Category: Nakhon Phanom Province

Nakhon Phanom is situated on the bank of the Mae Khong River opposite Muang Ta Kaek of Laos. It is where the Phra That Phanom, the most sacred and ancient religious monument of the Northeast, is located. For the Phra That is venerated by both Thais and Laotians along the Mae Khong. Although it partially collapsed some time ago, it has since been restored to its glory. Nakhon Phanom is 740 kilometers from Bangkok.

Wat Trai Phum

A riverside temple located in Tha Uthen District where the 15th century, 80-inch tall Phra Bang image with an octagon base surrounded by 8 elephants is enshrined. It is believed that a procession with the image during the dry season will bring rainfall.

Wat Okat

Wat Okat (Wat Okatsibuaban) is located along the bank of the Mekong River, on Sunthon Wichit Road is an ancient monastery that has not been dated. The temple was built before the provincial town was established and houses many highly-revered old Buddha images such as Phra Teaw and Phra Tiam. Additional attractions at the temple are its magnificent murals.

Wat Maha That

This monastery is located on Sunthon Wichit Road, on the bank of Mekong River. The compound includes Phra That Nakhon a sacred pagoda highly worshipped by Buddhists. With a square base of 5.8 meters wide and a height of 24 meters, the pagoda was built by Phraya Ammat (Pom), the army commander-in-chief from Vientiane who built Nakhon Phanom City.

Tha Khaek

Foreigners wishing to extend their journey to Tha Khaek (located in Laos) should obtain Lao Visas. Only travelers with valid visas are allowed to cross to Laos by ferry. Tha Khaek is a trade outpost with interesting French colonial architecture.

Saint Anna Church

Saint Anna Church is located on Sonthornvijit Road which runs parallel to the dame in front of the city of Nakhon Phanom. The church was built in 1926 by a Catholic priest. The church stands as a symbol of an international city that welcomes inhabitants from all walks of life. Before Christmas eve, Christians will make different styles of stars and put them together in the church.

Riverside Promenade

Fancy a walk along the mighty and famous Mekong RiverĪ‰ Visitors can stroll along the riverside promenade parallel to the Mekong River and enjoy the view across the river of Tha Khaek City against the mountainous backdrop. The view is spectacular in the evening as the sun sets over the mountains on the other side of the river.

Phra That Nakhon

Located in amphoe Mueang, the stupa is designated as a holy place, expecially for one born on Saturday. It is believed to grant the wish of being a respectful leader.

Phra Achan Bua Temiyo Museum

Phra Achan Bua Temiyo Museum is situated at Wat Sila Mongkhon in Ban Lak Sila, only 5 kilometers from Amphoe That Phanom. The museum houses the remains of the famous monk Phra Achan Man Phuritatto and the religious items of another monk, Phra Achan Bua Temiyo. The well-preserved body of the latter monk is kept here and is highly revered by locals.

Ban Nong Chan Old Town

This is the only site where it is possible to see the brick ruins and a number of large trees that are over a hundred years old. Archeological evidence reveals that the place was formerly the camp site of Phraya Chiangsa who led his troops from Vientiane to assist Tao Kumsing in the fight to liberate Tao Kumsing’s Kingdom from Tao Gugnews control. This old town is located about 5 kilometers from the city.