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Nong Khai

Nong Khai is a border town on the bank of the Mekong River. This province is a gateway to Vientiane,


Nong Khai is a border town on the bank of

the Mekong River. This province is a gateway

to Vientiane, the capital of the Lao People’s

Democratic Republic (Lao PDR.), with a friendship

bridge linking between the two countries.

The history of Nong Khai dates back to over

200 years ago. Initially, this riverside area was

spotted with small towns; namely, Phran Phrao,

Wiang Khuk, Pakho, and Phai (Ban Bueng Khai).

At present, traces of ancient places have been

found in temples along the Mekong River on

the route Tha Bo–Si Chiang Mai. During the

reign of King Rama III of the Rattanakosin era,

Chao Anuwong, the ruler of Vientiane, staged

a rebellion. King Rama III appointed Chao Phraya

Ratchathewi to lead an army to attack Vientiane.

The army won with the important forces

supported by Thao Suwothanma (Bunma),

the ruler of Yasothon, and Phraya Chiangsa.

The king, therefore, promoted Thao Suwo to

be the ruler of a large town to be established

on the right bank of the Mekong River. The

location of Ban Phai was chosen for the town

called Nong Khai, which was named after a very

large pond to the west.

Nong Khai is 615 kilometres from Bangkok,

covering an area of around 7,332 square

kilometres. This province has the longest

distance along the Mekong River; measuring

320 kilometres. The area is suitable for

agriculture and freshwater fishery. It is also

a major tourist attraction where visitors can

easily cross the border into Laos. There are

 temples, culture and folk ways of life, which are

interesting. Hotel accommodation is available

and comfortable. There are various kinds

of food and souvenir products. By all these

charms, people have been drawn to visit this

riverside town.


Nong Khai

Thai Term Glossary

Amphoe: District

Ban: Village

Hat: Beach

Khuean: Dam

Maenam: River

Mueang: Town or City

Phrathat: Pagoda, Stupa

Prang: Corn-shaped tower or sanctuary

SAO: Subdistrict Administrative Organization

Soi: Alley

Song Thaeo: Pick-up trucks but with a roof

over the back

Talat: Market

Tambon: Subdistrict

Tham: Cave

Tuk-Tuks: Three-wheeled motorized taxis

Ubosot or Bot: Ordination hall in a temple

Wihan: Image hall in a temple

Wat: Temple

Note: English spelling here given tries to

approximate Thai Pronunciation. Posted signs

may be spelled differently. When seeking help for

direction, point to the Thai spelling given after

each place name.

Nong Khai is a border town on the bank of

the Mekong River. This province is a gateway

to Vientiane, the capital of the Lao People’s

Democratic Republic (Lao PDR.), with a friendship

bridge linking between the two countries.

The history of Nong Khai dates back to over

200 years ago. Initially, this riverside area was

spotted with small towns; namely, Phran Phrao,

Wiang Khuk, Pakho, and Phai (Ban Bueng Khai).

At present, traces of ancient places have been

found in temples along the Mekong River on

the route Tha Bo–Si Chiang Mai. During the

reign of King Rama III of the Rattanakosin era,

Chao Anuwong, the ruler of Vientiane, staged

a rebellion. King Rama III appointed Chao Phraya

Ratchathewi to lead an army to attack Vientiane.

The army won with the important forces

supported by Thao Suwothanma (Bunma),

the ruler of Yasothon, and Phraya Chiangsa.

The king, therefore, promoted Thao Suwo to

be the ruler of a large town to be established

on the right bank of the Mekong River. The

location of Ban Phai was chosen for the town

called Nong Khai, which was named after a very

large pond to the west.

Nong Khai is 615 kilometres from Bangkok,

covering an area of around 7,332 square

kilometres. This province has the longest

distance along the Mekong River; measuring

320 kilometres. The area is suitable for

agriculture and freshwater fishery. It is also

a major tourist attraction where visitors can

easily cross the border into Laos. There are

 temples, culture and folk ways of life, which are

interesting. Hotel accommodation is available

and comfortable. There are various kinds

of food and souvenir products. By all these

charms, people have been drawn to visit this

riverside town.

HOW TO GET THERE

By Car: From Bangkok, take Highway No. 1

(Pahonyothin Road) and get into Highway

No. 2 (Mittraphap Road) at Saraburi, drive

through Nakhon Ratchasima, Khon Kaen

and Udon Thani before reaching Nong Khai.

The total distance is around 615 kilometres.

By Bus: From the Northern Bus Terminal

Chatuchak (Kamphaeng Phet II Road) in

Bangkok. There are many bus to Nong Khai

everyday; namely,

- The Transport Co., Ltd. Tel. 1490, 0 2936 2852-

66 www.transport.co.th

- Budsarakam Tour Co., Ltd. Tel. 09 0779 3900

www.budsarakamtour.com

- Chantour Co., Ltd. Tel. 0 2618 7418, 0 4246

0205 www.chantour.co.th

- Cherdchai Tour Co., Ltd. Tel. 0 2936 0253,

0 4246 1067

- Nakhon Chai Air Co., Ltd. Tel. 1624 www.nca.

co.th

- Rungprasert Tour Co., Ltd. Tel. 0 2941 9675,

0 4241 1447

- Sombat Tour Co., Ltd. Tel. 1215, 0 2030 4999

www.sombattour.com

- 407 Pattana Co., Ltd. Tel. 0 2992 3475-8,

0 4241 1261

For more information contact Nong Khai Bus

Station Tel. 0 4241 2679

By train: A train service is available from the

Bangkok Railway Station (Hua Lamphong) to

Nong Khai everyday. For more information,

Tel. 1690, 0 2220 4334, 0 2220 4261. Nong Khai

Railway Station Tel. 1690, 0 4241 1592, 0 4241

1637 www.railway.co.th

By Air: There are many airlines operating

flights from Bangkok to Udon Thani

International Airport, the nearest airport near

Nong Khai province, as follows:

From Donmueang International Airport

- Nok Air Tel. 1318, 0 2900 9955 www.nokair.com

- Thai Air Asia Tel. 0 2515 9999 www.airasia.com

- Thai Lion Air Tel. 0 2529 9999 www.lionairthai.

com

From Suvarnabhumi International Airport

- Thai Airways International Tel. 0 2356 1111

www.thaiairways.com

- Thai Smile Airways Tel. 1181, 0 2118 8888

www.thaismileair.com

Then take a car or public bus from Udon Thani

International Airport to Nong Khai, a distance of

59 kilometres. For more information contact

Udon Thani International Airport Tel. 0 4224

4426

Local Transportation

From the Nong Khai Bus Terminal, there are bus

and Song Thaeo services running to various

districts within the province, and Skylab taxis

playing around the provincial town. Fares

depend on the number of passengers and

distances.

Transportation to Other Provinces

There are buses operating from the Nong Khai

Bus Terminal to nearby provinces including

Loei, Udon Thani, Nakhon Phanom, Rayong,etc.

For information, contact the Nong Khai Bus

Terminal at Tel. 0 4241 1612, 0 4241 2679.

Trains are also available from the Nong Khai

Railway Station to Udon Thani and Khon Kaen

provinces. For enquiries, please call Tel. 0 4241

1592.

Distances from Amphoe Mueang Nong

Khai to Other Districts

Amphoe Sakhrai 27 kilometres

Amphoe Tha Bo 42 kilometres

Amphoe Phon Phisai 45 kilometres

Amphoe Si Chiang Mai 57 kilometres

Amphoe Rattanawapi 71 kilometres

Amphoe Fao Rai 71 kilometres

Amphoe Pho Tak 77 kilometres

Amphoe Sangkhom 95 kilometres

Distances from Nong Khai to Nearby

Provinces

Udon Thani 51 kilometres

Loei 202 kilometres

Sakon Nakhon 210 kilometres

Nakhon Phanom 303 kilometres

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