Atmospheric sunset the last night in Nong Khai.

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Straddling the Mekong River within earshot of Laos, Nong Khai is the most popular travel destination in Thailand's northeastern "Isaan" region. With magnificent landscapes, waterfalls and serene forest temples in the surrounding province, the capital offers a good mix of riverside scenery, affordable accommodation, eclectic food and one quirky yet awe-inspiring sculpture park.

For many, Nong Khai is mainly viewed as a gateway to Laos, but it's well worth a few days (or more) in its own right. At the very least, it's a great place to while away the last few days of your Thai visa before crossing the bridge for some Lao adventures -- or simply to buy more time in Thailand. The Thai embassy over in Vientiane is one of the world's busiest, and many expats linger in Nong Khai for months (or lifetimes) to enjoy the laid-back air and easy border runs.

Head outside of the capital and you'll pass through quaint riverside villages that seem to stretch on and on. The ... Read our complete Nong Khai travel guide

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