Loei is the first province in the northeast of Thailand which the Mekong River flows through. The small district of Chiang Khan is located here. The river flows through Chiang Khan District, Pak Chom District, and then Nong Khai Province. The Mekong River marks the boundary of Thailand and Laos, and sustains the lives of both populations.
Chiang Khan is a very old city with a unique culture and way of life. The most impressive scenes of Chiang Khan are the simple wooden houses adapted to be guest houses, coffee shops, and souvenir shops. On a beautiful day with nice weather, Chiang Khan provides a peaceful local life with a warm welcome for all visitors. Why not hire a bicycle and ride around Chiang Khan. Your ride can take you to all attractions because Chiang Khan is a small town. So, you can travel around easily by bicycle. Riding a bicycle is not only for travelling but is also healthy exercise and reduces pollution.
For Buddhists, there are several temples presenting the art of Lan Na and Lan Chang. You can pay respects to the Lan Chang Buddha statue made of carved wood at Sri Khun Muang Temple. The pulpit of this temple is also carved and gilded. Not far from the first temple, there is another called Pon Chai Temple. Here you can experience the combination of Lan Chang and Rattanakosin art. The local culture of Chiang Khan has been preserved until the present day. The local people wake up very early in the morning and stand in line to give alms to the Buddhist monks. This is a beautiful scene which typifies Chiang Khan.