Loei is one of Thailand’s best provinces for lovers of outdoor adventure, and certainly the best of all the Northeaster provinces. It has some of Thailand’s highest mountains, most stunning national parks, and best trekking. Loei also has a long bank along the Mekong River, with Laos just over on the other side. Besides great natural beauty, Loei is also a great cultural destination with a number of unique customs and holidays.
- Nature lovers and outdoor adventure enthusiasts
- Cultural travelers
- People who like to get off the beaten path
Loei is pretty far from everywhere else so it’s either a long drive, or you can fly from Bangkok.
By car – Loei is definitely a province where having your own transportation is a huge advantage, so going by car or motorcycle is highly recommended. You can rent a car at the airport in Phitsanulok, Udon Thani, or in Loei itself. If you take a motorbike, note that Loei can be both the hottest and coldest province in Thailand depending on the time of year.
By bus – Buses go every day from Mochit Northern Bus terminal in Bangkok and take around 10 hours. Neighboring provinces will also have regular bus service to Loei.
By plane – Air Asia and Nok Air both operate a flight most days from Bangkok Don Meuang (DMK) to Loei (LOE). The schedules seem to change and there is not always a flight, so look ahead.
By train – There is no train to Loei, but you could take the Northeast Line to Udon Thani, or the Northern Line to Phitsanulok, and get a bus from either of those locations. This wouldn’t be very convenient so you’d want an actual reason to stop in one of those places to do this.
Where to stay
We find our accommodation on Booking.com by first searching for the town or province and our dates, we then filter out any rooms with a score lower than 7 or 8 (depending on availability) as well as any rooms out of our budget. After this, we open the map and hover over all of the pins in the rough location we already decided we want to stay in. Hovering over the pins gives us the price for x nights plus the review score. We click on each pin to open those hotels in a new tab, review them and book our favorite.
Loei city has tuk-tuks that are cheap and convenient. There is some bus service between Loei city and other destinations like Chiang Khan.
We had heard really great things about Robot 2029 club in the center of town. We were actually a bit disappointed but it may have just been a bad night. This is a typical Thai-style club with a house band alternating sets with a DJ. The street along here has a few good bars for drinks before the club.
Fitness & gym
Line Gym is a serious gym with all the equipment you could want, and it costs just 40 Baht per day. Loei seems to have a serious bodybuilding culture and this gym is the center of it, but everyone there is very friendly and welcoming. Plenty of cardio machines on the second floor. No aircon here but enough fans.