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Chiang Saen to Chiang Khong (55 km)

Chiang Saen to Chiang Khong (55 km)

It was a foggy day so we did not ride the coastal road. It was still 55 km with two climbs. 

Below are some photos as we left. 

Sunrise from our hotel

 

In town, there were many Chinese freighters. They were all empty and not moving. No new ones were coming in. That seemed a bit strange. 

Chinese freighters

 

The article below in the Bangkok Post may explain why the ships were stationary. 

          Article in the Bangkok Post

 

The Mekong River flows from China through Burma, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam (Mekong delta). We have viewed it in all but China. It is so vital to the 60,000,000 people who live along it. 

Below are two articles about the Mekong. 

     A bit of Mekong history

     A life along the Mekong – National Geographic

 

Janis picked up a small piece of metal in here rear tire half way up our biggest climb today. Forty five minutes later we are rested, the bike is ready and we are on our way. 

Janis got a flat today

When we arrived in Chiang Khong the town seemed very different than 2012 when we were here. It turns out that 75% or more of all backpackers bypass the town as they built a new bridge to Laos about 10 km south of the city. Tourism is way down and the restaurants and guest houses are feeling it. Too bad as this is a nice stopover town. 

 

Bye for now. 

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