Attractions

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…
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 Nakhon Phanom

Ho Chi Minh Museum

This is the least visited but most educational of the three Ho Chi Minh–related attractions in Ban Na Chok village. Covering his whole life, it's mostly just pictures, but many have English labels. It's located at t…
Market in Nakhon Phanom

Mekong Walking Street

This street market has little in the way of arts and crafts, but there is, of course, lots of food. And the historic buildings give it a nice atmosphere.
Buddhist Temple in Nakhon Phanom

Wat Maha That

The 24m-tall, gold-and-white Phra That Nakhon chedi here resembles the previous chedi built at That Phanom.
Landmark in Nakhon Phanom

Clock Tower

This clock tower stands prominently in the centre of town.