The growing city of Mukdahan offers typically captivating Mekong River scenery along with all of the comforts and conveniences of a mid-size Thai city. Before you continue east into Laos or west to Thailand’s more popular destinations, take a couple of days to let Muk work its ... Read more about Exploring Mukdahan .
Peppered along Mukdahan’s riverfront are four small temples containing much-revered Buddha images, chedis, shrines and a few other interesting bits. None of them will leave you spellbound, but together they join the bustling Indochine Market for an enjoyable stroll or bike ride beside the Mekong. Here’s a rundown from north to ... Read more about Riverfront temples in Mukdahan .
The local tourism literature aptly describes Phu Manorom as “one of the province’s major places for relaxation”. One part temple and two parts park, it’s located atop a small mountain that affords great views down over the Mekong and into Laos. Often occupied by young locals who munch on som tam and swig beers in the afternoons, several pavilions are set up along the breezy ridge for ... Read more about Phu Manorom .
Locally known as Ho Kaew Mukdahan, the 66 metre-high Mukdahan Observation Tower looms at the southern end of town and looks like something built for air traffic control. Views of the Mekong and across to Savannakhet are worth the entrance fee, even if the tinted windows in the air-con upper room make the scenery appear a little dark. The foyer and ground floor contain a collection of antiques ... Read more about Mukdahan Tower .
If you’re in desperate need of a plastic bonsai tree, a sock with Michael Jackson's face on it, a Thai-speaking calculator, a six-foot-tall plastic thermometer or a wholesale supply of Vietnamese spring roll wrappers, then Indochine Market is your place. The market is mostly filled with junk, but you can score quality Lao coffee and tea along with handmade baskets, Lao silk, folk ... Read more about Indochine Market .
Strange rock formations, viewpoints, wildflowers and a waterfall topped by a Buddha cave are among the attractions in Phu Pha Thoep National Park. It makes for a worthwhile day trip from nearby Mukdahan town, especially if you’re up for hiking the more demanding ... Read more about Phu Pha Thoep National Park .
The Travelfish newsletter is sent out every Monday and is jammed full of free advice for travel in Southeast Asia. You can see past issues here.