In Mukdahan, there is a 65-meter high tower overlooking the Mekong River called Ho Kaeo Mukdahan (หอแก้วมุกดาหาร). It is not particularly interesting to look at but you can head inside to learn about the history and culture in Mukdahan, whilst also taking in a view of Laos.
Thais – 30 baht for adults, 10 baht for children.
Foreigners – 50 baht per person.
Opening times: 8 a.m until 6 p.m.
Why was it built?
The tower was built in 1996 for King Rama IX, to celebrate his 50th year on the throne. It was designed as a place to showcase the important culture in Thai history.
What is in the museum?
The tower is seven stories high. On the first floor, you can see different tools that have been used throughout Thai history. You can also get information on different activities and events within Isaan. Take some time educating yourself before taking the lift upstairs.
The observation deck is on the sixth floor, where you can get a great view of the Mekong River and Laos. Grab a perfect selfie before continuing up into the dome, where you can see different Buddha images, including that of Phra Buddha-Navaming-Mongkol (พระพุทธนวมิ่งมงคลดาหาร), sitting in a meditating position.
How to get to the tower
From the town center, head down route 2034 and you will see it on your left in this location. We couldn’t find a carpark for the museum, so we parked on the side of the road opposite. You could cycle there if you have access to a bicycle, or take a taxi if you don’t have your own vehicle.
You will also see the Buddha statue at Wat Roi Phra Putthabat Phu Manorom in the hill, soaring high above the treetops.