Nong Khai Province and Tourist Attractions
Nong Khai is a province in the upper northeastern region, located in the Sakon Nakhon basin and in the upper northeastern provinces 1, is a border province and a quiet province. Livable and attractive There is a large area adjacent to the Mekong River. Opposite to Laos Has a narrow but long space Famous for tourism Especially watching the Naga fireballs on Buddhist Lent Day
1. Thasadet Market (ตลาดท่าเสด็จ)
Tha Sadet Market or Indochina Market, formerly known as Tha Ruea Market, because before the Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge was built on both sides of the water Will have to use the boat to travel Trade between the borders This is why the Immigration Bureau and Passport Pass in 1955 caused a major flood. His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Her Majesty Queen Sirikit Her Royal Highness visited the flood victims in Nong Khai province. He ascended from the royal boat at this harbor market and later changed his name from “Pier Market” is “Tha Sadet Market”
Is a community trading product in Nong Khai province With almost everything you need In Nong Khai province, such as local food, OTOP products, sub-district souvenirs and various appliances Which can all be purchased as souvenirs
Tha Sadet Market, in addition to being a source of souvenirs This market is also a collection of products in Indochina, such as China, Vietnam and Eastern Europe. There are many products, including dry food, processed food, rice, various appliances such as electrical appliances, clothing, watches, kitchenware, local textile And Tha Sadet used to be a checkpoint for local people to cross to Laos But after the Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge opened, a checkpoint was moved to the bridge. Remaining only at the pier
The location of Tha Sadet Market is on the Mekong River. This area is a beautiful view of the Mekong River in Nong Khai. Can look into Laos See houses Lao people’s way of life For those who like to take pictures, have a chic coffee shop. The retro atmosphere, named after the coffee shop at the pier market, is recommended to stop by for coffee tasting and play at this restaurant.
2. Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge (สะพานมิตรภาพไทย-ลาว)
Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge The first large bridge over the Mekong River Is a bridge that builds Thai-Laos relations To strengthen further in terms of economy, society and culture. At present, there are 3 Thai-Lao Friendship Bridges:
Thai-Lao 1 Friendship Bridge (Nong Khai – Vientiane) is the first bridge across the Mekong River. Connect Nong Khai Municipality to Ban Na Naeng Vientiane capital, Laos, opened in 1994
Thai-Lao 2 Friendship Bridge (Mukdahan-Savannakhet) connects Mukdahan Province with Savannakhet Province, Laos as part of the western and eastern economic routes starting from Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and ending in Vietnam. Launched in 2007
Thai-Lao 3 Friendship Bridge (Nakhon Phanom-Kham Muan) connects Nakhon Phanom Province and Khammouane Province, Laos, as a bridge connecting Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and southern China. Launched in 2011
This bridge is very important to Nakhon Phanom people because in the past, our province was like the bottom of the alley, far from Bangkok. Making most of the people traveling to use it as a passage But when opening the bridge, there will be a more convenient journey The tourists can cross to travel to Laos and return to sleep in Nakhon Phanom. Or going to visit nearby provinces and come to Nakhon Phanom And the next day, crossing the border Which is partly to promote tourism in
Documents for making border passes are
– Copy of ID card
– 2 photos of 1 inch size
– In case the follower is under 15 years old, use a copy of the house registration or a copy of the birth certificate instead of a copy of the ID card and pass the border ticket to the immigration checkpoint.
– Laos side fee
Monday – Friday, 50 baht, Saturday – Sunday, 70 baht, over the age of 3 days. If it is over, the request must be made in the Lao PDR and can only be used to travel to the Thai-Lao border town no more than 25 kilometers. Others have to use a passport with a visa foreigner Must use a passport (passport) with a visa by applying for a visa at the Lao Embassy in Thailand 520 / 1-3 Soi Ramkhamhaeng 39, Wang Thonglang Subdistrict, Bang Kapi District, Bangkok Tel. 02-539-6667 or Lao Consulate 18 / 1-3 Phothisathit Road, Ban Non Than, Nai Muang Subdistrict, Muang District, Khon Kaen, Tel. 043-221-861, 043-223-688. Both must be processed in advance at least 3 working days before or contact the travel agency have Allowed to stay in Laos for 30 days or contact for visa on arrival at the immigration checkpoint of Lao PDR in Laos for 15 days.
3. Pho Chai Temple, Luang Pho Phra Sai (วัดโพธิ์ชัย หลวงพ่อพระใส)
Songkran Festival is a tradition that has been inherited for a long time and well-known to both Thai and foreign tourists. Each area will have several activities whether it is offering food to monks, sprinkling water onto a Buddha image, pouring water on the hands of elders, building sand castles or taking sand to the temple. Alternatively, foam party, human wave, splashing water on boat rides are held with lots of fun but they still keep the beautiful tradition. However, another important tradition for Buddhists in Nong Khai Province is Hae Phra Rop Mueang (Buddha Image Street Procession Festival) by inviting Luang Pho Pra Sai, the respectable sacred Buddha image of Nong Khai to the procession around the city. This is to allow people to closely sprinkle water onto the Buddha image. It is water play that conserves the Isan culture reflecting that the lifestyles of Nong Khai people are so connected to Buddhism that the link cannot be broken. It is held on 13th-15th April of every year. Each year, the participants from Nong Khai and the Mekong River as well as tourists flow in to vigoriously join the procession.
Luang Pho Pra Sai is enshrined in the ordination hall of Wat Pho Chai which is located on Prachaksinlapakhom Road, Nai Mueang District, Nong Khai Province. It is about 2 kilometers away from the city of Nong Khai. Go along Highway No. 212, the route to Phon Phisai District. The temple will be on the left.
Originally, this temple was a deserted temple called Wat Phi Phio as it used to be a crematory and there are many stories saying that ghosts in this place are very scary. Later in the Rattanakosin period, the temple was renamed as Wat Pho Chai. It is home to Luang Pho Pra Sai, the mediation Buddha image in the attitude of subduing Mara casted from Thong Sisuk (bronze). It has fine Budda Characteristics. According to the latest myth, it was built by the three daughters of Phra Chaiyachetthathirat, the king of Lan Chang Kingdom. The Buddha images were named after their names; Phra Suk for the eldest daughter, Phra Soem for the middle daughter and Phra Sai for the youngest daughter with consectutive sizes. The 3 Buddha images were formerly enshrined in Vientiane. Later, in the reign of King Nangklao, His Majesty assigned Somdet Phra Bawonratchao Maha Sakdiphonlasep to bring the army to subdue Chao Anouvong Rebels in Vientaine. The Buddha images were then invited onto firmly-tied bamboo raft along the stream. While reaching Ban Woen Thaen, there was a storm. The surprisingly strong wind broke the raft and Phra Suk drowned in the water. The villagers then called the area “Woen Suk” and Phra Soem and Phra Sai were invited to be enshrined in Nong Khai. Later in the reign of King Mongkut, His Majesty was pleased to invite Phra Soem and Phra Sai to Bangkok. Nontheless, while Phra Sai was invited onto the cart to Wat Pho Chai, a miracle caused the cart to break down. They were unable to transfer Phra Sai. Only Phra Soem arrived in Bangkok. Luang Pho Pra Sai was placed at Wat Pho Chai in Nong Khai Province until present. They villagers also call it “Luang Pho Kwian Hak” (the Buddha image of broken cart).
Additonally, the ordination hall has exquisite murals depicting the life of the Buddha inside and its front enshrines the beautiful ancient Lao stupa.
4. Nong Khai Aquarium (พิพิธภัณฑ์สัตว์น้ำจังหวัดหนองคาย)
Address 112 Moo 7, Chaloem Phra Kiat Road Nong Kom Ko Sub-district Mueang Nong Khai District, Nong Khai Province 43000
Nong Khai Aquarium is the largest aquatic animal exhibit in the northeast, with underwater tunnels. Ten meters long Every day there will be an underwater fish food show. Simulate the world under Badan
Is an aquarium That show various fish species Both freshwater fish and saltwater fish
Nong Khai Aquarium Is an aquatic breeding site that displays various fish species Both freshwater fish and saltwater fish Received approval for the implementation of the resolution of Cabinet No. 44/2546 (special appointment) on November 17, 2003 in response to the goal of becoming a center for fisheries education Collecting fish species in the Mekong River As well as the display of aquatic species in the integration dimension And respond to being a tourist city Construction started in early 2006 and completed in February 2009, started to fry, try to open for viewing from April 10, 2009, using a total budget of 179.39 million baht
Admission price: There is a charge.
– Foreign Adults: 100 – Foreign Children: 50 – Thai Adults: 50 – Thai Children: 30
• Note: Lao people present a border ticket or passport to receive a discount for purchasing tickets at a price of 50 baht. Monks, disabled people, seniors attach ID cards to receive free cards
5. Wat Phra That Bang Phuan, Nong Khai Province (พระธาตุบังพวน หนองคาย)
Sattra Maha Sathan are the 7 places where Lord Buddha enjoyed his happiness after enlightenment for about 1 week at each place. The two widely-known duplicates of Sattra Maha Sathan are Wat Suthat Thepphawararam in Bangkok and Wat Chedi Chet Yot in Chiang Mai Province. However, talking about Nong Khai Province, many people may think of the stories of Naga while many of you may think of the archeological site which is considered the one and only in the world. What it that place? Let’s find the answer.
Wat Phra That Bang Phuan in Nong Khai Province is another important temple with long history which has provided spiritual attachment for the people in Nong Khai Province for a long time. It receives great attention from tourists who visit Nong Khai Province. The temple has many interesting things such as Phra That Bang Phuan, the temple’s principal pagoda. Its construction did not clearly appear but there are many existing legends about the events that mention this Phra That Bang Phuan. The villagers believe that this stupa is the home to the stool of Lord Buddha. Phra That Bang Phuan collapsed due to natural disasters and was restored by the Fine Arts Department. Also, the temple organizes the celebration for the stupa on the 15th day of the waxing moon of the 3rd lunar month of every year.
Moreover, the temple has another important historical site, Sattra Maha Sathan, which is the only Sattra Maha Sathan in the world with the ancient remains of all 7 places and has the sacred pool with the 7-head Naga sculpture at the center of the pool. According to legend, a strange phenomenon occurred after the Buddha’s relics were contained. The water radiated from the ground. The villagers believe that this area is the mountain of Naga who protects Phra That Bang Phuan. They then built this pool to be the sacred pool of the province. The water from the pool was used in many sacred ceremonies.
In addition to the historical sites and the stupa, there are many other archeological sites and objects in Wat Phra That Bang Phuan. For those of you who have faith and wish to witness the only remaining archeological site in the world, you can travel to Wat Phra That Bang Phuan in Nong Khai Province.