCDC) had a meeting on Wednesday.

Instead of isolating those who have contracted the disease would be required to wear a mask, socially distance themselves from others and wash their hands frequently for the first five days. They also need to stay away from those who are immunocompromised and vulnerable.

Dr. Sophon Iamsirithaworn, deputy director-general of the Department of Disease Control, informed that since the present Covid-19 mutation doesn’t cause serious symptoms in most people, disease control measures can be relaxed.

National Security Council secretary-general Supoj Malaniyom added that the new measures are being put in place to help improve the economic conditions of the country.

“The primary aim will be to ensure the economy is back on track so people could earn their livelihoods once more,” he said.


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