Thailand’s northeastern region of Isan was recently named as one of the
top 17 places to visit in the world during 2017. The huge and culturally
diverse region of Thailand featured on a list of world destinations put
together by CNN’s travel experts.
Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT)
said, “Isan 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 unseen by tourists, so we encourage people to explore and discover
their own amazing Isan stories.”
The CNN list was put together by CNN’s travel experts and
international reporters who named their favourite destinations around the world
for a travel feature on the news organisation’s influential website. Other destinations
on the CNN list included Penang in Malaysia, Columbia, Bordeaux in France,
Bhutan, Albania, and Senegal.
Isan was cited as “a piece of Thailand that’s still largely
unexplored by the international market”. CNN also noted Isan’s “excellent infrastructure”
including domestic airports and hotels.
CNN also wrote about Isan’s most famous food exports, sticky
rice and papaya salad as dishes that are among Thailand’s best – provided
diners can handle the spice.