Nong Khai train station lies at the top end of the North Eastern railway line some 623 km (387 miles) from Bangkok’sHua Lamphongtrain station. The station itself is a standard concrete building and this train station looks very similar to other train stations at large towns across Thailand. It was built in 2000 replacing the earlier and more attractive terminus by the Mekong river which had been in operation since 1958.
Consider, if you have the time, staying overnight in Nong Khai and taking the 07.00 train to Bangkok the next morning. This is the only day time train and the only train from which you see the mountains, lakes, and temples around the Pak Chong area between Nakhon Ratchasima and Ayutthaya. The other trains go past all the good scenery during the night time. Alternatively, book a 1st or 2nd class sleeper on one of the other departures and arrive refreshed in the morning in Bangkok.
Train Services to Laos from Nong Khai Train Station
Chinese temple in Nong Khai
The most exciting thing about this station is that you can take a train over the Mekong river and into Laos. Taking the sleeper train from Bangkok to Nong Khai and then onto Laos is a good alternative to doing the journey by bus. A direct bus from Bangkok to Vientiane Laos is quicker but travelling by train means you get a comfortable bed to sleep in whilst you travel. To travel onward you have to alight the train at Nong Khai, where you then buy your ticket for the short train journey into Laos (20 THB for 3rd class or 30 THB for 2nd class) and catch one of the two departures a day (09.30 or 16.00) heading to Thanaleng station just over the border in Laos. Before you depart for Laos do not forget to get your passport stamped at the immigration booth inside the station. If you do not then you will be sent back to Nong Khai train station to have your passport stamped.
Getting to Nong Khai Train Station
Nong Khai railway station is about 1.5 km away from the border with Laos and 2 km or more to the commercial and tourist centre of Nong Khai where most of the hotels, bars and restaurant are located. The only public transport available from the station is tuk-tuks. Expect to pay around 50 THB for most journeys within Nong Khai.
Map of Nong Khai Railway Station
Quick facts about Nong Khai Train Station
Located to the 1.5 km South of the river and 2 km West of the town centre.
The station was built in 2000 and has 2 platforms.
It is at top end of the North Eastern line, about 11.5 hours train journey from Bangkok.
Since 2009 there has been an extension of the line just across the border into Laos.
Buying Tickets at the Station
There are a number of counters inside the station for travel on the same day and advanced ticket purchase. If you are planning to go to Laos you can only buy tickets on day of travel. However, if you plan to come back to Nong Khai after visiting Laos then you can book onward train tickets from Nong Khai at the station, which will ensure you have the seat on the train.
Facilities at Nong Khai Station
Left Luggage: as you enter the station there is a left luggage office on the left.
Toilets: there are toilets on Platform 1 to the left end as you enter via the main entrance.
Food: there is food and drink on sale, again to the left hand side of Platform 1
Hotels Near Nong Khai Train Station
Royal Nakhara Hotel Nongkhai
Walking distance from Station:1.3 kilometres
From 1,oo0 THB
The Royal Nakhara is the closest good quality hotel to Nong Khai train station. This hotel has a restaurant and a coffee shop as well as good rooms with free WiFi and satellite TV. It is one of the better accommodation options in Nong Khai and really convenient as a stopping point for onwards travel to Laos. This hotel gets lots of repeat bookings from people who regularly do the journey from Thailand to Laos. The combination of quality facilities and proximity to the main road, bridge and railway station make this hotel a great place to stay on the way to Laos.