A perfect place to do nothing. Bring books and relax. Walk the river promenade up and down.
Today, more of a stopover than a destination itself. It is scenic and charming, but not much going on. If you think Chiang Saen is laidback, then you will think again after spending time in Chiang Khong.
Some people do stay over night here and then go to Huay Xai on the Laos side, it’s a two-day slow bothe at or a 14-hour bus trip to Luang Prabang. It’s also possible to reach Yunnan Province in China from Huay Xai
Chiang Khong is 55 kilometres to the east of Chiang Saen. Part of the road here is over hills and mountains and following the Mekong. It is a very scenic drive here with some beautiful sections of the Mekong.
Chiang Khong is also famous for Pla Buk – the giant catfish is cultivated here.
Chiang Khong has some markets but it is life in the slow lane here. There is even a bar/coffee shop called Slow Bar. One of the best coffee shops in town.
Take a short walk before sunset, enjoy some views and the sound of Laos. There is exercise equipment on some sections of the river promenade. Along the way, there are vendors selling BBQ and drinks.
The hotel where I stayed was the three-star, Chiang Khong Teak Garden. Very decent, clean, a bathtub on the balcony. Nice swimming pool.
In Chiang Kong, you a very close to one of the best mountain, community-based lodges that exist in Thailand, The Lanjia Lodge. More about this in a later posting.