Life in the town of Nakhon Phanom revolves around the Mekong; a sustainable source of food and water.
The town is also home to a bustling Indochinese market. Nearby is the spectacular Buddhist monument of Wat Phra That Phanom. Another fascinating sight is a rural house that was once the hideout of Ho Chi Minh.
The best time to visit the town is during Loi Krathong, when local people marking the end of Buddhist lent, make elaborate small-scale vessels out of bamboo and banana bark for an illuminated boat procession on the Mekong.