One day in Chiang Khan – เชียงคาน

Chiang Khan (เชียงคาน) is a small village bordering the Mekong in the province of Loei. The village is a popular getaway destination especially for Thai people who wanna experience the “slow life”. On my journey through Thailand, I got to spend one day in Chiang Kan,

Going there is not quick. While being 45 minutes north of Loei Town, it is 3 hours from the bigger cities of Nong Khai and Udon Thani.

The town has a beautiful riverside with killer sunset views. Once your sunset pictures are taken, it’s time to walk a few meters away to the biggest attraction of the village, the night market.

This market is over 500 meters long and has plenty of food and souvenirs. The food caught my eyes, obviously. I started with a cup of sweet luk chok (ลูกชก). For those who know the fruit luk chid (ลูกชิด), this is similar but much smaller.

The most popular snacks are the barbecue sticks. They sell dozens of tiny shrimps enfiled on one stick. You can find also hoy cherry, a kind of rice field snail and my favorite were the tiny field crabs. Curiously, I found a stall selling patongo (sweet fried dough) with various sweet and savory filling. I tried the minced pork topped with sweet sauce and peanuts. For beer lovers, Suk Niyom Cafe (สุขนิยม) offers a bunch of delicious craft beers!

 

There is also the Phu Chang Noi Viewpoint (จุดชมวิว วัดภูช้างน้อย) on a hill a few kilometers from the riverside. A Buddha statue sits on top, but the view from there is blocked by the trees. Nonetheless, the drone pictures ended up quite beautiful.

In the morning, you got two options. Going to see the sunrise at Phu Thok Mountain (ภูทอก), about 8 km from town. Or you can witness the monk collecting alms. (Note: Let me know if both are doable in the same morning.)

I picked the sunrise at Phu Thok Mountain. Once at the foot of the mountain, you jump in the back of a pickup truck with many other people and climb to the top of the mountain. There is a market at the bottom, you can buy a few snacks to help you wait for the sunrise once at the summit. From the top, you can enjoy the sun rising over the Mekong and two other big mountains. The sky was smoky when I went, but still beautiful.

The I went back to town to checkout from the hotel and went to grab a proper breakfast of “eggs in the pan” from Look Pochana (ร้านลุกโภชนา).

Chiang Khan is a cute town worth a stop if you crave for some “slow life”. I could see myself staying for 2 or 3 nights if I came with a hypothetical girlfriend, but as a solo traveler, one day in Chiang Khan was enough.

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