Just got back from my Issan trip with Kay, getting photos and testing the new car. Total mileage 1,685 KM, 4days-3 nights Best place we stayed was at the Anothai Hotel – Phitsanulok – our 1st night – 600 Baht/night, included breakfast, and the food and hotel was excellent. I am working on all the trip photos and will post them soon – Vitara preformed excellently. Roads were great and little traffic.
The most unexpected, and we were amazed, was the low level of the “Mekong River”, the boundary between Lao and Thailand, which we drove along from Nong Kai to Chiang Khan before we headed inland to Loei. Also all of upper Thailand is covered in smoke, but not as bad as the Chiang Mai area. Main cities we visited were Lampang, Den Chai, Uttaradit, Si Satchanalai, Sukhotai, Phitsanulok, Khon Kaen, Udon Thani, Nong Kai, Chiang Khan, Loei, then back to Uttaradit and Chiang Mai. Took about 1000 photos in all.