Given its strategic location on the Southeast Asian backpacker route that sees scores of Western tourists stream across the Friendship Bridge here into Laos, Nong Khai is a place that caters mostly to budget travellers. Room rates here are very reasonable and usually include calming views of the river. The food here is surprisingly varied. Aside from the typical Thai/Laotian fare, Chinese is also on offer along with Western backpacker favourites and even Mexican.
Accommodation and restaurants are almost all located around the centre of town and along Riverside road.
Guesthouses in Nong Khai
Mut Mee Garden Guest House: a longstanding backpacker favourite, this place gets full quickly with good reason given its idyllic restaurant garden and Mekong views. The Nagarina boat is available for evening dinner cruises where they serve Thai food and especially fish dishes. There is a beautiful bar at the end of the raft…more details and booking
Budsabong Fine Resort: is located in Nongkhai Municipality at Bann Donsawan, which is recognized as 7th most livable town in the world. There are 58 rooms with beautifully decorated to achieve a serene, uplifiting atmostphere. Ranging from Superior rooms, Deluxe pool Access rooms, Junior Suit, Junior Pool Access, Executive Suit and Pool Access Suit, each room is elegant designed and has its own balcony overlooking the swimming pool and garden…more details and booking
Restaurants in Nong Khai
With it’s location besides the mighty Mekong river, Nong Khai has plenty of lovely riverside restaurants that boast fantastic views across to Laos.
The biggest concentration of these are found in the market area of the town centre. You might want to stroll around and pick one that takes your fancy. Here are some suggestions around town.
Remember, Nong Khai is a small, typical Isaan town so don’t expect anything too trendy or international. The area is easily navigated on foot and you’ll find some really pleasant venues on the riverfront, or even on the river. Fish, of course, is the most favoured item on the menu, but be warned that here in Isaan the food is so much spicier!
Daeng Naem Nueang: a well-rated Vietnamese place with a smattering of local fare right on the gateway between Thailand and Laos. Takeaway also available. Open: 06:00-19:30; 526-527Riverside Road, tel: (042) 411 961.
Im Im Dim Sum: serving a limited selection of dim sum along with noodle and rice dishes, this is a popular Chinese hangout that comes at a very reasonable price. Soi Sook Pracha.
Jose Ramon’s Cantina: tacos and tortillas come to Nong Khai in this very popular Mexican restaurant serving anything but quesadillas. 1128/9 Takai Road.
For budget Thai food head to Prajak road and Thasadej market where street vendors hawk food starting at just a few baht.