Yuthasak Supasorn, governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, said: “Isaan 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 Isaan stories.”
The flowers of the Red Lotus Sea in Kumphawapi district of Udon Thani are usually in full bloom from New Year’s until around February. Tourists can hire a boat to see the red lotuses up close and enjoy the natural scenery of the lake and other waters that are home to a variety of fish, birds, wildlife and aquatic plants.
The CNN list was put together by the network’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.
Some of the other destinations on the CNN list are Penang in Malaysia, Colombia, Bordeaux in France, Bhutan, Albania and Senegal.