If many travelers come to Nong Khai to go to Laos or stop here on their way back from Laos, this town on the banks of the Mekong has more to offer than its Friendship Bridge to the neighboring country and its proximity to Vientiane, the Laotian capital city.
Its river front is very nice. In the evening at sunset, it animates nicely with restaurants that install their tables along the railing, offering a nice view over the river and the sunsets. Nong Khai has also others attractions besides its relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The most interesting one is surely Sala Kaew Ku, a temple with a garden where dozens of gigantic statues of cement are exposed.
A place you must absolutely see when you come here! Nong Khai is also known for a an surprising festival, the Naga Fireballs Festival where glowing balls soar in the sky, People say naturally, from the waters of the river. The phenomenon is observed at the end of Buddhist Lent (late October)
Located 80 kilometers west of Nong Khai, Wat Pha Tak Suea temple is perched on a mountain that offers a superb view over the Mekong River that marks the border with Laos.