Laos loomed across the vast Mekong River as our motorbike hummed west. Water buffaloes, straw-hatted farmers and forest monks moved slowly in the heat. We detoured to viewpoints, temples, waterfalls and villages, entranced by the relaxed pace of life. But the best part about motorbiking the riverside road from Nong Khai to Sangkhom was the sense of ... Read more about The road to Sangkhom .
Located at the end of a narrow road shrouded in jungle, Nong Khai province's highest waterfall is both beautiful and secluded. It may be more out of the way than Than Thong waterfall, but it's at least 20 times better. Beginning at a usually empty visitor centre and parking area, a well-maintained path takes you a few hundred metres to the first tier, where clear mountain water cascades over ... Read more about Than Thip Waterfall .
Easily accessible off Route 211, Than Thong is a popular spot for locals to cool off while enjoying a picnic -- often with no shortage of beer or whiskey. During wet season, the falls gush over a series of short but wide shelves of rock flanked by massive boulders. The tangled roots of banyan trees intermingle with stone and water. In the dry season, the falls look more like the stream ... Read more about Than Thong Waterfall .
This mountaintop temple in the forest meditation tradition affords tremendous westward views over the Mekong valley and Sangkhom. Rimmed by potted flower bushes, a wide platform allows visitors to take in the breathtaking scenery from a few different vantage points. The temple also includes a small vihara that sits at the top of a long stairway with statues of naga serpents guarding it on ... Read more about Wat Pha Tak Seua .