Nong Khai, Thailand
Nong Khai is a city in North-East Thailand. It is also the capital of Nong Khai Province. Situated on the western bank of the Mekong River, near the site of the first Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge, spanning the river to Laos.
Nong Khai's main sight is Sala Keoku (alternatively spelled as Sala Kaew Ku, also known as Wat Khaek), a park of massive sculptures (some over 20m tall). Buddhas, many-armed goddesses, naga snakes and all sorts of human-animal hybrids dominate the scenery
Things to See & Do
* Sala Keoku – sculpture park
* Nong Khai Old City Hall
* Walk the city
* Thasadej Market
* Jomanee ("Joe-mar-nee") 'beach' - appears near the Friendship Bridge from Jan - May
Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – Baht (THB)
Language – Thai
Population – 121,000 approx
Land Area - 765.0 km2
Electricity – 2 perpendicular flat pins USA style or with a round pin below
Time - GMT plus seven hours
International Country Telephone Code – +66
Travel Links - Nong Khai is connected to Laos via the First Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge, which permits direct traffic to Vientiane via road and rail (in the latter case, via Thanaleng Railway Station).
The nearest airport (on the Thai side) is in Udon Thani, 56 km away. There are direct shuttle buses four times a day between the airport and the Friendship Bridge (2 km from Nong Khai), plus taxis and minibuses that will take you in to Nong Khai proper.