Chiang Khong is the place to come if you want to do the land (and water!) crossing into Laos. We took the bus from Chiang Rai to Chiang Khong which takes between 2 and 3 hours…it is a slow journey but quite stress free and calm! Arriving in the town we walked over to the riverfront and the first place we came across was the Baanrimtaling Guesthouse. We instantly loved it and knew it would be perfect for relaxing for the afternoon. It is run by a really lovely woman who has a really good, helpful set up.
After settling into our room on the waterfront we had a delicious phad thai. Phad thai is one of my favourite thai dishes and in our short time in Thailand I had only had it once so it was a treat! The noodles were perfect, the fresh smoothie which accompanied it was refreshing and the view peaceful and beautiful.
The owner helped us to organise our boat ticket for the morning and she also booked us onto her free drop off service which takes you to the border. It really was such a nice treat in the morning to not have to think about where to go and how to get there. Before this free drop off we enjoyed a tasty breakfast and had a packed lunch of fried rice made up for our journey. The slow boat to Luang Prabang takes 2 days and there are only snacks on board so it was definitely good to take lunch with us. The Baanrimtaling Guesthouse is really a great last stay in Thailand, friendly owner and staff, gorgeous food, cheap prices, get your own drinks policy, help for crossing the border…what more could you want?