Chiang Khong District

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Chiang Khong

Mekong river, as seen from Chiang Khong
Mekong river, as seen from Chiang Khong
District location in Chiang Rai Province
District location in Chiang Rai Province
Coordinates: 20°15′36″N 100°24′24″E / 20.26000°N 100.40667°E / 20.26000; 100.40667Coordinates: 20°15′36″N 100°24′24″E / 20.26000°N 100.40667°E / 20.26000; 100.40667
ProvinceChiang Rai
 • Total836.9 km2 (323.1 sq mi)
 • Total64,197
 • Density76.1/km2 (197/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+7 (ICT)
Postal code57140

Chiang Khong (Thai: เชียงของ, pronounced [t͡ɕʰīa̯ŋ kʰɔ̌ːŋ]) is a district (amphoe) in the northeastern part of Chiang Rai Province, northern Thailand.


The Phi Pan Nam mountains and their wide intermontane basins dominate the landscape of the district. The 1,328 m high Doi Luang Pae Mueang massif (ดอยหลวงแปเมือง) rises west of Chiang Khong town. The Mekong River flows at the northern end of the district, partially forming the boundary with Laos. Another important river is the Ing, a tributary of the Mekong.

Neighboring districts are (from the southeast clockwise): Wiang Kaen, Khun Tan, Phaya Meng Rai, Wiang Chiang Rung, Doi Luang and Chiang Saen of Chiang Rai Province. To the east is Bokeo Province of Laos.

Due to its location, the district forms a gateway to the neighboring country. Communication is mostly by boat, including the popular slow boat to Luang Prabang. Also bus travel on Asian Highway 3 from Ban Houayxay across the river to Boten at the Chinese-Laotian boundary is available. The Fourth Thai–Lao Friendship Bridge crossing the river opened mid-December 2013. Since then many tourists cross this Mekong Friendship Bridge and do not see the many sights of Chiang Khong. There are many good restaurants serving Mekong Giant Catfish plus dozens of other local fish, local dishes made with fresh local vegetables, herbs and fruits. Chiang Khong has excellent markets on six days plus the main central fresh food market, close to the only town traffic lights, which is open ever day. Night markets are on Wednesdays and Fridays. This one Walking Street Market. Mexican, Italian and western and a myriad of Thai restaurants abound. The Tai Lue weaving museum and coffec shop, the KMT cemetery, the large concree Catfish sculptures in the northern park on the Mekong, The Environment School run by Mr Shri. Plus seven temples, each with its distinct village character.


Central administration[edit]

Chiang Khong is divided into seven subdistricts (tambons), which are further subdivided into 102 administrative villages (mubans).

No. Name Thai Villages Pop.[1]
01. Wiang เวียง 14 13,391
02. Sathan สถาน 16 09,428
03. Khrueng ครึ่ง 11 06,571
04. Bun Rueang บุญเรือง 10 06,262
05. Huai So ห้วยซ้อ 23 12,563
08. Si Don Chai ศรีดอนชัย 18 08,927
10. Rim Khong ริมโขง 10 07,055

Missing numbers belonged to the tambons which now form Wiang Kaen District.

Local administration[edit]

There are seven subdistrict municipalities (thesaban tambons) in the district:

  • Bun Rueang (Thai: เทศบาลตำบลบุญเรือง) consisting of subdistrict Bun Rueang.
  • Wiang Chiang Khong (Thai: เทศบาลตำบลเวียงเชียงของ) consisting of parts of subdistrict Wiang.
  • Wiang (Thai: เทศบาลตำบลเวียง) consisting of parts of subdistrict Wiang.
  • Khrueng (Thai: เทศบาลตำบลครึ่ง) consisting of subdistrict Khrueng.
  • Huai So (Thai: เทศบาลตำบลห้วยซ้อ) consisting of subdistrict Huai So.
  • Sathan (Thai: เทศบาลตำบลสถาน) consisting of subdistrict Sathan.
  • Si Don Chai (Thai: เทศบาลตำบลศรีดอนชัย) consisting of subdistrict Si Don Chai.

There is one subdistrict administrative organization (SAO) in the district:

  • Rim Khong (Thai: องค์การบริหารส่วนตำบลริมโขง) consisting of subdistrict Rim Khong.


  1. ^ "Population statistics 2015" (in Thai). Department of Provincial Administration. Retrieved 9 June 2016.

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