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  • morroco

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    Hi Fellow Fishies!,

    Just after a few ideas really. I am planning a trip to Nong Khai, and have already decided to stay at the Mut Mee guest house for 3 days as recommended on this site. Due to work commitments, I only have a couple of weeks so I will be getting a car/motorbike, rather than relying on public transport. I might pop over into Laos, but I really want to explore more of this region. Are there any "must sees" or recommendations on other guest houses?

    All information gratefully received.

    #1 Posted: 1/3/2013 - 13:51

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  • exacto

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    I've had several enjoyable stays at the Mut Mee, but over the years it has become more and more expensive. Give it a look, particularly since it is on that little street that has book shops and internet and other stuff like yoga and massage, depending on what time of year you are there. Definitely give the nightly boat cruise a look too, if that is still running.

    But you might give other places a look too, and one I really like in Nong Khai is the Esan Guesthouse. It is listed on Travelfish and gets great reviews, including one from me from a few years back. Esan is on the south end of the walkway promenade, maybe a little over 1 km south of Mut Mee.

    As for things to do, follow Route 211 north up river through Si Chiang Mai and beyond. There isn't too much road traffic, and the views of the river get pretty good. I remember stopping off in a few large, interesting temples along that drive too. There was also a school about half way to Sangkhom that invited travellers to stop in and chat with students, if they still do that. I really like Sangkhom as a nice riverside stopover, and you'd be smart to make this at least an overnight trip and maybe two if you continue to head north upriver.

    Tilapia is the real expert on this stretch of the river, and has recently visited Nong Khai, so hopefully he'll chime in with more recent info. Cheers.

    #2 Posted: 1/3/2013 - 17:52

  • MADMAC

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    If you keep moving south along the river eventually you'll get to Ban Phaeng. This waterfall is a nice spot for swimming and hanging out.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3I5FJEtMeo

    #3 Posted: 2/3/2013 - 01:32

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