The areas of the Northeastern regions, comprising one-third of the Kingdom's total area, is situated on the elevated Khorat plateau with clear demarcations from the other regions. The Phu Pan mountain ranges run down the middle of the plateau, effectively dividing the region into 2 parts, the Mekong River Valley and the Khorat Plains. The numerous archeological sites of ancient civilization and dinosaurs in Khon Kaen, Loei and Kalasin provinces led to significant discoveries, and more new ones are being unearthed daily.
Though the area is comprised of many diverse minority groups, locals exist in peaceful harmony with each other. Often characterized as hard working, they are also artistically creative, as seen in the exquisite designs on silk cloths and other handicraft products.
Though it is considered the nation's poorest region because of its arid, infertile soils, this region is rich in culture and historical heritage sites influenced heavily by the Khmer Empire of old. Beautiful natural scenery and wonderful people, plus a tantalizingly spicy cuisine and exquisite silk productions entice visitors to this part of the Kingdom.