The Kok River or Mae Nam Kok emerges from the hills of Burma’s Shan State at Tha Ton before winding its way across Chiang Rai province to empty into the mighty Mekong just south of Chiang Saen town. A boat trip down the scenic stretch between Tha Ton and Chiang Rai city has, for a long time, been very popular among visitors to the region. It can either be done as a means of getting from A to B ... Read more about Kok River boat cruise .
A wooded hill on the north edge of town is all that separates Tha Ton from the border and Burma’s Shan State; you can’t miss it thanks to Wat Tha Ton sprawling up the entire hillside. The temple includes an eclectic collection of shrines, statues, Buddha images — both Thai and Chinese styles, seated and standing — and increasingly impressive views as you ascend, culminating in the huge ... Read more about Wat Tha Ton .
Thailand ends just behind Wat Tha Ton so you can’t go very far in that direction, but if you can get hold of a bicycle or motorbike you can do a bit of exploring to the east and west, or follow one of the scenic riverbank tracks south out of town through farm land and orchards. Heading east along Route 1089 you’re rapidly in Chiang Rai province and 30 kilometres along will see you at Ban ... Read more about Exploring the surrounds .