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Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge which connects them was built jointly by the governments of Thailand, Laos and Australia and was opened in 1994.


The area of the province changed ownership often, and it was part of the Laotian kingdom Lan Xang as well as part of the Thai kingdom Ayutthaya. See also the Haw wars.


The provincial seal shows a pond with bamboo around it. The bamboo symbolizes stability, glory and continuity for the peaceful and fertile land.

The provincial tree is the tamalan or Burma pallisander (Dalbergia oliveri).

Administrative divisions

Map of Amphoe

The province is subdivided into 17 districts (Amphoe). The districts are further subdivided into 115 subdistricts (tambon) and 1099 villages (muban).



Prap Ho Monument (͹Һ) The cremated bones of those who lost their lives in the suppression of the Ho in 1886 have been contained inside the monument to honour the good deeds of those who sacrificed their own lives for the nation. There are inscriptions in Chinese, English, Laotian and Thai on all four directions of the monument.

Wat Pho Chai (Ѵ⾸) Luangpho Phra Sai, a sacred Buddha image of the town which is respected by the people of Nong Khai, is housed here. Every year on the full moon day in the seventh lunar month, the people of Nong Khai always hold a rocket merit-making fair or Bun Bang Fai to worship Phra Sai at Wat Pho Chai.

Tha Sadet Market (Ҵʴ) This is a source of products from Indochina and East Europe, including dried food, processed food, and utensils, such as electric appliances, clothes, watches, kitchenware, etc.

Phrathat Nong Khai or Phrathat Klang Nam (иҵ˹ͧ иҵءҧ) is a broken pagoda in the middle of the Mekong River. According to the legend of Urangkhathat (Phrathat Phanom), nine pieces of the Lord Buddhas foot relics were kept here. It was presumed that the pagoda was built in around the 15th 17th Century.

Sala Kaeo Ku or Wat Khaek (ǡ Ѵᢡ) This place which looks like an open museum of religious statues was created with an inspiration of Luangpu Bunluea Surirat who built it around 1978, out of his own belief that the teachings of all regions could be mixed together. Therefore, there are Buddha images in different attitudes.

Hat Chom Mani or Chom Mani Beach (Ҵ) It is a sandy beach stretching about 200 m and only emerging during the dry season.

Thai Lao Friendship Bridge (оҹԵҾ-) is a link over the Mekong River between Amphoe Mueang Nong Khai of Thailand and Tha Duea of the Lao Peoples Democratic Republic. It was built with cooperation from three countries: Australia, Laos, and Thailand.

Phrathat Bang Phuan (иҵغѧǹ) Within the temple compound, there are interesting ancient places such as Sattamahasathan or the seven important places in the history of the Lord Buddha after his enlightenment, and Sa Pappharanak or Sa Phaya Nak (pond of the Naga serpent) where in the past the water was taken to bathe a newly appointed ruler of the town as an auspicious gesture.

Luangpho Phrachao Ong Tue (ǧ;ͧ) is housed in Wat Si Chomphu Ong Tue, Ban Nam Mong. This large Buddha image was cast from bronze by the royal artisans of the northern city and Lan Chang. It took seven years and seven months to finish the cast.

Tobacco-making Village (ҹٺ) The villagers grow tobacco plantations along the area parallel to the Mekong River.

Freshwater Fishery Village (ҹӨ״) The villagers here have freshwater fishery as a profession. Freshwater species of fish raised in their farms are Pla Taphian, Pla Nai, Pla Nuan Chan, Pla Yisok Thet, Pla Klet Ngoen, Pla Hua To, Pla Duk Thet, etc.

Krayo Pastry-making Village (ҹ蹡) Here, bamboo trays are seen with Krayo pastry being sun-dried along the roadsides. Krayo pastry is used for Vietnamese food such as Popia (spring rolls) and Naem Nueang (wrap of pork and vegetables with spicy sauce).

Phra Sutham Chedi, Wat Aranyabanphot (ظ਴ Ѵѭþ) Relics of the Lord Buddha are enshrined in this Chedi which also serves as a museum. The Chedi was constructed by the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand as a tribute to Luangpu Rian Woralapho.

Wat Hin Mak Peng (ѴԹҡ) The temple compound is spacious, clean and shady with various species of plants amidst tranquility. Inside the temple, there is a statue of Luangpu Thet on display with the eight requisites and his biography.

Namtok Than Thong (ӵ÷ͧ) This waterfall has its stream flowing along the rocky ground. Tiers of small cascades line below for a distance of around 30 m before merging with the Mekong River.

Namtok Than Thip (ӵ÷Ծ) is a high and beautiful waterfall amidst a lush forest. It has three tiers.

Nong Khai Horticultural Research Centre (ٹԨ¾תǹ˹ͧ) There are furrows of local vegetables, such as Krachiao, Phakkat Ya, Som Mong, Phak Wan Pa, etc. Besides, local herbs and more than 100 species of fragrant flowers are gathered here. During the cool season, colourful temperate flowers will be grown as well.

Wat Sawang Arom or Wat Tham Si Thon (Ѵҧ Ѵո) It is shady with trees and a small stream flows through it. The Ubosot (ordination hall) stands on a giant boulder. Down below, a reclining Buddha image is housed for the people to pay homage to.

Phu Thok (ٷ͡) means an isolated mountain in Isan dialect. It consists of two hills: Phu Thok Yai and Phu Thok Noi. Previously, this area was dense woods with many wild animals. Because of its tranquility, Phra Achan Chuan Kunlachettho, a meditation master, initially established a meditation place here for Buddhists to practise the Buddhas teachings.

Phu Wua Wildlife Sanctuary (ࢵѡҾѹѵ) This sanctuary is around 150-300 m above sea level. Types of forest here are mostly Deciduous Dipterocarp Forest, Dry Evergreen Forest and Moist Evergreen Forest. Some parts of the area are sandstone mountain ridges, rocky grounds and grass fields.

Places of Interest:

Namtok Tham Fun (ӵӽ) The waterfall is encompassed by a timber forest with a scenic view of the northern Phu Wua. There is water only in the rainy season.

Namtok Chet Si (ӵ) The falling water that hits the rocks below causes a spray of water which gives rainbow colours when seen in sunlight. So came the name Namtok Chet Si, which means a waterfall of seven colours.

Namtok Phu Tham Phra (ӵٶӾ) Like other waterfalls at Phu Wua, it has water only in the rainy season.

Namtok Chanaen (ӵṹ) It is 100 m wide and has two tiers with an interval of 300 m. The path to the waterfall passes Khua Hin or a natural stone bridge of around 100 m long, where a phenomenon of water disappearing under the bridge can be witnessed.

Local Products

Nong Khai has many local products for souvenirs, especially local food products such as Isan-styled sausage, Mu Yo (pork bar), Naem (fermented pork), and Vietnamese food such as Naem Nueang. In addition, there are products made of hand-woven cotton, basketry and silver ornaments available for sale at shops in town. Products being promoted on the One Tambon One Product (OTOP) programme include Huat or Muai, used to cook sticky rice.



Prap Ho Monument Fair (ҹ͹Һ) Being held at the Prap Ho Monument around the month of March every year.

Trut Songkran Fair (ҹʧҹ) Being held at Wat Pho Chai on Songkran Day every year. Luangpho Phra Sai and important Buddha images from other temples will be put on a procession to go around town for the general public to pay homage to and bathe the holy images.

Bun Bang Fai Fair (ҹح) Being held in the sixth lunar month (May) every year. There is a rocket contest to worship Phaya Thaen or god of the rain. It is a way the local people do to ask for rain. A temple fair will be organised in the grounds of Wat Pho Chai. Rocket shooting will be done on the field around 10 km. from Wat Pho Chai.

Bang Fai Phaya Nak (俾ҹҤ) This extraordinary miracle always occurs at the beginning of the full moon night in the eleventh lunar month (End of Buddhist Lent). It can be seen along the Mekong River in the districts of Mueang, Phon Phisai, Pak Khat, Bung Kan, Tha Bo, Si Chiang Mai and Sangkhom. Bang Fai Phaya Nak is a term used for red and pinkish fire balls, which according to belief, belong to Phaya Nak or the great serpent of the underwater world. On the day marking the End of Buddhist Lent, a great number of people come to witness this phenomenon.

Tak Bat Thewo and Thai - Lao Friendship Boat Race (ҹѡҵԵҾ-) Being held during the end of the Buddhist Lent festival every year. People come to offer alms to Buddhist monks in the morning. Long boat competitions, which the Thai and Lao sides will take turn to host, will be held on the Mekong River during the day.

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