Photo: Late light on the Mekong.

Things to see and do

Chiang Khong border crossing

Sadly, the most popular thing for tourists to do in Chiang Khong is leave, and with the opening of a new bridge, many of the package tours to Laos don’t even stop in town anymore. You simply buy tickets in Chiang Mai or Pai ‘direct’ to Luang Prabang, all inclusive. The main operators are Aya Service in Pai and Chiang Mai, Terminal Green (also Pai and Chiang Mai), and Namkhong, operating out ... Read more about Chiang Khong border crossing .


Like neighbouring Chiang Saen, this is another small town with more than its share of markets. The daily permanent market -- take the first right after the bridge, heading south -- is tiny and not very exciting, with a few fruit, veg and household goods stalls, though it does have a small Hmong handicraft section. Of more interest are the few lively weekly and walking street markets. The ... Read more about Markets .

Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Chiang Khong? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Thailand.

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