A former Thai kingdom, Nakhon Phanom Province hugs the banks of the Mekong River where Thailand meets Laos. Various cultures meet within Nakhon Phanom Province, which is blessed with storied historic sites, revered temples, scenic river vistas and alluring national parks.
Things to do in Nakhon Phanom
The border town of Nakhon Phanom is the province’s capital, home to a lively waterfront strip with tranquil parks, local markets and iconic landmarks. Snap a photograph of the prominent Naka Yard Nakhon Panom statue, then visit the historically-significant Vietnamese Memorial and admire priceless antiques within the Museo Juan Pooh Wah Changwad.
Immerse yourself in the region’s rich religious culture with a pilgrimage to Wat Phra That Phanom, a sacred Buddhist temple. This gilded temple is renowned for its towering chedi and priceless religious reliefs. It’s a short walk from the Sun Sinlapawatthanatham Rattana Moli Si Khot Bun, a museum filled with antiques and treasures from Wat Phra That Phanom.
Want to experience some Laos culture? Walk across the Mekong River using the Third Thai–Lao Friendship Bridge, which connects the Nakhon Phanom Province with the Laos town of Thakhek. If you’ve got the kids with you, head to the Maekong Underwater World to get up close with the Mekong River’s diverse marine life.
Nature lovers shouldn’t miss exploring Phu Langka National Park, home to forested hiking trails and the cascading Tat Pho Waterfall. The nearby Tat Kham Waterfall Forest Park also offers jungle walking trails and a tiered waterfall, along with swimming holes, wild monkeys and a small restaurant serving roasted chicken.
Getting around Nakhon Phanom
Nakhon Phanom Province is best reached by flying into Nakhon Phanom Airport or driving or catching a tour bus from Bangkok. You can explore the capital city using tuk-tuks, while songthaews and buses access the neighbouring towns.