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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

Ohio

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.
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.
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…