Discovery >

The Rural Beauty of Isaan’s Khong Chiam

May 11, 2018 by Khiri Travel | Filed Under: , ,

Khong Chiam is a small, rural district town situated on the Mun River where it joins the Mekong in Ubon Ratchathani Province – the easternmost part of Thailand. It’s a particularly popular destination with Thai holidaymakers, who visit mainly to observe the fascinating natural change in the colors of the water at the confluence where of two rivers meet.

Khong Chiam District offers some spectacular views looking across the Mekong River into Laos’ Salavan and Champasak provinces, a wild, isolated region of the Mekong valley surrounded by mountains, cliffs with ancient cave paintings, and tropical Dipterocarp lowland rainforests.

The town boasts a small riverside promenade with a few small restaurants offering excellent views, food, ice cold drinks and boat trips, which are a great way to explore the countryside along both rivers – especially just before sunset.

There are several small hotels and guesthouses in Khong Chiam, one of which is Once Upon A Time Home Stay that offers courses in weaving and even features a natural indigo dye workshop. It’s also a pleasant place to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee, while watching the slow pace of rural life. If you are feeling more energetic, the guesthouse even has bicycles for rent.

Another attraction is Wat Tham Kuha Sawan, a nearby temple built in 1978, founded by the late forest monk, Luang Pho Khum Kaning, who discovered a small cave in the hillside suitable for meditation and decided to build a temple on the spot. The cave now contains several Buddha images and has a spectacular view overlooking Khong Chiam town and the Mekong River. The body of its founder is also on display in the cave on a gold-leaf covered alter.

Only a short drive out of town is Kaeng Tana National Park with its so-called ‘hanging bridge’, and the more interesting Pha Taem National Park, which is spread across a rocky plateau rising from the west, covered in Dipterocarp lowland rainforest and ending in cliffs dropping down into the Mekong valley. Pha Taem National Park is particularly famous for its strange mushroom-shaped rock formations, nature hikes, fantastic Mekong cliff views and ancient 3,000-year-old rock paintings.

Despite its obvious attractions for nature seekers, Khong Chiam is still well off the tourist trail for most western visitors, making it a uniquely alternative choice for both FITs and small groups looking for real, authentic adventures in the Isaan region of Thailand.

Khong Chiam is only an hour’s drive from Ubon Ratchathani and can be easily reached by bus or train. From Khong Chiam travellers can return to Ubon, continue on to Savannakhet, or cross into Laos – only a 45 min drive away!

F0r more information on authentic experience in Thailand and bookings, please contact [email protected].

Latest post

Every Adventurer’s Dream Journey

No Internet or modern facilities. Trekking on foot through remote villages. This one of a kind adventure experience traverses one of the last frontiers of Southeast Asia.

Read More

Myanmar’s Best Kept Secret Holiday: White Sandy Beaches

March, April and May are traditionally the months in which most Myanmar holidaymakers are heading for the beach.

Read More

The Kayin Experience in Cross Country Tour

Join an overland tour from Bangkok to Yangon with nature and adventure in Kayin, Myanmar, including rice paddy kayaking and misty mountain views.

Read More

New Khiri tour: Bike trip from Heho airport to Inle Lake

For those of you who want to fit a little exercise into your trip we have just the thing! We’re now offering bikes from Heho airport for a 2-hour downhill biking trip to Inle Lake

Read More

Subscribe to our newsletter

Our B2B newsletters are for industry professionals




*We’ll never share your email address and you can opt out at any time.