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Introducing Nong Khai

As a major staging post for those on their way from Laos, Nong Khai is the only Isan town with a fully fledged backpacker scene, albeit a modest one. But Nong Khai's popularity is about more than just its proximity to Vientiane and bounty of banana pancakes. Seduced by its dreamy pink sunsets and sluggish pace of life, many visitors who mean to stay one night end up bedding down for many more.