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Nakhon Phanom

Nakhon Phanom (นครพนม) means 'City of Mountains', but the undulating sugarloaf peaks all lie across the river in Laos, so you'll be admiring rather than climbing them. The views are fantastic, though, especially during a hazy sunrise.

Nakhon Phanom's temples have a distinctive style. This was once an important town in the Lan Xang Empire and, after that, Thai kings sent their best artisans to create new buildings. Later, French colonizers crossed the Mekong and the remnants of this invasion is still evident.




Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Nakhon Phanom.