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The Mekong is a highlight in Chiang Khan. Here it forms a broad run and is very well visible both upstream and downstream. In the morning, you often find a fog cover, which gives way to the sunbeams only in the course of the morning. The wafts of mist that drift across the river spread a mystical mood. This gives the valley a mysterious atmosphere.
After the feeding of the monks, we go to the bank of the Mekong to experience the atmosphere. We get into a conversation with a British who lives here. He tells us that he comes here every day to enjoy this special atmosphere.
The first fishing boats emerge from the mist, while the town slowly awakes.
We go once more along the shopping street, but the shops are still closed. So we miss the lively atmosphere spread by the people during the day.
After breakfast, we drive almost 5 km downriver along the shore. The Mekong makes a bend there and a rocky peninsula rises in the middle of the current.
The rapids, called Gaeng Khut Khu, are a popular excursion destination for the locals. This is where you can go for a boat trip along the river. We also take one of these boats.
During the approximately one-hour trip, we can explore life on the river. Fishing boats, ferries, tourist boats as well as delivery boats and patrol boats use the waters.
The river banks rise steeply up so that it is not to recognize much of the hinterland. We only the fronts of the buildings, which stand directly on the shore. The high river banks let you guess how the water level can rise during the rainy season.
While a lively tourism has already developed on the Thai side, the Laotian side still makes a dreamy impression. We would also like to have visited the Laotian side, but we did not have a visa and any time planned for it. So we continue to Udon Thani.
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