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 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 …
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 …
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…
Buddhist Stupa in Nong Khai

Phra That La Nong

This stupa, which is illuminated at night, was built in 2006 in honour of and alongside Phra That Klang Nam, the fallen chedi in the middle of the Mekong. Though it's not a full replica, the upper portion has the sa…
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.
Monument in Nong Khai

Prap Haw Monument

Nong Khai and the surrounding area came under several attacks by jeen hor (Yunnanese) marauders in the late 19th century. The small Prap Haw Monument (pràap haw means 'defeat of the Haw') in front of the former prov…
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…