This is the area where I will be living. It is 250 – 300 kilometers (155 – 187 miles) from the capitol of Laos and about an hour plane ride/10 hour drive (650 kilometers) from Bangkok. According to my agent, this area of Thailand gets less tourists than other regions and as such has been deemed “The Real Thailand Experience”. Because of it’s location, this area has a mix of Thai and Lao cultures. The anthropologist in me is giddy (anthropology undergrad), the English teacher in me is not sure what this feeling is that she is feeling (have any of you ever seen Wicked the musical?). Check out cool things to do in Sakon Nakhon at wikivoyage.org. I am excited for the Temples and basically everything listed in the Local Products list. What looks interesting to you?