Are there any places to avoid in Chiang Khong?. Need accomodation suggestions for 3 people and any other relevent info pertaining to border crossing and choice of slow boat to Luang Prabang.
All information gratefully accepted
#1 marianwarren has been a member since 12/3/2006. Posts: 270
I'm not so sure about places to avoid, but I can highly recommend both Baan Rim Ta LIng and Ban Tam-Mi-La. I've stayed at both and found them to be very good. The former is a little out of town (about 1.5 km) but the setting is lovely, and the cooking is just excellent, it has a real homestay Thai feel about it. The latter is also a good choice, it is in the centre of town so far more convenient to other restaurants and stuff which is good as their restaurant isn't open all the time and can be a bit hit and miss. What is good there though is the setting with views over the river.
For info on boats to Laos, cross as early as you can, and if you can't find a boat that suits, wait till the following day (time allowing) the boats and number of passengers can vary a lot day to day, and electing to take a crowded boat is generally a poor idea. It time allows, wait for the right boat!
my girlfriend and i have been to chiang khong last january. we actually intended to browse right through and spend the night on the other side of the mekong in laos. instead an old lady approached us in chiang khong offering us to stay in her humble little home just near the center of town for like 50 baht per night. she was so sweet that we decided to pick up on her offer and we didnt regret it. we ended up staying almost a week in chiang khong at the end of which she already forced us to call her mamma. she also made us paint a sign for her which we hung infront of her house together with her: it reads 'susie' and is unfortunatly pretty unspectacular. you will need to keep your eyes open! anyway, to find her house, turn into the side street turing away from the mekong just next to the post office at the mainstreet. her house stands in the road running parallel to the mekong and the mainstreet. shouldnt be difficult to find! and in chiang khong u should rent a motorbike and check out the surrounding villages - beautiful!
#3 fabianblumer has been a member since 21/4/2006. Posts: 1
Thank you both for your input. Definitely looking for that homestay feel and appreciate your replies.
#4 marianwarren has been a member since 12/3/2006. Posts: 270
more advice- - > it pays not to purchase boat tickets or accomadation in advance (Thailand) and Pak Beng wait ill your there.
If you are looking for a real real advanture go up river to Xieng Kok Aprrox $100 US for the boat but if there is a few of you thats fine (you should have ear plugs as the boats are noisy)
See Xieng Kok resort on travel fish