Bordering Laos along the banks of the Mekong River, Chiang Khan is a historic Thai village, renowned for its waterfront district and traditional wooden homes. Chian Khan is considered a hidden gem with street-food stalls and live music cafes.
Things to do in Chiang Khan
Originally a meeting place for travellers to exchange goods, Chiang Khan’s popular pedestrian street spans 20 blocks along the Mekong River. Try traditional Thai street food such as pad thai, browse kitschy market stalls or relax along the wooden boardwalk.
Chiang Khan’s waterfront is home to an assortment of restaurants, from traditional to upscale dining options. Ganga is the perfect place to rest and relax, with 180-degree views of the Mekong River and a large selection of international beers. Visit Leloei for traditional Thai cuisine or if you’re in the mood for live music, visit the vintage waterfront cafe Cloud9.
Enjoy a stunning view of the foggy Mekong River at sunrise atop Chiang Khan’s famous viewpoint, Phu Thog. For a scenic way to reach the summit, take a tuk-tuk to the top.
Getting around Chiang Khan
You can reach Chiang Khan by bus from Loei or Bangkok. If arriving by plane, shuttles provide hotel transportation from Loei Airport. Chiang Khan is easily explored by foot, with most shops, restaurants and guesthouses found on Chaikhong Road. For attractions further afield, consider hiring a tuk-tuk.