Attractions

Top Choice Sculpture in Nong Khai

Sala Kaew Ku

One of Thailand’s most enigmatic attractions, Sala Kaew Ku can't fail to impress. Built over 20 years by Luang Pu Boun Leua Sourirat, a mystic who died in 1996, the park features a weird and wonderful smorgasbord of…
Buddhist Temple in Sangkhom

Wat Pha Tak Sua

The forest wát peering down on the town lies just 2km away as the crow flies, but it's 19km to drive. Once a very serious meditation temple, it's now highly commercialised, with crowds coming up for the amazing Meko…
Buddhist Temple in Nong Khai

Wat Pho Chai

Luang Po Phra Sai, a large Lan Xang–era Buddha image awash with gold, bronze and precious stones, sits at the hub of Nong Khai's holiest temple. The head of the image is pure gold, the body is bronze and the ùt·sà·n…
Aquarium in Nong Khai

Nong Khai Aquarium

Although it's looking a little shabby these days, this large aquarium offers an interesting collection of freshwater and ocean-dwelling fish from Thailand and beyond. The highlight is the 'Big Tank', which features …
Waterfall in Sangkhom

Nam Tok Than Thip

Three-tiered Nam Tok Than Thip waterfall, 13km west of Sangkhom (2km off Rte 211), is the largest waterfall in the area. The lower level drops 30m and the second level, easily reached via stairs, falls 100m. The 70m…
Buddhist Temple in Nong Khai Province

Wat Hin Mak Peng

Overlooking a lovely stretch of the Mekong, this vast forest temple is centred on a small cliff rising out of the river. It's respected by Thais because of their reverence for the founding abbot, Luang Pu Thet, a di…
Buddhist Stupa in Nong Khai

Phra That Klang Nam

The ‘Stupa in the Middle of the River’ (sometimes called Phra That Nong Khai) is a ruined Lao-style chedi submerged in the middle of the river and can only be seen in the dry season when the water is low: the river …
Cave in Sangkhom

Din Phiang Cave

Thirteen kilometres past the road to Wat Pha Tak Sua is an interesting cave that many locals believe is the home of a naga king. If you can speak Thai you'll hear some fanciful stories. Guides lead a 30-minute route…
Buddhist Temple in Nong Khai

Wat Noen Phra Nao Wanaram

This forest wát on the south side of town is a respected vipassana (insight meditation) centre on pleasant, tree-shaded grounds. Most of the extremely ornate temple architecture, covered with stencil and mosaic, sta…
Market in Nong Khai

Tha Sadet Market

The most popular destination in town. Almost everyone loves a stroll through this covered market despite it being a giant tourist trap. It offers the usual mix of clothes, electronic equipment, food and assorted bri…