Photo: Back soi scenes in Chiang Khan.

Things to see and do


Often described as a “temple town,” Chiang Khan’s eight wats might disappoint those coming from temple-rich towns in Northern Thailand like Chiang Mai, Nan or Lamphun. Still, the centuries-old structures do reveal some unusual features that make them worth a peek as you cycle ... Read more about Temples .

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Khaeng Khut Khu
Around 2km east of Chiang Khan

Around two km east of town, this viewpoint overlooks a modest portion of white water caused by protruding rocks amid an unusually wide section of the Mekong. The views aren’t too shabby, especially at sunset, but it seems the fuss has as much to do with the market as the scenery. A colourful board imparts the legend of how Khaeng Khut Khu’s rapids were formed in a comic-book-style set of ... Read more about Khaeng Khut Khu .

Tai Dam Weaving Group
Chiang Khan Road, across from Soi 18
T: (086) 036 1404

One of many ethnic minority groups that have traditionally dwelled in the hills of Southeast Asia, the Tai Dam people migrated to Loei in the early 20th century from the mountainous Dien Bien Phu area of Vietnam. They brought their outstanding weaving skills with them, and today the Tai Dam Weaving Group makes it possible to see the craftspeople at work in the heart of Chiang Khan. Tucked ... Read more about Tai Dam Weaving Group .

Ba Kom Goi Thai Massage
Chai Khong Road

A local institution run by an adept Thai masseuse with over 30 years experience, Ba Kom Goi is a must after a day of cycling around town. Supported by her small team of masseuses, the stout and mercilessly strong lady in charge uses her dagger-like heels to release pressure from various points in the body with remarkable precision. The masseuses walk on customers while balancing themselves ... Read more about Ba Kom Goi Thai Massage .

Phu Tok

One of the more popular activities in Chiang Khan is to climb the small mountain known as Phu Tok for views of the Mekong, the town and the sea of fog that often blankets it all in the early morning. The top hosts a small Buddha image and walkway that affords views in every direction. You’ll also find a small swing set and flower garden. Phu Tok is located around just east of town but cycling ... Read more about Phu Tok .

Phra Yai

Located in the tiny village of Ban Tha Di Mi, 21 km west of Chiang Khan, Phra Yai (Big Buddha) is a 19-metre-high, gold-hued standing Buddha placed on a high hill that slopes sharply down to where the Hueang River feeds the Mekong. Completed in 2001, the tall but otherwise unremarkable statue is overshadowed by great views that are sure to inspire geography nerds. To the west of this point, ... Read more about Phra Yai .

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