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Take a bicycle tour around the small town of Chiang Khong in the mountains of Chiang Rai, across the Mekong River from Laos & connected by the 4th Friendship Bridge to Laos & China beyond.

View of the town of Huai Sai on the Lao side of the Mekong River, taken from the Chiang Khong side of the river.

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Charming Chiang Khong

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Chiang Khong in the east part of Chiang Rai is a top travel destination and border crossing point between Thailand and Laos.

It's the only place in Thailand where you can take a trip up the river to Luang Prabang and Vientienne in Laos.

Chiang Khong has a charming culture and scenic landscape.

A perfect destination to explore for a few days.

Chiang Khong is a small simple place where the locals live slow-paced and trouble-free lives. 

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Once part of the ancient Chiang Saen kingdom, Chiang Khong's past glory is reflected in several of its temples.

The surrounding scenery is a landscape of roaming mountains, home to several ethnic tribes, an ideal location to discover on two wheels [a bicycle].

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Start your cycling tour from the town's main street.

A street with old-style buildings in Chiang Khong.

Spot these old houses, only a few of them are left intact, and the locals have made an effort to preserve them and protect them against development

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Continuing south, Wat Phra Kaew is Chiang Khong's oldest temple featuring an ancient jedi believed to house Buddha relics.

Many village events and traditional celebrations are held here.

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In the sermon hall there is a statue made from emerald from the Mekong River.

A hundred meters from Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Narang also has an ancient jedi. 

The statue of a disciple of the Buddha is behind the clump of bushes

At the rear of both temples, you can relax with a wonderful Mekong River view. 

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Some of the many local delicacies that can be bought at the local market.

At the town market before the main street leads away from town, you can try some local delicacies like Mekong river [sea]weed [Salai] and ethnic fashions.

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To the main street, turn right onto the river promenade at the corner of Chiang Khong Teak Garden hotel.

In the late afternoon, see the activities on the terrace and the river. 

Tourist boats stationed at the border checkpoint take you for a cruise for around 600 baht per hour, promising an insight into life on the river. 

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One of the fast speedboats used to travel south along the Mekong from Chiang Khong to Luang Prabang in Laos.

Out of town, paved roads lead to valleys and villages, a cycle ride away.

Baan Toong Na Noi village is a Hmong settlement [an ethnic minority].

You can explore the village and relax with a stunning view.

Back in town you can find the facilities and comforts that all travellers need. 

[Interview with traveller]

Uh, I just arrived in Chiang Khong, two days ago.

Ahh, I have one more night here, before I cross over to Laos Huai Sai, over the friendship bridge.

And Chiang Khong is the only place you can take a slow boat or a speed boat up to Luang Prabang, so I will take the slow boat and go over there the day after tommorrow.

I hired a scooter and had a look at some of the temples.

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One of the giant catfish that the Mekong River is famous for.

I went down to the friendship bridge. 

You can actually go underneath the friendship bridge and take a few photos. 

And then if you head north out of town, there are some beautiful view points with temples as well, where you can see the Mekong, lovely sunset. Again, fantastic, beautiful.

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Friendship bridge four is a gateway into Laos, just 4 kilometers south.

Once you cross the bridge to Huai Sai, slow boats leave from the pier north of town at 10:30 in the morning, arriving at Luang Prabang at noon the next day, with an overnight stay at a village

Outside of Chiang Khong, the Mekong River meanders its way from China and Chiang Saen in the north South to Luang Prabang in Laos providing many scenic views along the way (Source: Wikipedia)

The Fourth Friendship Bridge between Laos and Thailand located in Chiang Khong.

One of the slow boats used to travel south along the Mekong to Luang Prabang in Laos.

A small group of local men play music on traditional musical instruments.

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Vocabulary:

activity (noun): a thing that you do for work, interest or pleasure, or in order to achieve a particular aim - กิจกรรม

actually : used for stressing what is really true or what really happened - ตามความเป็นจริง

ancient : very old - ที่เก่าแก่ ที่โบราณ

beautiful : pleasing to the sight or the mind - สวยงาม

border : the official line separating two areas, regions or countries - เขตแดน อาณาเขต

bush : a plant that is smaller than a tree and has a lot of thin branches growing close together - พุ่มไม้

celebration : a party or special event at which you celebrate something such as a birthday, a festival or a religious holiday - การฉลอง

charming : very attractive and pleasant - น่ารัก, สวยงาม

checkpoint : a place where people are stopped and questioned and vehicles are examined, especially at a border between two countries - ด่านตรวจ

clump : a solid mass of something - กลุ่มก้อน

comfort : a thing that makes your life easier or more comfortable - ความสะดวกสบาย

crossing : going from one place to another "across" something like a border road or official line -

cruise : a journey on a ship for pleasure, especially one that involves visiting a series of places - การเดินทางท่องเที่ยว

culture (noun): the customs and beliefs, art, way of life and social organization of a particular country or group - วัฒนธรรม

cycling : the activity of riding a bicycle -

delicacy (noun): a type of food considered to be very special in a particular place - อาหารอร่อย

destination : the place where someone or something is going - จุดหมายปลายทาง

development : the process of using an area of land, especially to make a profit by building on it, etc - การพัฒนา

disciple : someone who admires a famous person such as a political or religious leader and is influenced by them - ลูกศิษย์, สานุศิษย์

discover : to find somebody/something, or learning about something that was not known about before - ค้นพบ

effort : an attempt to do something - ความพยายาม

ethnic : of a group of people with the same culture or traditions - กลุ่มชาติพันธุ์

ethnic minority : a group of people with the same culture or traditions who are living a a place where most people have a different culture and different traditions - ชนกลุ่มน้อยที่มีเชื้อชาติหรือประเพณีและวัฒนธรรมที่ต่างไปจากคนกลุ่มใหญ่ของประเทศ

event : a planned public or social occasion - งานสังคม

explore : to examine something completely or carefully in order to find out more about it - สำรวจ,ตรวจ

facility (noun): a building, equipment, etc., used for a particular purpose - โรงงาน, สถานบริการ, สิ่งก่อสร้าง, สิ่งอำนวยความสะดวก

fantastic (adj): extremely good - เยี่ยมยอด, วิเศษ

fashion : the newest clothes designed by fashion designers - เครื่องแต่งกายสมัยนิยม, แฟชั่น

free (adj.): not having something -

glory : admiration and praise that you get because you have done something impressive - ความมีชื่อเสียง, ความรุ่งเรือง

head : to go in a particular direction - มุ่งหน้าไปทาง

hire : rent; to pay money for the use of something for a period of time - เช่า

house : to be the place where something is kept, or where an activity is carried out - บรรจุ

ideal : the best possible - ดีที่สุด

insight : a chance to understand something or learn more about it - การเข้าใจอย่าถ่องแท้, ความเข้าใจลึกซึ้ง

intact : not harmed, damaged, or lacking any parts as a results of something that has happened - สมบูรณ์ ไม่บุบสลาย

interview : a meeting (often a public one) at which a person is asked questions in order to find out their opinions, experiences, etc. - การสัมภาษณ์

landscape : an area of land that is beautiful to look at or that has a particular type of appearance - ภูมิประเทศ, ภูมิทัศน์

landscape : the appearance and characteristics of an area of land - ภูมิประเทศ, ภูมิทัศน์

left : remain; to still be present after the other parts have been removed, used, etc; to continue to exist - ยังเหลืออยู่

local : in or related to the area that you live, or to the particular area that you are talking about - ท้องถิ่น

locals : people who live in a particular place - ชาวบ้าน

location : where someone or something is - ที่ตั้ง,ทำเล

meander : wander, do not move or walk straight to goal or destination -

overnight : the period of one night - ข้ามคืน

pace : the speed at which something happens or is done - อัตรา

pave : to cover an area of ground with a hard flat surface of pieces of stone, concrete or bricks - ลาดทาง

paved (adj.): (of a surface) covered with flat stones or bricks -

perfect (noun): having everything that is necessary; complete and without faults or weaknesses - สมบูรณ์แบบ

preserve : to keep something as it is, especially in order to prevent it from being damaged or destroyed - ทำให้คงอยู่, สงวน

promenade (noun): a public place for walking, usually a wide path beside the sea or river - บริเวณสำหรับเดินเล่น

promising : likely to be successful or very good - มีอนาคตดี,มีความหวัง

protect : to make sure that somebody/something is not harmed, injured, damaged, etc - ป้องกัน,อารักขา,คุ้มกัน

rear : back - ด้านหลัง

reflect : to show - สะท้อน แสดงถึง

relax : to become calm and not anxious - ผ่อนคลาย

relics : the bones of someone who has been cremated - อัฐิ

roam : to move or travel around in no particular direction - เดินทางท่องเที่ยวโดยปราศจากจุดหมาย

scenery : the natural features of an area, such as mountains, valleys, rivers and forests, when you are thinking about them being attractive to look at - ทิวทัศน์, ทัศนียภาพ

scenic : providing beautiful views of nature - สวยงามอย่างธรรมชาติ

scooter (noun): a small motorcycle or other similar vehicle; a child’s vehicle with two small wheels attached to a narrow board with a vertical handle. - รถมอเตอร์ไซด์ที่มีขนาดเล็กและมีแผ่นรองเท้า, รถของเล่นเด็กที่ใช้เท้าถีบ

sermon : a talk on a moral or religious subject, usually given by a religious leader during a service - การเทศนา

sermon hall : a large, open hall where lay people can hear sermons or receive religious education - ศาลาการเปรียญ

settlement : a place where people come to live - ชุมชน

simple : easy to understand; not complicated - ง่าย,ไม่ยุ่งยาก, ไม่ซับซ้อน

spot : to see or notice - สังเกตเห็น

station : to cause someone to be in a particular place to do a job - ตั้งประจำ

statue : a human or animal image that is made of stone, wood, metal, etc. - รูปปั้น

stay (noun): the act of living and being a place for a period of time, during a trip, for example - การอยู่,การพักอยู่

stunning : very shocking or impressive - ที่ตระการตา ทำให้ตกใจ

sunset : the time of the evening when the sun is no longer seen - พระอาทิตย์ตกดิน

surrounding : all around a place - บริเวณรอบๆ

terrace : a flat area outside a place, often used for sitting or eating - ลานด้านหน้า  ระเบียงด้านหน้า

traditional (adj): of a custom, a way of life or a way of doing things that has not changed for a long time - เป็นประเพณี, ตามธรรมเนียม, ตามที่ปฏิบัติกันมา

tribe : a group of people of the same race, and with the same customs, language, religion, etc, living in a particular area and often led by a chief - เผ่า, เผ่าพันธุ์

trouble (verb): to make somebody worried or upset - รบกวน, ก่อกวน

underneath : under or below something else, especially when it is hidden or covered by the thing on top - ภายใต้, ข้างใต้

wonderful : very good, pleasant or enjoyable - ดีเยี่ยม

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