If you are in Thailand’s far north, and happen to be in the ancient town of Chiang Saen in Chiang Rai province (Thailand’s northernmost), then head to the Rim Khong Restaurant (ริมโขง) which is located right beside the Mekong River and offers a good selection of Thai-Chinese cuisine with awesome views not only of the river but also of Laos on the opposite side.
Once in Rim Khong Restaurant (ริมโขง), diners have a clear view of the Mekong River, its islands, and its tributaries. This location provides a superb view of the Mekong River: during the typical dry season (November-April) the water in the river recedes and one can clearly see the islands in the middle of the river, whereby the opposite side of the river is the neighboring country of Laos.
Amazingly, parts of the Mekong River are almost reduced to a trickle nowadays during the height of the December-April dry season, whereby one can easily walk to the island in the middle of the river and barely get wet.
Rim Khong Restaurant offers a good array of Thai-Chinese dishes including stir-fries, salads, and dishes made from ‘pla buek’ (ปลาบึก), a giant catfish found in the Mekong River.
But by far, the greatest treat for diners is the ability to enjoy some awesome views of the Mekong River while enjoying the food, and to have a glimpse of Laos on the opposite side of the river.
The restaurant offers tasty fish fillets (of a local giant catfish called ‘pla buek’) stir-fried in a mild pepper sauce with fresh chilies and spices.
Again, I’m amazed at how much the Mekong River can dry up during the dry season – an awesome sight indeed!
Another recommended dish at the restaurant is the lemon chicken salad, which consists of a crispy fried battered chicken fillet atop a bed of salad greens, topped with a sweet lemon-cream dressing.
The riverside atmosphere at Rim Khong Restaurant is especially awesome during December to January, when diners can experience the cool winds from the north while enjoying the scenic view of the Mekong River and Laos on the opposite side.
The restaurant also recommends its crispy fried meatballs, which combines nicely with either the sweet plum sauce or the spicy fish sauce with lemon juice and chilies.
Here at Rim Khong Restaurant, diners enjoy the serene, countryside scene of northern Thailand along the Mekong River, as well as a view of Laos on the opposite side.
Another dish I enjoyed consisted of soft chunks of crispy fried tofu stir-fried with mixed vegetables in Chinese brown gravy, which combined nicely with all the selections listed above.
Haha! This cute black cat was constantly nagging me for food throughout my dining at Rim Khong Restaurant, so I eventually gave in and shared some of my tasty treats!
Rim Khong Restaurant is located right beside the Mekong River, just outside of Chiang Saen town in Chiang Rai, Thailand’s northernmost province. It is located along a riverside road heading north towards the famous Golden Triangle.
Happy dining, wherever you are in Thailand and around the world!
Lat (Ratasit C.)