Photo: Freighter on the Mekong.

Boat trips

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Just as you can visit Chiang Saen on a boat trip from Sob Ruak, you can do the same in reverse though, with less tourist traffic in this direction, prices will be slightly higher.

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A trip up to Sob Ruak and back taking in a Lao market en route should set you back 700 baht, including waiting time, or a visit to Lao only with a temple and market 500 baht. This is for a five-person boat, not per person, with larger vessels being correspondingly more expensive.

Alternatively what could be fun is to negotiate a fare for a short sunset cruise. You wouldn’t need to go far – just an hour or so up and down at the end of the afternoon would be a delight. Sunset cruises aren’t advertised -- so you may start a trend. Boats can be found down at the port, so just to your right as you’re looking at the river at the junction of Phaholyothin and Rimkhong.


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