- Bungalows, Double and Single rooms,
and two Dorms (Four & Five Beds),
with private or shared bathrooms - all with hot showers.
rates from 100 Baht - 450 Baht per night.
- Restaurant - Thai food
(curries) and Western food
(hamburgers, pasta). Open until 9:30 PM.
- Inside Common Area for lounging - chairs, tables, one shared computer.
- Current Laos travel information & city map is
posted near the
- Assistance with boat and bus
ticketing in Laos.
- Several open areas and a garden for relaxing, or gathering with friends.
- And, a splendid view of the
- Guests crossing
to Laos can request morning van (~ 9:00 AM) to Thai Immigration. About
10 kilometers. 50 baht. Pay the driver.
Info - The "Slow Boat" to Luang Prahbang leaves after 11:00
AM. Guests on the morning van to Thai Immigration are in
time for the boat.
Chiang Khong - Things
Khong is a small, quiet and safe town. The
friendly. And, although usually thought of as an overnight
stopover to Laos, there are fun things to do here;
- Get a glimpse of life in a
little-changed and rural
Thai small town. Relax and spend the day wandering around
Khong. Enjoy a cobblestone pedestrian river walk (2km), a
temples, a port area, and main street with shops.
- Rent a bicycle or motorcycle and ride 10km up to
several Hmong hill tribe villages around Chiang Khong. A
waterfall is further up the mountain past the last hill tribe village,
but it is an arduous foot-only trek.
- Rent a motorcycle and take a 55km
daytrip to Chiang
Saen, the oldest city in Thailand. Or,
go on 10km further to the Golden Triangle and the Hall of Opium
Enroute to Chiang Saen, there is a multiple waterfall, an expansive
Mekong River overlook, a
hilltop Hmong village, an organic tea plantation, and a side
through a textile weaving village alongside the
Mekong, all with spectacular mountain and river scenery
along the way.
- Guests can also fish the Mekong in
front of the guest
house. Or, go swimming (no crocodiles or piranha in the
- And, for guests wanting more
exercise, a public
aerobics class is in the late afternoon at the town center.
Tai Chi class at a local park. The Chiang Khong Cycling Club
pedals daily in the late afternoon. Join in where you wish.
for others, maybe just a pleasant read and a nap on the
while the fishing boats pass slowly in front of the
- And, in the evening, possibly enjoy a
conversation in the open areas with interesting fellow travelers from around the world.
buses (red bus) depart from Chiang Rai to Chiang
Khong every hour from 5:00AM to 5:00PM. About 2-1/2
- Buses (green bus) depart from Chiang
Chiang Khong around 8:30AM, and 1:00PM
About 7 hours enroute.
- Direct buses to Chiang Khong will depart the Mo
Chit (Northern) bus
station in Bangkok during the early evening and early morning hours. About 13 hours enroute.
from Bus Stop to BaanRimtaling Guest House
A few more Guest House photos
And, lastly, the guest house name?
"Baan" in Thai means "home". And, "Rimtaling" means "by the
water". A simple name, ... like the simple quiet life here.
And, now fellow traveler, you have it all.
a few Links
Khong Photos (1) Chiang
Khong Photos(2) Chiang
Khong Photos(3) Chiang
Old Teak, Elder
Construction, Old Carpenters, Guest House Name?
- These photos of the Chiang Khong area
were taken by Khun
Thai professional photographer living in Bangkok. He has
uploaded them to Flikr. And, as you can see he
talented. He is sometimes a guest here. And, we
for sharing his work.
the map a bit and you can see the road northwest to Chiang Saen, and
road south to Wiang Kaen, Pha Tang and Phu Chi Fa.
and geography links about the Mekong River, Thailand Hill Tribe peoples,
and Chiang Rai Province.
if you would
like to know, .....
teak was used in the
majority of the guest house
construction. Teak, so old it was cut and hewn by
axe marks are clearly visible on the flooring and beams. And,
antique wooden shutters and carvings were used. In
months before construction,
Thai homes were found and acquired. With the help of local
hill tribe workers, these old
houses were carefully taken down and all the wood was piled up on the
guest house property. The elder monk at the temple suggested
lucky day to start construction. A pole was put in the ground
that day. And, after a traditional waiting period,
was started by three old carpenters. Who argued daily as to
best ways to build the guest house. You can judge for
how well they did.
(goodbye) and JerKanMai
(we hope to see you) ......