Our New Year two-day trip to Loei and Phu Rua was the fourth time we had visited the beautiful and scenic mountainous region of northeastern Thailand. Our 250 kilometre journey from Udon Thani to Loei for its most part hugged and kissed the Mekong River as we passed through Tha Bo, Si Chiang Mai, Sang Khom and Pak Chom before we stopped to soak in the sun and charms of Chiang Khan. And then it was on and upwards to Loei.
We were off to Loei and Phu Rua to answer a question on many people’s lips…. How many flowers can you cram into a Honda City car?…. my guess, with the knowledge of previous trips, was enough to give a bumble bee hay fever and a common fly a fear of cramped car interiors. Wonderful Wi adores flowers and Phu Rua has the perfect climate for growing them…. Would there be room for me to get home?
The Mekong River is low water at this time of year and giant stone and sand stepping-stones separate Thailand from neighbouring Laos. Views like this were common for much of our route.
Chiang Khan, Loei Province
Chiang Khan is a favourite Thai holiday destination and a stroll along its river front street leaves you with no reason to wonder why. A colourful and quaint collection of guesthouses, hotels, restaurants and souvenir shops greet you and a constant stream of Thai tourists too.
The river front at Chiang Khan had a picture postcard view and you could stick your own postage stamp on it as well.
Chiang Khan’s restaurants had a bite for every budget. From its lo-so tin pot noodle shops to its elegantly decked hi-so eateries. Wonderful Wi and her cousin Moy thought the prices at our restaurant were steep and the portions cheap, although little Tang Moo didn’t seem too bothered. Chiang Khan was charming, but also alarming when the bill was presented for our food.
We arrived at the Muanmanee Boutique Hotel in Loei mid afternoon after stretching our 250 kilometre to over six hours long. The hotel is new and everything worked how it was designed to do. The staff was friendly, helpful and the hotel is centrally located in the city and offers free bicycles for guests wishing to explore Loei further. A great value hotel in Loei at only 650 baht a night.
To be continued……….
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