90% of tourists to
Thailand are Thais. Many bus or drive north from
Loei town in the province of Loei, northern Thailand. Our
family drove to Chiang Khan along the 200km "Tourist
Scenic Drive" which starts near our home in the neighbouring
province of "Nong Khai" east of
The "Tourist Scenic Drive" is between mountains
on one side and follows close to the Mekong River's south bank on
the other side. This "Tourist Scenic Drive" in
Thailand is growing in popularity with touring farlung and Thai
cyclists. Stop-overs near Chiang Khan include some of the
best views of the Mekong River,
Loei city south
of Chiang Khan and
Sang Khom in the east.
Chiang Khan is a popular tourist destination in northern Thailand.
Because Chiang Khan hotels only have 4 to 14 rooms per each hotel,
booking a hotel in Chiang Khan is not easy for group bookings. We
booked hotels in Chiang Khan online 3 months before our stay but
the many hotels we tried only had one room left so we booked 2 hotels:
two hotel rooms in a new concrete hotel. The other Chiang Khan hotel
room we booked was all wood in the middle of
on the south bank of the Mekong River. The two big, river front,
upstairs hotel rooms with good Mekong River views of the Laos border
crossing point for ASIAN citizens only were booked out months in
advance by holidayers from Bangkok. Our hotel had a touring group
in two mini buses full of Bangkok photographers. Most Thai tourists
carry the latest, best digital SLR cameras.
Photo of a wooden hotel in the wooden town of Chiang Khan near Mekong
River, northern Thailand.
Most of the hotel accommodation in Chiang
Khan is between the Mekong River and the very popular "Walking
Street". Most of the Chiang Khan hotels are small 2 or
3 stories and built entirely of wood. Our Chiang Khan hotel room
had beautiful wooden floors, walls and ceiling. Hotel furniture
is EXQUISIT hand carved wooden masterpieces as shown in the slide
show of Chiang Khan photos below. It was reassuring to see the fire
brigade in my video of Chiang Khan, visiting businesses in Chiang
Khan to each about fire prevention and fire fighting. All hotels
have smoke alarms and video surveillance cameras. We got car parking
in the Buddhist temple grounds east "Walking Street".
The 1 kilometre "Walking street" in Chiang Khan shuts
down to cars at night and comes alive with tourist souvenir shops,
street food vendors, Chinese, Isan and Thai food restaurants, bicycle
hire outlets. Most hotel restaurants are open to the public and
located on the ground floor. Their al fresco dining sprawl out onto
the foot path near the Mekong River.
Good cheap food at a family restaurant, "Walking Street"
Chiang Khan near the Mekong River, left of photo.
views across the Mekong River to Laos are a delight. Try "Leo
beer" brewed in Thailand. The first hotel restaurant we tried,
served delicious dishes from
Prabang, China, and Thailand. $20 feed our family of 6
adults and 2 children.
Bicycle hire in Chiang Khan is popular. Much of the video of
Chiang Khan you will see on this page was filmed with me cycling
on a hire bike with my wife and 1yo baby as passengers.
There was one massage parlour on Walking street and another massage
parlour near Walking Street, on a side street. The masseuses are
middle aged ladies who laughed and talked with each other while
working on providing a good Thai massage under the watchful of the
boss who never smiled. The price of a good, one hour, cheap "Thai
massage" was $5 in 2013.
Tourist Attractions Near Chiang Khan
West of Chiang Khan is a statue of gold Buddha on a mountain
top over looking the Mekong River.
Signs on the foot path between hotel restaurants and the Mekong
show times of departure for
Mekong River tourist
cruises from Chiang Khan including sunset cruises of the Mekong.
On our way home we drove nearly to the top of a high mountain
near Chiang Khan. We were directed to park our car. A government
tour guide collected $5 to drive our family in his open top pick-up
to the top of the maintain with views to Chiang Khan, other Loei
mountains, Mekong River and Laos. In winter months of November and
December early morning Loei mountain trips are popular with holidaying
Thais who want to photograph mountain peaks above the misty valleys
of Thailand and Laos.
The scenic Mekong River drive from Chiang Khan past the town
of Sang Khom towards Si Chiang Mai /
Nong Khai ends near our home near Wat
Hin Mak Peng
which is worth a stop over visit.
Tourist attractions Near Loei
- Phu Kradung mountain climb
- Camping and explore Phu Rua National Park
- Photograph rock formations at Phu Luang south of