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Asia » Thailand » Northern Thailand » Chiang Khong January 19th 2020

Friends for a meal are easy to find, friends until the end of life are difficult to find… ~ Thai Proverb HE SAID... Today we were travelling northeast from Chiang Mai to Chiang Khong (via Chiang Rai). We were awake at 5:30am. We had an early start to Chiang Khong, and we had to organise our packs and pick up some breakfast beforehand. I headed out to a nearby 7-Eleven store to pick up some banana muffins and Thai milk tea, as it was too early to settle at a café. It was enough to get us started for the day. We checked out of the People Place Hotel (our accommodation for the past two nights in Chiang Mai), jumped into a minibus and sped off towards Chiang Rai at 8am sharp. It didn’t take long ... read more
white temple
white temple
white temple

Asia » Thailand » Northern Thailand » Chiang Khong January 15th 2017

Noooo! We arrived at the bus station to see that the clapped out red bus standing there WAS the next departure for Chiang Khong. We squeezed in like sardines onto seats made for two Thais long before fast western food came to town. That meant sitting with just the one cheek supported! Oh well, the monk across the miniscule aisle was sound asleep so perhaps there was a chance we could find the same tranquility. Our bags perched precariously at the back of the bus as we set off on the two hour journey. Mercifully it was a dry day so the roads were starting to recover from the recent downpours. It turned out to be a reasonably pleasant journey and as a few passengers got off later on it was even, dare we say, comfortable. ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Northern Thailand » Chiang Khong September 13th 2015

We had arrived in Bangkok at our estimated arrival time of 4-45pm yesterday afternoon and, whilst coming into land, the first thing we could see out the window of the plane were (literally) thousands of rice paddies spread out below us, stretching away to the horizon, as far as the eye could see. Disembarking from our flight, we headed straight towards baggage collection and immigration which took awhile, as the process wasn’t the quickest. Whilst waiting in the queue, I knew I must be in Thailand, by the amount of perspiration already running down my back and, I wasn’t even outside yet! AND, the airport was air conditioned to a degree! Getting through Customs and Immigration at Bangkok airport was a bit of a slow process after what felt like a walk of a mile and ... read more
Our mini-suite at the Royal Princess
Incessant Bangkok traffic
Pedestrian crossing extraordinaire!

Asia » Thailand » Northern Thailand » Chiang Khong January 30th 2015

Hi People, We booked on to another tour today in Chiang Mai, through ‘tiger jungle tours’. We managed to get a bargain as we booked two-day tours at the same time. So it roughly worked out about £35 each for both day tours. Today we got picked up on time by the minivan. The tour guide was a funny, feminine guy who spoke good English. Our tour group included 3 girls from Korea, who we didn’t really get to speak too, two Canadians girls, a family of 3 from Paris, and another couple from Holland. We had a really good time with our group, as everyone was chatty and interesting. The tour included a visit to the elephant camp in the north jungle where we could ride them. This was great; Neil and I shared the ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Northern Thailand » Chiang Khong January 29th 2015

Hi Everyone, So today we had an early wake up of 6.30 as we had a tour to a hot spring, the white temple, Chiang Rai, the golden triangle and a village tribe booked for the day. It didn't start great as they picked us up 25mins late at 8.05 (hate there random 07.15-7.40 pickup times) Once picked up we got put at the back of the bus which was the most cramped seats, our knees where killing. There was a good mix of ages and nationalities on the trip, so there were Belgium's, Dominican Republican, Canadians, Australians, French and English. Our guide for the day was a Thai guy called Oak, he was a funny and informative guy. We had an hours drive to the hot spring, Oak said it was not that good but ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Northern Thailand » Chiang Khong January 28th 2015

Hi All, So after we caught up on sleep from our noisy, cold train journey that arrived into Chiang Mai at 4am we headed into the old walls around 9am. It’s a great atmosphere, lots of shops, cafes, restaurants and cheap massage parlours. We visited all the temples inside the wall as they’re all fairly close together. To say they’re beautiful would be an understatement. We had breakfast in the cafe called "In the woods" all decorated like little red riding hood stuff was really pretty and food was cheap and tasty.... first cup of good coffee in Thailand so far!! We ate lunch in a little open restaurant inside the walls, we both had fruit shakes, shares a spicy papaya salad and then had chicken pad Thai for main: delicious an all for under £4.50. ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Northern Thailand » Chiang Khong December 28th 2013

I travelled to Chiang Khong by a local bus which went very slowly, packed on every package and everybody that could fit, had every single window open and took 2 and a half hours but it was pleasant travelling with locals. It was an interesting journey as I could see the houses of the local people in the hills and mountains. Now I am in my guesthouse in Chiang Khong and I am with other tourists waiting to cross the border to Laos tomorrow. Now I will go mingle with some of the guests. I have a cold today and I’m finding the drop in temperature from 35 degrees in Bangkok to 5 degrees in the north of Thailand really strange. It’s amazing that a country can have so many different climates.... read more

Asia » Thailand » Northern Thailand » Chiang Khong December 11th 2013

Salut. Me voilà en route pour le Laos. Je viens de recevoir des news de Candice, une Normande du Havre que je dois retrouver avec 2 autres voyageurs, Paquita et Alexandre, avec qui elle est en contact. Nous nous sommes rencontrés de façon virtuelle sur le site internet du Guide du Routard, site sur lequel on peut trouver des compagnons de voyage pour un jour, une semaine, un mois voire plus selon affinités et itinéraire de chacun. C'est également pour cela que je ne suis pas resté très longtemps en Thaïlande mais j'y retournerai à la fin de mon voyage et ça tombe bien car j'ai encore quelques bahts à dépenser. Rendez-vous a donc été pris à Luang Prabang, 3è ville du pays, classée au Patrimoine Mondial de l'UNESCO. Pour s'y rendre, 2 jours de balade ... read more
Slow boat

Asia » Thailand » Northern Thailand » Chiang Khong July 30th 2013

So we left chiang rai and headed up to the long neck karen tribe, nice to see the thai government supporting them to remain traditional even though they are immigrants from burma. Hard to imagine what it must feel like wearing all those neck rings. Next up to the tea plantation, this felt like the homecoming to me being an avid green tea drinker. So good to see from plant to leaves and the process it goes thru. Onto mae sai which is the border town to myanmar (burma) and the most northern point of thailand, great little town full of burmese people selling their wares. Could see the evidence of the recent floods. Pic below is off the flooded car park underneath the connecting bridge between both immigration points. Next onto the golden triangle, this ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Northern Thailand » Chiang Khong March 5th 2013

Summary: Chiang Mai to Chiang Khong Green Inn Read more... The northern part of the country is really pretty surrounded by mountains the road is bordered by vast fields of lust green acreage that extends into a mountain range a really really gorgeous drive. The bus ride took a lot longer than expected, I get to Chiang Khong very very late in the evening. It is well after dark, I do have a great meal at a little local side restaurant store. I do start to wonder what on earth am I doing all the way out here on my own and what on earth is there to see all the out here in the north east of Thailand. More to follow soon guys... read more

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