|Kok River (แม่น้ำกก)|
The Kok River in Amphoe Mae Ai, Chiang Mai Province
|States||Shan State, Chiang Rai Province|
|Districts||Mae Ai, Mueang Chiang Rai, Mae Chan, Wiang Chai, Chiang Saen|
|- right||Fang, Lao River|
|City||Chiang Rai city|
|- location||Daen Lao Range, Shan State, Burma|
|- location||Sop Kok, Wiang Chai, Chiang Rai Province|
|- elevation||358 m (1,175 ft)|
|Length||285 km (177 mi)|
|Basin||10,875 km2 (4,199 sq mi)|
|Discharge||for Chiang Rai city|
|- average||120 m3/s (4,238 cu ft/s)|
|- max||848 m3/s (29,947 cu ft/s)|
|- min||5 m3/s (177 cu ft/s)|
The river originates in the Daen Lao Range, Shan State, Burma. It flows eastwards across the Burma-Thailand border, coming in at the Thai border town of Taton (most often spelled Thathon). It flows to Mae Ai district, Chiang Mai Province. Most of its length in Thailand is in Chiang Rai Province where it passes Mueang Chiang Rai District after which it bends northeastwards and flows through Mae Chan, Wiang Chai and Chiang Saen districts.
It is a wide, shallow river, and slow-moving river. There is about 600 meters of small-scale white water halfway between the towns of Taton and Chiang Rai. Alongside the Mae Kok river, an hour's boat ride upstream from Chiang Rai town, is an touristy 'elephant camp' on its north shore.
For several Km downriver from Chiang Rai, the river becomes a lake, until it reaches the irrigation dam near Wiang Chai.
Phahonyothin Road crosses this river near Chiang Rai City. Altogether, there are five bridges crossing the Mae Kok river near Chiang Rai city.
Boating and Rafting
Small long-tail boats ply the Mae Kok between the towns of Taton and Chiang Rai. Boomerang Park is gearing up to start, in 2013, to offer low-cost rafting trips along the Mae Kok river.
There is a small dam with 11 gates which provides irrigation for rice fields east of Chiang Rai. The dam is 7 miles east of the Hwy 1 bridge. It turns the river into a several mile long lake for 8 months of the year. Additionally, there is a dam planned on the Burmese side of where the river flows in to Thailand - about 20 miles upstream from the border.
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