Reposting from 2017. Another lonely mountain, Phu Tok, this time about 3 km south-east of Chiang Khan along the mighty Mekong River. The main attraction to visit this mountain is to see a stunning sunset or sunrise. We did both, albeit indeed at the same time. The peak of the mountain is about 470 meters above sea-level, that means about 250 meters high from the foot of the mountain. From Chiang Khan there are Song-theauws going to the base of Phu Tok. If you come with you own transport, at the base is a parking place (10 ฿ parking fee). Although there is a good road going up the mountain you are not allowed to drive up yourself, you will have to take a special Song-theauw (25 ฿ per person). You can go up the mountain from 5:00am until 5:00pm. Going up takes about 10 minutes.
We had been there in the afternoon to watch the sunset and to catch the sunrise over Laos we had to be there at 5:45am (of course this depends on the time of the year) and at 6:00am we were on the top of Phu Tok. Of course we were not alone, although I was the only non-Thai. On the top is a small walking path around the TOT communication complex, and of course there are a few view-points. Unfortunately due to clouds the sunrise was not as spectacular as we thought it would be. So about 7:00am we were back in Chiang Khan town for a breakfast along the Mekong River.
After checking out from our hotel we did visit the nearby "Keang Khu Kud". This is a view-point along the Mekong River, where there are rapids & a sharp curve in the Mekong River. Of course there are a few restaurants right along the Mekong River and you can make boat-cruises over the Mekong River. At the local market people are selling the famous local dried, sweet coconut. Scroll down for some photos made from Phu Tok.