Thai Railways
Refundable Recommended
20:00
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
10h 45m ride in train #25
4.3+
06:45
+1
Nong Khai
Budsarakham Tour
Instant Recommended
19:30
Morchit, Bangkok
9h 10m bus ride in VIP
3.8
04:40
+1
Nong Khai

From Hua Lamphong to Nong Khai by Trains

Thai Railways
Refundable
08:20
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
9h 25m ride in train #75, 2nd Class AC seats only
4.1
17:45
Nong Khai
Thai Railways
Refundable
18:35
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
9h 40m ride in train #77, 2nd Class AC seats only
04:15
+1
Nong Khai
Thai Railways
Refundable Recommended
20:00
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
10h 45m ride in train #25
4.3+
06:45
+1
Nong Khai
Thai Railways
Refundable
20:45
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
11h 50m ride in train #133, Class 3 Fan
08:35
+1
Nong Khai

From Morchit to Nong Khai by Buses

Instant
07:00
Morchit, Bangkok
10h 35m bus ride in Express
3.9
17:35
Nong Khai
Instant
17:30
Morchit, Bangkok
10h 35m bus ride in Express
3.9
04:05
+1
Nong Khai
Instant
19:00
Morchit, Bangkok
10h 35m bus ride in Express
3.9
05:35
+1
Nong Khai
Budsarakham Tour
Instant Recommended
19:30
Morchit, Bangkok
9h 10m bus ride in VIP
3.8
04:40
+1
Nong Khai
Sawadee Esan
Instant
19:45
Morchit, Bangkok
10h 10m bus ride in Express
4.8
05:55
+1
Nong Khai
Transport Co
Instant
20:00
Morchit, Bangkok
10h bus ride in VIP 32
06:00
+1
Nong Khai Bus Station
Budsarakham Tour
Instant
20:30
Morchit, Bangkok
9h 20m bus ride in Express
05:50
+1
Nong Khai
Instant
20:30
Morchit, Bangkok
10h 35m bus ride in Express
3.9
07:05
+1
Nong Khai
Sawadee Esan
Instant
21:00
Morchit, Bangkok
10h 10m bus ride in Express
4.8
07:10
+1
Nong Khai
Instant
21:30
Morchit, Bangkok
10h 35m bus ride in Express
3.9
08:05
+1
Nong Khai

From Bangkok Hotel Transfer to Nong Khai by Taxis

Instant Refundable
--:--
Bangkok Hotel Transfer
9h taxi ride in VIP Van 9pax
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Nong Khai any hotel

From Don Mueang Airport to Nong Khai by Flights+Vans

+
Instant Fastest
06:05
DMK Don Mueang Airport
2h 55m journey in Flight+Van. Self-connect
4.5
09:00
Thai Lao Friendship Bridge, Nong Khai

From Don Mueang to Nong Khai by Trains

Thai Railways
Refundable
09:04
Don Mueang, Don Mueang Airport
8h 41m ride in train #75, 2nd Class AC seats only
17:45
Nong Khai
Thai Railways
Refundable
19:24
Don Mueang, Don Mueang Airport
8h 51m ride in train #77, 2nd Class AC seats only
04:15
+1
Nong Khai
Thai Railways
Refundable
20:50
Don Mueang, Don Mueang Airport
9h 55m ride in train #25
06:45
+1
Nong Khai
Thai Railways
Refundable
21:30
Don Mueang, Don Mueang Airport
11h 5m ride in train #133, Class 3 Fan
08:35
+1
Nong Khai

Bangkok to Nong Khai Schedule

Bangkok to Nong Khai Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Glassflower VIP Van 9pax 00:00 - 09:00฿ 10,450
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
Thai Railways 2nd Class AC seats only 18:35 - 04:15฿ 628
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.

Activities

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

4.3
821 customer reviews
5
56%
4
31%
3
6%
2
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93% of 821 travelers were presumably happy with this destination
KA
5
train #25 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Aug 21, 2019
It was easy booking the train ride. We got the confirmation immediately as well. As for getting the actual ticket, 12go office is very near the Hua Lamphong station. The staff are very friendly and accommodating. The overnight trains are awesome. The 2nd class is enough already as it gives comfort and enough privacy. The bathrooms are clean and have complete ammenities.
GW
4
train #75 Class II AC, Thai Railways, Aug 15, 2019
We really enjoyed the trip for the beautiful scenery. As advised in other reviews Train #75 is very noisy, especially the 2nd Class Air Con Carriage. The CR/toilet in the Air Con Car was nothing more than a 3rd world squat hole with lots of smelly urine running into the hallway. (at least the first carriage was useable. Be sure to bring your own food/snacks as you might be disappointed with what is available. One of the doors in the 2nd Class Air Con Carriage broke so it would not close, thus we were almost one hour late in arriving.
TS
4
bus VIP, Budsarakham Tour, Aug 14, 2019
Missed to communicate with bus driver & bus servant due to no English language they’re understood/ speaking. Wifi missed LCD/ TV ???? not working Otherwise all over it’s good
AL
5
train #25 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Aug 13, 2019
Bilety czekały w biurze, a podróż koleją tajskąi to czysta przyjemność. Może i pociąg nie pędzi z szaloną prędkością, ale jest czysto i wygodnie. Zdecydowanie polecam na dłuższe trasy :)
MF
4
train #75 Class II AC, Thai Railways, Aug 13, 2019
Tickets were purchased easily, queries responded to promptly, and tickets awaiting me when I arrived at the hotel. 12go could not have done more. Great service. I do however repeat comments about uncomfortable seats which made a 9 hour journey pretty difficult.
KA
5
train #25 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways, Aug 12, 2019
Excellent trip. 12go staff helpful. 1st class sleeper train was very comfortable. Thanks again.
GZ
5
train #25 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways, Aug 9, 2019
Very comfortable, nice service, very good experience!!
LJ
5
train #25 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways, Aug 6, 2019
I have travelled in second class before and I can safely say it is well worth paying the extra for the upgrade to first! Loved our private cabin and got a great nights sleep. Felt fresh as the toilets were really clean and we had a sink in our cabin so could brush teeth easily etc. Was also really easy to get the tickets from the go Asia booth opposite the station.
SS
5
train #25 Class II Ladies Only, Thai Railways, Jul 29, 2019
I had the most comfortable ride. The train left on time, the staff were very courteous and everything was clean and organized
NM
3
train #25 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Jul 24, 2019
Easy way to travel. Impossible to sleep in top bunks next to lights. Book bottom bunks only.
EE
4
bus VIP, Budsarakham Tour, Jul 22, 2019
The trip was as expected,the staff on board we helpful. The only complaint is I booked a vip bus at vip price online but it wasn’t a vip bus and the tickets printed out when we arrived at the station showed that, so I payed about 200 baht over price . And the other complaint is the toilet. Don’t know how it was on top deck but we were sat below and the toilet is at the back . We had the continual smell most of the journey, my wife had the blanket over her head most of the time to avoid breathing it in.
SJ
4
bus Express, Air Udon, Jul 17, 2019
Morchit/Bangkok bus station was for a foreigner, incredibly difficult to navigate. Maps are more or less non existent so it's essential that you ask around to make sure you're checking in at the proper window and getting to the correct platform. And in our case the bus didn't even park at the platform indicated on our ticket but luckily where they did arrive was right near by. On the bus ride we had quite a lot of leg room on the bottom level and were provided with snacks, bottled water, and a small meal. AC works great too, so much so that it actually gets a bit chilly but we didn't mind that at all. Overall good and affordable for getting to Nong Khai. Bus driver will ask you too where you want to be dropped off so be prepared with providing your final arrival stop.
BB
5
train #25 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Jul 16, 2019
Great train ride. Get the bottom bunk if you can if you are in a couple as when you both can sit it in together. They won’t let two people sit on the top bunk. Also no beers allowed so be sneaky if you plan on it.
PE
5
train #25 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways, Jul 2, 2019
12go.asia booking and picking up the tickets very easy. Would recommend booking with them. Travelled 1st class and was well worth it. Only 1 minus point was that the mattresses were very hard. Arrived at the station 40 minutes prior to departure time and the train was there and we boarded straight away.
RS
4
train #25 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Jun 29, 2019
I had difficulty finidng the office as it was round the other side from where we were dropped off at Hualumphon Station - a photo would have helped. The young woman staff member at 12GoAsia office was extremely helpful - she gave me clear, precise instructions. The train journey was comfortable. The only awkward time was when my children were handed orange juice on a tray as if it was free and then later we had to pay. All the arrangements for our onward journey to Vientiane went smoothly. Except that the Visa staff in Laos would not accept any used or folded dollars.
SD
2
train #25 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Jun 25, 2019
The train journey was great. Left on-time and arrived on time. Clean and comfortable. However the mini van that was meant to pick me up from thanaleng to Vientiane city centre which was paid for, never showed up ! I waited 2 hours. No show. Had to pay an extra 600baht to get there on top of the already paid 300baht for the van pick up.
CJ
3
train #25 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Jun 11, 2019
Went 2nd class - beds were comfy enough. If you struggle to sleep with lights on, bring something to cover your eyes as they don’t turn the lights off (particularly bright if you’re on the top bunk). Decent trip, would do it again if I had to.
YB
4
train #25 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways, Jun 10, 2019
Keep it clean and pleasant. But you also have to ensure people with snoring problem are being told they have to control their snoring so other people can sleep.
AC
4
bus VIP, Budsarakham Tour, Jun 4, 2019
The service left Bangkok 30 minutes late but arrived on time. The bus was clean and well maintained and the staff were pleasant. The driver drove safely. Seats were comfortable. I have no complaints and would use this service again.
RC
5
train #25 Class II Ladies Only, Thai Railways, May 17, 2019
Comfortable and convenient I slept very well not loud or too bumpy

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