Positioned along the Mekong River and bordering with Laos in the northeast of Thailand, Nong Khai is a major center of transport and trade, having an official border crossing with Laos.

The Friendship Bridge connects Nong Khai to Laos, with immigration points for both countries on either side of the bridge. From the center of Nong Khai you can reach the bridge within five minutes by rickshaw. Nong Khai is a popular crossing for foreign tourists visiting Laos.

The city has several cultural attractions and festivals held throughout the year, none more popular than the Naga fireballs, at which time mysterious balls of light appear over the Mekong River. The cultural center and City Hall are home to exhibits of the town’s interesting history.

Getting There & Away

Being a major hub and official border crossing to Laos, Nong Khai has extensive transport options by air, road and rail. The nearby airport in Udon Thani is just 34 miles away and has daily flights to Bangkok. Buses and trains leave Bangkok on a daily basis, making the 380-mile trip in around 8 hours.

Things to Do

Nong Khai Attractions

Sala Kaew Ku

One of the city’s main sights, this park of large stone sculptures is popular with tourists. some of the statues are over 20 meters in height.

Wat Pho Chai

The large seated buddha at this temple is believed to have been cast in the nearby town of lan chang then floated down the mekong river to its current location.