Nong Khai is located at the Northern end of Highway 2, 615km from Bangkok. If leaving from Bangkok, take Highway 1, heading North, to Saraburi where Highway 2 begins. From Saraburi, follow Highway 2 passing Nakhon Ratchasima, Khon Kaen and finally Udon Thani before reaching Nong Khai. Journey times will obviously vary depending on your driving! However, the road to Nong Khai is of good quality and dual lane in each direction for nearly all of the route. The road bypasses most of the major towns enroute, which reduces delays from town traffic conjestion.
There are regular daily bus services operated by The Transport Company Limited, both ordinary and airconditioned, which leave from Bangkok's Mo Chit 2 (Chatuchak) Bus Terminal and take about 9 hours. For further enquiries you can contact the Mo Chit Buse Terminal directly on 02 936 2852-66, or the Nong Khai Bus station (located just of the main Prajak Road) on 042 411 582. Alternatively, visit www.transport.co.th.
In addition to the national bus service, there are also a number of private bus services and tours:
|Operator:||Bangkok Office:||Nong Khai Office:|
|Phatthana||02 992 3465-8||042 411 261|
|Chan Tour Limited||02 618 7418||042 412 195|
|Barami Tour||02 537 8249||042 460 345|
|Cherdchai Tour||02 936 0253||042 461 067|
Apart from the main Nong Khai - Bangkok Services, there are also a number of other scheduled services between Nong Khai and the provinces of Rayong, Loei, Nakhon Phanom, Udon Thani and more. Contact the Nong Khai bus terminal for further details on 042 411 582.[Back to top]
Bangkok - Nong Khai
Nong Khai is the most northern station on Thailand's 'Northeastern Line'. The State Railway of Thailand has a number of daily train services from Bangkok, during both day and also night with sleeper trains, all of which take about 12 hours.
Prices vary from 258Baht for third class, sitting on wooden benches to 1,217Baht for an airconditioned first class sleeper bed in a private cabin. Our reccommendation would be a 2nd class sleeper which costs between 488Baht and 778Baht depending on whether you want an upper or lower bunk and air conditioned carriage or fan carriage.
These trains also make stops at the major towns of Udon Thani, Khon Kaen, Nakhon Ratchasima and Saraburi enroute, as well as a number of smaller stations.
We have a PDF timetable for the North Eastern Line with relevant information highlighted for ease of reading available for download HERE.
Nong Khai - Vientiane
The rail link between Nong Khai and Tha Nalaeng (near Vientiane, Laos) was officially opened on 5th March 2009. There are two services per day departing from Nong Khai at 10:00 and 16:20, and returning from Tha Nalaeng at 11:00 and 17:05.
Although this service uses the same trains that come from Bangkok, tickets are only available from Nong Khai Station itself. If travelling from Bangkok to Vientiane you will need to get off the train at Nong Khai, buy your ticket and pass through an immigration checkpoint before boarding the train again. The overnight train 69 from Bangkok gets in to Nong Khai at about 08:30, so you would have a wait of about 90 minutes before catching to 10:00 train to Laos.
If travelling directly from Laos to Bangkok, the best option would be the 17:05 from Nalaeng to Nong Khai, and then the 18:20 train 70 from Nong Khai to Bangkok.
For further information about all rail services and reservations, you can call the 24hr information service on 1690, or:
Bangkok office: 02 220 4334, 02 220 4444
Nong Khai Railway Station: 042 411 592
Alternatively, visit www.railway.co.th where you can check and download current timetables and fares.
You can also now make reservations online.
Although Nong Khai does not have it's own airport, the airport at Udon Thani is about 55km away. A transfer from the airport to Nong Khai takes about 40 minutes and costs about 100Baht for a shared private minibus, or about 700Baht for a private taxi. Alternatively, a scheduled bus service is available.
There are number of scheduled services to Udon Thani operated by:
|Thai Airways||www.thaiair.com||02 356 1111 (Bangkok Office)|
|Nok Air||www.nokair.com||02 627 2000 (Bangkok Office)
042 348 772 (Udon Thani Airport)
|Air Asia||www.airasia.com||02 515 9999|
As is usual with air travel, prices can vary from one day to the next. However, expect to pay between 1,300Baht and 4,000Baht for a return trip. Being a premium carrier, Thai Airways will generally be the more expensive option, but not always. When booking, be sure to check which Bangkok Airport the flight departs from/ arrive at - Don Meuang (the old, mainly domestic, airport) or Suvarnabhumi (the new international airport). You can get bus or taxi transfers between the two Bangkok airports if needed for onward connections, which take about 30 minutes to an hour.
You can find more information about Udon Thani airport at the official website www.udonthaniairport.com