Top things to do

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…
Cultural in Nakhon Phanom

Lai Reua Fai

Nakhon Phanom is famous for this illuminated boat procession. A modern twist on the ancient tradition of sending rafts loaded with food, flowers and candles down the Mekong as offerings for the naga, today's giant b…
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…
Thai in Nakhon Phanom


This popular restaurant has gone through many incarnations during its 25 years – the current is colourful and classy and it feels more Bangkok than Nakhon Phanom – but it has always turned out good food. Though the …
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…
Vietnamese in Nakhon Phanom

Phornthep Naem Nueang

Classic, chaotic place with a full selection of Vietnamese dishes including the titular năam neu·ang (assemble-it-yourself pork spring rolls). Come in the morning for khài gràtá (a mini-skillet of eggs topped with s…
Thai in Nakhon Phanom

Sam Anong

A modern, comfortable choice for down-home Isan food with what must be a contender for best gài yâhng (grilled chicken) in Nakhon Phanom. And as a bonus, you can choose regular or black sticky rice.
Thai in That Phanom


Khun Maew, who speaks English, hires bikes and is a good source of local info, serves heaping plates of delicious Thai and Isan standards with a river view.
Coffee in Nakhon Phanom

P Cafe

Coffee, tea, Italian sodas, smoothies, brownies and as much style as you are going to find in Nakhon Phanom. Old photos, big chairs and a piano make this a lovely and relaxing spot.
Thai in Nakhon Phanom

Night Market

Nakhon Phanom's night market is large and diverse (Thai, Isan, Vietnamese, international) but has few places to sit.