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Nong Khai Hotel Transfer

Transport types between Bangkok and Nong Khai

Bangkok to Nong Khai Schedule

Bangkok to Nong Khai Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Glassflower Premium 00:00 - 09:00฿ 10,346
Air Udon Express 07:00 - 17:35฿ 504
Thai Railways 2nd Class AC seats only 08:20 - 17:45฿ 628
Air Udon Express 17:30 - 04:05฿ 504
Air Udon Express 19:00 - 05:35฿ 504
Budsarakham Tour VIP 19:30 - 04:40฿ 602
Sawadee Esan Express 19:45 - 05:55฿ 499
Thai Railways 2nd Class Sleeper AC 20:00 - 06:45฿ 1,131
Transport Co VIP 32 20:00 - 06:00฿ 717
Budsarakham Tour Express 20:30 - 05:50฿ 479
Air Udon Express 20:30 - 07:05฿ 504
Sawadee Esan Express 21:00 - 07:10฿ 499

How to get from Bangkok to Nong Khai

It is a real pity that for the overwhelming majority of foreign tourists passing through Nong Khai the provincial capital and the province itself remain just a transit point on the way from Thailand to the capital of Laos. Stretching along the banks of Mekong, Nong Khai boasts the scenery striking with its quiet beauty. Pink sunsets, rural temples and laidback vive are what the region can offer to the traveller who is ready to slow down and to indulge in simple pleasures of life in Isan. Probably the two most well-known attractions of Nong Khai are the surreal Sala Kaew Ku sculptural park (there is a similar creation on the other side of Mekong, too) and the ethereal naga fireballs which are an inexplicable phenomenon observed yearly on the last day of the Buddhist Lent, Wan Ok Phansa. Note that though the backpacking scene is quite modest in Nong Khai, the city still remains the most explored by travellers region of the northeastern Thailand.

Getting to Nong Khai

Getting from Bangkok to Nong Khai is straightforward and easy as the route is well-travelled. There is a direct railway line from Bangkok which passes through Nakhon Ratchasima before terminating at Nong Khai. You have also a wide choice of buses, both governmental and those of private companies. If you are travelling by car, follow Route 2 from Saraburi to Nong Khai which is actually the first Thai highway meeting all the international standards, so the road trip is normally smooth and pleasant.

From Bangkok to Nong Khai by train

Trains to Nong Khai depart from the Hua Lamphong train station in Bangkok and cover all the 624 km to the Lao border in 10-11 hours. There are morning and evening trains. Though travelling during the day makes you ‘loose’ the precious day-time of your journey, it is still worth considering as the countryside scenery you are going to pass is idyllic: grazing water buffalos, rice paddies, lively villages and much more. Besides, if you do not bother to book your train ticket in advance, the morning #75 train may be the only option available for the dates of your travel. Note that this train has the 3rd class seats only (air-conditioned, though), and for a lower back of an unprepared traveller it may turn our a challenge to spend on board 9½ hours. The night trip saves you some baht for a hotel room and the whole journey is normally a pleasant experience as you can sleep the whole night through. Even the 2nd class sleepers provide quite comfy seats which fold out into bunk beds, and there are curtains to give you some privacy. Second class AC sleepers go at THB958 and are the first to sell out. Note that #69 train departing at 8pm from Hua Lamphong also offers ladies only carriages at the same price. The first class sleepers cost THB1517 which is a good investment for the most comfortable and carefree ride. If you are on a budget, there are also 2nd class AC seats only carriages (THB453). #69 arrives to Nong Khai at 6.45am. This is the most convenient option for travelling from Bangkok. There is also the #77 train leaving Bangkok at 8.35pm but it arrives to Nong Khai early in the morning (4.15am) and has only second class AC seats.

The train station in Nong Khai is located southwest from the downtown. A tuk-tuk ride will cost you around THB60.

From Bangkok to Nong Khai by bus

The main bus terminal in Bangkok serving the route is Mochit which is in the north of the city. Buses depart throughout the day and differ in the level of comfort, but all of them have a toilet on board, serve snacks and make pit stops at a larger gas stations with multiple forecourt operators. A bus ride is about 9-10 hours long. It is a good idea to take an advantage of night buses which arrive to Nong Khai early in the morning. Budsarakan Tour and Sawadee Esan both operate night express buses and offer similar service which also includes an entertainment program (be prepared to listen to Thai style music!). Generally TV is switched off a couple of hours after the departure, so it is not a problem. There are three Budsarakan Tour night buses – at 7pm (THB479), 8.20pm (THB661) and 8.30pm (THB562). Note that the 7pm bus arrives to Nong Khai in the small hours (3.25am) and the two latter both reach the city at 5am. The Sawadee Esan’s 7.45pm bus arrives at the same time – about 5am – and costs THB551.
From Nong Khai bus station you can either walk to your guesthouse or take a tuk-tuk (about THB50).

From Nong Khai to other cities of Isan

Nong Khai has good bus connections with the other towns and cities of Isan. Buses and minibuses head to Loei, Khon Kaen, Nakhon Phatom and Udon Thani. It is also possible to get to Kanchanaburi (Central Thailand) from Nong Khai.

Getting to Laos from Nong Khai

Nong Khai is a gateway to the Lao capital of Vientiane which is located some 20 km from the border on the other side of Mekong.
If you arrive by train, you can catch a shuttle train which goes from Nong Khai train station to Tha Nalaeng train station in Laos. Buy tickets at the railway station on arrival. Note that Tha Nalaeng is literally in the middle of nowhere, and you will have to make your final 20 km to the capital by a tuk-tuk – and tuk-tuk drivers in Tha Nalaeng are very reluctant to negotiate prices! After arriving to Nong Khai train station walk (or take a tuk-tuk) to the bridge instead. Go through border formalities on the Thai side, cross the bridge (there is a shuttle bus going back and forth over the bridge) and check-in at the Lao side. From there take a tuk-tuk to Vientian which are plentiful and offer reasonable prices.
International buses to Vientiane depart from Nong Khai bus terminal every two hours (THB60). The whole trip takes about 1½ hrs due to border formalities both on the Thai and Lao sides. In Laos, buses head to the bus station in the centre of Vientiane, opposite the Morning market. If you are in a hurry (e.g. to submit your documents to the Thai consulate), you may save some time by hiring a tuk-tuk at the Lao border to go directly to the embassy. Depending on your negotiation skills it will cost you from THB100 to THB200 (you can pay in Thai baht).

Note: If you are heading to Vientiane to get your tourist visa to Thailand, note that effective from November, 13, 2015, there are no more double entry tourist visas. In Vientiane, the only option for a foreigner is a single entry tourist visa which costs THB1000. A long waited for 6-month tourist visa costs THB5000 and can be obtained through the Thai consulate or embassy in your home country only.

The First Thai-Lao Friendship bridge

Opened in 1994, a 1170m concrete bridge connects Nong Khai province in Thailand with Vientiane prefecture in Laos. While crossing the bridge, take a notice of traffic driving on the left side of the road as in Thailand. After the traffic lights at the Lao end of the bridge traffic changes the side of the road and drives on the right side.

Getting around

Nong Khai is a great place for cycling. Traffic is quite limited and the scenery of the countryside near Mekong is beautiful. Many guesthouses rent out or let you use their bicycles for free. You can rent a scooter (THB200-THB250 per day), which will make your life in the city much easier and will be a good companion in your explorations. A tuk-tuk ride around the city costs from THB40 to THB60. There are taxis, too, but you have to negotiate the cost of your trip in advance. If you are planning to go to Sala Kaew Ku, all the eastbound local buses from the bus station pass close to it (THB10).

Where to stay

The majority of budget accommodation is located near the riverfront. You can easily walk to this area from the bus station or use a tuk-tuk (THB50). There are several nice digs around the town, too, but they are generally not so atmospheric as those at the banks of Mekong. The quality of guesthouses and prices are among the best in Isan. The cheapest rooms go at THB300 and offer both air-conditioning and hot water.


Visiting Nong Khai is a meditative experience. Watch the sunset over the Mekong River, sample some local food and admire intricate rural temples on the riverbanks west of the city. Nong Khai is famous for its colourful festivals, so try to adjust your schedule accordingly. There is the unique week-long Anou Savari Festival in March, the Rocket festival in May or June, the Candle festival marking the beginning of the Buddhist Lent (normally in July), and the mysterious Naga Fireballs festival at the end of the Buddhist Lent in October.

Sala Keaw Ku sculptural park occupies the upper lines in every Nong Khai visitor’s program. Built in 1996, it cannot be considered a monument of great historical or architectural value, but weird sculptures featuring Buddhist and Hindu mythical creatures do impress.

Every Saturday the colourful Nong Khai night market fills the Riverside Promenade with local handicrafts, mat mee cotton and delicious food. Do not miss it if you are around during the weekend. During the rest of the week you can find the latest imports from Lao and China in Tha Sadet market, aka Indochina market.

There are nice temples in Nong Khai, some of which show a slight Vietnamese influence. The holiest temple of the region is Wat Pho Chai which holds a gold and bronze Buddha statue, Luang Pho Phra Sai. The statue has a beautiful legend behind it and is considered to be one of the three holy images of Buddha which had belonged to the daughters of the King of Lao until King Rama I sacked Vientiane. The second statue was lost in the waters of Mekong during transportation to Thailand and the third one is kept in Bangkok.

Bangkok to Nong Khai destination reviews

875 customer reviews
train #25 Class II Ladies Only, Thai Railways, Dec 6, 2019
Everything is good except the light. They should have dimmed it darker so that we are comfortable to sleep in.
train #25 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Dec 5, 2019
I booked a sleeper so I could get some sleep. I was waiting for the bright lights to be turned off like any normal train at about 10pm. They did not turn off at all and remained bright the entire night making it impossible tog et any sleep. Passengers should be warned in future to bring along an eye mask.
train #25 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Dec 4, 2019
Easy to book. Collecting train tickets is convenient when you arrive to Train Station where 12Go is located. #25 is clean & nice ride & timing. Deciding to book & taking #25 is a reliable part of trip itinerary.
train #25 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Dec 4, 2019
Trip was amazing. Everything was perfectly organized. :)
train #25 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Nov 28, 2019
Very nice and comfortable way to travel to long distance places. Also the train is so clean and nice.
train #25 1st Class Sleeper, Thai Railways, Nov 25, 2019
Overnight train to n long Thai was a great experience. Booking and collecting tickets a bit cumbersome but went very smoothly. Grateful to be able to book online in advance. Thank you
train #25 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Nov 25, 2019
Departed on time and arrived even earlier. Very compfy, great staff. They provide a blanket but it was still very cold.
train #25 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Nov 24, 2019
comfortable trip! was able to sleep well and we arrived on time. highly recommended!
train #25 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Nov 20, 2019
Very easy to book, well worth the small fee and everything went smoothly from boarding the train to being dropped directly by minibus to my hotel.
train #25 1st Class Sleeper, Thai Railways, Nov 9, 2019
We liked the service. We appreciate the good service of 12Go, we've had a smooth travel from Hua Lamphong to Nong Khai. Thank you for the complimentary bottled water. Keep it up. :)
train #25 1st Class Sleeper, Thai Railways, Oct 30, 2019
Everything was kust fine, only maybe better if the coffee in the morning can be served directly with the breakfast
train #25 1st Class Sleeper, Thai Railways, Oct 24, 2019
Amazing trip, clean and comfortable train, 1st class compartment is a first class indeed. 12go had my tickets ready and waiting. Highly recommend both - the train and 12go!
train #25 1st Class Sleeper, Thai Railways, Oct 23, 2019
Great service Good food Very clean On time Very comfortable Good price
train #25 1st Class Sleeper, Thai Railways, Oct 21, 2019
Everything was smooth and departure on time. The van from Thanaleng to Vientiane was very poor,people and suitcases were piled up. The driver was not accurate in leaving me in the hotel and gave me wrong directions to walk. Train from Bangkok to Nong Khai was freezing cold and there was no way to change the temperature to a comfortable range.
train #25 1st Class Sleeper, Thai Railways, Oct 21, 2019
Train was quite comfortable. WiFi is total rubbish as it only connects for 30 seconds every 10 minutes.
train #25 1st Class Sleeper, Thai Railways, Oct 16, 2019
Service was very good. I don‘t have any complaints. Thank you for your service.
train #25 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Oct 8, 2019
Very easy trip from Bangkok to Laos. Trains immaculate and beds comfy. Also charging points for each passenger...
train #25 Class II Ladies Only, Thai Railways, Sep 17, 2019
The ladies carriage was comfortable and very clean. Definitely a nice way to travel.
train #25 1st Class Sleeper, Thai Railways, Sep 14, 2019
We booked our tickets through 12Go Asia months before we went to Bangkok. Easy to find the ticket pick up office right across the street. I know some say to buy direct but I was happy with the service, and price that we paid. We did book the upgrade ,although I saw nothing wrong with the economy seat, we wanted to have our own cabin for quiet reading.
train #25 2nd Class Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Sep 13, 2019
Nice modern carriage, clean and tidy. Comfortable ride. Excellent value for money

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