Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge is the first international bridge spanning the Mekong.
The bridge was built jointly by the governments of Australia,
Thailand and Laos. It was opened in April 8, 1994.
: Hotels in Nong Khai Area
Hat Chom Mani is a sandy beach on the Mekong River, 2 kilometres from town.
The beach occurs during the dry season in April. The locals and tourists enjoy a day out here.
Location: Amphoe Si Chiang Mai
This waterfall is located at Ban Wang Nam Mog, Thambon Phra Phutthabat,
and is about 26 kilometers from the district township area, and about 88
kilometers from the provincial capital township. The waterfall cascades
from a high cliff. There are several caves around the cliff which are
open for sightseeing. The road from Wat Hin Mak Peng to Amphoe
Sangkhom passes through much picturesque scenery.
Location: Amphoe Sangkhom
Namtok Than Thong is in Ban Pha Tang at Km. 74 of Highway No. 211,
11 kilometres before arriving in Sangkhom district office and
83 kilometres from Amphoe Muang. The waterfall is 30 metres high
and falls down to the Mekong. Below is a large pool suitable
for swimming. There is water only in the rainy season.
Namtok Than Thip is at Ban Tat Som in Tambon Ban Muang at Km. 97
on Highway No. 211, then take a left for 2 kilometres.
This three-level waterfall is 30 metre-high,
100 metre-high and 70 metre-high,
respectively. It is at its most beautiful in the rainy season.
Phu Wua Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Ban Don Chik; 3 km from
Bung Khla district and take a right turn for a further trip
of around 6 km. It has an area of around 186 sq. km. or 116,562 rai,
covering some part of Bueng Kan, Bung Khla, Seka and Bueng Khong Long districts,
and nearly bordering Laos. 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.
Location: Amphoe Bung Kan
Phu Thok means an isolated mountain in Isan dialect. Located in Ban Na Kham Khaen,
Tambon Na Sabaeng, this sandstone range stands out and can be seen from a distance.
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 Buddha’s teachings.
Phu Thok Noi is where Wat Chetiya Khiri Wihan (Wat Phu Thok) is situated.
This temple is the starting point of a walk up to the top of Phu Thok,
via a wooden bridge winding around the steep mountain. The bridge was
built with faith from monks, novices and villagers. The construction
began in 1969 and took five years to complete. This bridge is
compared to a path of virtue that leads a righteous man to leave
a world and enter into emancipation by their own efforts and determination.
Phu Thok is still a meditation practice centre and a place for
the community’s religious affairs. Visitors shall be calm in
manner and pay respect to the place. The bridge’s stairs to
the mountain top are divided into seven sections.
How to get there:
To get there Phu Thok is around 185 km. from the town of Nong Khai.
Take Highway 212, past Pho Chai, Pak Khat and Bueng Kan districts.
Then, turn left to take Highway 222 and head for Si Wilai district.
From Si Wilai, take a left turn and go on for another 30 km.,
past Ban Na Sing, Ban Sai Ngam, to Ban Na Kham Khaen and Phu Thok.