Caution – this is going to be a photo-heavy post, so please take a couple of minutes to fully enjoy the virtual tour of this traditional Thai town 🙂 After visiting Thailand many times now, I’m always looking for new destinations off the beaten track. Well, at least what foreign visitors consider undiscovered, because Chiang Khan is no secret to city-plagued Bangkokians anymore. On the other hand, you’ll hardly find any farangs (Westerners) there. This rather sleepy town in the remote Northeastern province of Loei changes its quiet facade every night, when the shopping street fills up with people after sunset. The main street is where all the magic happens, that’s where Thai tourists shop, eat and take photos of Chiang Khan’s most precious heritage: The traditional, wooden houses.
They were carving beautiful lamps out of plastic bottles. Very skillful!
During the day it’s way more quiet…
The Mekong – Southeast Asia’s longest river – runs right behind those pretty houses. It’s the natural border between Thailand and Laos.
The obligatory tuk-tuk selfie 😉
The second attraction of Chiang Khan are the river bends a few kilometres away. A natural beauty with some good river views.
Early mornings had a very quiet and mystic spirit. Must be because of the monks, who collect the morning alms. Although their chanting woke me up, it was a very nice way to start the day.
We also found our favourite coffee/tea spot: Husband & Wife Guesthouse has lovely wooden interior and is a popular place to hang out.
Chiang Khan isn’t known for outstanding dining options, but you’ll find decent Thai fares (and enough photos for some food porn) like this laarb (spicy minced meat salad).
Or this mouthwatering Mekong catch: Snake head fish with lots of Thai basil. I simply love the way how Thais prepare fish!
So simple but so good: Khao Pad Gai (fried rice with chicken)
My favourite noodle dish isn’t Pad Thai actually, but I much rather go for Pad See Ew (broad rice noodles with Chinese broccoli). Yum!
Honestly, there’s not much else to do in Chiang Khan and three days were plenty of time to enjoy some peace and quiet and take it a little slower. Nevertheless it’s a cute, very photogenic place and definitely a nice change from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok!