|Wat Pho Chai|
The town itself is rather quiet and laid back. Hotels and restaurants along the river are great and we always enjoyed sitting right next to the huge river and enjoying fresh fish. The Naga festival in the fall will turn this small town upside down and bring thousands of visitors.
|Wat Phra Buddhabat Bua Bok|
|Wat Phrabat Nong Khai|
In the city of Nong Khai we visited Wat Pho Chai twice to see the Lan Xang-era Buddha image called Luang Phor Phra Sai, which is one of my favourite Buddha images. The temple itself is actually run like a business and it is very crowded on holidays. Every tour bus stops here as well, but enjoying the temple is still exciting.
There are many temples in the city along the Mekong, which are all important and all contain important Buddha images. We even tried all our negotiation skills to visit the temples and were turned back on several of them. Reason was the fact that they contain some of the oldest and most valuable Buddha images which are in danger to be stolen. Hence I did promise several abbots not to publish the photos I was allowed to take in some of them.
Picturesque is the pagoda Phrathat Nong Khai to the east of the town. It offered a great view onto the river and Laos on the other side. The whole site is quiet and almost meditative when one sits on the stairs of the temple overlooking the Mekong.
Another one of my favourite temples is Wat Sri Khun Muang, which unfortunately is more a parking lot than a temple ground, but many temples here are using their space as parking lots. The nearby market on the river is famous, so most tour groups and almost every private party comes here and is looking for parking.
|Along highway 211|
|Wat Phra Bat Nong Khai|
|Wat Phra That Bang Puan|