Our taxi collected us from Sirin Place Boutique Apartment early morning and we drove uneventfully further north to Chiang Kong admiring the stunning views and a procession of monks.
Chiang Kong is a port town as you would expect - tiny and with nothing really there. It shares a boarder with Huay Xai of Laos; In fact, the only thing separating the two countries is the width of the Mekong River - you can actually see Laos across the water from Thailand.
After filing out the necessary visa forms, we quickly made out way through "customs" (an unattended shack on the river bank) and then saw our transport vehicle to cross the Mekong!
These long motor boats are pushed off from the shore with a long tree branch, and then a driver buzzes you across the Meekong in a 10 minute journey.