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Any Shopping At Nongkhai Train Station?
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    Any Shopping At Nongkhai Train Station?

    Hi, anyone with any idea if the Nongkhai train station has many stalls for some shopping while waiting for the little train to take passengers into Laos? If not, will there be any chances of being able (i.e. enough time or near enough proximity) to just hop out of Nongkhai station to wander around for awhile during the wait?

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    Re: Any Shopping At Nongkhai Train Station?

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjvHn6f4E-k&feature=player_embedded"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjvHn6f4E-k&feature=player_embedded[/ame]

    :( I can't any information at the moment but somehow there's a video on Nong Khai,North East Thailand,2005. Approaching Nong Khai.Market stalls. Checkpoint Thai- Lao border crossing at Nong Khai.

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    Another interactive Virtual Map --> Click on Map type --> Choose google panoramio and you can see the place around.

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    Re: Any Shopping At Nongkhai Train Station?

    There is a small shop selling drinks and snacks to the left, just inside the station entrance. There is also transport readily available into town, all depends how much time you have.

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    Re: Any Shopping At Nongkhai Train Station?

    Mm..some information which you may like to take note of..extracted from US Department of Sate for travel.

    Travelers in Vientiane should exercise caution, particularly after dark, at roadside restaurants and stalls near the banks of the Mekong River. Foreigners are often the victims of purse snatchings while sitting down to eat or while riding bicycles or motorcycles in this area. To help ensure the security of valuables and documents carried on their person, travelers should carry them in bags that cannot be easily stolen. U.S. citizens traveling to Vang Vieng should be aware that some tourists have been robbed and assaulted while walking alone to the caves on the far side of the Nam Song River. Camping at night anywhere except in authorized campgrounds in national parks is dangerous. Many restaurants in popular tourist locations in the Vang Vieng area offer menu items, particularly “pizzas,” “shakes” or “teas,” which may contain unknown substances or opiates. These products are often advertised as “happy” or “special” items. These substances or opiates can be dangerous, causing illness and death.

    The Tourist Police can be reached in Vientiane at 021-251-128.

    Traffic in Laos is chaotic and road conditions are very rough. Few roads have lane markings. Where lane markings, road signs, and stoplights do exist, they are widely ignored. Many drivers are unlicensed, inexperienced and uninsured. Driving under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs is not uncommon, and penalties for such offenses may not be enforced. Theoretically, traffic moves on the right, but vehicles use all parts of the road. Motorcyclists pay little or no heed to cars. Motorcycles carry as many as five people, greatly impeding the drivers' ability to react to traffic. The evening hours are particularly dangerous. Road construction sites are poorly marked, appear with no advance warning, and can be difficult to see at night. Roads are poorly lit, many vehicles have no operating lights, few bicycles have reflectors, and trucks without reflectors commonly park on unlit roads.

    Travelers are also advised to be cautious when traveling the roads of Laos and to check with local authorities, transport companies, other travelers, and/or the Embassy regarding any recent developments prior to travel. Road obstacles such as changes in surface conditions due to the weather occur frequently.

    Public transportation is unreliable and is limited after sunset. Automobile taxis or cars for hire are available at the airport, the Friendship Bridge, and most major hotels, and near the Morning Market in Vientiane. The most common form of public transport is three-wheeled, open-sided taxis called "tuk-tuks.” Tuk-tuks and taxis are frequently in poor repair, and drivers generally speak little or no English. Inter-city transport is provided by buses, vans, pickups, and trucks, which may also be in poor repair.

    Emergency services in Laos are either unreliable or non-existent. Lao road traffic regulations require any driver coming upon a road accident to assist in transporting injured persons to a hospital.

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    Re: Any Shopping At Nongkhai Train Station?

    =) This is what i had found out about the timing of the train and its always best to confirm the timing when you are at the station..

    Train
    Twice daily departures at each station:

    Nong Khai - Thanaleng 09:30 AM, Thanaleng - Nong Khai 10:30 AM
    Nong Khai - Thanaleng 04:00 PM, Thanaleng - Nong Khai 05:00 AM

    Trip duration is 15 minutes for the 6 KM journey. A/C wagons are available at
    50 Baht each way, non A/C are charged 20 Baht.

    Bus
    Thai–Lao International Bus (12,000 kip, 90 minutes), which leaves Vientiane’s Talat Sao bus station at 7.30am, 9.30am, 12.40pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm and 6pm. From Nong Khai in Thailand, it leaves at the same times for 55B
    Last edited by Jasonkoh82; 11-02-10 at 06:00 PM.

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    Re: Any Shopping At Nongkhai Train Station?

    =) Just another reminder if you are taking train to Thanaleng. Remember to arrange your own transport for the 20km from central Vientiane, Laos to the new train station at Thanaleng. The station is in the middle of nowhere so don’t expect bus services to drop you there (yet). If you are dropped on the main highway, you are still several kilometers from the station. Tuk-tuks will start negotiations at around 180,000 kip (about $21)..

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