Exploring the surrounds

Exploring the surrounds

Beautiful scenery

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Nestled among wooded hills, with the picturesque Kok running right through the town centre and the pastoral landscapes of the valley stretching south and east, Tha Ton lends itself perfectly to exploration on foot or by bicycle while short motorbike rides can let you explore further.

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Plenty to see! Photo by: Mark Ord.
Plenty to see! Photo: Mark Ord

This is where Thailand runs out so don’t try going any further, but do stop and grab some lunch or refreshment at one of the little riverside cafes which provide simple fare and cold drinks on tables overlooking the Kok or even on bamboo rafts tethered to the bank. This is a delightful and friendly spot with a very out of the way feel. Back in town, take the east-bound lane on the north bank of the Kok River and wander past the cute riverside eatery Chanhkasem, then continue through a small residential area into the paddy-fields and orchards south of town. This is another fine area to discover on foot or by bicycle.

If you’ve got motorised transport then heading either west or east along Highway 1089 provides a variety of sites without needing to go too far. In an easterly direction, you’ll find yourself in Chiang Rai Province with the interesting Akha village of Ban Lorcha at around the 30-kilometre mark. They have an excellent community tourism scheme organised by Chiang Rai’s PDA (of Cabbages and Condoms and Hill-tribe Museum fame.) It’s a couple of kiloemtres on the right before the junction with Highway 1234 so if you reach the Mae Salong turn-off, you’ve ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 700 words.)

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Based in Chiang Mai, Mark Ord has been travelling Southeast Asia for over two decades and first crossed paths with Travelfish on Ko Lipe in the early 1990s.

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Our top 2 other sights and activities in and around Tha Ton

Wat Tha Ton
Wat Tha Ton

Not to be missed

Kok River boat cruise
Kok River boat cruise

Well worth doing