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Day 4 : Chiang Saen - Chiang Khong Travel Time
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Chiang Saen - Chiang Khong 1 hr. 25 min. 80/49
Total for Driving Routes 1 hr. 25 min. 80/49

Chiang Saen - Chiang Khong

Distance :80 Km (49 Miles)

The day distance for today is short, only 53 kilometres; so you have plenty of time to make a trip on the Mekong river. A one hour boat trip costs about THB 350 - 400. Had you got too little time to visit Tachilek, yesterday, then you can still do it today. Chiang Saen is a quiet small town at the Mekong river that goes back to the Lanna era. In the olden times King Saen Phu had his seat in this town. Chiang Saen was the capital city of the Kingdom of Yonok and it lies 8 Km be south of Ban Sop Ruak (the Golden Triangle). It still has remainders of a city wall. Here you can visit a number of interesting temples, of which Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Pa Sak are the most important ones. Recently, ships from China can reach this harbour city, too, and a vivid trade flourished. From Chiang Saen you will drive along the Mekong river in the direction of Chiang Khong. Take the road through Had Bai and you will pass a few Lahu and Lisu villages. There are beautiful views over the river, for sure worth to make a photo stop. On your way you may get out for a while at Wat Phra That Pha Ngao. In the temple compound there is a path upward, where there is a white pagoda with a beautiful view over the Mekong river. Chiang Khong is a small border town, where one can cross over into Laos (with a visa). The town at the other side is called Huai Xai and it lies in Bo Keo province. In this river, giant catfishes are swimming. Some of them weigh up to 200 kilograms. You will stay overnight in a hotel at your choice.

Chiang Saen - Chiang Khong

Scenic Highlights

Chiang Saen

Chiang Saen(Chiang Rai)

An ancient town located on the bank of the Mekong River, Chiang Saen was originally called Wiang Hir...

Wat Phra That Chedi Luang

Wat Phra That Chedi Luang(Chiang Rai)

Next to Chiang Saen National museum is an ancient 88-meter high, bell-shaped, Lanna style principal ...

Wat Pa Sak

Wat Pa Sak(Chiang Rai)

Located outside the city walls, approximately one kilometer to the west of Chiang Saen in Tambon Wia...

Phra That Pha Ngao

Phra That Pha Ngao(Chiang Rai)

Located about 4 kilometres along the Chiang Saen - Chiang Khong Road is Phra That Pha Ngao which has...

Chiang Khong

Chiang Khong(Chiang Rai)

Chiang Khong is a small, peaceful district on the bank of the Mekong River opposite Huaixai, Lao PDR...