is 615 kilometres from Bangkok and has an area of 7,739 square kilometres.
Nong Khai is a long thin province running along
the Mekong River, providing the main access to Laos. Originally people went by
boat from Tha Sadet, but the building of the Friendship Bridge across
the Mekong has made Nong Khai a major centre for transport and trade with Laos.
Attractions include Wat Pho Chai, renowned for its large seated Buddha believed
to have been cast in Lan Chang, and Phra That Nong Khai, an old chedi
that slipped into the river and can now only be seen completely in the dry season.
Sala Kaeo Ku is a bizarre sculpture garden packed with statres of Shiva,
Vishnu and Buddha as well as many other figures from Hindu and Thai culture.
Phu Wua Wildlife Sanctuary near the Mekong River
contains a number of beautiful waterfalls.
In general, Nong Khai is part of the river basin in the north.
It is a plateau with deciduous forest in the east while the west
has mountains and forest bordering forest area of Loei Province.
The southern area is highland having on average altitude of 1,200
feet above sea level.
There are three seasons in Changwat Nong
Khai. It is very hot in summer with a high temperature of 35 degrees
Celsius. There are heavy rains during the rainy season due to its
location adjacent to the Mekhong River. It is chilly during the
winter season due to its highland nature with a low temperature
of 11 degrees Celsius.
the Mekhong River, which marks the border of Thailand and the Lao PDR to the North;
Changwat Udon Thani and Changwat Sakon Nakhon to the south;
Changwat Nakhon Phanom to the east:
Changwat Loei to the west.
Changwat Nong Khai is administratively divided into 17 Amphoes. They are: Muang Nong Khai, Bung Kan, Phon Phisai, Si Chiang Mai, Seka, Tha Bo, So Phisai,
Sangkhom, Phon Charoen, Pak Khat, King Amphoe Bung Khong Long, and, King Amphoe Si Wilai.
Approximate distance from
|Amphoe Muang to each of the others:
|Muang - Bung Kan
||Muang - Tha Bo
|Muang - Phon Charoen
||Muang - Phon Phisai
|Muang - Soangkhom
||Muang - Si Chiang Mai
|Muang - Seka
From Bangkok the trip is made on Highway No.2 passing Saraburi, Nakhon Ratchasima,
Khon Kaen, and Udon Thani, on to Nong Khai. The total distance is 616 kilometers.
From Bangkok, take Highway No. 1 to Saraburi which connects with Highway
No. 2 to Nakhon Ratchasima, Khon Kaen, Udon Thani and Nong Khai.
A total distance from Bangkok to Nong Khai is 615 kilometres.
The Transport Company Limited has a regular bus service both ordinary and air-conditioned
to Nong Khai
every day. For further information, contact the Mo Chit 2 (Chatuchak)
Bus Terminal, Tel. 0 2936 2852-66, or visit the website
Trains depart from Bangkok's Hua Lamphong and Bang Sue Railway Stations to Nong Khai every day.
Call 1690, 0 2223 7010-20 or visit www.railway.co.th for more information.
Visitors can fly from Bangkok to Udon Thani
and continue the journey by car to Nong Khai,
some 50 kilometres from Udon Thani. Call 1566, 0 2280 0060,
0 2628 2000 or visit www.thaiairways.com for more information.
Bun Bang Fai Fair
The festival is held annually about six lunar month every year.
The rocket contest and ask of the rain around Wat Pho Chai
Naga Fireball Festival in Nong Khai
An interesting cultural event, the natural wonder of Bang Fai Phaya Nak “Naga Fireballs” will
soon be held in the northeastern province of Nong Khai. This phenomenon takes place only
once a year at the end of the three-month Buddhist Lent, or Ok Phansa, in October.
The annual Naga Fireball Festival this year will be held from October 10 to 16 along the Mekong
River in Phon Phisai district. The highlight of the festival is on October 14, Ok Phansa Day, the
full-moon day of the eleventh lunar month. Every year, on the night of Ok Phansa, fireballs of
various sizes burst from the bottom of the Mekong River, sprint above the water surface, and then
move skyward before disappearing. The Naga Fireball Festival also features a bazaar, a food fair,
a contest of floating and illuminated boats in worship of the Naga, long-boat races, and a light and
sound show. Although there are several viewpoints for watching the natural wonder of the Naga fireballs,
a great number of fireballs are usually seen in Phon Phisai district.
Tak Bat Thewo and Thai - Lao Friendship Boat Race
The end of the Buddhist Lent festival every year. People come to offer
alms to Buddhist monks in the morning. Long boat competitions
between Thai and Lao on the Mekong River.