Nong Khai Transportation

  • The main waiting area in Hualamphong Station.
    The main waiting area in Hualamphong...
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  • Curtains for privacy on the train!
    Curtains for privacy on the train!
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  • 'Bum Hoses', even on trains!
    'Bum Hoses', even on trains!
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    Take The Train!

    by imran8852 Updated Mar 7, 2008

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    You can take the train to Nong Khai from Bangkok Hua Lamphong Railway Station. The train depart daily to & from Bangkok. It’s much more comfortable to take the night sleeper train for a long journey that take almost 11 to 12 hr. The upper berth cost 688bath. The lower berths which are much more convenient & comfortable cost 758bath. The later are much more popular so try to book in advance during peak season. We managed to get the lower berth to Bangkok on our way home.
    If you take the flight from Bangkok, it will only be until Udorn Thani, from Udorn Thani you have to take the train or bus to Nong Kai.

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    Overnight Train from Bangkok to Nong Khai.

    by Anniko Written Apr 10, 2013

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    The main waiting area in Hualamphong Station.
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    The way I travelled to Nong Khai was by overnight train, from Bangkok's Hualamphong Station.

    Bangkok's Hualamphong Station is the main railway station in Bangkok, and is operated by the State Railway of Thailand. It is located in the center of the city in Pathum Wan District, and can be easily found by taxi or using the MRT (Hua Lamphong stop).

    The station was built in an Italian Neo-Renaissance style, with decorated wooden roofs and stained glass windows. Hualamphong Station, also called Bangkok Train Station, is the main terminal to northern, eastern, northeastern and southern Thailand.

    Train tickets to Nong Khai can be purchased on the same day or in advance, and fares vary according to the type of seat and train.

    Hualamphong Station Services include an office to store luggage, enabling a few hours of sight-seeing in Bangkok, until the train departs in the evening. There are ATMs, and showers in the toilets. Many dining choices are on offer. Options include coffee shops, restaurants, a cafeteria, several 'fast-food' outlets, and convenience stores. The cafeteria was my favorite, where delicious meals were cooked in front of you in a wok.

    Train announcements are made on loud speakers in Thai. If you don’t understand Thai, ask staff at the ticketing office, like I did. (They didn’t seem to mind.)

    There are two standards of sleeper car on overnight trains. These are the air-conditioned 1st class sleeper which consists of two beds in a small room with a hand basin and a toilet at the end of carriage.

    Then there is the air-conditioned, 2nd class sleeper consisting of about 40 beds arranged in upper and lower bunks, down each side of the carriage. There are curtains around each bed for privacy but everyone is in the same room, unlike in 1st class. The 2nd class sleepers are around half the price of 1st class sleepers and are the most popular.

    All beds use fresh cotton sheets, pillows with cases and laundered, sealed, towel-like blankets. Beds are set up by the train staff at around 9:00 pm and stored away again around 7am the next morning. One bed is pulled down from the roof while the second is made from the seats below. Both top and bottom berths have curtains for privacy. From my personal experience, they were very comfortable to sleep on.

    At the end of each passenger car there is an open washroom and a toilet. The washroom provides sinks, mirrors, tissues, soap etc. On the one I was on, there was a squat toilet as well as a western toilet.

    All classes of train have refreshment facilities and most have full catering cars with cooked meals at reasonable rates.

    I found my journey to be a pleasant experience, enabling me to get a good night's sleep, after a restless time the night before on my flight from Australia.

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    Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge

    by chiabh Updated Jun 1, 2005

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    the bridge...

    The Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge is the first bridge across the Mekong River linking Nong Khai and Tha Na Laeng in Laos... Built as a joint venture between the governments of Australia, Thailand and Laos, it was opened in 1994 and is one of the best place to enjoy the beauty of sunset over the Mekong River...

    The bridge is about 4km from Nong Khai and is 1.2km long... The Lao capital of Vientiane is about 20km from the bridge...

    The border crossing between Thailand and Laos at the bridge is a very important crossing for visitors to Vientaine... The border post is opened everyday from 6:00am to 10:00pm... It is one of the sanctioned crossings into Laos where a 15-days tourist visa-on-arrival can be obtained...

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    Local bus crossing into Laos

    by Durfun Updated Aug 19, 2010

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    Warning sign at the bus stop

    The local buses crossing the Friendship Bridge to get you to Laos are quite frequent.

    There would always be some locals sitting around, waiting for the bus.

    Fares are very modest, only 1.5 THB when I was there (Feb 2006), and the journey into Laos to the border control takes about 5 minutes.

    The bridge is longer than you'd think, meaning the Mekong is quite wide at this point!

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    Nongkhai to Vientiene,Laos

    by pattayaraj Written Nov 23, 2006

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    There're direct air-con buses run between Nongkhai and Vientiene,the capital city of Laos.The fare 's about 55 THB.You can see the bus schedule in my pictures. The bus begin at Nongkhai Bue Terminal and takes about 1-1.5 hours for Vientiene.

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    Jumbo/Tuk Tuk from Bus Terminal-Friendship bridge

    by pattayaraj Updated Dec 15, 2003

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    From Bus Terminal - Friendship bridge about 20-30 baht. Try to discount within this rate .
    The driver can drop you at the immigration office by no need to wait for a long time for the bus (for crossing the bridge).

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    Arriving from Udon Thani airport

    by Durfun Updated Aug 19, 2010

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    The Nok Air plane, flew low altitude mostly!
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    If you arrive at Udon Thani airport mainly to cross over to Laos, this is the town to head for.

    The best and quickest way to reach Nong Khai from the airport is via a private mini-bus, arranged by 'Limousine' firms in the airport terminal itself.

    These companies issue you a ticket, with fixed, printed prices of 150THB per person. This is quite good value considering it is a good 50 minutes journey, at speed.

    The roads are wide, dual carriageways most of the way. Quite impressive really! They drop you off near the border town, at a bus stop, making it convenient to proceed with the second leg of your journey into Laos (by local bus).

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    Nong Khai Bus Terminal

    by pattayaraj Written Dec 15, 2003

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    -About 1 km from city center.
    -There're some private public bus company to/from Nong Khai .
    -Recommend bus company (Bkk-Nong Khai) in list :
    Type: VIP 32 seats + Air con+VDO+dessert&beverage :351 baht/person
    Chan tour
    Rung Prasert tour

    Type: VIP 24 seats+Air con+VDO+dessert&beverage : 545 baht/person
    The Goverment bus company

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    train from Bangkok

    by davidjo Written Apr 8, 2012

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    There are 3 overnight trains a day from Bangkok to Nong Khai at 18.30, 18.40 and 20.00, all arriving next morning. Prices range from 258 for a 3rd class hard seat to 1,217 for a 1st class sleeper, 2nd class sleepers from 500 to 700 depending whether a/c or fan. Some hardy travellers take 3rd class seat and find themselves on a wooden seat, but from past experience this is not the way to go as it's so uncomfortable, so try 2nd class seat 388 fan or 496 a/c. Plenty of sellers jump off and on the train with a good selection of meals/snacks/drinks for sale.

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    NongKhai to Bangkok

    by yuet29 Written Mar 7, 2005

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    There are 2 types of buses from NongKhai to Bangkok. First type is normal bus, second type is VIP bus. The buses before 5:30pm are considered normal buses and cost 273 for 12 hours journey.

    The bus will stop at Morchit station in Bangkok.

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    Tuktuk ride to Thai customs inspection

    by traveljerk Written Oct 3, 2007

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    From the train station, I had a tuktuk ride to the Thai customs inspection. The motorcycles charge a minimum fare of 7 Baht per passenger. There was no descrimination between locals and tourists. I was with three other tourists--two young Japanese and an old American and one local in the same tuktuk. It was a short ride, maybe less than a kilometer. Then a short walk to the Laos immigration followed.

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    Nongkhai to Suvannabhumi Airport directly!

    by pattayaraj Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Bus

    I found a goverment bus run directly from Nongkhai to Suvannabhumi Airport.Just think it's a good idea.No need to get struck in traffic of BKK. For bus timetable,please check the website below for more information.Also this link plus other routes for Suvannabhumi Aiport directly.

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    Be Cafeful Purchasing Train Tickets

    by lifemagic Written Jan 27, 2009

    Be careful buying train tickets in Nong Khai... or perhaps anywhere. I went a couple of days ago to the station and wanted train seventy, second class sleeper to Bangkok. I told him it was for tomorrow. He was playing with his mobile phone and barely looked up for the whole transaction. Rather than print out a ticket, he gave me one from below the counter. I checked it, male, lower berth, leaves the day after the issue date, second class, correct price, so handed over nearly eight hundred bath.

    Of course, that night when trying to book accomodation, I got confused that it wasn't possible for the day I would arrive. I checked the ticket, the checked the current date on google calendar. I'd been sold a ticket that was issued the day before I purchased it, and that had confused me. The train had already gone.

    The lesson is, when you're researching which train you want, write down the current date and the date you want to travel. The issue date will be at the bottom right, month in Thai but 'English' numbers. The date of travel is in the centre of the ticket. Check the ticket against your notes, be especially careful if the ticket is pre-printed rather than printed out just for you, and be even more careful if the person dealing with you is obviously paying no attention whatsoever.

    My own fault really though. I wasn't wholly mindful of the current date.

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    Thai-Lao International Bus

    by Willettsworld Written Dec 20, 2009

    I came to Nong Khai on the Thai-Lao International Bus from Vientiane in Laos. It left at 9.30am from the main bus station in Vientiane and took all of 10 minutes to clear immigration on the Laos side. However, Thai immigration took ages as it was a Sunday with many Lao people visiting Thailand for the day. The trip took about 2 hours and cost 15,000 kip (55 baht). Remember that a land crossing back into Thailand now only gets you a 15-day stay.

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    Buses to Nong Khai

    by earthflyer Updated Feb 18, 2010

    V.I.P. buses services leave from Bangkok in the evening and take about ten hours to get to Nong Khai.

    From Chiang Mai there is an overnight bus service which arrives in Udon Thani in the morning...from Udon Thani to Nong Khai takes approximately one hour.

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