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NONGKHAI

In "ISAN" area, Nongkhai is one of the most visited town. Nongkhai is one of the three official Thai-Laotian check points in "ISAN" area (i.e. Nongkhai, Mukdahan, Chong Mek). One of the two North-east railway lanes goes from Bangkok, through Nakhon Ratchasima (Khorat) and then to Nongkhai (until the Friendship bridge that crosses the Mekong to Laos).

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The most famous temple ("WAT" - วัด) is called "WAT PHO CHAI". The gold Buddha image, "LUANG PHO PHRA SAI", inside this temple is highly revered by the Nongkhai people.
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The main Buddha statue inside the "BOT" (โบสถ์ - building which contains the main Buddha image) is famous. Its head is made of gold, its body is made of bronze and the flame above his head contains precious jewels. Paintings on the walls show a very interesting glimpse on Thai culture (wedding, "SONGKRAN" feast, monks, "BUN BANG FAI" feast).
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Nongkhai

The "THA SADET" market is a nice place to enjoy shopping with goods coming from Laos, Thailand. Some nice restaurants with view overlooking the river offer fresh Mekong fish dishes. Nongkhai is famous for its silk.

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Nongkhai is well known for its Buddhist universities.
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During Vietnam war, many Vietnamese people fled to Thailand. An important Vietnamese community is located in Nongkhai. Some restaurants offer delicious dishes based on Vietnamese food such as spring rolls. The restaurant shown on the picture is probably one of the best in Nongkhai and located near "THA SADET" market.
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Nongkhai

Vietnamese and French cultures can also be found in Isan. In SriChiangMai, district of Nongkhai, Vietnamese food and the French "baguette de pain" are available. Sri Chiang Mai is Thailand's first producer of envelopes for spring rolls.

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Luang Ta Meuang is the abbot of "WAT SRI MEUANG" in NongKhai center. He is 93 years old. He is a monk since he was 12 years old. So he is highly worshipped by all inhabitants of NongKhai. He often goes outside the country in order to explain Buddhism.
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Nongkhai has been elected as one of the best world towns for American retired people by American magazines. The survey was comparing life price, quality of life, weather, neighbourhood.

Nongkhai is worth a few days visit and is more than a stop to Vientiane, capital of Laos.
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Nongkhai

In Nongkhai area, there is a famous temple called "WAT KHAEK" containing an amazing Buddha garden. The garden deserves one page for its own beauty. It is described in this Isan Tourism section.



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