CHIANG RAI – Chiang Saen Commercial Port is an important gateway in northern Thailand to the Greater Mekong Subregion. Located on the mouth of the Sop Kok River in Chiang Saen district of Chiang Rai
Chinese vessels dock daily at the port unloading fruit and commercial items,while there is a healthy export market in goods for the return trips.
Chiang Saen port is used entirely for transporting goods to and from China with around five to six river ships making trips between the two countries daily.
Chiang Saen Port is a modern facility located on the bank of Mekong River and covering a 10-rai area. There are buildings to house offices for Customs, Immigration, Merchant Navy, and a salvage vessel for the river waters.
There are two 50-meter piers and floating landings with a carrying capacity of more than 8 merchant ships.
The plans now include setting up more river cruises and exploring ways to make the town a river transport gateway for tourism not just cargo shipping.
Chiang Saen will develop ecotourism, heritage sightseeing at 76 ancient ruins, as well as improving river cruises to Luang Prabang in Laos and Xishuangbanna or Sibsongbanna in China.”
Commercial operators will be encouraged to promote Mekong River cruise programmes offering lunch and dinner sailings and stops at heritage sites.
The commercial port is the second port in Chiang Saen, which has found itself at the forefront of the export and import tread with Yunnan Province in China , Myanmar, and Lao PDR .
The port is ready to accommodate more tread and logistics activities when ASEAN Economic Community ( AEC ) is in place in 2015.
Photo’s of Chiang Saen Commercial Port in Chiang Rai