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Khong Chiam

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Around 60 kilometres to the east of Ubon Ratchathani at the confluence of the Moon and Mekong rivers ,Khong Chiam offers a quiet escape from the big smoke of Ubon Ratchathani.

The point where the two rivers meet is known as the Mae Nam Song Si or 'Two Colour River'. Sure enough, depending on the season, flow and heights of the two rivers, a slight difference in colour is evident from the river's bank due to the differing sediment levels in the Moon and Mekong Rivers.

From Khong Chiam boats can be arranged to whisk you out to the colour changing point. The best time of the year to see the differing colours is between March and May -- we don't recommend this boat trip during rainy season (June-October), as the rivers lose contrast from the murky water.

Boats may also be arranged across the Mekong from Khong Chiam to the Lao side of the river to visit the settlement there for 200-300 baht. While foreigners cannot enter further into Laos from here, persuading the immigration police to let you visit the market should take less than 100 baht. Or, travellers may hire a boatman to take them upriver to Pha Taem National Park for around 1,000 baht -- again ask around in Khong Chiam.

Aside from the two-colour river, if you're one for ticking activities off lists, you can view Thailand's earliest sunrise on the Mekong River from here.

As for Khong Chiam itself, it's a pretty sleepy town, but it is the closest spot to base yourself if you are planning on visiting the nearby Pha Taem National Park, Kaeng Tana National park, the border town of Chong Mek along with two nearby dams.

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Text and/or map last updated on 14th September, 2012.

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