Chiang khong Travel Guide
Chiang Khong district is located to Chiang Rai province, in the northern Thailand; on the left hand side is Huay Xai district, Bokeo Province, Laos. The Mekong River is the border for between two countries, for here you can go to Chiang Rai only 130 kilometers, take about 2 hours
Chiang khong is a small town next to the riverside of the Mekong River; the tourist spend an overnight here in Chiang Khong
The land to exchange goods for trade to Laos and tourism, where the tourist can cross the Laos side to take the boat to Luang Prabang
Where the Lao and Thai fisherman can catch the fish (giant catch fish)
Transfer from Chiang Khong border to Chiang Khong or Chiang Rai by minivan and Songthaew
Transfer from Chiang Khong border to your hotel in Chiang Khong
By Songthaew only 8 kilometers, it takes about 15 minutes
The cost 60 Baht each
Transfer from Chiang Khong border to your hotel in Chiang Khong
By minivan only 8 kilometers, it takes about 15 minutes
The cost 600 Baht
Transfer from Chiang Khong border to Chiang Rai hotel or to the Airport in Chiang Rai
10 seats available in minivan
By minivan only 135 kilometers, it takes about 1:30 – 2 hours
The cost 3,000 Baht per group
Taking the slow boat back form Luang Prabang to Chiang Kong, Chiang Rai, Thailand
Taking the fast boat back form Luang Prabang to Chiang Kong, Chiang Rai, Thailand
Taking the green bus from Chiang Khong to Chiang Rai
By bus only 135 kilometers, it takes about 2 hours
The cost for standard seat 250 Baht each
The cost for VIP seat 350 Baht each
Taking the green bus from Chiang Khong to Chiang Mai
By bus only 435 kilometers, it takes about 5 hours
The cost for standard seat 350 Baht each
The cost for VIP seat 490 Baht each
Public slow boat from Chiang Khong to Luang Prabang
The famous public 2 day slow boat from Chiang Khong to Luang Prabang, Thailand to Laos. The trip will departure from northern of Thailand to northern of Laos, take the shuttle bus cross to Laos’s boarder, the trip will takes two days one night, stop and overnight half way, they have an option for the accommodation in Pakbeng, such as standard rooms, superior, deluxe and suite, some hotel they have pool, but depend on your budget.
In raining season start form Jun and October
The trip will journey down the river from Chiang Khong to Luang Prabang
They will pick you up in the morning at your hotel to cross the border to Laos, after you fish for the Lao visa, then wait for a group, they will take to some travel agency near the border, they will explain about your trip and accommodation in Pakbeng to book with them, will change your mind for changing from your slow boat to take the bus, the last one exchange money they sell food and drink to take with you on the boat, then continual to the boat, when you get there almost the boat will departure.
On the boat depend in the season, in high season the a lot of them.
The some they put car seats and wooden bench on the boat 1-2 boat per day depend on the tourist, after check in at the pier and then the boat will departs at 11 -12 am, On the second day you get on a different boat, but the same ticket, sometime in the second day the driver put all the people in 1 boat, instead 2 boats,
They will put your bag under the floor or in the back of the boat, life jacket for everyone on board. There is a toilet on the boat.
The boat does not stop for lunch; you must pack a lunch for yourself as you will eat on the boat. Some snacks food (chips, instant noodles, etc.) and drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) are available for purchase on boat.
The boat will arrival in Pakbeng between 5 pm-6 pm and spend an overnight in Pakbeng (please find your own guesthouse).
The boat will departure around 9:30 am from Pakbeng (you must to take away for lunch) and the boat will passing the Buddha caves (not stop for visiting) you will arrival to Luang Prabang at around 5 pm – 5:30 pm.
Note that this is a public boat therefore you have to join a group, You can reserved seats on the first day – on the second day you will choose your seats when you arrive on the boat (first come, first serve).
This price does not include any foods, drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), an a night in Pakbeng, or Tuk Tuk to Luang Prabang from the pier.
The Tuk Tuk to costs 20,000 kip each from the pier to Luang Prabang city
And accommodation in Pakbeng is between
– 60,000 kip (hostel room with fan, without bathroom)
– 90,000 kip (private room with fan and bathroom)
– 140,000 kip (private room with air condition and bathroom)
– 900,000 kip (Superior room with air-condition, bathroom and breakfast).
– 1,150,000 kip (Deluxe room with air-condition, bathroom and breakfast).
– 2,660,000 kip (Suite room with air-condition, bathroom and breakfast).
So that in case you lose your ticket.
You will still be able to identify you
The cost of slow boat to Luang Prabang
1. Price 1,350 Baht /p
2. Child charge full price
3. Infant free of charge
Bicycle and motorbike cost
Big motorbike 150 cc: 390,000 kip/M.
Motorbike 125 cc: 280,000 kip/M
Motorbike 100 cc: 260,000 kip/M
Bicycle: 90.000 kip/B
Please fill out your personal information.
This is included:
1. 2 days slow boat to Luang Prabang
2. Transfer from your hotel to the slow boat in Houay Xai. (FREE)
This is NOT included:
1. Accommodation in Pakbeng or transfer to/from the Hotel;
2. Any kind of food and drinks, you can buy on board if you want
3. Transfer from pier in Luang Prabang to the city.
and one more option
Mekong River Cruises Chiang khong to Luang Prabang
We run 2 days Mekong River Cruises Chiang khong to Luang Prabang (Thailand to Laos)
This is the popular way to take the two day slow boat trip down the Mekong River. Mekong River Cruises Chiang Khong to Luang Prabang, the trip will stop an overnight at Pakbeng. If you want to take a more comfortable boat tour we can stop and visit the local people and the famous Buddha caves (includes two lunches on board and transfer to Luang Prabang city).
Welcome to the Mighty Mekong River, it’s an adventure river 2 day cruise from Thailand to Laos.
Tour program for the trip Mekong River Cruises Chiang khong to Luang Prabang
Day: 1 from Chiang khong to Pakbeng
Our team in Thailand side will pick you up at your hotel in Chiang Khong at 7:30 am, when you arrive at the Thai border please check out then get on the shuttle bus to Laos, your guide will wait for you at the Lao border with a welcome sign will be your name on it. Our team will help you with the visa and check in and after you check in transfer you to the pier,
On the boat trip you will journey down the river, beautiful nurture both side of the Mekong River, on the way we will stop to visit local people for sightseeing spend time there about an hour and back to the boat lunch time, enjoy your lunch on the boat, in the afternoon we will stop to overnight in Pakbeng at your hotel.
Pakbeng is small town where you will overnight.
Day 2: From Pakbeng to Luang Prabang.
After your breakfast my boat will departure at 8 in the morning, if good luck time you will see the elephant another side of Pakbeng, another side is elephant camp.
You will see Pakbeng River just south the town, the name of the town came from this river. On the way we will visit the local village, here the local people sell handmade, after that lunch on board, in the afternoon will visit the Parking Buddha, here spend an hour, here just near Luang Prabang an hour.
Our boat will continue to Luang Prabang we will stop at the Luang Prabang pier, just outside of Luang Prabang
Please reconfirm your trip a day before
And let me know your room number as well
We have minivan to pick you up and drop you at your hotel in Luang Prabang.
Please let my team know, where is your hotel in Luang Prabang?
If you don’t know yet, we will let you drop you at post office near the night market, the end of your trip.
This is not a private boat, join a group and you will travel with other passengers.
The cruise is fully operation every day in high season (November through February)
I also confirm that the cruise is running on the date you specified.
You need to make reservations in advance
In low season not confirm the daily (March through October)
you must e mail in advance to check with us.
1. The cost without hotel US$145 each
2. One day boat to Pakbeng cost without accommodation US$120 each.
3. Child age 2-12 years old discount $72 each.
4. (Less than 2 years old) are free of charge.
1. 2 day boat trip to Luang Prabang.
2. Pick you up at your hotel in Chiang Khong and drop of at your hotel in Luang Prabang.
3. (English – speaking)
4. Entrance fees.
5. Pick up from your hotel.
6. Two lunches on the boat.
7. Visit the hill tribe’s village on the way.
8. Coffee, tea and fruits on board.
1. Personal expenses such as bar, telephone and laundry bills.
2. Foods and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary.
3. Tips and gratuities.
4. Overtime fees.
5. Dinner in Pakbeng
6. Lao visas and visa fees.
7. Accommodation and breakfast in Pakbeng.
8. Not include pick up and transfer in Pakbeng
1. We can pick you up in Chiang Khong at 7:30 am
2. When you are in Chiang Khong let me know your room number
2. We 2 lunches on the boat for the first day and second day
3. For the night in Pakbeng, please book by yourself
4. You can keep your luggage safely on the boat
5. We have minivan to drop you at your hotel in Luang Prbang (only in the town)
6. The first day take 7 hours and 8 hours for the second day
Lao mobile: +8562058513555,+8562058740999.
Thai mobile: +66 800323371
Border Crossing by Friendship Bridge
Open on 11th December 2013 a new bridge (Thai – Lao Friendship Bridge No: 4)
Its located south for the town 8 kilometers from the town you can take Song thew cost 60 -100 Baht each
Song thew kasikone service call: +66984349555, +856255483138
Chiang Khong immigration is open daily at 6 am to 10 pm, but the shuttle ready at 7 am Thai bus from the
Ferry cross from Thailand to Laos
Take about 5 minutes to cross to Laos, the cost 40 Baht, child 10 under 10 years old no charge
Thing to do in Chiang Khong
The land of Mekong giant catfish (Pra book), scaleless freshwater fish in this ear northern Thailand, large up to 3 meters in length and weighing in more than 300 kg.
In dry season in March and April they can caught big fish by net, because the river is low 2- 3 meters
The fisher man, they buy net from the market, some they made net by themselves
And Fishing boat (sometime two) with engine, they trough the long net 30-50 meters on the Mekong River cross to another side
They caught all the year
Looking Chiang Kong accommodations, they are not many
1. Chiang Khong Teak garden Riverfront
Address: 666 Moo 8 Sai Klang Rd. ตำบล เวียง Amphoe Chiangkhong เชียงราย 57140
Tel: +66 53 792 008
– Chiang Khong Hotel
It is one of the best hotels in Chiang khong. Several rooms have an outstanding view of the Mekong River and own balcony. The rooms are decorated with Lanna and contemporary styles. Chiang Khong Teak Garden has a wonderful garden with several notorious golden antique teak trees, swimming pool and a restaurant. You can find them at the main road Chiang Khong Cross.
Chiang Khong Teak Garden hotel
location is ideal to cross to Indochina as its only 1 kilometer from the bus station and 9 kilometers from Thai – Lao Friendship Bridge No 4. Songthaew Charge 60 Baht each to get to Chiang Khong Teak Garden hotel.
Transfer by hotel:
1. Share van from hotel to Thai – Lao border =the price is 100 Baht per person
2. Private van to Thai – Lao border = the price is 500 Baht per person
3. Private van to Chiang Rai airport = the price is 1,500 Baht per person
4. Golf car to Bus station = the price is 100 Baht per person
2. Namkhong Riverside Hotel
Address: 192 1020, Tambon Sathan, Amphoe Chiang Khong, Chang Wat Chiang Rai 57140
Phone: +66 53 791 801
3. Fortune Riverview Hotel
Address: 55-58 หมู่ 12, เวียง, เชียงของ, Chiang Rai 57140
Phone: +66 52 050 089
Guesthouses in Chiang Khong
1) Baanfai Guesthouse
ที่อยู่: 108 M00.8 Saiklang Road, T.Wiang A.Chiangkhong, อำเภอ เชียงของ CR, ไทย
โทรศัพท์: +66 53 791 394
2. Baan Rimtaling guest house
ที่อยู่: 99/4 Moo 3, T.Vieng, อำเภอ เชียงของ เชียงราย 57140 ไทย
Tel: +66 84 615 5490
3. Rim Nam guesthouse
148/12 Moo 12, T. Vieng, Chiang Khong 57140, Thailand
4. Namkhong Guesthouse & resort
Add: 94/2 Moo 2, Chiang Khong, Chiang Rai 57140, Thailand
Tel: +66 53 791 954
5. Sleeping Well
Add: 10/8 Moo 8, Wiang, Chiang Khong District, Chiang Rai 57140,
Tel: +66 97 280 4040
6. Chiang khong Green River
+66 52 050 853
Soi.19 Ban Sobsom, Wiang Chiangkhong, 57140 Chiang Khong, Thailand
Sleeper bus from Chiang Khong to Luang Prabang
There are 2 time
Pick up at your hotel in Chiang Khong at 7:45 am and transfer to Huay Xai bus station, then departure at 10 am, arrival Luang Prabang about 10-11 pm
The cost 1,250 Baht each
And one more pick up at your hotel in Chiang Khong at 4 pm and transfer to Huay Xai bus station, then departure at 6 pm, arrival Luang Prabang about 6-7 am
The cost 1,250 Baht each
Speed boat from Chiang Khong to Luang Prabang
Take short trip by fast or speed boat to Luang Prabang in one day
Pick up at your hotel in Chiang Khong at 7:45 am to take you the border to cross the border by shuttle bus at the Thai –Lao friendship bridge No: 4, then take Tuk Tuk to slow boat pier, the trip will take one day tour about 6-7 hours
Stop for lunch on the way at Pakbeng (sometime change to a new boat from here)
Then continue to Luang Prabang, when you arrival at Luang Prabang please take Tuk Tuk by yourself to Luang Prabang.
The cost 1,950 Baht each
Bus from Chiang Khong to Luang Namtha
– Pick up at your hotel in Chiang Khong at 7:45 am and transfer to Huay Xai bus station, then departure at 10 am, arrival Luang Prabang about 10-11 pm
The cost 850 Baht each
– pick up at your hotel in Chiang Khong at 7:45 am and transfer to Huay Xai bus station, then departure at 12:30 pm, arrival Luang Namtha about 4:30 pm
The cost 850 Baht each
– And one more pick up at your hotel in Chiang Khong at 4 pm and transfer to Huay Xai bus station, then departure at 6 pm, arrival Luang Prabang about 10 pm
The cost 850 Baht each
Slow boat from Chiang Khong to Luang Prabang
The trip will take 2 day on slow boat for low budget traveler in Chiang Khong 1,350 Baht each
Child under 9 year old charge half price
And for the upgrade slow boat by Mekong Smile River Cruise the coat US$145 each