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Chiang Rai to Chiang Khong

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Chiang Rai to Chiang Khong

Hi

I will be flying BKK to Chiang Rai. I want to get to Chiang Khong for an overnight stay before taking the slow boat to Luang Prabang.

Would I need to book transport, either a bus ticket or a car and driver, before I land at Chiang Rai airport, or is this easily arranged once I arrive in Chiang Rai.

I am considering staying at Rai Saeng Arun , 2 Moo 3 Baan Pakhub Tambon Rimkong, Chiang Khong.

Any words of advice and shared knowledge appreciated.

Regards

Gale

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You're very welcome Gale. As a local living here, I would be happy paying 1200-1500 baht max. My home is just off the main 1173 highway between Chiang Rai & Chiang Khong, about 40Km from the airport and I paid 800 baht for one of the little blue "beat-up" tiny Songtaew's to drop me on the 1173. But it was full of village kids in the back and me squeezed up front with the driver.

Funny story, I had taken the kids to Central Plaza to eat & play and dropped my 4x4 off at the auto-electrician and asked him to move one wire from the battery to the key switch (to stop the battery from going flat after 48 hours if not driven). When we came back and paid the 100 baht to the auto-electrician, it wouldn't start. They pfaffed about for 3 hours and gave up, which is when we got a songtaew. They towed the car to Toyota. Toyota stripped it down, I nearly cried when I saw the whole dashboard out, anyway, they couldn't fix it either. They flew a specialist up from the factory near Bangkok and 3 weeks later got it running (drive by wire accelerator burned out). I was expecting a huge bill, they said it was under warranty and charged me 1,700 baht for the accelerator pedal as the auto-electrician had broken it.

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12. Re: Chiang Rai to Chiang Khong

Thanks again Bruce and thanks leightyres

I will arrive in CR by 9.30 -10am on the Sat so thinking I may take the public bus. I will be on the slow boat Sun morn so I dont really have to rush to get to CK.

Thanks again for the input and info sharing.

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Gale

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13. Re: Chiang Rai to Chiang Khong

Gale, I'm also in the process of researching the same trip via Chiang Rai.

Here's a post from the Laos Forum that had my interest.

Particularly, TA member, Patrick-Katia's post number 4.

tripadvisor.com.au/ShowTopic-g737155-i12857-…

You say,

"Would I need to book transport, either a bus ticket or a car and driver, before I land at Chiang Rai airport, or is this easily arranged once I arrive in Chiang Rai"

I think a lot of your answers (and mine) are in this post.

Have fun

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14. Re: Chiang Rai to Chiang Khong

You are very welcome Gale, have a great trip

Bruce

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Thanks for sharing the link inaspin.

Undecided on Chiang Khong or Huay Xai overnight before the slow boat, possibly will decide when I arrive. (Any suggestions welcome and appreciated)

As for transport to CK from CR...... Will arrive in CR by 10am so might take the public bus option paulosussex mentioned in #1. (Thanks for the info paulosussex) Initially I was arriving in CR late afternoon or early evening and thought I may need to pre arrange transport.

Going away in early June, home early July. Will post a JBR when home as a way of thanks to the TA advisors and regulars, and as a means of information to those planning a trip.

Really appreciate the contributions on TA. Thank you everyone.

Regards.

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16. Re: Chiang Rai to Chiang Khong

Gale:

Thanks for offering to do a JBR. We really appreciate JBRs on this forum, so please let us know how it goes for you.

Safe Travels,

Broder

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17. Re: Chiang Rai to Chiang Khong

Hi Broder

I wont be spending much time at all in Chiang Rai or Chiang Khong, both places are merely steeping stones on this trip to Laos. My JBR will be short as my time is limited, but being able to give back to the TA forum is important to me. Will be more than happy to share my journey online.

Having put in a bit of research and reading up on the area, I am wishing I had more time to enjoy Thailand and the north. I'm guessing this desire will fuel another trip, possibly next year.

As a farmer in a very arid landscape, I look forward to meeting some of the rainy season in June. I know many go on holidays and travel for fine weather, but I have only seen 30mm of precipitation since last October and really look forward to some rain.

Regards

Gale

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18. Re: Chiang Rai to Chiang Khong

Hi,

Re Chiang Khong or Huay Xai. Personally I think CK is a bit nicer with a better choice of hotels and GH. In HX you certainly know you are in Laos and there are some interesting sights in the town - better sunset too as it's on the east bank, but I ( and this may be entirely personal) get the feeling that you are just there to be ripped off, whereas in CK you are left to your own devices.

Cheers

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19. Re: Chiang Rai to Chiang Khong

Thanks paulosussex

I have had a quick look at accom choices for both CK & HX. At this stage CK is winning in the decision making process.

When you say 'better choice of hotels and GH in CK' that is appealing. On the other hand, 'interesting sights in town-better sunset too......' that too appeals. I live in a rural place where the nearest neighbor is 10km's away, though I get to town once a week, or every ten days, when on holidays or travelling around, I love to see 'stuff'.

The 'interesting sights in town' may win over.

Your words appreciated.

Regards

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