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Category: Day Trips

Jan 20
Third Thai-Laos Friendship Bridge (3) in Nakhon Phanom

Nakhon Phanom is one of 4 places where a Thai-Laos Friendship Bridge has been built — the other 3 locations being in Nong Khai, Mukdahan, and Chiang Rai province. A 5th Thai-Laos Friendship Bridge (Beung Kan – Bolikhamxai) is set to open later in 2024, and a 6th bridge (Ubon Ratchathani – Salavan) has plans […]

Jan 09
Laos Limestone Mountain Karsts – Nakhon Phanom Views

The cool season is the best time of year to visit Nakhon Phanom and view the limestone hills of Laos, as the view is much crisper, with less haze. The cliffs are located just across the Mekong River and rise up like jagged teeth, evoking the great Naga serpents that are said to live in […]

Dec 03
Thailand Lakeside Retreat: Nam Un Reservoir

One of the loveliest places in Northeast Thailand is the area around Nam Un Reservoir in Sakon Nakhon. Nong Han Lake, the largest natural lake in Northeast Thailand, tends to get all of the attention among tourists to Sakon Nakhon, but the beautiful Nam Un Reservoir, with rolling Phu Phan mountains clearly visible in the […]

Mar 31
Loei: The Best Mountain Views and View Point in Thailand

The best mountain views and viewpoint in Loei (Thailand) are at the Phu Ruea National Park and the Chiang Khan Skywalk. When tourism websites talk about Isan, Thailand they often say that the Northeast isn’t mountainous like Chiang Mai and the North of Thailand, seemingly forgetting the majestic mountain views to be seen in Loei […]

Feb 04
Zurich Bread Cafe – The Best Sandwiches in Udon Thani

One thing that is hard to come by in Northeast Thailand is a good sandwich. While Subway sandwiches has a strong presence in Bangkok, Pattaya, and Chiang Mai, there is only one Subway shop in all of Northeast Thailand (in Khon Kaen). Yes, there is an expat restaurant here and there that sometimes does an […]

Feb 04
Udon Thani Airport

Udon Thani Airport (UTH) is the airport you are looking for if you would like to visit Sakon Nakhon and are flying in from a neighboring country such as Vietnam, China, or Cambodia. It is one of 15 international Thai airports and one of 2 in Northeastern Thailand (the other being in Khon Kaen). After […]

Nov 11
Nakhon Phanom Temples on the Riverfront

If you are visiting the Naga Monument in Nakhon Phanom, you don’t want to stop just there. If you head south down the tree-lined promenade (opposite the direction of the Nakhon Phanom Pier), you’ll find four beautiful Nakhon Phanom temples on the riverfront. The first temple directly across from the Mekhong River is Wat Pho […]

Oct 23
Naga Monument – Nakhon Phanom

The Naga Monument is a relatively new riverside attraction in the city of Nakhon Phanom. The immense brass Naga serpent statue was built in 2016 and cost 9 million baht (approx. $230,000). The elegant Buddhist sculpture has 7 heads, weighs 9 tons, and measures 4.49 meters wide and 10.90 meters high. The statue is facing […]

Oct 22
Wat Phra That Phanom

Wat Phra That Phanom (วัดพระธาตุพนม) is one of the most popular day trip destinations from Sakon Nakhon. It is located a little over an hour (45 km) from downtown Sakon Nakhon in the That Phanom district of the neighboring province of Nakhon Phanom (The City of Hills). Breaking down the famous temple’s name, it translates […]

Apr 07
Indochina Market Mukdahan

  The Indochina Market in Mukdahan is an excellent place to go for a day trip from Sakon Nakhon. It takes a little under 2 hours, and there are a number of other attractions within the vicinity to make it a worthwhile journey. The Indochina Market has dozens of retailers, selling items such as locally […]