The Mekong River takes its travellers to the very reaches of Northern Thailand and finally spills into Laos. Along this river, you will find the town of Chiang Khong, which offers a rare glimpse of traditional Thai life. Read on to find out what you can see and do in this darling Thai town.
Cruise down the River
The best way to appreciate the serene surroundings of the Mekong River is to hop aboard a Mekong River Cruise. Luang Prabang, Chiang Khong, and Chiang Saen which are towns steeped in history are all part of the circuit in the luxurious cruises offered by cruise companies like Mekong Kingdoms. Hop off at Chiang Khong to immerse yourself in old-world charm.
Amble along the banks of the river and take in the lush forests that hug the hills on either side of its banks. Stretch your legs and let the serene splendour and the delicate charm of Chiang Khong help you forget about all your worries and strife. The waters are calm and safe enough for you to take a dip, so jump in and cool off.
Visit a Temple
Wat Phra Kaew is an ancient temple located north of Chiang Khong and is well worth a visit. With its seat on a hill, it offers an awesome view of the surrounding hills and the beautiful ribbon of water which is the Mekong which ambles through the landscape. The temple is adorned with beautiful, coloured lanterns and makes for a lovely photo as well.
Explore The Local Market
A truly authentic Chiang Khong awaits those who explore the local market. You can expect to find all manner of local products such as pieces of art, jewellery and craft items all created by the local artisans. It’s a great opportunity to sample the fresh produce and savour some exotic tropical fruits as well!