Accommodation Chiang Khan

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90% of tourists to Chiang Khan Thailand are Thais. Many bus or drive north from Bangkok via 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 Chiang Khan. 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 Walking Street, 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.

Wood hotel near Mekong River Chiang Khan
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.
restaurant Chiang Khan
Good cheap food at a family restaurant, "Walking Street" Chiang Khan near the Mekong River, left of photo.

The 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 Luang 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 / Vientiane to 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 Loei City


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