Top things to do

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…
Top Choice Thai in Nong Khai

Dee Dee Pohchanah

How good is Dee Dee? Just look at the dinner-time crowds. But don't be put off by them: despite having a full house every night, this open-air place is a well-oiled machine and you won't be waiting long.
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 …
Thai in Nong Khai


Docked down below Mut Mee Garden Guesthouse, this floating restaurant specialises in Thai and Isan fish dishes, and though the prices are a bit high, the quality is good. There's a one-hour sunset cruise most nights…
Thai in Nong Khai

Sweet Cake & Coffee

It's hard to categorise this place, run by a sweet old lady who makes standard Thai dishes and also many international favourites such as baked cakes and banana pancakes. Enjoy the homely atmosphere for breakfast, l…
Vietnamese in Nong Khai

Mae Ut

This little place, serving just four items, including fried spring rolls and khâo gee·ab þahk mŏr (fresh noodles with pork), is essentially grandma’s kitchen. Look for the green building with tables under a silver a…
Vietnamese in Nong Khai

Daeng Namnuang

This massive river restaurant has grown into an Isan institution, and hordes of out-of-towners head home with car boots and carry-on bags (there's an outlet at Udon Thani's airport) stuffed with their năam neu·ang (…
Market in Nong Khai

Nong Khai Walking Street Market

This weekly street festival featuring music, handmade items and food takes over the promenade every Saturday night. It's smaller, but far more pleasant than the similar Walking Street markets in Chiang Mai.
Cultural in Nong Khai

Rocket Festival

Nong Khai's rocket festival (bun bâng fai) begins on Visakha Bucha day.