Chiang Khong is the Thai counterpart to the Lao border town of Huay Xai, just across the Mekong. Chiang Khong is small town one main road no night life quiet & sleepy town....lovely village full of Hmong, Lao, Thai to visit friday market....a lot of temples 1 village 1 temple .....should place to stay near Mekong river looking for hammock and book to read...good wealther to visit is October to January .....but it's nice to visit on April 18 'cause will have a festivel Giant catfish here every year...They will take a lot of baby giant catfish to Mekong river..
Buses arrive from Chiang Rai every 30 minute start 5.00 AM to 16.00 PM and other major cities in Northern Thailand and Isaan. Daytime and overnight buses run directly from Bangkok's Northern Bus Terminal (Moh Chit) to Chiang Khong everyday 5 buses overnight on bus from Moh Chit 19.00 pm arrive at Chiang Khong in morning 8.00 am also bus from Bangkok on the day time start from Moh Chit 7.00 am to Chiang Khong 20.00 pm
The riverfront area can be seen on foot but it's worth getting a tuk-tuk or taxi for the trip out to the bus station. Small ferries cross the river every few minutes for about 20 baht. The border crossing closes at 20:00.
look around in Chiang Khong the best way is rent bike or motorbike to visit village and along road near Mekong river....
Temples in Chiang Khong:
ATM machine for take your cash 5 machine in town in case Saturday and Sunday Bank close you can take you money from Kasikorn Bank, GSB, Siam comercial Bank, Krung Thai Bank and new machine infort of 7/11 shop near market/ Bus stop .. before go to Laos get your money before 'cause will never see ATM at Houy Xai.....There is a bank near the riverfront. Outside of banking hours it may be possible to cash a traveller's cheque with a local shop or hotel.
Bamboo Riverside Guesthouse, a mexican restaurant (and accomodation) run by a Thai hippie family is excellent! Best mexican ever. Love the quesadillas. When Thailand meets Mexico it takes a bit more time be patient- they don't use microwaves! YUM! And an amazing view of the Mekong and Laos!
There are no bars as such in Chiang Khong. Your best bet for evening entertainment is a Big Chang beer/Singha Beer at your guesthouse.
Untrue- The Tee Pee bar is kick ass! Best described as a "rat hole" By Jip at the Bamboo Riverside Guesthouse. (Where you should go for quesadillas before going out to drink.) At Tee Pee you can enjoy a range of live acoustic music from Eric Clapton to Bob Marley and Oasis. Just keep buying drinks- that is how they stay in business. On your walk back to where you are staying be careful as that is when the wild dogs come out.
Double rooms from 150 baht.