Nong Khai is a long thin province running along
the Mekong River, providing the main access to Laos. Originally people
went by boat from Tha Sadet, but the building of the Friendship Bridge
across the Mekong has made Nong Khai a major centre for transport and
trade with Laos.
Attractions include Wat Pho Chai, renowned for its large seated Buddha
believed to have been cast in Lan Chang, and Phra That Nong Khai, an old
chedi that slipped into the river and can now only be seen completely in
the dry season.
Sala Kaeo Ku is a bizarre sculpture garden packed with statres of Shiva,
Vishnu and Buddha as well as many other figures from Hindu and Thai
culture. Phu Wua Wildlife Sanctuary near the Mekong River contains a
number of beautiful waterfalls.
Nong Khai is 615 kilometres from Bangkok and has an area of 7,739 square
kilometres. It consists of the following districts: Mueang Nong Khai,
Bueng Kan, Phon Phisai, Tha Bo, Sangkhom, Seka, So Phisai, Si Chiang Mai,
Phon Charoen, Pak Khat, Bueng Khong Long, Si Wilai, Bung Khla, Sa Khrai,
Rattana Wapi, Fao Rai and Pho Tak
How to get there
From Bangkok, take Highway No. 1 to Saraburi which connects with Highway
No. 2 to Nakhon Ratchasima, Khon Kaen, Udon Thani and Nong Khai. A total
distance from Bangkok to Nong Khai is 615 kilometres.
The Transport Company Limited has a regular bus service both ordinary
and air-conditioned to Nong Khai every day. For further information,
contact the Mo Chit 2 (Chatuchak) Bus Terminal, Tel. 0 2936 2852-66, or
visit the website www.transport.co.th . In ddition, there is a private
bus service: 407 Phatthana, Tel. 0 2992 3475-8, 0 4241 1261; Chan Tour
Limited, Tel. 0 2618 7418, 0 4241 2195; Barami Tour, Tel. 0 2537 8249, 0
4246 0345; and Cherdchai Tour, Tel. 0 2936 0253, 0 4246 1067.
Trains depart from Bangkok's Hua Lamphong and Bang Sue Railway Stations
to Nong Khai every day. Call 1690, 0 2223 7010-20 or visit
www.railway.co.th for more information.
Visitors can fly from Bangkok to Udon Thani and continue the journey by
car to Nong Khai, some 50 kilometres from Udon Thani. Call 1566, 0 2280
0060, 0 2628 2000 or visit www.thaiairways.com for more information.
Visitors can use car rental services operated by many tour companies in
town. They may choose a tricycle service called Skylab for visiting
tourist spots in town and nearby areas, such as Tha Sadet Market, Wat
Pho Chai, Sala Kaeo Ku, and Thai Lao Friendship Bridge.
From the Nong Khai Bus Terminal, there is a bus service from Nong Khai
to Loei, past Amphoe Tha Bo, Amphoe Si Chiang Mai and Amphoe Sangkhom in
Nong Khai, and Amphoe Chiang Khan in Loei. The route runs along the
Mekong River. In these districts, there are guesthouses available for
Apart from a Nong Khai Bangkok bus service, the Nong Khai Bus Terminal
also provides its service on other routes: Nong Khai Rayong (both
ordinary and air-conditioned), and ordinary buses on the Nong Khai
Loei, Nong Khai Nakhon Phanom, and Nong Khai Udon Thani routes.
Contact the Nong Khai Bus Terminal, Tel. 0 4241 1612.
Trains are available from Nong Khai to Udon Thani, Khon Kaen, and
Bangkok three times a day. Contact the Nong Khai Railway Station, Tel. 0