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  • Wat Sala Kaew Ku (Wat Khaek)
    4.5 stars

    While some may find Sala Kaew Ku (also Keoku) sculpture park quirky or just plain bizarre, there's no denying that it's Nong Khai's only "can't-miss" attraction. The park's countless dazzling sculptures were the life's work of Boun Leua Sulilat, a Lao man who spent much of his early life ... read more

  • Sunset cruises
    3.5 stars

    When weather cooperates (and it usually does during dry season), this nightly cruise provides an ideal way to watch as the sunset melts into the twinkling lights of two different countries. The relaxing hour-long cruise embarks at 17:30 daily from Nagarina restaurant, located at the bottom of ... read more

  • Tha Sadej market and Riverside Promenade
    3.5 stars

    Buttressing the riverside promenade and stretching for what feels like forever, Tha Sadej market is a long and cramped roofed affair where you can shop for local products and no shortage of chintzy imports from throughout the Indochina region and beyond. The market offers the very latest ... read more

  • Wat Pho Chai
    3.5 stars

    Known for its highly revered Buddha image and unusually modern wall murals, Wat Pho Chai is Nong Khai town's largest and most important temple. The resident bronze Buddha image with a solid gold head, known as Luang Phor Phra Sai, was one of three made at the request of a Lan Xiang king's ... read more

  • Wat Phra That Khlang Nam (Sunken Chedi)
    2.5 stars

    Wat Phra That slipped off the bank of the river more than 150 years ago and is now only visible when the river is low during dry season. The chedi is quite far out in the river and appears as nothing more than a brown decaying triangle rising above the current. A yellow flag is tied to its ... read more

  • Nong Khai Museum
    2.5 stars

    Set in an attractive heritage building that once served as city hall, this disheveled museum is worth a passing wander if you care to learn about the area's history and culture. With no shortage of photographs but not much else, the museum offers comprehensible English info on Nong Khai's ... read more

  • Wat Ong Tue
    3 stars

    Located a couple of km north of Tha Bo and 43 km west of Nong Khai, Wat Ong Tue houses the largest and arguably most beautiful Buddha image in the province. Made from an alloy of gold, silver and bronze, the namesake seated Buddha is four metres tall and was cast by a king of Nakhon Wiang, a ... read more

  • Wat Hin Mak Peng
    3.5 stars

    Founded by the late Ajahn Thate, who was one of the two most revered forest meditation monks in Nong Khai history (the other being Ajahn Juan of Wat Phu Tok), Wat Hin Mak Peng was named after three massive boulders that sit along a narrow stretch of the Mekong. Ajahn Thate passed away in 1994, ... read more

  • Wat Phu Tok
    3.5 stars

    Also known as Wat Jetiyakhiri and located some 150 km east of Nong Khai town, Wat Phu Tok is one of the most interesting of Nong Khai's countless forest temples. The unusual cluster of rock that now serves as the monastery's centrepiece first attracted the famous meditation monk, Ajahn Juan ... read more

  • Sri Chiang Mai
    3 stars

    Located 40 km west of the provincial capital, the small town of Sri Chiang Mai is best known for being the spring roll capital of Thailand -- wherever you look, spring roll wrappers sit on their bamboo frames, slowly drying in the sun -- and that's just about as exciting as Sri Chiang Mai ... read more

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