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Bueng Kan offers various kinds of tourist attractions either waterfalls or mountains. It borders the Mekong River and Bolikhamsai province of Laos. It is a newly established province but contains lots of interesting places including natural, Historical, art and cultural places.

When visiting Bueng Kan, travellers should not miss Phu Lung Ka where the stupa of Phra That Phu Lung Ka is situated; Phu Thok, the mountain where Wat (Temple) Chetiya Khiri Wihan or Wat Phu Thok is situated. The sandstone mountain contains Pho Thok Yai, Pho Thok Noi, and Buddhist hall. Visitors can walk and go sightseeing around the mountain; Phu Wua Wildlife Sanctuary, a lot of beautiful viewpoints and waterfalls can be experienced there such as Ched Si Waterfall which is the biggest waterfall in Bueng Kan, Tham Phra Waterfall, and Tham Foon Waterfall; Beung Khong Long and Hat Kham Somboon; Kaeng Ar-Hong; Nong Kut Ting and much more.

Visitors can try both Thai and Isan Food in this province. Since the province borders the Mekong River, the recommended food is fish with a different cooking process such as frying, steaming, stir-frying, or fish in spicy soups.

Feel like Shopping? Laos Market in Muaeng Bueng Kan which opens every Tuesday and Friday offers some vegetables, dried food, and fresh food at the market.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Bueng Kan is from November to March which are the dry months. During this season, visitors can easily roam around this province. Other months can be extremely humid or hot for tourists to truly enjoy this place.

Check the below table for the general idea of Bueng Kan weather throughout the year.

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 29.4 23.1 15.4
Feb 32.8 26.4 18.7
Mar 34.9 28.8 21.6
Apr 36.4 30.6 23.9
May 34.9 29.7 24.6
Jun 33.7 29.4 24.9
Jul 32.8 28.6 24.7
Aug 32.3 28.2 24.3
Sep 32.3 28.2 24.2
Oct 32.1 27.6 22.7
Nov 31.7 26.3 19.8
Dec 29.7 23.8 16.7

Bueng Kan’s current weather and 7-day forecast


1. LuangphoPhraYai Wat Pho Tharam 

Wat Pho Tharam located at Mu 5 Ban ThaKhrai, TambonBueng Kan, houses LuangphoPhraYai, a Buddha image in the attitude of subduing Mara measuring 1.62 metres wide across the lap installed on a square pedestal that was restored in 1994. The Bueng Kan people organise the celebrations of LuangphoPhraYai twice a year, which arethe 3rdlunar month merit tradition (February), called Bun Khao Chi includingthe offeringsof PrasatPhueng (wax castle) and the LuangphoPhraYai bathing tradition held in the week after the Songkran Festival (April). 

2. KaengAhong Wat AhongSilawat

Is situated on the Mekong Riverside, TambonKhai Si, 21 kilometres from Amphoe Mueang Bueng Kan. The beautiful and extensive Temple enshrines “PhraPhutthaKhuwananSatsada,” the brass cast Buddha image built withthe characteristics similar to the famous PhraPhutthaChinnarat. It is believed that the deepest spot of the Mekong is in the front of the temple, which is called theNavel of the Mekong. Itsdepth is about 98 wa or 196 metres measured by lowering a stone tied with a rope into the river. In theflooding season,the strong current will run in a circle and form ashape of a large cone. When the cone breaks, it sounds like a stream seeping through rocks and then dissipating. When the torrent recurs again, it will reform the shape. This phenomenon will repeat itself all day long. In the dry season, during March – May, islets can be visible.  

3. Chaomae Song Nang Shrine 

Is located in front of the Bueng Kan Hospital in the market ofAmphoe Mueang Bueng Kan. The local people hold a worshipping ritual to pay respect to Chaomae Song Nang for auspiciousness and pray for her protection to those who work in water-related businesses as well as for prosperity in commerce and a safe journey, especially via water. Flowers, joss sticks, candles, garlands, young coconut and red syrup drink are used for worshipping.  

4. Lao Market

Is a market fair of Amphoe Mueang Bueng Kan held only on Tuesday and Friday. It is named the Lao Market because there are lots of vendors crossing from Lao PDR. to sell many goods including vegetables, dried Food, and fresh food via thePrapheni Checkpoint (temporary permittedarea).

5. Phu Sing Hin Sam Wan

Covering an area of about 12,000 rai, Phu Sing is located in the preservation area of National Reserved Forests: Kala Tropical Rain Forest, Phu Sing Forest, and Dong Si Chomphu Forest. Its topography features a sandstone mountain lyingfrom the North to south directions in the area of Amphoe Si Wilai and Amphoe Mueang Bueng Kan with lush forest. The sandstone mountain on Phu Sing was caused by different types of geological changes ofthe Earth’s crust, which resulted ina variety of natural beauty including the rock formation, cliffs, Caves, a cluster of rocks in various shapes, and rock terraces in a widespread area of Phu Sing.Visitors can watch the Sunset and sunrise on the same mountain spot. The highlights ofthe natural attractions areLan ThamPhu Sing, Lan Tham Viewpoint, PhaNamthip scenic point, ThamYai, Hermit Cave Viewpoint, Phu Sing battlefield, Hin Hua Chang (elephant head-shaped stone), Hin Chang (elephant-shaped stone), Hin Rot Fai (train-shaped stone), Sang Roi Bo (hundred rock holes), Phu Sing stonewall, and the eye-catchingone, Hin Sam Wan or Three-whale-shapedstones (stones that look like father, mother and baby whales swimming).

6. Wat SawangArom/Wat Tham Si Thon

Covering an area of 40 rai, the Temple is situated on a rock terrace of the hill amidst a shady atmosphere with a little stream flowing under a large rock reef. The temple also houses a reclining Buddha image. On the rock reef is the overturned bell-shaped ubosot. If going up to the top, visitors can see a view of Lao PDR. According to legend, the temple’s area was a settlement of the Pak Khat peoplewho migrated from Ban Pak Kluai, Pak San district of the Lao PDR.In the past, this area was a jungle and full of a variety of wildlife.Each year, there would be monks on pilgrimage coming here on a regular basis because the place was quiet that was suitable for Dhamma practice. Later, the head monk, Don Inthasaro or Luangpu Don, who is much revered by the Pak Khat villagers, built and developed the temple respectively. It is assumed that the temple’s other name, Wat Si Thon,came from the fact that itwas located near Peng Chan Nakhon Rat town, which was ruled by Thao Si Thon.

7. PhuThokWatChetiya Khiri Wihan 

PhuThokin Isan dialect means an isolated mountain. Located in Ban Kham Khaen, Tambon Na Sabaeng, this sandstone mountain can be seen from a far distance. It consists of two hills: PhuThokYai and PhuThokNoi. In the past, this area was dense forest and a habitat of many wild animals. Because of its tranquility, this place was established to be a meditation practice site by PhraAchanChuanKunlachettho. 

PhuThokNoi is a site of Wat Chetiya Khiri Wihan (Wat PhuThok). The Temple is a starting point to reach the top of PhuThokby walking via a wooden bridge that encirclesthe steep mountain. The bridge was built by the faith from monks, novices and villagers. The construction began in 1969 and took five years to complete. The staircase to the top of PhuThoksymbolises the path of virtue that leads a righteous man to leave the world of materialism and achieve the world of enlightenment with theirendeavours and determination. PhuThok is also a meditation practice centre and a place for the community’s religious activities. The staircase to the mountaintop has been divided into 7 levels with the highlight on the 5thlevel of PhuThokNoi. 

8. Namtok Chet Si

Situated in the PhuWua Wildlife Sanctuary in the area of Ban Don Siat, Tambon Ban Tong, Amphoe Seka,this waterfall is so splendid, especially during the rainy season. It originates from a stream of Huai Ka-am and ¬runs along a towering sandstone cliff to spread out intoa long line. When the spray of the waterfallreflects the sunlight, it producesa rainbow colour and that is why it is called Namtok Chet Si (the 7-coloured waterfall). 

9. NamtokPhuThamPhra 

Located in the PhuWua Wildlife Sanctuary in the area of Ban ThamPhra, TambonSok Kam, Amphoe Seka, about 34 kilometres from Amphoe Seka, this waterfall has water only in the rainy season. With its peaceful and shady atmosphere, it is a place for a monastic residence. When walking up to the rock terrace, visitors will find a valley about 200 square metres wide.The waterfall will flow down through an about 100-metre wide and approximately 50-metre high cliff then it will converge and become a basin down below in which tourists can enjoy swimming. 

10. BuengKhong Long 

Is an Ecotourism attraction and a large source of fresh water. The narrow and long Reservoir covers an area of 8,064 rai with the average water depth of about 0.05-1.0 metres. The watershed of BuengKhong Long came from water from PhuWua and PhuLangka. It used to be a narrow stream running into Lam Huai Hi then flowing into the Songkhram River and finally to the Mekong River. In 1977, King Bhumibol (Rama IX) initiated the project of the reservoir for agriculture in the dry seasonfor the Irrigation Department to implement.The project was completed in 1980 and announced to be the BuengKhong Long Non-hunting Area in 1982. It was registered as the World’s Wetland of International Importance No.1098 in 2001.The area covers more than 22 square kilometres and is 13 kilometres long and 2 kilometres wide. The reservoir is a habitat of aquatic animals and plant varieties. More than 100 species of waterfowls are found including the rare freshwatergoby. It is also home to more than 30 kinds of migratory birds.

M Grand Hotel

Add: 159 Moo 10, Non Sombun, Muang, Bueng Kan, 38000 Bung Kan, Thailand

Boasting a garden and a terrace, M Grand Hotel is situated in Bung Kan. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and a shared kitchen, along with free WiFi. The accommodation features room service, a shared lounge and organising tours for guests.

All rooms at the hotel are fitted with a seating area, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a private bathroom with free toiletries and a shower. All guest rooms at M Grand Hotel have air conditioning and a desk.

Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a buffet breakfast.

Guests at M Grand Hotel will be able to enjoy activities in and around Bung Kan, like hiking and cycling.

The Wisdom Residence 

Add: 503 M.1 Bung Kan-Nakhon Phanom Road Bung Kan, 38000 Bung Kan, Thailand 

Set in Bung Kan, The Wisdom Residence offers accommodation with free WiFi and flat-screen TV, as well as free bikes and a garden.

A balcony with city views is offered in every unit.

Mr.House Resort 

Add: 85 Moo 6 Baan Thakoon, T.Pak Khat, Bueng Kan, 38190 Pak Khat, Thailand

Mr.House Resort features a restaurant, free bikes, an outdoor swimming pool and bar in Pak Khat. Among the facilities at this property are a 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free WiFi throughout the property. Private parking can be arranged at an extra charge.

The rooms in the guest house are equipped with a flat-screen TV. All units at Mr.House Resort include air conditioning and a wardrobe.

An American breakfast is available daily at the accommodation.

Mr.House Resort offers a terrace.

There are many restaurants along the riverfront, but not too many in the city itself. The riverfront ones are closed in the morning. There was one restaurant one street up from the waterfront was B100 for fried crispy pork with veggies and steamed rice. This included a large bottle of beer! It has an English menu despite few "Farangs" in the city.

If you want breakfast and are not in a hotel which provides it, you can walk around the city near the waterfront and there is at least one restaurant which provides Khao Tom (rice porridge). In addition, there are street eats close to the hospital - a couple of these have sit down places.

Get in

An aircon bus from Nong Khai will cost B100 and take 3 hours.

There are also buses from Udon Thani and Nakhon Phanom.

We recommend you check the latest bus schedule and price via

From Laos:

Bueng Khan is accessible via boat from Paksan, Laos. The following directions are from the Paksan boat terminal and immigration office.

1. If you're facing the river (towards Thailand), there are some tuk-tuks on the left side at the end of the road. On the opposite side (right side) is the immigration office. Its small and not well marked aside from a guard post (and a guard inside). Go into the building to get stamped out of Laos.

2. Walk out of the building down to the boats. The guards will check your passport and let you onto the dock. You'll also have to fill out your information (passport number, name etc.) once you get onto the dock.

3. Buy a ticket. The normal price is either 60 baht or 15,000 kip per person. This will cost more if it's an 'overtime' period (weekends, holidays, and weekdays after 4 pm). You'll then be directed to get onto the next boat that is leaving.

4. Once you cross the river you'll see some stairs. Go to the top of the stairs and turn right. You'll see a small office with Thai immigration officers. Take an arrival/departure card, fill it out, then line up in order to get processed and stamped into Thailand. There are normally 1-2 immigration officers walking around near the office to organize and help you fill out forms.

5. After you get stamped into Thailand, go behind the big building where you'll see tuk-tuks. They will charge 50 baht per person for a shared ride into downtown Bueng Kan. If it's just one person, it's 100 baht for the whole tuk-tuk. The tuk-tuks are happy to let you wait around for other people to share the cost of a ride into town. If you ask for the bus station or a nearby city (e.g. Nong Khai, Udon Thani, or Nakhon Phanom), you'll get dropped downtown where busses to Udon Thani, Nong Khai, and possibly other Nakhon Phanom pick up passengers. You can buy tickets once you arrive downtown.

Overall, this is a very quiet, low-key border crossing. This is also possibly the only place where you can take the boat across the river to/from Thailand and Laos. There are very few farang (non-Thai or Lao) that live or pass through here. The officers (Thai and Laos) and tuk-tuk drivers on the Thai side of the border were very friendly and honest here which is a nice change of pace from the other Thailand-Laos border crossings.

Get around

There are plenty of tuktuks and motorcycle taxis here. Ask the price first, but they appear to be honest and will not rip you off.

It is a fairly small city so you can walk around most of it without a problem at all.

Orienting yourself - the main bypass road where the buses from Nong Khai come is about 1.5Km outside the centre of town. there are hotels and businesses along this road, and the minibus station to Nong Khai/Udon Thani is to the right as you leave the city at a petrol station opposite the Kubota dealer some 300 metres from the road into town, on the right as you leave it. To get to here costs B50 in a tuktuk.

Coming along the road into town is the bus station about 500 metres along on the right, and then you come to a roundabout (known as the clock tower, although there is no clock) where many out of town buses stop before returning to the bus station. Here there are tuktuks and motorcycle taxis. About another 200 metres is the Mekong River.

From the roundabout to the right is the hospital (and some street eats).

Major reworking of the riverfront promenade has the riverfront road largely closed in the downtown area (sidewalks are still open, but rough). It will be beautiful when it is done, but for now this area is noisy and dusty.

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In a new move to attract travelers during peak season, Thailand is doing away with the requirement of needing vaccination certificates or Covid-19 negative results in the case of unvaccinated passengers. Additionally, those infected with Covid-19, but have mild symptoms don’t need to isolate from next month. The same applies to those who test positive but display no symptoms.

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul announced these changes on Thursday after the National Communicable Diseases Committee (NCDC) had a meeting on Wednesday.

Instead of isolating those who have contracted the disease would be required to wear a mask, socially distance themselves from others and wash their hands frequently for the first five days. They also need to stay away from those who are immunocompromised and vulnerable.

Dr. Sophon Iamsirithaworn, deputy director-general of the Department of Disease Control, informed that since the present Covid-19 mutation doesn’t cause serious symptoms in most people, disease control measures can be relaxed.

National Security Council secretary-general Supoj Malaniyom added that the new measures are being put in place to help improve the economic conditions of the country.

“The primary aim will be to ensure the economy is back on track so people could earn their livelihoods once more,” he said.


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