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Nong Khai: Touch Point

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A travel journal to Nong Khai by SeenThat

Bang Fai Phaya Nak Photo, Nong Khai, Thailand More Photos
Quote: The main contact point between two thrilling cultures is always an exciting place to visit; Nong Khai is 24km southeast and across the Mekong River from Vientiane, Laos capital, and has much to offer, from the Naga Festival to a relaxed, inviting, riverside location.

Nong Khai: Touch Point

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Overview

Indochina Market Photo, Nong Khai, Thailand
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The Fireballs Naga Festival, Bang Fai Phaya Nak, occurs in October and provides a good reason for visiting the town. I was a whole week and no fireballs were visible, but that was irrelevant. Dozens of food stalls appeared at the promenade and at least two stages hosted local musical groups in the evenings. The food was fabulous, and besides the expected hits, many tasty variations appeared, like the Ma Muang Tam, a variation of the Som Tam salad prepared with mango instead of with papaya. The Mekong got its share in the festivities as well; during the day, it hosted colorful boat races and in the night, it was elegantly decorated with Naga Boats, which resembled serpents and dragons. People launched ...Read More

Sawasdee Guesthouse

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Hotel

Bang Fai Phaya Nak Photo, Nong Khai, Thailand
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LocationSawasdee Guesthouse is opposite to the central Srikunmuang Wat. Located at the almost geographical center of this elongated town, it offers an ideal location near the promenade over the Mekong River and the Indochina Market.Thai Teak WoodThe guesthouse traditional Thai teak-wood structure has been tastefully restored with much love and care and is a feast to the eyes. The external wooden doors have big rectangular windows; some o...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 10, 2007

Sawasdee Guesthouse
402 Meechai Road
Nong Khai, Thailand

Srichiangmai

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Attraction

Tributary Photo, Thailand, Asia
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Srichiangmai is one of those rare towns overlooked by most traveling guides; such places withhold a promise of a close contact with the local life and culture. Timing the VisitThe town is better explored as part of a trip along the Thai Mekong River or while traveling in western Isaan. Another possibility is making a detour from Nong Khai or Vientiane.Reaching SrichiangmaiReaching Srichiangmai is easy; from Nong Khai there are frequent buses to Tha Bo, which is fifteen kilometers to the northwest, the trip costs 8B and longs thirty minu...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 6, 2007

An Overnight Trip to Beung Kan

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Attraction

Plah Kluk Ka-min Photo, Mukdahan, Thailand
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An attractive option for an overnight stop along the wilder parts of the Mekong riverside is the town of Beung Kan; the 136km separating it from Nong Khai do not allow a short day trip, but the town is worth a longer visit, and is a natural stop while Thai Mekong. The WayThe way from Nong Khai to Beung Kan does not follow closely the Mekong riverside and most of the time the river is not visible, nevertheless the ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 8, 2007

The Espresso Syndrome: Visiting Udon Thani

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Attraction

Tributary Photo, Thailand, Asia
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Even while visiting paradise, we feel once in a while the longing for an espresso or the will to see useless gadgets shining behind a spotless mall window; then, most of us would find the right excuse for reaching the nearest city. Nong Khai has a beautiful and comfortable mall just south from its main entrance; but placed in the heart of a rural area, the experience feels wrong and unfulfilling its purpose.The EscapeAn hour south from there, is Udon Thani, the last city along northern Highway 2; it is not even the biggest city in Isaan, the northea...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 8, 2007

Sala Kaeo Ku or Wat Khaek

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Attraction

Sala Kaeo Ku or Wat Khaek  Photo, Nong Khai, Thailand
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No visit to Nong Khai is complete without a stopover in Sala Kaeo Ku, or Wat Khaek as is usually called. Slightly east from the town, it offers a sculpted interpretation of the Hindu and Buddhist mythologies.Reaching the SiteIn a sunny day, it is a pleasant walk from downtown to the temple. Follow Highway 212 eastwards and at kilometer 4.15 (many milestones help accomplishing this task), slightly over thirty minutes from the bus terminal, a small detour appears at the right side; the temple is two-hundred meters along this road.If traveling by car is prefered, tuktuks from Nong Khai happily cover the distance. Moreover, every bus leaving the tow...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 10, 2007

Bang Fai Phaya Nak

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Attraction | "The Naga Festival or Bang Fai Phaya Nak"

Bang Fai Phaya Nak Photo, Nong Khai, Thailand
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Once a year, Nong Khai becomes the center of a big event: the Naga Fireball Festival, locally known as Bang Fai Phaya Nak. Due to the lunar calendar characteristics, its date changes yearly, but usually it takes place during the month of October. OriginSeveral versions exist regarding the true nature of this event; the mythological one claims that Nagas spit fireballs from the Mekong riverbed, the unproven, scientific one, tells that methane gas is discharged from the depths, but most locals testify of firecrackers launched from just below the water surface by...Read More

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Bang Fai Phaya Nak

Nong Khai, Thailand

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