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On the banks of the Mekong, directly opposite the Lao city of Savannakhet, Mukdahan – just plain múk to locals – sees few visitors despite being the home of the Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge 2 connecting Thailand to Laos and Vietnam by road. It's not a hugely exciting place, but there's enough of interest to fill a relaxing day, and the vibe is friendly.

Best time to visit

The dry season of December through April is the best time to visit Mukdahan. You’ll likely see some rain, but not nearly as much as you will from May through September. While Mukdahan stays pretty warm year-round, the dry season tends to be a bit cooler with temperatures averaging around 22-28 degrees Celsius, making exploring the surrounding area slightly more enjoyable. Expect a bit of variation, but it’s generally safe to plan for hot weather.

If you do end up in this part of the country during the rainy season, make sure to bring raingear, a good umbrella, and extra mosquito repellent.

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

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 28.5 21.6 15.7
Feb 31.8 24.9 19.1
Mar 33.8 27.4 22
Apr 35.1 29.1 24.1
May 33.9 28.8 24.9
Jun 33.1 28.5 25.3
Jul 32.1 27.8 24.9
Aug 31.7 27.6 24.6
Sep 31.8 27.4 24.4
Oct 31.4 26.7 22.7
Nov 31.1 25.2 20.2
Dec 29.2 22.6 16.9

Mukdahan’s current weather and 7-day forecast

MUKDAHAN WEATHER

Hor Kaew Mukdahan

This eye-catching 65m-tall tower was built for the 50th anniversary of King Rama IX's ascension to the throne. The nine-sided base has a good museum with displays (labelled in English) on the eight ethnic groups of the province. There are great views and a few more historical displays in 'The 360° of Pleasure in Mukdahan by the Mekong' room, up at the 50m level. The ball on the top holds a locally revered Buddha image believed to be made of solid silver.

Wat Si Mongkhon Tai

According to one of the many legends associated with it, this temple's 2m-tall Phra Chao Ong Luang Buddha image is older than the city itself and was unearthed during Mukdahan's construction. It sits in a simple but lovely bóht. The ceramic-encrusted northern gate was built as a gesture of friendship by the city's large Vietnamese community in 1954.

Phu Manorom

You can get an impressive view of Laos and the Mekong from this mountain south of the city. The temple here has a small garden and an 84m-tall Buddha image is under construction. It's a popular place for photo ops, and while it's promoted as a sunrise-watching spot, odds are it will just be you and the monks at that time.

Wat Yod Kaeo Sivichai

This temple stands out for having an enormous Buddha inside a glass-walled wí·hăhn, and not one but two small chedi modelled on Phra That Phanom, one with its current design and one with the former.

Mukdahan Thai Tribal Festival

Besides the usual activities, the Mukdahan Thai Tribal Festival, held in the field fronting the provincial hall (săh·lah glahng), features dancing and other cultural activities from Mukdahan's eight ethnic groups.

Wat Pa Silawiwek

It's the resident monkeys rather than anything religious or artistic that make this forest temple on the edge of town worth a visit. They reside in the far back of the temple and are most active in the early morning.

Budget options

Hop Inn Mukdahan 

Add: 18 Chayangkul Kor Road, Mukdahan Sub District, Mueang, 49000 Mukdahan, Thailand

Hop Inn Mukdahan offers air-conditioned rooms in Mukdahan. Free WiFi and a 24-hour front desk are featured.

At the hotel, each room is fitted with a balcony. At Hop Inn Mukdahan all rooms are equipped with a desk, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom.

Vieng Khong Hotel 

Add: 189, Samran Chai Kong Tai, Sri Bunrueng , Muag Mukdahan, 49000 Mukdahan, Thailand

Situated in Mukdahan, Vieng Khong Hotel has free bikes, shared lounge, garden, and free WiFi. Boasting family rooms, this property also provides guests with a terrace. The accommodation features a 24-hour front desk, room service and luggage storage for guests.

The rooms are fitted with air conditioning, a TV with satellite channels, a fridge, a kettle, a bath or shower, a hairdryer and a desk. At the hotel rooms are fitted with a wardrobe and a private bathroom.

Vieng Khong Hotel offers a buffet or à la carte breakfast.

Guests at the accommodation will be able to enjoy activities in and around Mukdahan, like cycling.

Mid-range options

Riverfront Hotel Mukdahan 

Add: 22 Samranchaikhongtai Rd. Sibunrueang , 49000 Mukdahan, Thailand

Riverfront Hotel Mukdahan is located next to Mekong River. It offers modern air-conditioned rooms with a private balcony and free Wi-Fi. The hotel is equipped with a business centre, shuttle service and massage treatments.

The property is 200 m from Tourism Authority of Thailand office and 300 m from Mukdahan School. It is 500 m from Mukdahan International Hospital and Hor Kaew.

Rooms at Riverfront Hotel are fitted with a TV and a minibar. Shower facilities are included in an en suite bathroom.

Laundry service and safety deposit boxes are available at the 24-hour front desk. Free private parking is possible on site.

Guests can enjoy light snacks and beverages at the coffee shop from 08:00-18:00 hrs.

Kieng Piman Hotel 

Add: 26 Dumrong Mukda Road (behind the Municipal Market 2) Sub-Mukdahan Muang Mukdahan, 49000 Mukdahan, Thailand 

Located in the heart of Mukdahan, Kieng Piman Hotel offers a restaurant and free WiFi. Rooms feature satellite TV and a refrigerator with minibar. Free parking is offered.

Mukdahan National Park is just a 15-minute drive from Kiengpiman Hotel, while Danang Market is just 1 km away. The hotel is near the Thailand-Laos border.

The spacious rooms of this non-smoking property feature large windows that let in much natural light. Each room includes en suite bathroom with shower.

Bo Tree Cottage on The River 

Add: 145/5 Somranchaikongtai Rd., 49000 Mukdahan, Thailand

Set in Mukdahan, 24 km from Savannakhet, Bo Tree Cottage on The River offers a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and free WiFi.

A balcony, a seating area, a satellite flat-screen TV and air conditioning are offered in each unit.

The bed and breakfast offers a continental or Asian breakfast.

Bo Tree Cottage on The River offers a terrace.

Guests can also relax in the garden or in the shared lounge area.

Deluxe options

Hotel de Ladda 

Add: 77 Samran Chai Khong Tai Road, Si Bun Rueang, Mueang, 49000 Mukdahan, Thailand

Hotel de Ladda has a restaurant, outdoor swimming pool, a fitness centre and bar in Mukdahan. With a shared lounge, the 4-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. The accommodation offers a 24-hour front desk, room service and luggage storage for guests.

At the hotel, the rooms are fitted with a balcony with pool view. At Hotel de Ladda all rooms are fitted with a desk and a flat-screen TV.

Buffet and à la carte breakfast options are available every morning at the accommodation.

Hotel de Ladda offers a sun terrace.

Ploy Palace Hotel 

Add: 40 Pitakpanom Khet Road Ampher Muang Mukdahan, 49000 Mukdahan, Thailand

Located 1 km from Mudahan Indochina Market, Ploy Palace Hotel offers modern air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi.

Guests can relax by the pool or include in massage treatments. Karaoke facilities are available on site.

The hotel is 2.5 km from Ubon Ratchathani Airport. It is 12 km from The Second Thai–Lao Friendship Bridge.

Rooms are equipped with a flat-screen cable TV, minibar and seating area. A private bathroom comes with a bathtub and hairdryer.

Laundry and shuttle services can be arranged at the front desk. The hotel also has a tour desk and meeting facilities.
@ KHONG serves a variety of international dishes while Sky Lounge offers Thai, Chinese and European cuisines. In-room dining option is available.

Mukdahan Night Market

Mukdahan's night market is the most buzzing place in town for evening food. It has all the Thai and Isan classics, but it's the Vietnamese vendors that set it apart. A few sell băhn dah (they'll tell you it's 'Vietnamese pizza'), which combines soft noodles, pork, spring onions and an optional egg served on a crispy cracker.

There are lots of takeaway treats (barbecued skewers, grilled fish, servings of fresh fruit), but many stalls serving soups, noodles and the like also lay out small tables and stools so you can enjoy a no-frills al-fresco meal.

Bao Pradit

It’s a bit of a trek south of the centre, but this is a real Isan restaurant with dishes such as gôry kài mót daang (raw meat 'salad' with red-ant eggs) and gang wăi (rattan curry). Though the English menu is mysterious (Bao Pradit doesn’t really serve python), it’s rare that a restaurant of this sort has any English.

In the evenings there's live Thai folk music (pleng pêua chee·wít). There's no English sign, but the entrance is across from a tall lime-green building.

Khrua Chow Wang

The menu is mostly Thai with lots of Mekong River fish on offer – the chuchi curry with catfish is one of the house specialities. There are several Isan and European dishes, including an unexpectedly good wood-fired pizza. Some of the menu is in English, but you'll need to rely mostly on photos to order.

Saigon Kitchen

It's nothing flash, but for some this is Mukdahan's best Vietnamese restaurant, with standout spring rolls (the skin's so thin it's translucent) as well as soups, noodle dishes, savoury pancakes and 'Vietnamese pizza'. No English sign, and no English spoken, but there is an English menu with photos.

Goodmook*

This delightful place has a cool, retro theme and a mix of Thai and international food (expensive but good), art on the walls, chill music and good coffee. It's a great place to drop in and meet other travellers, both Thai and Western.

Wine Wild Why?

Housed in an atmospheric wooden building next to the river, this relaxing spot has bags of character and delicious Thai and Isan food. The wine selection is small, and available by the bottle only.

River City Hotel Revolving Restaurant

The tired and tattered rooms in this tower hotel cannot be recommended, but the 16th-floor revolving restaurant has stupendous views, even if the food is heavily overpriced. Perhaps just come for a beer?

Get in

By car

Mukdahan is 642 km from Bangkok. Take the route Bangkok - Saraburi - Nakhon Ratchasima - Amphoe Ban Phai - Maha Sarakham - Amphoe Phon Thong - Roi Et - Amphoe Khamcha-i - Mukdahan.

Another route is Bangkok - Saraburi - Nakhon Ratchasima on Hwy 2. Then turn right onto Hwy 207 at Ban Wat and go Amphoe Prathai - Amphoe Phutthaisong - Amphoe Phayakkhaphum Phisai - Amphoe Kaset Wisai - Amphoe Suwannaphum, then use Hwy 2169 via Amphoe Sai Mun - Amphoe Kut Chum - Amphoe Loeng Nok Tha, and Hwy 212 via Amphoe Nikhom Kham Soi to Mukdahan.

By bus

The Transport Co., Ltd. operates daily bus services from the Bangkok Bus Terminal (Chatuchak or Mo Chit 2), Tel. 0 2936 2852-66. There are also local buses connecting Mukdahan with other Northeastern provinces like Khon Kaen, Ubon Ratchathani via Amnat Charoen, Nakhon Phanom via That Phanom, Sakon Nakhon, Udon Thani, and Maha Sarakham. For more details, please contact the Mukdahan Bus Terminal at Tel. 0 4261 1421, 0 4261 1478, 0 4261 3025-9.

A minibus from Nakhon Phanom will cost 80 baht.

The terminal itself is on the main highway a couple of Km outside the main part of town. There are plenty of tuk-tuks however.

We recommend you check the latest bus schedule and price via rome2rio.com

By train

Trains leave Bangkok Railway Station or Hua Lamphong for Ubon Ratchathani daily. From there, Mukdahan is 167 km by bus. For more information, call the State Railway of Thailand at Tel. 1690, 0 2223 7010, 0 2223 7020.

By plane

Nok Air offers three daily flight+minivan services from Bangkok to Mukdahanv.v. by flying with Nok Air from Bangkok to Nakhon Phanom/Ubon Ratchathani/Sakhon Nakhon) and transferred on a minivan to Mukdahan taking approximately 3-4 hours. 

Contact us for the latest flight schedule and price. Or you can check via some online platform such as SkyScanner.com or Kayak.com

Here you can find some tips to book the cheapest flight

Get around

Use tuk-tuks. Yellow songthaew do a circuit around the town, including a stop at the bus terminal (10 baht). Motorcycle rentals are available at Ying Mongkol Motor.

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