Welcome to Chiang Khong
Chiang Khong runs in an east-west direction along the southern bank of the Mekong River. The river's bank is lined with a bunch of guesthouses and small restaurants. Guesthouses and backpacker cafes aside, Chiang Khong is a typical small Thai town.
Why invest in Chiang Khong
Operational Stability Chiang Khong is the important city of Thailand and strategically positioned in Northern Thailand. Operational Stability with ease of doing business, well-developed infrastructure, skilled workforce and pro-investment policies, It is increasingly a place of international reputation. With its investor-friendly policies and skilled labor the city is attracting more and more foreign companies to invest in Chiang Khong.
In addition, the key reasons cited by investors are the low cost of living on a comparable high standard, lower labor and tolerance of the people, culture and lifestyle.
Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge The upcoming 4th Thai-Lao friendship bridge between Chiang Khong and Houay Xay will form the remaining crucial link of the Asian Highway 3, connecting Bangkok to Kunming, a project highly anticipated in the Greater Mekong Subregion’s (GMS) development. Unlike the previous bridges between Thailand and Laos, this bridge not only serves two towns but incorporates three countries, with China coming into the picture by funding half the cost of the bridge. The bridge is expected to be completed in 2013.
The bridge represents a mixture of globalization and regionalization occurring together, promising capital gains for investors and increased economic opportunities for the border towns of Chiang Khong and Houay Xay. In addition, Chiang Khong is marketed as the ‘Gateway to Indochina’ by the Thai government, leveraging on the proposed bridge to elevate its status as a crucial border town in GMS.
Investing in Chiang Khong
Chiang Khong is a fast growing town, the upcoming 4th Thai-Lao friendship bridge between Chiang Khong and Houay Xay will form the remaining crucial link of the Asian Highway 3, connecting Bangkok to Kunming, a project highly anticipated in the Greater Mekong Subregion’s (GMS) development. Unlike the previous bridges between Thailand and Laos, this bridge not only serves two towns but incorporates three countries, with China coming into the picture by funding half the cost of the bridge. The bridge is expected to be completed between late 2013. The bridge represents a mixture of globalization and regionalization occurring together, promising capital gains for investors and increased economic opportunities for the border towns of Chiang Khong and Houay Xay.
In addition, Chiang Khong is marketed as the ‘Gateway to Indochina’ by the Thai government, leveraging on the proposed bridge to elevate its status as a crucial border town in GMS.
Tourism Opportunities in Chiang Khong
Chiang Khong District Route 110, 1016, then 1129
This small district on the bank of the Mekong River is located 53 km. east of Chiang Saen. Tourists can cross the river to visit Laos by ferry if they have a visa. Local tour operators can make visa arrangements.
Ban Hat Khrai
Just one kilometer south of Chiang Khong, this village is a famous area for catching pla buek (catfish). The giant fish are caught between mid-April and May every year.
Doi Pha Tang
Located some 32 kilometres from Wiang Kaen District, this scenic mountain is the home of Chinese, Hmong and Yao ethnic minorities. From the hilltop, visitors can enjoy panoramic views of Thai and Lao rural areas. The mountain is more popular during winter when the cherries blossom and a sea of mist cover the whole area.
Mount Phu Chi Fa
Phu Chi Fa is 1,628 metres above average sea level. In the cool season, the landscape is so charming. Several kinds of wild flowers are in full bloom, especially Nang Phaya Suakhrong or Thai sakura (Prunus cerasoides D.Don) which will welcome you with its prolific charming pink flowers. Another factor making Phu Chi Fa attractive is its appearance.
Chiang Khong Infrastructure
Chiang Khong is a town in Chiang Rai Province, Northern Thailand. It is mainly visited as a stop-off point en-route to the ferry crossing to Laos.
Chiang Khong provides efficient electricity, safe and reliable to industries and households in its service area covering Chiang Khong and Bokeo, Lao PDR. Service both government and private sectors.
National Highway Road No. 1129: Boon Reung – Chiang Khong (30 kilometers)
National Highway Road No. 1129 is connected with National Highway Road No. 1290 the main route used to communicate between Mae Sai, Golden Triangle, Chiang Saen and Chiang Khong. In addition, 1129 Highway is a way to be in the development of transport systems to support the launch of Chiang Saen port and the fourth bridge over the Mekong River at (Chiang Khong – Huay Sai), which aims to develop the road network for conforms to the subsequent development of expanded markets to southern China as well.
National Highway Road No. 1020: Chiang Rai – Chiang Khong (143.5 kilometers)
National Highway Road No. 1020 is the intersection of Paholyothin Road or National Highway Road No. 1. National Highway Road No. 1020 main road used to travel to Chiang Rai city of Chiang Khong, Wiang Kaen, Khun Tan and Terng district. And now, National Highway Road No. 1020 is expanding to six lanes to note that the near future will become an important Mekong port point once the Friendship Bridge between Thailand – Laos is completed. Travel from Thailand to Laos by road to R3A road and travel to Kunming in China easily.
Bus connections between Chiang Khong and Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai to Chiang Khong, two busses daily.
1. Departure: 8:30 am, arrival: 2:55 pm, Type X, 272 Baht.
2. Departure: 1:00 pm, arrival: 7:50 pm, Type A, 211 Baht.
Chiang Khong to Chiang Mai, two busses daily.
1. Departure: 6:00 am, arrival: 1:10 pm, Type A, 211 Baht.
2. Departure: 9:00 am, arrival: 5:20 pm, Type X, 272 Baht.
V: VIP busses are equipped with big seats, snacks and drinks are served and a toilet on the bus.
X: X Class bus is all the same as VIP bus, but the seats are smaller than on the VIP bus.
A: A Class busses have economy class seats, no toilet and no snacks and drinks are served.
Chiang Khong Port
The port is situated at Chiang Khong Sub-district, Chiangrai Province, opposite to Houay Xay, Bokeo Sub-district, Democratic People’s Republic of Laos and adjacent to Highway No.1290 connecting Chiang Saen and Chiang Khong Districts at the back. The port runs its business with the aim of upgrading the efficiency of import-export services and promoting border trade between Democratic People’s Republic of Laos and Thailand.
Chiang Khong Port has focused on the good governance in order to increase its competitiveness and efficiency of management which will affect a long term increase of value added to the organization, staff and stakeholders. Chiang Khong Port has supervised its operation in response to its objective on
the basis of scrupulous honesty and good corporate governance including faithfulness, transparency,
independence, justice, employee responsibility and social accountability. Chiang Khong Port has consecutively run its business under the above-mentioned principles and consequently to its trustworthiness, organizational value-added and sustainable development of its organization.
The quayside terminal with a width of 22 meters and a length of 160 meters was constructed to accommodate 3-5 motor vessels up to 80-150 gross tonnage each at a time.
Chiang Khong Port
Source: Port Authority of Thailand, Annual Report 2009
Chiang Khong Demographic Profile
The population of Chiang Khong on July 15th 2013 is approximately 62,117, Male 23,391, Female 23,750 and Population density is 74.21 People/ sq km.
Research and Development in Chiang Khong
Chiang Khong Agricultural Office
Chiang Khong Agricultural Office is an organization dedicated to the promotion and development of sufficient economy and responsible for optimizing agricultural production and strengthening of farmers and the agricultural sector.
Chiang Khong Agricultural Office, Chaing Khong – Terng rd., Moo 16, Satarn Sub-District, Chiang Khong District, Chiang Rai 57140 Tel: +66 (0) 53 791 489
Chiang Khong Livestock Office
Chiang Khong Livestock Office is a leading organization on livestock development of Thailand that is driving Thai animal products to the global market. Chiang Khong Livestock Office is responsible for animal health, animal production and livestock extension, food safety of animal-derived products, veterinary public health, animal welfare, environmental impact of livestock farms and international animal health matters including disease control and eradication, quarantine, disease reporting, import-export controls, health certification, and monitoring of animal farms and slaughterhouses.
Chiang Khong Livestock Office, 272 Veing Sub-District, Chiang Khong District, Chiang Rai 57140 Tel: +66 (0) 53 791 528
Chiang Khong Natural Resources
As the main cash crop of Chiang Khong is rice, the most important natural resources in Chiang Khong are its water and soil. More people in Chiang Khong earn their living through agriculture than any other occupation or business; some offer garden crops for sale at roadside stands. Chiang Khong has much flat land suitable for farming, and produces rice, beans, corn and fruit. The 5 or 6 month long rainy season promotes rapid plant growth and ensures a good water supply.
Mekong River originates in the Himalayas. Flow into Thailand at Moo 1 Ban Sop Ruak, Tambon Wiang, Chiang Saen, Chiang Rai. Then flows through Chiang Khong and Wiang Kaen. The total length of approximately 94 kilometers of Chiang Rai.
Eing River upstream from Leng Sai Lake base before Phayao Lake, flow through Terng and connected with Mekong River at Chiang Khong District. Eing River is 136 kilometers long and flows through Chiang Rai.
Mekong Giant Catfish
The Mekong Giant Catfish is a Critically Endangered endemic species of the Mekong, which can be used as a flagship species and indicator for the health of the Mekong. The MGC was chosen by MWBP (The Mekong Wetlands Biodiversity Programme) as a flagship species due to its charismatic (it is the world’s largest freshwater fish) and transboundary nature and so it is hoped that by working to conserve the MGC its habitat and therefore other biodiversity in the area will in turn be protected. The MGC was also declared Critically Endangered in 2003.
In Chiang Kong, there is a Mekong Giant Catfish Club, which consists of about 15-20 Fisherman who seasonally hunt the MGC. As part of As part of MWBP’s plans to implement SCAP (Species Conservation Action Plan) talks began in June 2005 with local fisherman, senate representatives, and the local government in Chiang Rai to discuss what steps need to be taken in order to conserve the threatened MGC.
Chiang Khong is a generalization of a steep hill; the plants were mixed, tropical monsoon, elevation of sea level from 400 to 700 meters.
Hioy Saryman is located in the Mekong Sub-region, Chiang Khong, Chiang Rai. In the area of national forest wilderness Mekong Right bank. An area of approximately 4,000 acres and declared this forest park on March 23, 2549.
Chiang Khong is a lively woven textile center on the Thai-Lao border, and many of its styles and patterns are distinctly Lao because of the neighboring influence across the Mekong. The silk and cocoon pieces woven in the Lao and Northeastern Thai areas are often of a different texture and quality because of the raw materials used, because of the more traditional patterns in weaving, and because of the older, more traditional hand looms themselves.
Chiang Khong Economic Zones
The Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand conducted feasibility studies on the establishment of estates in Chiang Khong. These would be special economic zones (SEZs) aimed at supporting integration of the region under the ASEAN Economic Community by 2015, paving the way for a single market with zero import tariffs and easier cross-border investment. They would also be environmental friendly, something that has become a major concern of investors worldwide, supporting and supported by “eco-towns”.
This estate will be a logistical link in support of the expansion of heavy industries and trading in Thailand. In addition, a budget of Bt6.67 million has been set for the feasibility study for the Chiang Khong industrial estate, which would cover 2,000 rai. The project would support the growth of the industrial sector as well as serving as a logistical link among Thailand, Laos and China.
Chiang Khong Financial Services
1. Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (Chiang Khong Branch) 115/1 Moo 2, Saiklang rd., Vieng Sub-District, Muang District, Chiangrai 57140 Tel. 0-5379-1499, 0-5379-1500 Fax. 0-5379-1078
2. Kasikorn Bank (Chiang Khong Branch) 416 Moo 2, Saiklang rd., Vieng Sub-District, Muang District, Chiangrai 57140 Tel. 0-5365-5393-4 Fax. 0-5379-1112
3. Siam Commercial Bank (Chiang Khong Branch) 117/11 Moo 2, Saiklang rd., Vieng Sub-District, Muang District, Chiangrai 57140 Tel. 0-5365-5688
4. Thai Military Bank (Chiang Khong Branch) Moo 2, Saiklang rd., Vieng Sub-District, Muang District, Chiangrai 57140 Tel. 0-5365-5738, 0-5365-5739, 0-5365-5740 Fax. 0-5365-5741
On August 24th, 2011, SME bank entirely supports the “OTOP loan” and “Buying Workplace” loan offering low interest rate at Chiang Khong. The loan is provided at very special condition which is valid for 15 years offering the first year interest rate at MLR-1.5%, second year at MLR-0.75% and from the third year onward with the interest rate equals to MLR (the present MLR is at 7% per year) by way of capital exemption for the first 12 months (in the first year).
Insurance Services in Chiang Khong
Type of Insurance Service
1. Life Insurance
2. Health Insurance
3. Non-Life Insurance
3.1 Fire Insurance
3.2 Car Insurance
3.3 Goods-in-Transit insurance
3.4 Other Insurance
Logistic Providers in Chiang Khong
1. Chiangkhong Logistics Co., Ltd.
361 Moo 10 , Chiangkhong-Thoeng Road, T. Wiang A. Chiangkhong, Chiang Rai 57140 Tel: 053-791-000 Fax:053-791-787 Mobile: 084-011-3000 E-mail: [email protected] www.chiangchian-logistics.coc
Chiangkhong Logistics head office is situated in a convenience location near to the crossing bridge to Laos in Chiangkhong district, Chiang Rai., which is connected to China via R3A road.
The company is managed and operated by a group of professional logistics and supply chain managers as well as customs clearance specialists team to ensure the shipment operate smoothly with the optimize cost. Chiangkhong Logistics provide variety transportation that specialized in cross border and transit shipment from 4 mains customs points consist of; 1) Chiangkhong Border, 2) Chiangsaen River Port, 3) Mae Sai Border, and 4) Mae Sod Border
2. T.E.C Logistics Co.,Ltd (Chiang Khong Branch)
25 Moo 1, Say Klang road, Tambon Vieng, Amplur Chiang Khong, Chiang Rai 57140 Tel: (6653)655-383 Fax: (6653)655-383 Email: [email protected]
T.E.C Logistics Co.,Ltd 4 decades in the business serves different private sectors, multi governmental projects and international organization delivering the transit cargoes. Besides general cargoes, T.E.C. Logistics is flexible and capable to respond heavy and oversized cargoes that need special attention. T.E.C. Logistics delivered cargoes to various destinations in Laos, not only main city but also undeveloped area from 4 mains customs points consist of; 1) Transit customs formalities and clearance for Thai side, 2) Export customs formalities from Thai to Laos, 3) Customs formalities and clearance for Lao side, and 4) Transportation
3. Chiang Khong Port (Port Authority of Thailang)
Moo 3, Baan Hoa Vieng, Vieng Sub-district, Chiang Khong District, Chiang Rai Province, 57140 Tel/Fax 0-5377-7455 e-mail : [email protected]
Chiang Khong Port mostly service for small ships from Laos about 90% of ship call. Transfer, loading and discharging mainly counts on labors employed by cargo owners. Documentation procedures are proceed as Chiang Saen Port. Customers are able to precede customs clearance, immigration, quarantine, and other services conveniently at their office within the same area of Chiang Khong Port
Chiang Khong Business Associations
1. Chiang Rai Chamber of Commerce (Chiang Khong Coordination Office)
Chiangkhong Teak Garden Hotel 666 M.8 Vieng Sub-District, Chiang Khong District, Chiang Rai 57140 Tel. 053-795111 Fax. 053-795112
Chiang Rai Chamber of Commerce (Chiang Khong Coordination Office) supports trade, service, industry, agriculture, finance or general economics such as statistics collection, publish news on trade, researches on trade and economy, promote tourism, certificate of origin issuance, establishment of trade and economy institutions, product museum, trade fairs and arbitration and provide appropriate consultation for the members on trade, service, industrial, agricultural, financial or general economic issues. And facilitate members in running their businesses. Suggest the government on how to develop the Thai economy and collaborate (for trade issues) between entrepreneurs and the public sector.
2. The federation of Thai Industries Chiang Rai Chapter
4/9 Moo 21 Paholyothin rd., Vieng District, Muang District, Chiang Rai 57000 Tel. +66 (0) 537-153-99 Fax. +66 (0) 537-422-33
The federation of Thai Industries Chiang Rai Chapter is represented by industrial entrepreneurs in private sector to coordinate and facilitate policies and implementation between private and public sectors, support and develop industrial sector, study and solve problems in the Industries, support and encourage study, researches, trainings and publish academic document and industry-related technology, qualify products and issue the Certificate of Origin and/ or Quality Certificates, encourage industrialists to exchange opinions to benefit the industries and suggest members to abide by the industrial laws.
3. Chiang Rai Tourism Association
272 Moo 2, Rob-Vieng Sub-District, Muang District, Chiang Rai 57000 Tel. +66 (0) 537-424-93 Fax. +66 (0) 537-427-87 E-mail : [email protected] www.chiangraitourism.org
Chiang Rai Tourism Association support tourism service businesses and all related business. Also, support and assist members in solving any problems in running their businesses and negotiate among members and with outsiders for mutual benefits in running the members’ businesses, monitor the trends on tourism business both domestic and international level to facilitate the members, concrete the relationship among the members and exchange knowledge and updated news on tourism, support the policies of the government on tourism both domestic and international, assist the government agencies to promote and publish information, news and human development in order to upgrade the tourism business.