Attractions

Top Choice Sculpture in Nong Khai

Sala Kaew Ku

It's cheesy, but the sheer size of the sculptures at 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 array o…
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

First impressions may not overwhelm at this aquarium, as some of the early displays look a little shabby, but the further you go the more interesting it gets, especially the impressive giant Mekong River tank. A hig…
Market in Nong Khai

Tha Sadet Market

It's the most popular destination in town – almost everyone loves a stroll through this covered market. It offers the usual mix of clothes, electronic equipment, food and assorted bric-a-brac, most of it imported fr…
Monument in Nong Khai

Prap Haw Monument

This monument commemorates the Haw Wars, fought from 1865 to 1890, during which bands of Chinese military gangs (called 'Flag Gangs') fleeing Chinese mainstream forces pillaged Lao and bordering Thai towns until the…
Buddhist Temple in Nong Khai

Wat Si Muang

An unremarkable wát close to the market action.
Temple in Nong Khai

Wihan Ji Gong

The city's newest Chinese temple is dedicated to Ji Gong, an eccentric and heavy-drinking Chinese monk (he's usually depicted with a bottle of wine) now worshipped as a deity who assists and heals people in need. It…
Buddhist Temple in Nong Khai

Wat Hai Sok

Wat Hai Sok is right in the thick of the action, not far from Mut Mee Guesthouse on the river bank. It contains the 'Two Princesses Shrine' and is a popular place to make offerings before and after crossing the rive…
Museum in Nong Khai

Nong Khai Museum

This small museum in the former city hall has little more than old photographs, but there's enough English labelling to make it worth a few minutes of your time, and the price is right.
Buddhist Temple in Nong Khai

Wat Lam Duan

You can easily pick out this temple on the skyline because an immense Buddha image sits atop the bóht. You're welcome to climb up (shoes off) and gaze over the Mekong with it.