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Located on Bamrung Mueang Rd less than 5 minutes walking from the river and the clock tower, the Windsor Hotel is one of the oldest in town, but somehow it’s still one of the best value for money solution. Don’t expect too much in terms of design and taste, but the rooms are clean, quite spacious, with private bathroom and hot shower, TV, desk and mini-fridge. Choose one facing east to have a nice view of the mountains. Wi-Fi is not available in the rooms but from the first floor you can still use the lobby one. Rates are THB300 for a double with fan and THB400 for an air-con one.
Also centrally located on the main road, SP Residence (193/1 Nittayo Road) offer big and clean double rooms, with comfortable beds, private bathroom, TV, air-con at THB500. Very close to the river and the market, they have bicycles to rent if you need one (THB100). The staff is extremely friendly and some of them speak a good English.
Walking south on the riverfront you’ll find Fortune Viewkong (527 Soonthomvijit Road), a big 3 stars hotel not particularly appealing from outside, but with a marvelous position right on the river. The highlight of the building is a spectacular terrace overlooking the Mekong where you’ll love your breakfast (included in the room rate) and eventually your dinner; the restaurant on site in fact is a good choice for freshwater fish even if you’re not staying in the hotel. The rooms are not too big, but nicely and simply decorated in a quite modern style. They all come with air-con, Wi-Fi, TV, private toilette with hot shower, toiletries and a spacious balcony. Rates are THB850 for a double room with a city view and THB950 for a river view.
Close to the previous one and almost with the same name, the Fortune River View hotel is a big 4 star hotel on the Mekong River with spacious and comfy rooms with all the facilities required at this standard. The restaurant serve good Thai food, but expect it to be quite pricey. We personally found this hotel a bit anonymous and way to pretentious for the location but the rooms actually come way cheaper than one would expect (THB1400 for a standard double room). A definitive plus is the swimming pool on the big terrace overlooking the river.
If you keep walking (or cycling) South when you get in proximity of Si Khotrabun Golden Beach you’ll see The River Hotel (35/9 Thaphanom Rd., firstname.lastname@example.org). If you don’t mind to rent a bicycle to go to town and you’re not on a thigh budget, this is the best solution in town. The location is unique, close to the wonderful Golden Beach, the view is amazing and the surrounding area is extremely quiet and peaceful. They have a big choice of rooms, any of which is superbly decorated in a modern and minimalist style. Depending on the size you can have a standard room with mountain view for THB790, a river view at THB990 or one of the fantastic and huge suites with separate living room; the best one, the Honeymoon suite, has a big private terrace on the river, and it comes for THB2400, a definitive steal for the value. They also have a Spa on site offering traditional Thai massage and other beauty services. The restaurant and bar is nicely designed and serve Thai, Japanese and Western food and after dinner every night a live band will play Jazz and Soul music. The coffee shop overlooking the river is perfect for a morning Cappuccino or a late afternoon tea.
Nakhon Phanom station guide
Nakhon Phanom - Bus
Bordering Laos and situated approximately 740 kilometres northeast of Bangkok, Nakhon Phanom is a city in Thailand’s northeastern Isaan region. Nakhon Phanom has a wonderful landscape, with the mighty Mekong River adjacent to the town marking the border between Thailand and Laos.
Buses to Nakhon Phanom depart Bangkok’s Mochit terminal between 6:00 and 20:00 daily. The central bus station in Nakhon Phanom is positioned in front of the market and from here buses and mini-buses provide service to Nong Khai, Udon Thani and Mukdahan. Neighbouring destinations can be easily reached by taking one of the numerous songthaews.
Nakhon Phanom is famous for the tastiest grilled chicken, sticky rice and papaya salad. The town is home to a number of hotels and guest houses with a range of tariffs and facilities.
Ban Phaeng - Bus
Ban Phaeng sits on the banks of the Mekong River in Thailand’s Isaan region, around 785kms northeast of Bangkok. Air conditioned buses leave Bangkok’s Mochit station and arrive in Ban Phaeng roughly 11 hours later, with service seven times per day, including overnight services.
Buses drop passengers off in Ban Phaeng’s town centre, which is situated close to Khruea Khao Lake. There are a number of places to stay here, such as Tian Kham and Rab Tawan resorts plus the Prasert and Ban Phaeng hotels. There are also a few places of interest in and around the town, including Ban Phaeng Namthip Ice Factory, Wat Pa Non Paeng, Tat Kham Waterfall Forest Park and Tat Pho Waterfall.
That Phanom - Bus
That Phanom is a sleepy town in Isaan’s Nakhon Phanom province, sitting along the banks of the famous Mekong River and overlooking neighbouring Laos. It is around 700kms northeast of Bangkok and 300kms east of Udon Thani, with its bus station located at the southern end of the town. There are also a few bus stops along route 212.
Numerous buses leave Bangkok Mochit for That Phanom, arriving into the town around 11 hours later. There are also buses that leave nearly every hour from Udon Thani’s bus terminal. That Phanom houses a couple of places of interest, with Wat Phra That Phanom being its main draw. There are also a few cosy places to stay, such as Niyana Guesthouse, Chai Von Hotel and Rim Kuean Hotel.
Renu Nakhon - Bus
Nakhon Phanom’s Renu Nakhon is a small town close to the Mekong River in Isaan, sitting around 580kms northeast of Bangkok. Its small bus station is situated in the town centre opposite the hospital and offers services to and from Bangkok, with two buses leaving Bangkok Mochit for Renu Nakhon each day, one in the morning and one in the evening.
Wat That Renu is the town’s main point of interest, though the Phu Thai ethnic group also calls Renu Nakhon home and is very welcoming to guests. There are a few places for visitors to stay right in the town including Renoo Nakhon, Money and Theerak resorts.
Na Kae - Bus
The small Isaan town of Na Kae sits at the south end of the Nakhon Phanom province, around 560kms southeast of Bangkok. Buses depart Bangkok’s Mochit bus station five times each day for Na Kae and arrive around eight hours and 30 minutes later. The town’s small bus station is situated in its centre at the junction of routes 223 and 2033.
There are a few points of interest in and around Na Kae, with the main draw being the nearby Phu Pha Yon National Park and the Mekong River. There are also a few places to stay in town, such as Santisukh Hotel and Sareing Resort.
Si Songkhram - Bus
The district of Si Songkhram can be found in the northeastern Thai province of Nakhon Phanom, just a few kilometres from the Lao border. This rural area of the country is off the beaten track but local, generally second-class buses from Nakhon Phanom serve it throughout the day. This larger centre is linked to Bangkok by regular service from Mochit terminal.
The small town of Si Songkhram is on the banks of the Songkhram River. There is one main road that runs through the centre of the town, and the bus station is located just 100m off it. There are a number of places to eat near the station, while services such as banks, a post office and a Western Union office are available in the town centre.
Phon Sawan - Bus
Located in Thailand’s northeastern part, which is also known as the Isaan region, Phon Sawan is a district in the province of Nakhon Phanom. Founded in 1986, Phon Sawan has a population of 55,000. Not far away from the district is the majestic Phu Lang Ka National Park with its hills, forests and two popular waterfalls. Home to a diverse selection of wildlife, this national park is a must-see for nature enthusiasts and outdoor lovers.
Phon Sawan bus station is served regularly by air-conditioned coaches departing from Bangkok’s Mochit terminal. The surrounding area is home to several first-class hotels as well as resort facilities.