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Very nice riverside promenade allows for long walks or bicycle rides. Many places to eat and shop and town has a very nice vibe to it.
More laid back than other more touristy parts of Thailand. People are very friendly
A small laid back town with very little tourist. More a backwater town where people are not friendly probably the lack of Interaction with tourist.
Services provided in general can be perceived as grumpy or non caring. A good example is the lady at the international bus station counter. Try and visit and experience this service
The Aquarium is a great way to learn more about NK. Also the museum gives you insight into the culture and history to the area.
Salakaoku is a place just out of town that is not like any other Buddhist? religious place I have been to except Lao where there is a similar place. Walking, boating and eating along the river and investigating the market is great for the family and solo. There are beaches under the Thai Lao bridge where one can get a very good fish lunch or dinner and sometimes play in the Mekong if that is to your liking. There is an exercise park where you can run or walk or sit and have a picnic. Hope this helps.
Nongkhai is the town to pass to Lao and nothing to remember but Sri chaingmai is bueatiful than town
Nongkhai is the last province when you want to across the country and travel at Lao especially for Vientiane City then they have many religious and culture places for whom interested
Nong Khai is usually just a "gateway" into or out of Vientiane, Laos. However, it has a bit more going for it than Vientiane other than food options in Vientiane that are far superior.
Best bets in Nong Khai: Daeng Vietnamese Food right on the river, proper restaurant and the BEST spring rolls I've ever had in my life (and I am an afficionado of Vietnamese spring rolls). Otherwise, it is Thai food all the way, no bakeries to speak of, no French food like Vientiane. Still pleasant town for a couple days, no more.
Nongkhai is quiet city and you can tour around the city and shopping at the Indichina market near the Mekhong river it is very nice
the more culture you know and respect you give to the locals the more they will be willing to help you and give you a good deal.
Or be more friendlyplaces to visit our warm up bar on the Mekong River, and bananas bar..make sure you also visit one of those very many open air market for your local vegetables and fruits also your cheap good priced breakfast lunch and dinner
Our only recommendation is to visit Sala Keoku which is incredible and much more interesting/aesthetic than a lot of typical wats around Thailand.
It is really worth seeing and cost only 20 baht per person. Large statues of mystic, religious creatures and no tourists at all, but you will need a bicycle \ motorbike to go there by yourself.
I found it most interesting and will stay longer next time as much to see if you have a car. A quiet town and used mainly for people passing through between Laos and Thailand.
Wonderful part of Thailand. Still relatively untouched by the very tourist intensive places such as Bangkok, Phuket, and Pattaya.
You must go to The Sculpture Garden at a nearby wat (forgot the name). Amazing! Walk along the river as far as it stretches.
Go see the countryside. Go see Lao PDR.
Not an enormous amount to see and do in Nong Khai. Visit Sala Keo Kou, Wat Pho Chai and the must is Tha Sadet Market, don't go after dark though, this is a day time affair.
Along the Mekong are plenty of places to eat and make sure you enjoy some Isaan sausage whilst in Nong Khai - delicious.
It is a real border city. So there is a great deal to do, shop for, see, and simply explore. being so close to Laos means that there is a mix of Thai/Laos elements to take in.
Well worth the trip and easy to get to from BKK by VIP bus and or Train. There is air service to Udon Thani and there are buses that leave for Nong Khai all day long,
Gate way to Lao via Vien Tien. Lots of Historical Sites and Temples. Looking VienTien from Sri Chiang Mai town, very nice view.
Dinner on the river is good but the market is nothing special. It's a good place to stay if you are traveling over to Laos or going back down to Bangkok and catching a bus.
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It is larger than I would have expected, with a nice riverside parade. But the riverside cafes open too late for breakfast and most close too early for dinner ! But I found a lovely Italian place for dinner just off the river.
It is usually hot and humid, so try to go during the winter months. If you are not into the folklore of nagas, avoid the end of Buddhist Lent.
For me, I find Nongkhai is a wonderful place to visit. I went to a few places, the famous Sala Kaeo Ku, Phra Aram Luang Wat Pho Chai and Tha Sadet Market.
I venture out of the city, Si Chiang Mai where you can see the awesome Mekong River. Do have a good walking shoe with you.
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More about Nongkhai
Nongkhai is the main gateway from Thailand to Laos, and is therefore served by quite a few local and regional transportation providers. Most of the regional airlines have flights to nearby Udon Thani, and reaching Nongkhai by car or bus is relatively easy to do.
Nongkhai has many attractions which must not be missed, but one of the most popular destinations is Sala Keoku Park. This park is full of massive and bizarre religious sculptures that combine concepts and legends from Buddhism and Hinduism, as well as other sculptures that reflect the artist’s unique perspective. The park is perhaps the most popular destination in Nongkhai, often a favorite among tourists who come from everywhere to see the sculptures.
The Nongkhai Aquarium is probably most famous for the giant catfish that live in the freshwater, but it’s also home to many different ocean species and is a great destination especially for families. The aquarium also has beautiful gardens that are perfect for picnics or relaxed afternoons. There are several hotels near the aquarium, ranging from luxury accommodations to more modest choices.
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