Atmospheric sunset the last night in Nong Khai.
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The long and narrow province of Nong Khai caps the top of northeast Thailand, serving as a buffer between central Isaan and Laos. For many, it acts as the primary gateway to Thailand’s northern neighbour. Bordered by the Mekong river along its entire northern edge, the province has some stunning scenery and history, as well as a succession of interesting villages and small towns running along the riverside.
As with most of the cities and provinces along both banks of the Mekong, Nong Khai has historically been passed back and forth between the controls of opposing forces, most notably the Ayutthaya kingdom in Thailand and the Lan Xang kingdom of Laos. Indeed, much of the province’s culture and population originated in Laos, thanks in part more recently to an influx of Laotian royalists and refugees during the Communist takeover of the still-developing country in the 1970s. However, the relationship between Thailand and Laos today is largely focused on cooperation, and ... Read our complete Nong Khai travel guide