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

Why we love Nong Khai

Why we love Nong Khai

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.

See our detailed Guide to Nong Khai

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

Nong Khai and the Mekong river

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

Nong Khai and the Mekong river

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Below: View of temple from our balcony.

Temple. Why we love Nong Khai

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

The Mekong. Why we love Nong Khai

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

boats on the Mekong Nong Khai, Thailand

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

markets in Nong Khai Thailand

markets in Nong Khai Thailand

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

the riverside. Why we love Nong Khai

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

Nagas in Nong Khai, Thailand

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

the Mekong river in Nong Khai, Thailand

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

temples in Nong Khai Thailand

temples in Nong Khai Thailand

temples in Nong Khai Thailand

temples in Nong Khai Thailand

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Below: Very pretty area around Phra That Chedi.

Why we love Nong Khai

Why we love Nong Khai

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

Views on the Mekong. Why we love Nong Khai

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

Views on the Mekong. Why we love Nong Khai

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More views of the Mekong below.

Views on the Mekong. Why we love Nong Khai

Views on the Mekong. Why we love Nong Khai

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

Why we love Nong Khai, Thailand

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Below: Interesting looking building.

Why we love Nong Khai, Thailand

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Below: Sunset in Nong Khai

sunset in Nong Khai Thailand

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Some friendly neighbors

people in Nong Khai Thailand

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

temple in Nong Khai Thailand

temple in Nong Khai Thailand

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

doll on the corner in Nong Khai

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Bird on our balcony.

bird in Nong Khai Thailand

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Colourful tuk tuktuk tuk in Nong Khai Thailand

 

More boats on the Mekong.

boat on the Mekong. Why we love Nong Khai

boat on the Mekong. Why we love Nong Khai

 

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

promenade in Nong Khai, Thailand

Saturday night market in Nong Khai Thailand

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One last sunset in beautiful Nong Khai:

sunset in Nong Khai. Why we love Nong Khai

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Have you been to Nong Khai?

 

Related: Bbqboy’s Ultimate Guide to the Best of Thailand

 

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19 Comments

    1. They maybe don’t like the local “talent” Tom. I probably wouldn’t if I was a single man. It all depends what you’re looking for.

  1. 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.

    1. 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.

  2. 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 :-).

    1. 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!

  3. 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.

    1. 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.

  4. 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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