Sri Chiang Mai

Sri Chiang Mai

Laid back riverside life

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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 gets.
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Aside from providing ample opportunity to take photos of drying spring roll wrappers, Sri Chiang Mai’s rundown but still picturesque riverside promenade offers direct views over to Vientiane’s touristy waterfront district. It feels rather strange being the only foreigner in sight when thousands of foreign travellers are munching on croissants in the Vientiane cafes that are nearly visible from Sri Chiang Mai’s riverfront.

Before the Friendship Bridge arrived in 1994, the only way to access Laos was via boats from Sri Chiang Mai, which made it something of a low-key backpacker centre. Those days are long gone, and the only accommodation you’ll now find is in the form of cheap Thai hotels and roadside resorts catering almost exclusively to Thais. Still, the town is worth a quick breeze through on the way to Sangkhom, which is a much better option for a night or two of laidback Mekong scenery.

Transport information

Heading west from Nong Khai and Tha Bo, riverside Route 211 passes right through Sri Chiang Mai. A few daily buses also stop here (see the main Nong Khai transport page for details).

Contact details for Sri Chiang Mai

Address: 40km west of Nong Khai
Coordinates (for GPS): 102º35'32.69" E, 17º57'24.9" N
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David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.

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Our top 9 other sights and activities in and around Nong Khai

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Wat Sala Kaew Ku (Wat Khaek)

Like walking into a fairy tale

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Sunset cruises

The Mekong at its best

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Wat Pho Chai

Nong Khai's most important temple

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Tha Sadej market and Riverside Promenade

The centre of Nong Khai's universe

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Wat Hin Mak Peng

Forest temple on the Mekong

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Wat Phu Tok

If you're up for an adventure

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Wat Ong Tue

Nong Khai's largest Buddha image

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Nong Khai Museum

Learn some history