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Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Bueng Kan Province

Wat Phu Thok

With its network of rickety staircases and walkways built in, on and around a giant sandstone outcrop, Wat Phu Thok is one of the region’s wonders. The precarious paths lead past shrines and gù·đì (monk's huts) that…
Nature Reserve in Bueng Kan Province

Phu Wua Wildlife Sanctuary

One of the most important wildlife reserves in Isan, Phu Wua is home to over 40 elephants, though encounters are rare. It's a ruggedly beautiful area with lots of exposed bedrock and several large waterfalls. If you…
Buddhist Temple in Bueng Kan Province

Wat Ahong Silawat

Wat Ahong Silawat, 20km west of the capital along Rte 212, is built amid ruddy boulders at a river bend known as Sàdeu Námkong (the Mekong River’s Navel) because of the whirlpools that spins here from June to Septem…
Market in Bueng Kan

Thai-Lao Market

This market is filled with sellers from both sides of the river and it can get pretty lively. It's mostly the same goods found in regular Thai markets, but some Lao vendors bring forest products such as mushrooms an…