Top 10 Things to do in Nong Khai, Thailand

September 5, 2017 Franklyn Hardiman

Nong Khai (เทศบาลเมืองหนองคาย, Thesaban Mueang Nong Khai (Nong Khai Town) or หนองคาย or Nong Khai) is a city in north-east Thailand. It is the capital of Nong Khai Province. Nong Khai city is administered as Mueang Nong Khai District.
Restaurants in Nong Khai

1. Sala Kaew Ku (Wat Khaek)

Samakkhi community, Nong Khai, Thailand +66 93 314 6102
Excellent
52%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 396 reviews

Sala Kaew Ku (Wat Khaek)

Reviewed By Prawet J - Washington DC, District of Columbia

This temple is very interesting in making Buddhist goddess images into a sculpture garden. Travelers who do not have background and interest folklore story of Lord Buddha can find the sculpture garden entertaining. It is located only a few kilometers from the center of town. Travelers who have interest in Buddhist folklore can learn some from the inscription on each images.

2. Wat Pho Chai

873 Prajak Silpakom Rd., Nong Khai 43000, Thailand
Excellent
39%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 144 reviews

Wat Pho Chai

Reviewed By Opeyemi B - Hannover, Germany

After a long day and great presentation. I had the opportunity to visit this historical place. I admire the designs, structures and walls. I will definitely go back again with family to visit this wonderful place.

3. Issan Rum Distillery

Ban Nong Song Hong | Kaibokwan Subdistrict, Nong Khai 43100, Thailand +66 91 419 9285
Excellent
98%
Good
2%
Satisfactory
0%
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5 based on 35 reviews

Issan Rum Distillery

Issan Rum Distillery Agricultural Rum 100 % Sugarcanne juice Awarded at HKIWSC and Rhum Fest PARIS Free Tour of the distillery and pacefull tasting room

Reviewed By MKS1967 - Bangkok, Thailand

Brief mentions of this attraction in a guidebook lead to a search for more information. We found this on a personal blog - “Head south from Nong Khai towards Udon Thani on Highway 2 and after the Caltex Petrol station on your left take the second road on the left and follow the road roughly 2 km, you will then arrive at Issan Rum.” These directions were good enough but here are the coordinates if you have a GPS at hand - 17 degrees 47' 05" N 102 degrees 46' 39". David the French distiller was away but his wife Lek showed us around, explained the process and prepared some samples for our tasting. Delicious! Way better than the higher priced Chalong Bay premium Thai rum. Way better! Purchased a case to share with friends and hope to get more in future. Totally small batch, handcrafted, high quality product. If you like unique drinks this one is worth the adventure!

4. Thasadet Market

Mi Chai Road., Nong Khai, Thailand
Excellent
25%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
34%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 167 reviews

Thasadet Market

Reviewed By Prawet J - Washington DC, District of Columbia

Often, many out of town travelers may get a little confused with the term. Thasadet Market is known by locals as "pedestrian open night market" which is open on the river walk on Saturday only or we may classified it as night bazaar. The other one is the gift market (covered) on the road side is known as "Talad Indochine) which opens everyday with gift shops, food and drinks. the river boardwalk or as know in Thai language is "ตลาดคนเดิน). If you are in the city of Nong Khai on Saturday, the river walk is quite popular area with many activities till late at night. Get there and enjoy yourself with food, drinks, and some other entertainment. It is located at the tourist attraction Thasadet Pier.

5. The First Thai–Lao Friendship Bridge

Nong Khai, Thailand
Excellent
20%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
41%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 205 reviews

The First Thai–Lao Friendship Bridge

Reviewed By Victorianlad - Melbourne, Australia

This long, impressive bridge opened in 1994, funded by the Commonwealth Government of Australia.
At the time provision was made for a single rail track.
I photographed one of the two daily trains each way that run from Nong Khai's station to Laos, but only to that country's border station.

6. The Pier Market - Sadet Pier

Rimkhong Road | Nai Mueang Subdistrict, Nong Khai 43000, Thailand +66 42 461 232
Excellent
18%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
35%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 77 reviews

The Pier Market - Sadet Pier

Reviewed By Koochikoochikoo - Kuala lumpur

There is nothing much to do in Nong Khai so a browse through this shopping market is entertaining. The tuk tuk driver told me that ThaSadet means the kings market.However to me its nothing more then just another shopping area selling stuff from China.You can find some local wares n handicrafts.Interesting thing is that u can find weaoons like tiny shurekens,daggers,swords to bb guns ,guns selling without any control.
Food in the morning market is worth a visit.

7. Nong Khai Aquarium

Kho Kaen University Nong Khai Campus | 112 Moo. 7, Nong Khai 43000, Thailand +66 90 857 5943
Excellent
24%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 65 reviews

Nong Khai Aquarium

Reviewed By John H

Excellent Mekong and Freshwater fish. Great displays. Glass tunnel walkway. Very interesting. Cheap entry - farang with drivers licence or long visa get same Thai people rate

8. Wat A-Hong Silawas

Baan Ah Hong,Tambon Khaisri, Amphoe Bungkan, Nong Khai, Thailand
Excellent
40%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 15 reviews

Wat A-Hong Silawas

Reviewed By Pop P

the temple itself has nothing much to talk about, but its location being by the bank of the river where it is believed to be the deepest spot of the mighty Mekhong is remarkable. besides, the nearby rock park where there are several red and sand rock formations emerging from the ground of a well maintained and decorated park is stunning.

9. Phrathat Bang Phuan

Nong Khai, Thailand
Excellent
47%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
30%
Poor
0%
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4 based on 13 reviews

Phrathat Bang Phuan

Reviewed By Ayutthaya-History - Ayutthaya, Thailand

Wat Phra That Bang Phuan is one of Nong Khai region most sacred temples and located on a prominent hill. The stupa is 34 meters high and stands on a 17-square meters base. The Phra That is said to contain 29 Buddha relics of which one is a sacred bone of the Lord Buddha. The original pagoda dates back to ancient times.
The Lao King of Lan Chang, Sai Setthathirath I or Setthavong (1534–1572), was a profound Buddhist and erected many Buddhist monuments such as Wat Xieng Thong in Luang Prabang and the Phra That Luang in Vientiane. After having moved his capital from Luang Prabang to Vientiane in the mid-16th century, King Setthathirath ordered here a stupa built over the ancient one as a demonstration of his faith. Setthathirath's pagoda became heavily damaged over the years and toppled in 1970. The stupa was renovated by the Fine Arts Department in 1976-77.
We biked from Nong Khai to Wat Phra That Bang Phuan and back. It took us a bit more than two hours, including the visit of the temple site. It is a nice and tranquil place. We would classify this for foreign visitors with an interest in old temples and history.

10. Lan Phaya Nak

Nai Mueang, Nong Khai 43000, Thailand
Excellent
33%
Good
67%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

Lan Phaya Nak

Reviewed By Prawet J - Washington DC, District of Columbia

As a native of Nong Khai and travel back home often, I think the Nak (naga) head in TripAdvisor is in correct, that is the one in front of the old city hall. The Lan Phaya Nak is the one with two big green Nakas on the river walk near the Sadet Peir. Naka is consider the symbol of Nong Khai. The Lan Phaya Nak is a big plaza on the river walk and is slated for many local and officials activities. It is the best spot to see the view of the Mekhong River; of both Laos and Thailand. Great place to be both day time and at night. A very photo op area of being in Nong Khai.

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