Nong Khai

NONG KHAI

City of Silk and Fire

Nong Khai is a charming provincial capital city with beautiful natural attractions and fascinating culture, including a vibrant expatriate community. Nong Khai is the gateway to Vientiane, the capital of neighboring Laos, which lies across the majestic Mekong River. The two cities are connected by the first Thai - Lao Friendship Bridge, which opened in 1994 with Australian government funding. Since that time trade across the border has flourished and Nong Khai has become the ideal venue for business events involving cross-border trade between Thailand and Laos. 

FAST FACTS

REGION

Northeast

POPULATION

520,363 people (Male: 259,681 people, Female: 260,682 people)

HOW TO GET THERE

Daily domestic flights connect Bangkok and Udon Thani, a 50 km (1 hour) drive from Nong Khai. By train, bus, or car, Nong Khai is a 9-10 hour trip from Bangkok.

ACTIVITIES

Watching the naga fireballs from Wan Awk Pansa, learning about and buying Mud Mee silk, visiting local temples, experiencing traditional culture, exploring the beautiful countryside, fishing, boating, trekking, Visiting Phra That Klang Nam

TOURIST HOTSPOTS

The Naga Fireball Festival, Sala Kaew Ku, Thai - Lao Friendship Bridge, Wat Pho Chai, Tha Sadet Market, Tan Tong Waterfall, Wat Pho Chai or Wat Luang Phor Phra Sai, Nong Khai Aquarium or Sirindhorn Aquarium, Wong Wian Phayanak and Prap Ho Monument

INTERESTING INFO

A special style of silk, Mud Mee, is produced in Nong Khai and a mysterious annual event, the naga fireballs, takes place in the Mekong River on a full moon night in October or November.