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North East

northeast2The Northeast of Thailand, a vast plateau covering nearly one third of the country, is usually known as Isan, it extends northwards to the Mekong River, which divides Thailand from Laos, and to the south before ending at the Dong Rek Mountain range along the border with Cambodia.

Isan is one of the country’s most intriguing destinations with many Stone Age and Bronze Age dwellings, ancient rock paintings, dinosaur fossils and artifacts and several significant temples that are a legacy of the great Khmer empire.

Oliver Stone is one of the directors who are mesmerized by Thailand. After shooting his “Heaven and Earth,” in which he transformed the southern part of Thailand into Vietnam, in 2004, he headed up to the Northeast to shoot his “Alexander” there. This time, Thailand’s Isan was miraculously transformed into India.

 

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