- Bungalows, Double and Single rooms, and Four-Bed Dorms,
with private or shared bathrooms - all with hot showers. Room
rates from 100 Baht - 450 Baht per night.
- Restaurant - Thai food (curries) and Western food
- Free trip to the border crossing each
- Large Common Area - TV, DVD player, Computer (free for
- Additional rooms are available in a separate house on
Soi 19 about 30 meters from the guest house. (Groups tend to like
the separate house.)
- Current Laos travel information 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 Mekong River.
Chiang Khong - Things
Chiang Khong is a
small, quiet and safe town. The people are
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 Chiang
Khong. Enjoy a cobblestone pedestrian river walk (2km), a daily
market, seven temples, a port area, and main street with shops.
- Ride 10km up to the several Hmong hill tribe villages
around Chiang Khong. A
pristine waterfall is further up the mountain past the last hill tribe
village, but it is an arduous foot-only trek.
- Take a 55km daytrip to Chiang
Saen, the oldest city in Thailand. Or, go on 10km
further to the Golden Triangle and the Opium museum. Enroute
to Chiang Saen, is a multiple waterfall, an expansive Mekong
River overlook, a hilltop Hmong village, an organic tea
plantation, and a side road through a textile weaving village alongside
the Mekong, all with spectacular mountain and river scenery along the
- Guests can also fish the Mekong in front of the
guesthouse. 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. And,
a Tai Chi class at a local park. The Chiang Khong Cycling Club
pedals daily in the late afternoon. Join in where you wish.
- Or, for others, maybe just a pleasant read and
a nap on the balcony while the fishing boats pass slowly
in front of the guesthouse.
- And, in the evening, possibly enjoy a bit of
conversation in the open areas with interesting fellow travelers from
other parts of the world.
- Local buses (red bus) depart from Chiang Rai to Chiang
Khong every hour from 5:00AM to 5:00PM. About 2-1/2 hours enroute.
- Buses (green bus) depart from Chiang Mai to Chiang
Khong around 8:30AM, and 1:00PM each day. 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 Guesthouse
A few more Guesthouse photos
And, lastly, the guesthouse name? Okay. Well,
"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 Monk,
Construction, Old Carpenters, Guesthouse Name?
- These photos of the Chiang Khong area were taken by Khun Issrasai, a
Thai professional photographer living in Bangkok. He has kindly
uploaded them to Flikr. And, as you can see he is quite
talented. He is sometimes a guest here. And, we thank him
for sharing his work.
- Expand the map a bit and you can see the
road northwest to Chiang Saen, and the 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.
And, if you would
like to know, .....
Old teak was used in the
majority of the guesthouse construction. Teak, so old it was cut
and hewn by hand. The axe marks are clearly visible on the
flooring and beams. And, antique wooden shutters and
carvings were used. In the months before construction, several
old Thai homes were found and acquired. With the help of local
Hmong hill tribe workers, these old houses were carefully taken down
and all the wood was piled up on the guesthouse property. The
elder monk at the temple suggested a lucky day to start
construction. A pole was put in the ground on that day.
And, after a traditional waiting period, construction was started by
three old carpenters. Who argued daily as to the best ways to
build the guesthouse. You can judge for yourself how well they
LaaKorn (goodbye) and JerKanMai
(we hope to see you) ......