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Nong Khai

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Country rank: 11 out of 31 Places To Visit In Thailand

Sub-Region: Nong Khai Province


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Ideal duration: 2 days

Best time: November to February (Read More)

Nearest Airport: Udon ThaniĀ  (Check Flights)

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"The land of nagas"

Nong Khai Tourism

Lying on the southern bank of Mekong river, Nong Khai is a lively town just 20 minutes from Vientiane, capital of Laos. The entire city is filled with images of the Naga, the giant serpant of Mekong. There are several waterfalls, riverside villages, forest temples, and many serene landscapes.

Known as the Naga city, Nong Khai is a model for the Issan culture of north-east Thailand, which is very different from the cultures followed in the rest of Thailand. This town has a growing tourist industry with many foreigners visiting year after year. The most important attractions are Sala Keaw Khu, the huge and magnificent sculpture park, Luang Por Phra Sai Buddha image, the Tha Sadet Market which boasts Thai-Lao culture and the Phu Phra Bat Historical park. The town is known for its super kind and warm locals who truly respect the Issan culture and history of Naga and Lord Buddha. Nong Khai is also home to the famous Buddhist Lent festival.

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Not specifically known for its nightlife, Nong Thai does have a few good options when itcomes to good music and cheap drinks at a bar. Some of them are Gaia Bar, May Enjoy Bar and Anchor Bar. Many locals as well as foreigners go to these for a good time to meet other fellow travellers and chill.

The most popular shopping spot at Nong Khai is the Thasadej Market that runs beside the Mekong river. There are many local Thai food stalls, Chinese tea stalls, handmade Thai and Lao products, ornaments, furniture, clothes and many other things. Another famous one selling all kinds of stuff is the Sunday market.

All major cards are accepted at most hotels, guesthouses and restaurants. Local vendors and drivers will accept only cash so you should have Baht in hand for that.

There are many banks and ATMs on the main road, Prajak road, Meechai road and inside Tesco-Lotus. All these places allow withdrawals up to 25,000 Baht per day.

A daily budget of approximately 1,200 Baht would suffice in Nong Khai including food, travel, alcohol and other entertainment purposes like entrance fees and shopping.

Buddhism is the major religion followed in Nong Khai.

Thailand in general is casual and not strict about its dresscode. However, while visiting temples and other culturally relevant spots in Nong Khai, you should dress appropriately so as to not hurt the locals sentiments. The Issan locals are known for their friendly and warm behaviour towards tourists. Yoyu should be careful and kind to them in return too. Don't point your feet at anyone as feet are considered dirty in Thailand. Be respectful of the city and its history. Tipping is not practised, although, it is highly appreciated for good service.

The common dialect spoken in Nong Khai is Thai. Although, many locals speak Issan too. Most guesthouse and restaurant owners will be English speakers. However, the local vendors and drivers will not know English, so learning a few Thai phrases might be helpful.

Nong Khai is a historic bridge between Thailand and Laos. It was earlier a part of Vientiane kingdom. In 1827, Rama III gave a Thai Lord to establish Nong Khai city as a defence. In 1992, the Thai-Lao Friendship Brdige was opened in Nong Khai as a trade and transport center.

The Rimkhong riverside road has many restaurants selling cheaper food than the town centre. Nagarina and Smile Bar are two of the best among others. Many other food stall vendors are spread across the city selling excellent and cheap Thai and Issan food at Thasadej market and Sunday market. Nong Khai is famous for barbecued river fish and sticky rice.


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How to Reach Nong Khai

You can fly from Bangkok to Udon Thani, and then take a mini bus to Nong Khai. Or you can take a train or bus from Bangkok to Nong Khai. (Read More)

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