Early morning over the Mekong in Mukdahan

Early morning over the Mekong in Mukdahan

Early morning over the Mekong in Mukdahan

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Nestled along a wide stretch of the Mekong River directly across from Savannakhet in Laos, the small provincial capital city of Mukdahan offers all we could hope for in a quick visit to northeastern Thailand. You'll find friendly locals, a relaxed atmosphere with just the right number of lively night spots, historic but little-known temples, spicy Isaan food, colourful markets, sweeping Mekong scenery and even a couple of outlying national parks that are worth a visit. If coming from Laos, you could not ask for a more pleasant introduction to Thailand than this.

Despite having so much to offer, most travellers still use Mukdahan solely as an overnight transit point before heading over to Laos or further into Thailand, but the city is well worth a couple of days if you've got the time. Mukdahan lacks the tourist-oriented cafes and travel shops found in more popular destinations, but the welcoming locals make up for that.

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