Chiang Khan….Thousand Smiles of Little District

4 Jun

Chiang Khan, a small district in Loei province, is a very popular attraction because of the traditional lifestyle and wooden houses.  This place has similar surroundings as Pai, but it is more quiet and peaceful. You can enjoy not only the quaint surroundings, but also numerous temples such as Phra Phutthabat Phu Kwai Ngern (registered as an ancient monument in 1935), Sri Khun Muang, an old and venerable wat decorated in Lan Na and Lan Xang styles and Phon Chai or Tha Khaek, an old temple near the Mekong riverside with ancient and holy Buddha images.

A great day trip is Kaeng Kud Ku (Kud Ku Isle) which is located in the middle of theMekongriver. The rapids attract those daring to ride the currents. I recommend you to go there between February to May because of the low tide when you can easily  see the island.

Phu Thokis another attractive place in Chiang Khan. It is a small mountain to the south of the town. From this  viewpoint you can see the majestic beauty of theMekongRiver, Sanakham inLaosandKaengKudKuclearly. The best times to go there are in the winter and rainy seasons because you can see  the mountain mists which are very stunning and romantic.

This is a great place to unwind. There are homestays rather than hotels, bicycles for hire for lazy exploration and if you get up early enough you can see Buddhist monks walking through the town so that the people can make donations and earn merit. Strolling through long streets of wooden houses in the fresh air, you will receive the smiles of the people who are always ready to welcome and make friends with tourists.

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