Attractions

Buddhist Temple in That Phanom

Wat Phra That Phanom

This temple is a potent and beautiful place – even if you're feeling templed out, you'll likely be impressed. At its hub is a stupa (tâht), more impressive than any in present-day Laos and highly revered by Buddhist…
Museum in Nakhon Phanom

Former Governor's Residence Museum

Museum Juan, as it's also known, fills a beautiful restored 1925 mansion with photos of old Nakhon Phanom, many labelled in English. Out the back are detailed displays about the illuminated boat procession (Lai Reua…
Museum in Nakhon Phanom

Ho Chi Minh House

The best of the three Ho Chi Minh–related attractions in Ban Na Chok village, this is a replica of the simple wooden house where 'Uncle Ho' sometimes stayed in 1928 and 1929 while planning his resistance movement in…
Buddhist Temple in Nakhon Phanom Province

Phra That Renu

The Phu Thai town of Renu Nakhon, 15km northwest of That Phanom, hosts a 35m-tall pink-and-white chedi that closely resembles the pre-1941 That Phanom stupa and is considered very holy. It's located in Wat That Renu…
Aquarium in Nakhon Phanom

Mekong Underwater World

Though much smaller than the Nong Khai aquarium and lacking any Mekong catfish (þlah bèuk) on our last visit, it's still enjoyable to see the various species from the Mekong River. It's 6km west of town along Hwy 22…
Buddhist Temple in Nakhon Phanom

Wat Okat

Predating the town, Wak Okat is home to Phra Tiow and Phra Tiam, two sacred wooden Buddha images covered in gold that sit on the highest pedestal in the wí·hăhn (sanctuary). The current Tiam (on the right) is a repl…
Memorial in Nakhon Phanom

Ho Chi Minh Memorial

Aiming for the tour bus crowd, there's a tasteful shrine at the centre of this walled complex in Ban Na Chok village, but the fake mountain, souvenir shops and piped-in Vietnamese music lend a theme-park feel. And t…
Buddhist Temple in Nakhon Phanom

Wat Si Thep

This historic temple's bóht (ordination hall) has a lot of flair. It's surrounded by statues of têp (angels) and has a colourful triptych on the back wall. The interior murals show the life of the Buddha around the …
Museum in That Phanom

That Phanom Museum

The museum at Wat Phra That Phanom tells the history (mixed in with the legend) of the tâht and also holds a collection of religious art (alms bowls, gongs, and old Buddha images) and a hodgepodge assortment of othe…
Gate in That Phanom

Kong Gate

Standing tall on the road in front of Wat Phra That Phanom is an arch that symbolically connects the tâht to the Mekong. The block of French Indochinese architecture between the arch and the river is reminiscent of …