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Nong Khai
About Nong Khai

Nong Khai is a province in the northeastern Thailand on the right side of the Mekong River, opposite to Tha Ma Dua of Laos.

 

Attractions

Prab Hor Monument : This monument was built to honor those who died in the fight against Chinese Hor rebellion.

 

Luang Pho Pra Sai : this sacred Buddha image is worshipped by many people, located on Pho Chai Road.

 

Hat Chom Manee : the beach on the Mekong River known as ‘Pattaya E-san’.  From the beach, you can clearly see the Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge.

 

Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge : it is a bridge over the Mekong River, connecting Nong Khai province with Vientiane Prefecture in Laos.  It was founded by the cooperation of Australia, Laos and Thailand with a length of 1.2 km and a width 15 m.

 

Tradition and Festival

Rocket Festival : the event is held every May.  There is a rocket competition to worship holy angels and pray for rain.

 

Thai-Lao Rowing Festival : at the end of Buddhist Lent, there is a festival featuring offering food to monks and long boat races on the Mekong that Thai and Lao will take turn to host the festival.

 

Shopping

Textiles and basketwork, silverwear, white pork sausage, velvet tamarinds and pineapples are the well-known local products.

How to go

Take the Bangkok-Nong Khai bus at the Mor Chit Bus Terminal. The buses run daily.  For more information, call +66 936 2862 66

Take a Bangkok – Nong Khai train, call 223-7010, 223-7020 for more information and tickets.

Take a plane to U-don Thani province, and then take a bus to Nong Khai for 51 km.

Recommended

Sala Kaeo Ku or Wat Khaek

Located 3 km. from the town of Nong Khai on the right side of the route to Phon Phisai. Presently, it is under the care of the Nong Khai Buddhist Association. This place which looks like an open museum of religious statues was created with an inspiration of Luangpu Bunluea Surirat who built it around 1978, out of his own belief that the teachings of all regions could be mixed together. Therefore, there are Buddha images in different attitudes, Hindu gods, Christian religious icons, as well as character figures from the Ramayana epic and folk legends. It is open daily during 07.00 - 17.00 hrs. Admission fee is 10 Baht per person.

Sala Kaeo Ku or Wat Khaek

Thai – Lao Friendship Bridge

Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge is the first international bridge spanning the Mekong. The bridge was built jointly by the governments of Australia, Thailand and Laos. It was opened in April 8, 1994.

Thai – Lao Friendship Bridge