Si Chiang Mai is a small village on the western part of Nong Khai. I was mistaken the first when I hear the name. I thought Chiang Mai & Si Chiang Mai was the same place. I was so naive! This place is famous for it product: ‘spring roll papers’. You can see farmers growing tomatoes along the river bank & the fish farms in the mighty Mekong. Other nearby places of attractions are Wat Hin Mak Peng & Wong Nam Mog Waterfall.
We guess this must be one of the Nong Khai province that is closest to Laos because someone told us that we can just cross over during the dry season but of course we’re not going to try that! This is the tobacco producing village. If you travel to Tha Bo, you can see tobacco being grown along both side of the road. The greeneries of the surrounding area surely will sooth the eyes of every traveller especially if they come from such a hectic city!
There is a solitary monk living in the Phu Wua Wildlife Sanctuary west of Nongkhai. When an elephant died in a fight for dominance with another bull last year, the bones were brought to his cave after cremation. About a month after the bones were brought there, the winning elephant in the fight, probably smelling the sent of his rival, came up the hill to the temple looking around. The monk has a photo of the top of the elephants head taken from a ledge above him and was even able to touch the elephant. The elephant then tried to get into the temple cave where the bones were stored. There are some marks on the stone around the cave made by the elephant’s tusks. The door to the temple held, saving the temple from destruction by the elephant.
You can spend the night under the rock ledges outside the cave . . . if you dare.
Find out how to get there on the website.