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Tiny little Sri Chiang Mai is best known as being the spring roll capital of Thailand -- wherever you look, spring roll wrappers sit on their bamboo frames, slowly drying in the sun -- and that's just about as exciting as Sri Chiang Mai gets.

Aside from providing ample opportunity to take photos of drying spring roll wrappers, Sri Chiang Mai offers a relaxing atmosphere with lovely views of Vientiane on the other side of the river. It can also be used as a base to explore the surrounding rural area.

A promenade lines the bank of the Mekong and it makes for a pleasant late afternoon stroll and it is also the best jumping-off point for the rather unusual historical park in Udon Thani province.

It's always been a little odd that one couldn't cross to Laos here -- afterall you could see the Lao capital straight across the river -- so we're pleasantly surprised to here of a new border crossing near here that does allow foreigners to cross over to Laos -- sort of.

From the nearby village of Ban Mo, just to the west of town, ferries run twice each week, Sundays and Tuesdays (yes, you read that correctly), both days at the same time of day (6:00 pm ... so, in the dark!).

According to immigration staff at the crossing, foreigners, with a valid Lao visa can take the boat. So it's an odd crossing, that's for sure, but if you happen to be in Ban Mo at 6pm on a Sunday night, why not!

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Text and/or map last updated on 12th August, 2009.

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No More Spring Roll Wrappers :-(
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