Nong Khai

 

Nong Khai (Thai: เทศบาลเมืองหนองคาย; RTGS: thesaban mueang nong khai ‘Nong Khai Town’ or ‘Nong Khai’) is a city in northeast Thailand. It is the capital of Nong Khai Province. Nong Khai city is administered as Mueang Nong Khai District.

Nong Khai lies on the Mekong River, near the site of the first Thai–Lao Friendship Bridge, spanning the river to Laos. The Thai-Lao Friendship bridge was largely funded by a gift to the Lao government from the Australian government.[1] It is the road and railway gateway to the Lao capital, Vientiane, 25 kilometers upriver, on the north bank opposite Thailand’s Si Chiang Mai District. Construction of a rail spur to Thanaleng outside Vientiane was begun early-2007 and opened 5 March 2009.[2]

Nong Khai is 626 km north of Bangkok by road[3] and 60 km north of Udon Thani.[4]

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