With the opening of the Friendship Bridge IV (4th between Thailand & Laos), which is located about 10km away from this town, and the ferry terminal closed for foreigner crossing, this town will slowly die.
My visit was only one night before crossing into Laos. I enjoyed the short time spent around Chiang Rai and would like to have had longer to explore the region.
Don't come here for the city itself, take a boat over the Mekong to Lao (destined for Luang Prabang) the next morning!
We have arrived by boat from Laos & we would highly recomment booking a 2-3 days boat ride on the river Mekong.
Chiang Khong is perfect to spent the night before continuing traveling
Hardly any views. We were simply there to stay overnight and then on to Mekong River Cruise to Luang Prabang
Chieng Khong is a small town ( similar to Chieng Khan 10 year ago ). Still vergin and not so many tourists.
It is very good to stay there during winter for good weather.