Located 55 kilometres east of Chiang Saen, (and 114 kilometres northeast of Chiang Rai provincial capital), this settlement faces Laos across the Mekong River. Local tour operators can arrange for tourists to visit Laos.
Ban Hat Klai
Marks the Chiang Khong area where the freshwater pla buek catfish, which can attain lengths of 2.5 metres and weights of 300 kilogrammes, are caught between April 18 and early June each year.
Ban Hat Bai
25 kilometres along the Chiang Saen - Chiang Khong road, this Thai Lue community is best known for its handwoven cotton.
The small and peaceful district of Chiang Khong is one of Thailand's popular gateways to Laos. There are many overnight bungalows for visitors. Before crossing the borders, visitors need to fill out an application form at the customs house at Bo Kaeo. With permission, they can remain in the country for three days and two nights. The crossing point is at Buck Pier which is open from 6 am to 5 pm from Huai Sai in Laos, there is a passenger boat along the Mekong River to Luang Prabang. This route is very popular among foreign tourists. Thai visitors prefer to rent a boat from Buck Pier and boat upstream to Chiang Saen and the Golden Triangle.