The next morning, after one night in Khorat, I bought a ticket for the 10:30am bus which ended up leaving at 11:30am to Nong Khai. I ended up getting into Nong Khai close to 6pm and as this area is near the equator it was dark. I took a tri shaw to the Mekong Guest House and scooped the last free room. To my delight the hotel had wifi and a tv and Icould assess the wifi from my room. The best thing about the guest house is the roof top terrace from where views of the Mekong and the mountains on the Laos side can be seen. Nong Khai is a popular tourist destination because it is a crossing point into Laos. The Friendship Bridge and visa on the border make it an easy crossing. And after the crossing it is only an hour bus ride to Vientienne.
I was in Nong Khai during the celebration of the King’s birthday. I had expected a bigger celebration, but I enjoyed a bbcue at the Mut Mee Guest House which is a backpacker Oasis. I think every traveler ends up staying at the Mut Mee Guest House. It is so tranquil and has everything that you never need to leave.