Rest Day In Chiang Khan
After heading North we are now on a rest day in the beautiful small Thai Laos border town Chiang Khan on the Mekong River. I’ve ridden through Hoi An Vietnam about 8 times now have considered it to be one of my favourite places to visit, but being a very small town and now on the list for Chinese tourist in big numbers I would say Chiang Khan is now on my top of the favourite list.
Similar to Hoi An with its walking street but with lots of old Thai and French style houses renovated and turned into boutiques, cafes, massage shops and hotels. All with views to the Mighty Mekong River and Laos across the border.
Lanterns light up the river walkways small streets, laneways , shops, temples and local homes at night bringing the town to life. Restaurants provide a huge variety of Laotian, Thai or Foreign food. That along with the atmosphere of being able to capture the views of the Mighty Mekong river in all its glory, people passing by strolling down walking street, Thai music to relax you whilst you enjoy the food nothing could be better.
Should you not choose to hit the restaurants local street hawkers are out selling their food and there’s certainly enough varieties to choose from to fill the hungry stomach by the time you’ve strolled the length of walking street from one end to the other. To add street buskers are out entertaining the crowd for a small donation. So definitely worth a visit to North Eastern Thailand’s Chiang Khan approx 53 Kms from the main airport in Loei.
A great day to buy a Thai lottery ticket from a street seller for good luck in getting The Long Ride Home Thailand crew and myself here safely so far without any major set backs accept for a small hiccup with my bike which has been rectified and only lost us one day.
Many thanks to those who have been following my cause and efforts to date with two more days of cycling to go to the finish at Nong Khai on the Thai side bordering Vientiane the capital of Laos.
Truck Sams and support crew on The Long Ride Home North Eastern Thailand