Nong Khai Province offers cascading waterfalls, hidden caves and lush forests. In the town of Nong Khai you can relax at waterfront cafes, visit an eclectic sculpture garden and watch fiery sunsets over the Mekong River.
Things to do in Nong Khai
Nong Khai is the province's lively capital, set on the banks of the Mekong River. You can visit a string of temples including Wat Pho Chai, which is guarded by a statue of Buddha embellished with gold, bronze and sparkling gemstones. Shop for handmade trinkets, enjoy live music and eat your way through sizzling food stalls at the bustling Nong Khai Walking Street Market.
Built by an eclectic Thai mystic, Sala Kaew Ku is one of the country's quirkiest attractions. The park is filled with larger-than-life cement status of Vishnu, Shiva and other celestial gods and deities. Highlights include a 25-metre-high statue of Buddha and life-size elephant.
Cascading over a series of rocky pools, Nam Tok Than Thip is the highest waterfall in Nong Khai Province. A scenic hiking trail winds through the forest and gets you to a viewpoint overlooking the middle tier.
Venture off the beaten track to discover Din Phiang Cave on a guided tour, which locals believe is home to a "naga" serpent king. If you prefer to stay above ground, enjoy a sunset cruise along the Mekong River in Nong Khai, where you'll sail under the Friendship Bridge that connects Thailand with Laos.
Getting around Nong Khai
The city of Nong Khai is easy to get around on foot or by using local taxis and tuk-tuks. Trains run to Bangkok and other destinations across Thailand. The iconic Friendship Bridge spans across the Mekong River and is a popular route for travellers crossing the border into Laos.