Full Day Tour Chiang Khong, Chiang Saen And Golden Triangle - Private

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Chiang Rai, Thailand

Program details

Chiang Khong, a small town in the Chiang Rai Province, is for being a stopover destination for travellers en route to Lao town of Huay Xai despite the fact that the boat border crossing is no longer a possibility. It is mainly visited as a stop-off point en-route to Lao, and is the Thai counterpart to the Lao border town , just across the Mekong.

The bridge was opened across the Mekong linking Chiang Khong to Huay Xai in the Lao province of Bokeo, there has not been kind to Chiang Khong as now many tourists travel between Laos and Chiang Rai without the need for an overnight stop in Chiang Khong.

The bus route has started running from Chiang Rai through Chiang Khong to Bokeo. Chiang Rai to Huay Xai / Bokeo via the bridge takes around four hours. The highway continues to Luang Namtha and to the Chinese border at the Boten-Mohan checkpoint, but most tourists traveling into Laos take the slow boats running daily from Huay Xai through Pakbeng to Luang Prabang.

The tour continues into Golden Triangle territory, visiting Sop Ruak, where the Ruak river converges with the mighty Mekong and borders of Myanmar, Thailand and Laos converge. This is the apex of the Thai portion of notorious Golden Triangle, but nowadays this side of the border is less wild.

Continue on to the ancient town of Chiang Saen, which features many temples ruins haphazardly scattered about town, the Chiang Sean Buddha images with their fine oval faces are said to be the earliest expression of a purely Siamese sculptural style.