Go Wow in Nakhon Phanom with the All New Pajero sport and Celebrate the Thai-Laotian Friendship
Nakhon Phanom might be a province that a lot of people just drive by but the Amazing Road Trips with All New Pajero sport will show you this province is worth a visit. Let’s go see what it has to offer.
Get to Know Our Destination
The Third Thai-Laotian Friendship Bridge connects Ban Hom Village in Tambon Atsamart in Muang District of Nakhon Phanom with Ban Wern Tai in Ta Kaek of Kammuan District in Laos. 11.11am on the 11th day of the 11th month of 2011 was the auspicious time chosen for the opening of the bridge, presided over by Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and Laos Vice President Bounnhang Vorachith. The bridge spans a length of 780 meters and has two lanes. What is distinct while crossing the Mekhong River using this bridge is the lamp posts on both sides that are beautifully crafted.
The Nakhon Phanom Governor’s House Museum is a historic attraction that has been with the province for a long time. The residence used to house His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Her Majesty Queen Sirikit when they visited the province in 1955. The mansion is painted in bright yellow with beautiful gardens out front. The view from the residence is of the Mekhong River and the stunning mountain range. The Vietnamese memorial clock tower was built by the Vietnamese once they relocated back to their home country as a symbol of thanks for the Nakhon Phanom people’s help during the time of the Vietnam War and for the everlasting close relations. The clock tower is simplistic in design and is painted in pale yellow. It is located on the junction between
Phra That Nakhon Pradit at Mahathat Temple houses the relics of the Buddha and gold statues surrounding the relic. It is believed that who gets the chance to pay respect here will prosper in their professional lives.
Fun in the Sun
- You can ride the barge to view the scenery of the Mekhong River from 5pm every day, with the trip taking a duration of one to 1.5 hours and costing 50 Baht per person. The barge has food and beverages available at an affordable fee. If you’re more of an adrenaline junkie, do hire bicycles and ride along the banks of the Mekhong. It costs just 10 Baht per hour or hire it the whole day for 50 Baht. Don’t worry about safety while riding because Nakhon Phanom has cycling lanes.
- Don’t miss viewing the historic photo exhibition of Nakhon Phanom at the Governor’s House Museum which is worth seeing. The building behind the museum houses an exhibition about the historic culture of floating barges of Nakhon Phanom.
- Taste, shop, and take a leisurely stroll along the walking street along the banks of the Mekhong. You’ll get to shop local textile, Laotian sarongs, and a variety of local delicacies like grilled sticky rice.
- If you’d like to view the beauty of the Thai-Laotian Friendship Bridge in Nakhon Phanom, you can drive all the way to the middle of the bridge. However, if you’d like to enter Laos, you can drive there but you need to contact a legally-authorized travel agency at the checkpoint which is opened from 6am to 10pm. You’ll need to register for a border pass at the city hall and pay a transaction fee of 40 Baht.
- However, entering Laos using your passport is easiest and free.
- In terms of food, Nakhon Phanom is second to none. Do taste the local Vietnamese cuisine that is available widely and try the fresh fish from the Mekhong River.
How to Get There
To go to the 3rd Thai-Laotian Friendship Bridge, use Highway 212 (Nakhon Phanom-Mukdahan) and you’ll come across signs directing you there. It is a distance of around 15 kilometers from the city to the bridge. Use Nityo Road to travel from the city center to the Governor’s House Museum. Then, turn left onto the road adjacent to the Mekhong River to go to the Nakhon Phanom-Takaek pier and then go straight on Sunthornvijit Road and you’ll reach the Governor’s House Museum.
Safe Driving Tips
For more information, please contact
Nakhon Phanom Tourism Authority of Thailand Office
Areas of Jurisdiction: Nakhon Phanom, Mukdahan, Sakhon Nakhon
184/1 Sunthornvijit Road Tambon Naimuang, Muang District, Nakhon Phanom Province 48000
Tel: 0 4251 3490-1
Fax: 0 4251 3492