2015 - North-Eastern Thailand and Laos - Day 7

North-Eastern (I-San) Thailand and Laos, 16 - 10 Dec 2015 (25 days)
The morning sunrise at 6.05am by the Mekong River.

Day 07 (22 Nov) Nakhon Phanom – a day trip to Thakhek in Laos (66km)

This morning I woke up at 5.45am to take some photos of the morning sunrise at 6.05am by the Mekong River. 


We took the 9.30am bus to ThaKhek (33km away) by crossing the 3rd Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge. We did not see much, but we just walked along the Mekong River front and visited the Hotel Riveria. We had lunch at a restaurant by the river bank and came back to Nakhon Phanom by the 2.30pm bus. Along the way back, we met about 500 cyclists from 3 Asean countries. Ministry of Tourism & Sports Thailand present ASEAN on Tour: Bike for Fun, Ride for Friends.

Sleeping at Grand Hotel, Nakhon Phanom 








The mighty Mekong River at Sakon Nakhon.



In the early hours of every morning, even before the break of dawn, monks can be seen walking along roads on their alms round.

The monks do this throughout the year whatever the weather.

Our hotel owner giving "tabat" to monks early in the morning. It is not easy being a monk. They have to walk barefoot along public roads and down unpaved lanes strewn with sharp stones and other objects.


We took a bus to cross over to Thakhet, Laos for a day trip.

A very well dressed bus driver.

Thailand's immigration before the 3rd Thai-Laos Friendship Bridge.

Thailand's immigration before the 3rd Thai-Laos Friendship Bridge.

Thailand's immigration before the 3rd Thai-Laos Friendship Bridge.

View of Mekong River from the 3rd Thai-Laos Friendship Bridge.

View of Mekong River from the 3rd Thai-Laos Friendship Bridge.

View of Mekong River from the 3rd Thai-Laos Friendship Bridge.

Vendors at the Khammouane Bus Station in Thakhek, Laos is located on No. 13 South Road, about 4.5 kilometers from town.

Shopping at the Khammouane Bus Station in Thakhek, Laos.

Vendors at the Khammouane Bus Station in Thakhek, Laos.


A balut egg is a developing duck embryo that is boiled and eaten in the shell. It is commonly sold as street-food in the countries of Southeast Asia, such as Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam.


Riveria Hotel Thakhek is a five storey hotel with 56 luxuriously decorated rooms and suites of international standard. The Hotel is located beside the Mekong River.

Riveria Hotel Thakhek has the authentic local and modern decoration, architecture and luxury furnishing that creates a relaxing ambiance.

Thakhek boat/ferry terminal with immigration office for locals only.

View from Thakhek of Nakhon Phanom.




Lunch by the Mekong River in Thakhek.




The Third Thai–Lao Friendship Bridge over the Mekong River is a bridge that connects Nakhon Phanom Province in Thailand with Thakhek, Khammouane in Laos.

The Third Thai–Lao Friendship bridge's foundation stone was laid on March 6, 2009, and it opened for traffic on November 11, 2011. The bridge is 1,423 metres long and 13 metres wide.









Along the way back from Thakhek, we met about 500 cyclists from Asean countries.


Ministry of Tourism & Sports Thailand presented ASEAN on Tour "Bike for Fun, Ride for Friends for 3 Countries on 3 Routes.

1. Thailand (Nakhon Phanom) to Laos (Kam Muan) 22.11.2015
2. Thailand (Trat) to Cambodia (Koh Kong) 29.11.2015
3. Thailand (Chiang Rai) to Myanmar (Tha Kee Lek) 20.12.2015



Click below to view:
Day 01 (16.11.15) AirAsia AK 856 KUL. 12.45pm to Chiang Mai, (1738km)
Day 02 (17 Nov) Chiang Mai to Loei to Phu Kradueng to Khon Kaen (691km)
Day 03 (18 Nov) Khon Kaen City walk around
Day 04 (19 Nov) Khon Kaen City to Kalasin (80km)
Day 05 (20 Nov) Kalasin to Sakon Nakhon (129km)

Day 06 (21 Nov) Sakon Nakhon to Nakhon Phanom (92km)
Day 07 (22 Nov) Nakhon Phanom - day trip to Thakhek, Laos (62km)
Day 08 (23 Nov) Nakhon Phanom to Mukdahan (125km)
Day 09 (24 Nov) Mukdahan - trip to Phu Pha Thoet National Park (108km)
Day 10 (25 Nov) Mukdahan to Ubon Ratchathani by bus (194km)

Day 11 (26 Nov) Ubon Ratchathani to Pakse to Si Phan Don, Laos (291km)
Day 12 (27 Nov) Si Phan Don - a long walk to Somphamit Waterfall
Day 13 (28 Nov) Si Phan Don to Ubon Ratchathani by bus (291km)
Day 14 (29 Nov) Ubon Ratchathani to Si Sa Ket by van (67km)
Day 15 (30 Nov) Si Sa Ket to Buri Ram by train (148km)

Day 16 (01 Dec) Buri Ram - day visit to 3 places (219km)
Day 17 (02 Dec) Buri Ram to Nakhon Ratchasima by train (129km)
Day 18 (03 Dec) Nakhon Ratchasima - day trip to Phimai (120km)
Day 19 (04 Dec) Nakhon Ratchasima to Bangkok by train (264km)
Day 20 (05 Dec) Bangkok - Chao Phraya River boat ride to Khaosan Road

Day 21 (06 Dec) Bangkok - rest day and dinner at Royal Bangkok Sports Club
Day 22 (07 Dec) Bangkok to Prachuap Khiri Khan by train (320km)
Day 23 (08 Dec) Prachuap Khiri Khan
Day 24 (09 Dec) Prachuap Khiri Khan to Hatyai by night train (660km)
Day 25 (10 Dec) Hatyai to Butterworth by train and to KL by bus (555km)
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