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Nakhon Phanom

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  • The Nakhon Phanom riverfront
    4 stars

    Quite a few travellers come to explore the splendid limestone mountains rising beyond the Mekong River town of Tha Khaek in southern Laos. Across the river in Thailand, Nakhon Phanom has no mountain peaks — and virtually no foreign travellers. The Nakhon Phanom municipality has constructed a ... read more

  • Ho Chi Minh's house
    4 stars

    Known as the Thai-Vietnamese Friendship Village, Baan Na Chok hosted a young Ho Chi Minh during the mid to late 1920s. Now owned by grandchildren of the folks who owned the property at the time, the small and humble house where he stayed has become ... read more

  • River boat cruise
    3.5 stars

    If strolling or bicycling along the riverfront isn’t enough for you, take a ride in the “Happy Cruising” boat to get a closer glimpse of the Lao side. Closely resembling the public river ferries that ply the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, the white boat with red trim departs from an ... read more

  • Wat Si Thep Pradittharam
    4 stars

    Established in 1859, Wat Si Thep is our favourite of Nakhon Phanom town’s temples thanks to its atmospheric grounds shrouded in often-blossoming trees. The ordination hall houses Phra Saeng, a famous bronze Buddha image thought to have been crafted at the same time as Nong Khai’s Phra Sai image ... read more

  • Wat Okat Si Bua Ban
    3 stars

    Known as Wat Okat for short, Nakhon Phanom town’s most important temple occupies a relatively small piece of land near Indochine Market and across from the riverfront. Locals hold the resident twin Buddha images close to their hearts, even if outsiders might find them to be of minimal interest. ... read more

  • Wat Maha That
    3 stars

    Rising along the riverfront road towards the south end of town, Wat Maha That was supposedly established in the year 607 CE by a general from Vientiane. It’s not worth going out of your way for unless you’re keen to see all of Nakhon Phanom province’s sacred chedis, but certainly it’s worth ... read more

  • Old Governor’s Residence
    3.5 stars

    In 2006, Nakhon Phanom’s authorities began to renovate the dilapidated old governor’s house alongside the riverside road, and their efforts paid off. While it fails to impress like a good provincial museum, the stately structure now stands as a fine example of early 20th-century ... read more

  • St Anna’s Church Nong Saeng
    3 stars

    The furthest north of Nakhon Phanom town’s riverside sights, St Anna’s Church was built in 1926 and continues to serve as a centre of the Catholic faith that was first brought to the area by Vietnamese immigrants. Two tall towers topped by twin steeples and connected by a high footbridge ... read more

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