Thailand Journals

Traveling along the Thai Mekong

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A travel journal to Thailand by SeenThat

Khong Chiam Mun Promenade Photo, Ubon Ratchatani, Thailand More Photos
Quote: Hiding behind a thick, cold mist during the cold season or bubbling under a sudden monsoon rain, the Mekong River is always an exciting place to visit. Traveling along it in Thailand means entering deep into Isaan and getting to know the most untouched part of the Thai culture.

Traveling along the Thai Mekong

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Overview

Mun River Photo, Ubon Ratchatani, Thailand
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Chiang Khan, the starting point of this trip, is one of the most beautiful river locations in Thailand, and despite its tiny size, it has a surprisingly developed tourism infrastructure; most probably all of it will be fully dedicated to you since very few tourists arrive here. From there you will reach Pak Chom, a delightful market within a small village by the river. Srichiangmai, the next stop, offers sights of Vientiane, the Laotian capital, as well as a great promenade with a pleasant night market. Nong Khai marks midway. From here, you will cross from the western to the eastern part of your trip. The town hosts the Friendship Bridge to Laos, and you can read the relevant information in a separat...Read More
Chiang Khan, Thailand Photo, Thailand, Asia
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LoeiThe Thai Mekong draws a rough arch around Isaan and Khon Kaen, which is thus the optimal place for beginning such a trip. If – as recommended in this journal’s overview – the travel direction would be from north to south, then the town of Loei would be the first stop. An air conditioned bus to Loei from Khon Kaen costs 207B; leaving during the early hours of the day, would allow enjoying the sights along the way.Loei is a good place from where to visit the four national parks in that area, but that is a topic for another entry. The town itself is small...Read More

2. Reaching Nong Khai; the Middle Point

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Tributary Photo, Thailand, Asia
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The central part of this journey is the most densely populated, maybe due to the influence of the main crossing point between Thailand and Laos: the Friendship Bridge next to Nong Khai; hence it offers several possibilities for stopovers.If traveling with plenty of time, I recommend staying overnight in each one of the main towns along the way, but if reality presses hard, reaching Nong Khai from Chiang Khan in one day is possible.A simple compromise can be reache...Read More

3. The Other Side; Reaching Beung Kan

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Betel Nut Photo, Thailand, Asia
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The next stop along the Thai Mekong in this journey is the town of Beung Kan; the 136km separating it from Nong Khai do not allow continuing the trip on the same day, but the town is worth a longer visit. The Way from Nong Khai to Beung KanThe way from Nong Khai to Beung Kan does not follow closely the Mekong riverside and most of the time the river is not visible, nevertheless the ...Read More

4. The Last Leg; Reaching Khong Chiam

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Khong Chiam Mun Promenade Photo, Ubon Ratchatani, Thailand
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Nakhon Phanom has a beautiful riverside location and extraordinary views of the Laotian mountains across the river. They are not very tall, but their broken, cliff-like shape and their deep green color make them an interesting view from the promenade; apparently, they are the source for the town’s name that means City of Mountains.As in Mukdahan, crossing from here to La...Read More