As a province somewhat off the typical tourist route, Kalasin can only be reached directly via private car or public bus. However, it is possible to take a train or plane to nearby Khon Kaen and then a short bus to Kalasin. Once there, it may be easier to get around with your own car, but there are standard forms of local transport available for visitors: i.e. songtaew, motorbike taxi, and tuk tuk.
There is no train service to Kalasin, so visitors must take the train from Bangkok to Khon Kaen and then catch a bus from Khon Kaen to Kalasin, a distance of 75 kilometers. The State Railway of Thailand has daily rapid train, express train, and air-conditioned sprinter train services to Khon Kaen. For more details, call SRT at Tel. 1690, or 0 2220 4334, 0 2220 4444, Khon Kaen Railway Station, Tel. 0 4322 1112, or visit www.railway.co.th.
Kalasin is 519 kilometers from Bangkok by road. Take highway No.2 (Mittraphap Road) from Bangkok heading to Saraburi & Nakhon Ratchasima until you reach Amphoe Ban Phai of Khon Kaen province. Continue on Highways No. 23, 213 and 209 (Maha Sarakham - Kalasin).
The Transport Co., Ltd. provides air-conditioned and ordinary bus services daily from Bangkok’s Northeastern Bus Terminal (Mo Chit 2) to Kalasin. More details can be obtained at the Northeastern Bus Terminal (Mo Chit 2), Tel. 0 2936 2841-48, 0 2936 2852-66 or www.transport.co.th.
There are no direct flights from Bangkok to Kalasin, but you can get a flight from Bangkok to Khon Kaen and then catch a bus to Kalasin, a distance of 75 kilometers.
As in most rural Thai provinces there are typically songtaews that follow established routes around the provincial capital and between towns within the province. Songtaews, motorbike taxis, samlors (pedal powered three-wheeled cabs) and “skylabs”, a local form of tuk tuk, are usually available for private charter as well. There is an also public bus service to Kalasin town from other districts.
Glossary of Thai Terms
Amphoe : District
King Amphoe : Minor District
Ao : Bay
Ban : Village
Hat : Beach
Khoa : Mountain
Ko : Island
Laem : Cap
Maenam : River
Mueang : Town or City
Mu Ko : Group of Islands (Archipelago)
Namtok : Waterfall
Prang : Corn - shaed tower or sanctuary
Phu : Mountain
Tambon : Sub - districct
Tham : Cave
Ubosot or Bot : Ordination hall in a temple
Wihan : Image hall in atemple
Wat : Temple