Phu Thok hill viewpoint the famous viewpoint of Chiang Khan city in Loei province Thailand

Chiang Khan's historic temples, heritage houses, trendy cafes and Thai massage shops make it fun for a day of strolling or cycling.

In the late afternoon enjoy the lengthy walkway along the Mekong and watch fishers casting out their nets before puttering home on longtail boats as the sun sinks behind the fluffy green hills. It is enchanting.

Near Chiang Khan is a mountain, Phu Tok, from which you have views of the Mekong - and there's no need to hike thanks to the songthaews that truck travellers to the viewpoint. A glass-floor skywalk set over the confluence of the Mekong and Hueang rivers is a thrill.

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