Bus to the Lao border

Chiang Khong Travel Blog

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From top to bottom: sky, Laos, Mekong, Thailand
First of all a warning: stay away from the travel-agency in the Nightmarket Centre hotel in Chiang Mai! I payed 650 B. for a 5-hour trip by special minibus to Chiang Khong. At least that's what I thought. Once at the busstation it turned out to be that my tickets were only valid in the regular, 9-hour, non-airco bus. Normal price: around 300 B. Paying more than locals is sometimes annoying, but part of traveling through Southeast Asia. This is different, this is swindling. So watch out, this agency is one big scam! Spread the word!

The route to Chiang Khong is interesting. You get a fairly good impression of rural northern Thailand and life outside the big cities. When you arrive in Chiang Khong, tuktuks are waiting at the busstation to bring you to your hotel (50 B.). If you haven't picked one yet, just explain the tuktuk driver the amount of luxury you need (hahaha) and he will take you somewhere. My guesthouse (500 B., lost its name) is located right on the waterfront close to the station. I had a room overlooking the Mekong and a great, beery night with some German friends I met just a few hours before in the bus. Prices of guesthouses tend to be high and the town is not really worth mentioning. But hey, who cares, it's just for one night. Tomorrow: Laos!
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