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Visit Wat Phu Tok (Nong Khai)

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Wat Phu Tok

Thai name : วัดภูทอก

GPS : 18.131616,103.880354 (See on the map)
Nong Khai
Nong Khai
Nong Khai
Nong Khai


This temple is quite far from Nong Khai (over 140 kilometers) but it is truly an amazing place ! More than the temple itself, it is the 359-meter high mountain on which is installed a set of walkways and wooden staircases on 7 levels that impress visitors. They are often buillt on the mountainside above the void. Not a visit for those afraid of heigts ! ;)

There are 2 possible paths to reach the small sanctuary on 5th level, the fast but a lot less interesting way and the way via the footbridges that go up gradually (at the first branch with 2 stairs, choose right staircase). The views over the valley are superb and you will also see a sanctuary on a peak. The last of the 7 levels is normally now closed to the public as it is infested with ... snakes. Count 2 hours to go up and down and enjoy the mountain.

Practical information about Wat Phu Tok

No admission fee (6:30 am to 5 pm) - closed for Songkran (mid-April)

The temple can be visited from Udon Thani or Nong Khai but you will have at least 3 hours drive to reach it. I suggest you come to Bueng Khan, capital of the province where the Wat Phu Tok is located and spend a night there - you will find here a list of accommodations in Bueng Khan - and see with them to rent a car with driver to take you there or rent a scooter to go by yourself. Otherwise near the clock tower there are always tuk-tuks but the drivers speak little English. Count around 1.000 THB for round trip with 2 hour wait on site. If you are a bit more adventurous, you can take the bus 225 still at the clock tower up to Si Wilai (20 THB, 45 minutes) and then a tuk-tuk to Wat Phu Tok (around 300 THB round trip).
To get to Bueng Khan from Nong Khai, at the city bus terminal, you can choose between local bus (3h - 150 THB) or minivans. From Udon Thani, it will necessarily be a minivan.

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Rules to respect when visiting a temple

Wat Phu Tok is a temple and when you visit a temple in Thailand there are some rules to know and follow :

  • Dress properly (knees and shoulders should be covered)
  • Take off your shoes when entering the buildings
  • Be quiet
  • Don't hug or kiss
  • Don't point your feet to Buddha's image
  • Don't smoke

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