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Nong Khai province is hidden away, tucked into the far northeastern corner of Thailand. The province sits quietly in the Mekong River valley, patiently waiting to welcome you to the Isaan area.

This area was formerly part of the Vientiane kingdom…

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Nong Khai Travel Guide

Nong Khai province is hidden away, tucked into the far northeastern corner of Thailand. The province sits quietly in the Mekong River valley, patiently waiting to welcome you to the Isaan area.

This area was formerly part of the Vientiane kingdom, and is only 25 kilometers away from the present day Vientiane, Laos. The region was historically marred by conflict. In 1827, King Rama III of Siam allowed a favored lord to build Meuang Nong Khai. All was well for a time, but in the 1870’s – 1880’s, the region was repeatedly attacked by the Yunnanese. The Thai and Lao residents of the region were able to successfully defend themselves and retain control. The Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge, opened in 1994, builds on this tradition of good relations and is working to improve development and trade in the region and cross-border.

Nong Khai is liberally dotted with waterfalls. Among these, make it a point to seek out Namtok (“nam” is water, “tok” is fall) Than Thong, Namtok Than Thip, Namtok Chet Si (“Seven Colors”, named for the refraction of light through the water creating rainbows), and Namtok Chanaen.

Another great attraction is Sala Kaew Ku, also called Wat Khaek. The park features concrete statuary from many predominant religions, contrasting the Buddhist, Hindu, and Christian icons in an unusual setting. You will find the naga, or river dragon, heavily represented, and the entire park leans toward the Hindu faith a little more than to the others. The park was built in the late 1970’s, and the founder’s remains are still enshrined onsite. You can find the park about five kilometers west of Nong Khai.

Also be sure to visit Thasadej Indochina market, located in the town of Nong Khai along the Mekong River. Covering more than one kilometer of waterfront, the bazaar boasts duty-free goods from China, Vietnam, and Laos, including foods and sweets. Local goods and handicrafts are also on offer here, and you really must have lunch at one of the numerous food stalls inside the market. The food here is a great value and wonderfully flavorful.

Getting around locally is no problem. For the less adventurous (or easily lost!), stick with the tuk-tuks that are well known from Bangkok. You can typically hire one for 40-50 Thai baht (THB) per person. If you are able to find your own way around, many shops offer bicycles for rent, and motorbikes are available as well. Remember that you’ll have to produce your passport in order to rent a motorbike, and helmets are mandatory, but often ignored.

Daily Flights from Bangkok to Udon Thani/Nong Khai

Accommodations in Nong Khai

Districts in Nong Khai Province

Muang Nong Khai District
Nai Mueang, Mi Chai, Pho Chai, Kuan Wan, Wiang Khuk, Wat That, Hat Kham, Hin Ngom, Ban Duea, Khai Bok Wan, Phon Sawang, Phra That, Bang Phuan, Nong Kom Ko, Pa Kho, Mueang Mi and Si Kai.

Tha Bo District
Tha Bo, Nam Mong, Kong Nang, Khok Khon, Ban Duea, Ban Thon, Ban Wan, Na Kha, Phon Sa and Nong Nang.

Chumphon District
Chumphon, Wat Luang, Kut Bong, Chum Chang, Thung Luang, Lao Tang Kham, Na Nang, Soem, Ban Pho, Ban Phue and Sang Nang Khao.

Si Chiang Mai District
Si Chiang Mai, Phan Phrao, Ban Mo, Phra Phutthabat and Nong Pla Pak.

Sangkhom District
Kaeng Kai, Pha Tang, Ban Muang, Na Ngio and Sangkhom.

Sakhrai District
Sakhrai, Khok Chang and Ban Fang.

Fao Rai District
Fao Rai, Na Di, Nong Luang, Wang Luang and Udom Phon.

Rattanawapi District
Rattanawapi, Na Thap Hai, Ban Ton, Phra Bat Na Sing and Phon Phaeng.

Pho Tak District
Pho Tak, Phon Thong and Dan Si Suk.

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