Nong Khai Travel Guide

  • Sunset over the Mekong.
    Sunset over the Mekong.
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    Lotus icon along the river.
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  • One of the riverside restaurants.
    One of the riverside restaurants.
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Nong Khai Highlights

  • Pro
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     Peaceful town with friendly people 

  • Con
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     Hard to get 'Halal' food 

  • In a nutshell
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     the seventh best places to live abroad 

Nong Khai Things to Do

  • Sala Jao Phu Ya Chinese temple.

    There isn't a great deal to see in this Mahayana Chinese temple, but its extreme cleanliness. It really is surprising to walk into the grounds of the temple and note that there is not a paper lying around, the paint on the icones and buildings is perfect. Unfortunately, although there was a car parked in the courtyard, there was no-one around to...

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  • Sala Kaew Ku

    For those that have been in Vientiane, PDR Lao, there will be a sense of "deja vu" here. In 1958 the mystic Luang Pu Bunleua Sulilat bought land in his native Laos close to Vientiane and started slowly constructing huge statues representing Buddhist and Hindu motifs in his "Buddha park". In 1975 with the arrival of the Communists, Sulilat became...

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  • Rent a scooter to get around.

    Hiring a scooter in a foreign country might not be everyone's cup of tea, but in Nong Khai there is so little traffic that riding a scooter, providing you take it steady at the beginning, is really easy and safe. When you work out the cost of a tuktuk for a return journey to from your hotel and back (400 THB for two, so multiples of 200 THB every...

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  • Wat Pra Taat Bang Phuan

    This seemingly dilapidated Buddhist temple exudes an air of antiquity with age. No doubt, you can tell from its exterior there is a great deal of history to this monument. From the many old and worn out stupas that sprawled over the huge temple compound, it is easy to imagine the magnificience and majesty of this place during the peak of its...

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  • Wat Hin Mak Peng

    A good place for meditation retreat. This wonderful temple is nestled within a huge bamboo forest by the bank of the Mekong river. Within good visual distance are the villages of Laos just right across the river. This temple was visited by the Thai King and Queen annually when its founder, Luang Po Tate was still alive. Even with the passing away...

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  • Spectacular Giant Candle Parade

    It was my good fortune to be in Thailand for the occurrence of a special event. On the day preceding commencement of the Buddhist Lent, (16 July 2011) people paraded enormous candles down the street, before offering them to monks.Khao Phansa Day takes place on the day before the start of Buddhist lent. The date of is fixed by the lunar calendar,...

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Nong Khai Hotels

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  • Villa Thongbura

    221/100 Moo 12 Soi Thepprasit 17 Thepprasit Rd., Nong Khai, 20150, Thailand

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Nong Khai Resort

    202 Moo 4 Tambol Meechai, A.Muang, Nongkhaii Province, Nong Khai, 43000, Thailand

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • The Tip Hotel

    9 Mitrapap Rd. Moo 10, A. Muang, Nong Khai, 43000, Thailand

    Satisfaction: Poor

Nong Khai Restaurants

  • Plenty of choice.

    Along the riverfront of Nong Khai, especially along by the main market area, are plenty of restaurants. None that particularly stand out, but we just walked along sniffing the pots there were on the stoves outside until we found one that smelled good. The one we used more is at the Eastern end of the Tha Sadet market as you come out into the open,...

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  • Soft beef and danish food

    Very nice looking restaurant where there is a room for eating and a room for for siting and relax with a cup a coffee... very nice coffee!I get a nice services of the english speaking thai lady... give the english a good 8 out of 10. She understand all i say... not happen everyday..The restaurant have all from a good thai, danish and food european...

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  • Fresh Food, Slow Cooking, Local prices

    The owner, Joy, is well travelled and speaks excellent English.Every day she personally selects the freshest ingredients from the local Morning Market.Slow Cooking for taste, vitamins and no baddies: Joy does not own nor believe in Bay Marie. Every course is cooked while you wait.Her cooking is sought out by the local business owners who constitute...

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  • Roast dinner!

    This tiny cafe is located beside the western entrance into the covered market. I actually had roast pork with some nice sauce, boiled potatoes and brussels (which I hadn't seen in any markets in Thailand, so I guess they were frozen!). Anyway, it was a bit of a surprise as are other western dishes such as weiner-schnitzel, fish and chips, lasagne,...

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  • Cruising along the river

    Very good Thai food on cruise. I love chef here. She is one of top 10 best Thai chef in my opinion. Mention her name "Moo". Lap-Tod - Man (Fried fish) and the best is the sause.

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  • Nagarina Floating Restaurant

    You can choose to dine here at this Floating Restaurant or order your meal in advance before you take your cruise so they can prepare & serve it on board the boat. This way you can enjoy your meal & the cruise at the same time. If you don’t wish to take the cruise, you can just sit, relax & enjoy your meal here at Nagarina. Fried Morning Glory

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Nong Khai Nightlife

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    60 station bar located in Soi Nittapat. a small bar near White inn Hotel. The owner is very nice. they sometime do live music. i so much enjoy conversation with the owner also with nice people there.

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  • Along the river

    There's a couple of bars along the promenade that seem quite popular with the local twenty-somethings. Apart from that, Nong Khai is dead at night and really just serves as a place to have lunch for lots of tour parties passing through.

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  • Enjoy MaeKhong River at this bar

    I love 'Gaia Bar' the most for night life as it's so peaceful and open me a chance to meet a lot of nice traveler who stop by at each night. I love live music there too.

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Nong Khai Transportation

  • Overnight Train from Bangkok to Nong...

    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...

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  • train from Bangkok

    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...

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  • Nongkhai to Suvannabhumi Airport...

    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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Nong Khai Shopping

  • Covered market

    This is a 500m covered alley market beside the Mekong river, where you can find handmade Thai and Lao products, Chinese teas, cheap (and often low quality) electronics, clothes and a bewildering assortment of other items. It's open daily 08:00-18:00.

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  • Tsa Sadet Market...Not As Touristy As...

    The main shopping area in Nong Khai is Tha Sadet market or also known as Indochina Market. Most of the products here are from China, Laos & Vietnam as well as Thailand. You can find Thai silk, clothing, electrical goods, local handicraft, basketry, jewellery & so many other things including food. Most of the shop here open after 9.00am & close...

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  • Thai Silk

    We saw Thai silk were sold in the shop & along the path way in Tsa Sadet market but since we're not the expert in silk, we can't judge the quality & know whether the silk is genuine. It sure is beautiful & make a good souvenirs even if it's not real. Thai Silk. It depend on the material.

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Nong Khai Tourist Traps

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    by IndoBound Written Jul 27, 2004

    Just go straight to the bridge for the visa - no waste any time with the travel shops on the border. It's impossible to get the visa cheaer than at the bridge (be sure to have a few US dollars for bribes).
    The tuk tuk drivers will try to rip you off at the station as well - be strong and start to walk it - they'll soon give you a better price.

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Nong Khai What to Pack

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    Even the dog wear sweater:))

    by imran8852 Written Mar 7, 2008

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    Miscellaneous: There are three seasons in Nong Kai. The cold season is in October to February. During our visit the temperature drop to 15Celcius and we were told that it could drop to as low as 11Celcius or 12Celsius so don’t forget to bring your sweater if you come during this time of the year. Don’t fret if you forgot to bring your sweater…you still can buy it at Tsa Sadet Market for a very reasonable price.

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Nong Khai Off The Beaten Path

  • Great place for the sunset.

    We used the scooter to get out here, but of course a tuktuk would take you (for a price). Going west past the Friendship bridge along the Highway 211, you'll come eventually after a km or two to the Royal Jomanee hotel on your right.Turn into the carpark and go down to the end. Follow the dirt track past the small lake on your right to the rivers...

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  • Si Chiang Mai

    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...

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  • Tha Bo

    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...

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Nong Khai Sports & Outdoors

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    by chiabh Updated Jul 16, 2007

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    Easily the jewel of the Northeast, the par-72 course excel in many areas... the quility and degree of difficulty of the fairways and greens, the general proficiency of the caddies and overall club facilties...

    The only drawback is the small portion of food at the clubhouse ands only Singha, Chang or Heineken beer are available at the 19th hole drink hut...

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Nong Khai Favorites

  • Guest House

    There are many guest houses in Nong Khai. Finding one to suit your budget or liking won’t be so hard…I guess this is because most people make Nong Khai as a stopover to Laos but many has stayed longer & fell in love with Nong Khai…

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  • Beautiful Flowers!

    These flowers are soooo beautiful… Just can’t stop myself from snapping some photos to share with you. Please let me know the name if you know it!

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  • immigration checkpoint to Laos

    This is the immigration checkpoint to Laos. The traffic at the checkpoint seems to be smooth-sailing. From here Laos is just a stone throw away via the Friendship Bridge. The checkpoint and the train station aren’t that far though

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