I am planning to spend a couple of weeks in late December, early January exploring various areas in the ISAAN Region, and would love to hear from anyone who has travelled there. (I have already posted in the Thailand forum).
I know it is a huge area, and I will probably only scratch the surface during my time there; I have done some research on the small towns along the Mekong River - I will be starting out from Chiang Mai, travelling solo, am older female. Ideas on special places to see, best mode of transport (buses, trains, etc.), or any advice and info appreciated.
I have also researched the Loei area a bit but would be very grateful for tips on what to see along the way - sights not to be missed, special little places to stay... I have read some JBRs from people who have travelled in various areas, and some good info there.