If your focus is on saving money without sacrificing on quality or amenities, head away from the river. You can certainly find budget options close to the Mekong, but we found hotels a bit further away to have slightly nicer rooms, services, and amenities at a lower price point.
For THB400, Hop Inn Mukdahan is a great, money saving option. We will admit, the whole place feels a bit sterile, but that means one thing: it’s exceptionally clean. For a very low price, guests enjoy private bathrooms, air conditioning, flat screen TVs, mini fridges, and balconies (although the view isn’t spectacular). If budget and cleanliness are your top priorities, this is one of our first picks. (18 Chayangkul Kor Road)
If location is more important to you, another budget friendly option a bit closer to the river is Kiengpiman Hotel, which gets great reviews and has a cheap nightly rate. This hotel offers more personality than Hop Inn, although the furnishings and decorations are a bit dated and dark. Even so, rooms are clean and they offer all the usuals like air conditioning, wifi, mini fridges, and balconies. You’ll also have access to bicycle rentals, laundry services, and a restaurant for about THB450. (26 Dumrong Mukda Road)
Our top marks go to Riverview Maekhong Hotel, further south along the riverfront almost opposite Wat Si Bun Rueang. For THB600 we got a huge room where you could easily dance with (dusty) epoch furniture and a breeze terrace overlooking the Mekong. Fantastic!
For a step up in quality and amenities, The Riverfront Hotel is a popular choice among mid-range travellers. Furnishings are again a bit dated, but because of its excellent location along the Mekong, that can be easily overlooked. Rooms here come with wifi, balconies, TVs, minibars, and en suite bathrooms. On top of that, there’s also free parking, a shuttle service, spa facilities, and a cafe. For a standard double room, you’ll pay around THB900; that price also includes breakfast. While there are a number of mid-range options near the river, this is our pick if you don’t mind spending a little more for a better location.
The good news is, if you’re coming to Mukdahan and want a touch of luxury while still paying reasonable prices, you have options. Your money will take you far here, so if you’re willing to increase the budget for a great return on investment, consider staying at the Ploy Palace Hotel. Located about a half mile from the Indochina Market, you’ll be within close access to pretty much anything you need in town. For under THB1500, rooms here offer regulars like air conditioning, minibars, en suite bathrooms, and free wifi. Where they go above and beyond is in the style department; furnishings and decorations are tastefully modern throughout the hotel. To top it off, if you decide to stay here, you’ll have access to multiple restaurants, great views, and a relaxing pool.
Our final choice might be a budget-buster for some, but if a small splurge won’t set you back too much, spend your stay in Mukdahan at Hotel De Ladda. This accommodation option is modern, clean, and located right next to the river. Our absolute favourite part about it is the infinity pool overlooking the Mekong, complete with lounge chairs and umbrellas for a perfect way to relax on a hot Thai day. Rooms have balconies with great views and are noticeably large and well decorated. An extra nice touch is the included bathrobes. You’ll pay around THB2400 to THB7900 depending on the room choice, so the options vary quite a bit. However, even the cheaper rooms offer excellent value. (77 Samran Chai Khong Tai Road)
Mukdahan station guide
Mukdahan - Bus
The picturesque small town of Mukdahan has its own bus station, which is situated west of town. Air-conditioned buses to Mukdahan from Bangkok’s northern terminal (Mochit) depart frequently. Located on the banks of the Mekong River, Mukdahan is one of the most important border posts with Laos. From Mukdahan, 12 daily buses follow routes across the bridge to the city of Savannakhet in Laos.
The lively market of Mukdahan boasts numerous stalls selling a wide range of Laotian products. After sunset tourists can have an atmospheric dinner on the boulevard. The small Phu Pha Thep National Park is 50 kilometres from Mukdahan and its mushroom-shaped rocks are one of the park’s main attractions.
Nong Sung - Bus
The town of Nong Sung is in eastern Thailand. It is 50kms from the Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge that spans the Mekong River at Mukdahan. It is on Highway 2042, the main road across from Kalasin and Khon Kaen. Tat Ton Waterfall is just off the route in this direction. Phu Pha Yon National Park is located to the north.
Nong Sung is 640kms from Bangkok and buses from the capital’s Mochit terminal that travel via Korat and Kalasin often call here on their way to Mukdahan. Journey times vary according to the class of bus and can take anything up to 12 hours. VIP buses are faster, but there is always demand for tickets. Booking online ensures you get a seat.
Khamchai - Bus
Khamchai is a sparsely populated district in northeast Thailand's Mukdahan province. Bangkok's Mochit station currently offers bus service to Khamchai district, 640kms to the northeast, four times per day. Mukdahan's main landmarks are Wat Chaiyaphum and
Wat Khao Wong, plus the Kaew Wang San waterfall.
A unique place to stay outside of Khamchai is the Thai House-Isaan Guesthouse in the village of Phu Thai, five minutes from the Thad Thon waterfall. The city of Mukdahan offers even more hotels such as Hotel Submukda Phoom Place. Mukdahan also includes a lively morning market, the Haw Kaew Watthanatham, and is situated in close proximity to Savannakhet, Laos.
Nikhom Kham Soi - Bus
Situated in Mukdahan province in the northeastern part of Thailand, the district of Nikhom Kham Soi, with a population of 43,000 was founded in 1975. From Nikhom Kham Soi it is easy to reach several of the province’s main tourist attractions. Paralleling the mighty Mekong River, Kaeng Kabao inlet is a must-see. The spacious rocky plateau located on the riverbank is favoured by the locals seeking relaxation.
Nikom Kham Soi bus station can be reached by regular public bus services departing from Bangkok’s large Mochit terminal. In addition, there are local bus routes linking Nikhom Kham Soi with a number of other provinces in the northeast.