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History of Nong Khai 
 

Nong Khai

Nong Khai is a border town on the bank of the Mekong River. This province is a gateway to Vientiane, the capital of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR.), with a friendship bridge linking between the two countries. The history of Nong Khai dates back to over 200 years ago. Initially, this riverside area was spotted with small towns; namely, Phran Phrao, Wiang Khuk, Pakho, and Phai (Ban Bueng Khai). At present, traces of ancient places have been found in teplkes along the Mekong River on the route Tha Bo – Si Chiang Mai. During the reign of King Rama III of the Rattanakosin era, Chao Anuwong, the ruler of Vientiane, staged a rebellion. King Rama III appointed Chao Phraya Ratchathewi to lead an army to attack Vientiane. The army won with the important forces supported by Thao Suwothanma (Bunma), the ruler of Yasothon, and Phraya Chiangsa. The king, therefore, promoted Thhao Suwo to be the ruler of a large town to be established on the right bank of the Mekong River. The location of Ban Phai was chosen for the town called Nong Khai, which was named after a very large pond to the west.

 

Nong Khai is 615 km. from Bangkok, covering an area of around 7,332 sq km. This province has the longest distance along the Mekong River; measuring 320 km. The area is suitable for agriculture and freshwater fishery. It is also a major tourist attraction where visitors can easily cross the border into Laos. There are temples, culture and folk ways of life, which are interesting. Hotel accommodation is available and comfortable. There are various kinds of food and souvenir products. By all these charms, people have been drawn to visit this riverside town.