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Kok River boat cruise

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Flowing out of the hills of Burma’s Shan State at Tha Ton before winding its way across Chiang Rai Province to empty into the Mekong just south of Chiang Saen, a boat trip down a scenic stretch of the Kok River between Tha Ton and Chiang Rai has long been a highlight for travellers to this part of Thailand.

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You have three principal options: the daily public boat, a private charter or a package from a Chiang Rai or even Chiang Mai tour agent. The latter usually includes the boat trip, visit to the Ruam Mit elephant camp and perhaps a trek with one or two-night stays in hill-tribe villages. You can do the trip in either direction, but downstream from Tha Ton to Chiang Rai is the usual way, as travelling upstream against the often fast-flowing current can be slow and hard work.

The Kok River winding towards Burma. Photo taken in or around Kok River boat cruise, Tha Ton, Thailand by Mark Ord.

The Kok River winding towards Burma. Photo: Mark Ord

From the Tha Ton boat pier, the daily scheduled departure is at 12:30. Services may occasionally be compromised in the dry season when water levels get too low, or in rainy season when heavy rains may make the trip dangerous. Police and tourist police kiosks are located right next to the pier and they don’t want any ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 600 words.)


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