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1. Luangpho Phra Sai at Wat Pho Chai (หลวงพ่อพระใสวัดโพธิ์ชัย) is situated on PhrachakSinlapakhom Road in the townmunicipality’s area. Wat Pho Chai is a royal temple enshrining LuangphoPhra Sai, a sacred Buddha image of the city, which is much revered by the NongKhai people. Every year, during the Songkran Festival, the image will be paraded around the town for people to pour water onto and pay homage. 

2. ThaSadet Market (Indochina Market)ตลาดท่าเสด็จ (ตลาดอินโดจีน)

Located on the Mekong Riverside in the NongKhai Municipality, ThaSadet Market is a centre of products from Indochina and Eastern Europe; for example, dried food, processed food, and consumer products like electrical appliances, clothes, watches, and kitchenware. Open daily between 7.00 a.m.-6.00 p.m. In addition, visitors can stop by to try the famous NaemNueang (Vietnamese wrapfood) at DaengNaemNueang. 

3. PhrathatKlang Nam (PhrathatNongKhai or Phrathat La Nong)(พระธาตุกลางน้ำ/พระธาตุหนองคาย/พระธาตุหล้าหนอง)

Is a broken stupa located in the middle of the Mekong River, which houses the nine pieces of the Buddha’s foot bones according to the Urangkhathat(PhrathatPhanom) legend. The stupa with thebase measuring 17.2 metres wide on each side andabout 28.5 metres high was broken into 3 pieces. It was assumed to be have been built around the 15th-17thcenturies,as its shape looks like Phrathat Bang Phuan. When the water level in the Mekong River decreases, we can clearly see the base of the stupa amid the river. Today, a replica stupa, known as PhrathatLaNongwas built andis located nearby.  

4. Phrathat Bang Phuan(พระธาตุบังพวน)

Situated in Wat Phrathat Bang Phuan, Ban Don Mu, TambonPhrathat Bang Phuan, the ancient stupa enshriningthe Buddha’s relics has been long revered by the people of NongKhai. The temple’s compound also features many other interesting ancient monuments; for example,SattaMahasathan or the seven important places in the history of the Lord Buddha after his enlightenment, as well asthe MutchalinPond orSa PappharanakortheGreat Serpent Pond. In the past, when a new governor wasappointed, the water from this pond would be used for bathing for auspiciousness.  

ken into 3 pieces. It was assumed to be have been built around the 15th-17thcenturies,as its shape looks like Phrathat Bang Phuan. When the water level in the Mekong River decreases, we can clearly see the base of the stupa amid the river. Today, a replica stupa, known as PhrathatLaNongwas built andis located nearby.  

5. Wat Thai (PhayaNak Cave)/PhayaPhisaiSattanakharat/The End of Buddhist Lent and Rocket Festival (วัดไทย (ถ้ำพญานาค) พญาพิสัยสัตตนาคราช เทศกาลออกพรรษาบั้งไฟพญานาค)
Located at 327Mu 1, Ban Chumphon, PhisaiSoradet Road, SoiSukhaphiban 16,TambonChumphon, AmphoePhonPhisai, NongKhai, the temple covers an area of approximately 5 rai 1 ngan and 28 square wa (approximately 8,512 square metres). The history of the construction of the Serpent king, Naga Rachaiyan, and the inspiration of building the nine-headed Naga and theduplication of the underworld cave said that it was built in 2007, which was the centenary of the establishment of AmphoePhonPhisai, NongKhai province. Inside the temple isthe 19-metre tall black great serpent statue as guardian at the entrance of the underworld, the figure of Nak Bat orNak Kin Nak (Naga swallowing Naga) as a symbol of the town’s fertility, the triangular sacred city pillar of the underworld, the entrance gate to the underworld and the 7-chamber tunnel cave of the underworld. It is believed that anyone who goes under the cave will be fortunate and their wish will come true. Moreover, the provincial authority built the statue of Phraya PhisaiSattanakharat as the new landmark close by, for people to payrespect. In addition, on the full moon day of the 11th lunar month or the End of the Buddhist Lent (October), many tourists and the publicwill come to witness the phenomenon of Naga Fireballs every year.  

6. Skywalk
Situated in Wat PhaTakSuea, the skywalk was built in a form of horseshoe floored with the strong and durable 4-centimetre thick clear tampered laminatedglass, which isiron clamped and attached to the rock foundation of the cliff. The total walking distance is 16 metres,of which the clear glass walkwaypart is 15 metres long while the walkway part that was constructed tojut out from the cliffis 6 metres long. It is supported bya rustproof steel framework with a carrying capacity of about 20 tourists or approximately 2,500 kilogrammes. The sides are fenced by clear glasses as well. Wat PhaTakSuea is surrounded with a breathtaking landscape located 550 metres high above sea level. Thisabundant temple is one of the most beautiful viewpoints of the Mekong River. When the river’s water level has decreased, stripes of a sand dune looking like the scales of Naga can be obviously noticed. From the viewpoint of Wat PhaTakSuea to the left is the panoramic scenery of the long curvy Mekong River bendwith a large island in the middle that separates the river into a Y shape where the view of the neighbouring country can be clearly seen.  

7. PhuPhaDak (ภูผาดัก)
Situated in Tambon Ban Muang, AmphoeSangkhom, PhuPhaDak features a high mountain with a stunning scenic point of the Mekong River. Particularly, from the end of rainy season to the cool season, this area will be blanketed with a beautiful sea of mist. In the morning, the scenery is astonishing when the sunlight casts on the white cotton-like fog. Tourists can contactlocal officers to access the scenic point. 

8. LuangphoPhrachao Ong Tue (หลวงพ่อพระเจ้าองค์ตื้อ)
Enshrined atWat Si Chomphu Ong Tue, Ban Nam Mong, LuangphoPhrachaoOng Tue is a large golden cast Buddha image built by the Northern and LanXang artisans. The beautiful characteristic image in the attitude of subduing Mara measuring 3.29 metres wide across the lap and 4 metres high is a sacred figure much revered by the people on both sides of the Mekong. According to the stone inscription, Phrachao Ong Tue was built in 1562 for 7 years and 7 months by PhraChaiyachettha, King of Nakhon Wiang. The image was cast with a combination of gold, brass and silver weighing 1 Tue (Tue is an ancient Isan measurement unit). The Phrachao Ong Tue Festivalis annually held to pay homage to the Buddha image on the full moon day of the 4thlunar month (March).   

9. Phan KhotSaenKhrai (Grand Canyon of the River Kong)พันโขดแสนไคร้ (แกรนด์แคนยอนแม่น้ำโขง)
The attraction covers an area ofthe Mekong River parallelto Route 211 from the border of Amphoe Pak Chom, Loei province downstream passing Ban Huai Kho, Ban Nong, Ban Phukhao Thong and Ban Muang, Tambon Ban Muang. From December to May, the water in the Mekong will be lower and thousands of small and large islets and rocks will emerge where there are thousands of lush willow-leaved water croton or Thon Khrai in Thai growing on each rock alternating with the white sandy beaches. When looking over to the Lao PDR. side, we can see the mountain as a backgroundthat looks like a small park in the far distance. Visitors can take a fishing boat of the locals to sightsee the beauty of these rocks.  

 10. Mueang NongKhai Walking Street (KhaemKhong Market)ถนนคนเดินเมืองหนองคาย
(ตลาดแคมของ)

Is situated on the Mekong frontage road behind the ThaSadet Market. Aside from generic goods, the Market offers community products including retrospective rare performances. The highlight of this market is the atmosphere along the riverside with the Mekong scenery of more than a 500-metre distance. Open every Saturday from 4.00-10.00 p.m.