Photos of Nong Khai, Thailand. You’ll see why we love this town…

Nong Khai, Thailand

We’ve been in Nong Khai a little bit over a month now. We love this town. I’ve previously written about Bangkok and Hua Hin and how they weren’t for us. We were getting a bit disillusioned with our stay in Thailand. Until we arrived in Nong Khai.

I’ll have a detailed post on Nong Khai within the next couple of months. I’ll also have a couple of posts on the tourist highlights of Nong Khai, namely Wat Pho Chai and the Sala Kaew sculpture park. We haven’t seen either yet. In the meantime please check out the many photos below – you’ll be impressed.

Below: Life in Nong Khai revolves around the Mekong river. That’s Laos on the other side

boats in Nong Khai


Below: The promenade that stretches down the river. Always quiet – except Saturday evenings.

peaceful promenade, nong khai


Below: View of temple from our balcony.

Wat in Nong Khai


Below: Colourful flags along the promenade. This spot is used for dancing on Saturday evenings.

Colourful flags, Nong Khai promenade


Below: There is a constant stream of cargo boats crossing the river to Laos. Amazing how fully packed they are.

Mekong at Nong Khai


Nong Khai has the very popular Tha Sadet Market where you can buy almost anything. A few photos below:

things for sale in nong khai

stuff for sale, Nong Khai


Sunset along the promenade. They’ve set up things for the kids along this stretch.

sunset over promenade, Nong  Khai


Below: At the ‘center’ of the promenade is a huge naga where tourists (most Thai) love to have their photos taken.

Nagas at Nong Khai


Below: Views down the river. See the white temple in the distance? The 2.3 km walk (photos below) is one of our favorites.

Mekong river at Nong Khai


Below: Walking down the river towards Phra That Chedi, you’ll see some pretty temples.

promenade, Nong Khai 2

beautiful temple, nong Khai

Chinese temple, Nong Khai

pretty temple, Nong Khai


Below: Very pretty area around Phra That Chedi.

Phra That Chedi,Nong Khai

Nong Khai kids


Below: The ‘rock’ in the river is actually what’s left of an old chedi (it ended up there due to erosion)

flowers looking at river chedi, nong khai


Below: We were surprised to see these equipment machines – they line the whole promenade and locals come here to get their exercise.

excercise machines, nong khai


More views of the Mekong below.

Mekong - Nong Khai

views over Mekong

Sunset over the Mekong


Below: As the sun sets, restaurants along the river set up tables along the promenade.

sidewalk restaurant, Mekong 2

sidewalk restaurant, Nong Khai

nong khai sunset


Below: Interesting looking building.

Nong Khai building


Below: Sunset in Nong Khai

sunset over Mekong, Nong Khai


Below: Lawn decorations in front of a guesthouse along the promenade.

lawn decorations, Nong Khai


Some friendly neighbors

Friendly locals, Nong Khai


Below: More photos of the temple next to our apartment.

Neighborhood temple, Nong Khai

Temple next door, Nong Khai


Below: Doll on a street corner (sounds kind of dirty eh?)

doll in nong khai


Bird on our balcony.

bird, nong Khai


Colourful tuk tuk

Nong Khai tuk tuk (2)


Below: The beautiful promenade.

promenade in nong khai


More boats on the Mekong.


funny boat, nong khai

Views over Mekong, Nong Khai


Saturday night is when the promenade gets busy with the weekly night market. Lots of food and things for sale.

Nong Khai Saturday Market

Thai tuques

night market, nong khai

Market promenade in Nong Khai

cooking squid in nong Khai


One last sunset in beautiful Nong Khai;

Another sunset in Nong Khai


Related: Our Guide to Nong Khai



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  1. The Sadek market looks full of fun and colourful little trinkets! I didn’t know anything about Nong Khai so it’s lovely to see all these beautiful photos and get a feel for the place – I can see why you like it so much!
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  2. Wow, fantastic photos! Who would want to go to Chiang Mai? Looks very peaceful…

  3. Thanks for the fun photo essay, love all the bright vibrant colors and the sunsets. That part of the world is not on our radar (yet) so I always enjoy looking at your photos, gives me a glimpse to the culture. Unfortunately, we will miss seeing you in Prague – we’ll be there in early March. Hopefully, our paths will cross somewhere in this vast world!
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  4. Hey Frank I appreciate the updates. Nong Khai looks like a nice town. I’ll have to make it up to the north east one day. I have been to the Lao side and it looks very similar.

    BTW I accidently deleted your last comment on my site. SORRY! Emptied my spam box just as I noticed your avatar! Did you happen to mention designer clothing brands in the comment? (My spam filter key words) Haha take care.

    • Frank (bbqboy) says:

      Haha, designer clothing brands? Me? A good day is when I change my underwear…(just kidding, that’s not true 🙂 )

      Thanks Skins, I’ll check out your site again and try to remember that comment.

  5. Thanks for introducing us to a Thai town we hadn’t known about before. We love Thailand and will be returning there again soon – Bangkok, Koh Samui and Koh Tao. We actually quite like Bangkok – want to cruise down the klongs again in a longtail boat and hope to get another Thai massage too :-).
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    • Frank (bbqboy) says:

      Hey guys, thanks for the comment! One of the things we’ve experienced is that places we ‘visit’ are not necessarily places that we’d want to stay in for an extended period. For the first time we experienced Bangkok for a prolongued period (3 weeks) and we’ve had our share of it.
      Nong Khai – we’ve been here about 6 weeks now and its a perfect base for us. For the traveller just passing through it may not be a bucket of excitement. But we love it 🙂
      Hope you have a great time!

  6. Those temples are mesmerizing 🙂

  7. really lovely photos 🙂
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  8. Have not been, but just added it to my list! The photos make it look awesome!! Thanks for sharing.
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  9. Wow, beautiful post! beautiful photos! <3 🙂

  10. I can see why you liked Nong Khai, looks like a great place to settle for a while, rather than just being a passing tourist. Love that the prom gets used in so many ways throughout the day, from restaurant to gym…we’ve seen those outdoor gyms all over Thailand, it’s a great idea, but always far too hot to use! At least that’s my excuse 😉 Not so sure about the garden ornaments though, that sort of thing shouldn’t be allowed! Hope you get to revisit some day.
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    • Frank (bbqboy) says:

      It’s a place we would always consider going back to if we need to live very cheaply for a while. Imagine, our rent was about $250 US/mo…we saved a lot of money during our stay plus really enjoyed the town. Very nice place.
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