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Top Choice 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 Buddhists…
Museum in Nakhon Phanom

Ho Chi Minh Museum

At this cheesy but fun Ho Chi Minh theme park you'll find a temple, Vietnamese music piped throughout the grounds, a re-creation of the leader's house, and lots of Vietnamese tourists taking selfies in front of fake…
Museum in Nakhon Phanom

Former Governor's Residence Museum

This museum fills a beautifully restored 1925 mansion with photos of old Nakhon Phanom, many labelled in English, while out the back are displays about the illunimated boat precession (Lai Reua Fai).
Museum in Nakhon Phanom

Ho Chi Minh's House

The Vietnamese community in Ban Na Chok village, about 3.5km west of Nakhon Phanom, has built a replica of Udon Thani's Uncle Ho’s House, the simple wooden house where Ho Chi Minh sometimes stayed (1928–29) while pl…
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 tâht that closely resembles the previous chedi built in That Phanom and is considered very holy. It's located in the temple Wat That …
Aquarium in Nakhon Phanom

Mekong Underwater World

The displays here are smaller than those at the Nong Khai aquarium, but in some ways they're more impressive, with timber finishing and better lighting. It's a good place to get up close with some rather large speci…
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…
Buddhist Temple in That Phanom

Wat Hua Wiang Rangsi

This riverside temple has a bóht built in 1921 and the paintings inside are in excellent condition for their age, though they're central Thai rather than Isan style. A Tai-Lao Open-Border Market takes place in front…
Buddhist Temple in Nakhon Phanom

Wat Si Thep

This historic temple's bóht 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 upper portion and …
Museum in That Phanom

That Phanom Museum

The museum near Wat Phra That Phanom tells the history of the tâht (in English) and also displays a collection of old Buddha images, plus a hodgepodge assortment of pottery, gongs, US presidential commemorative coin…