The usual route to go from Thailand to Laos by land is through a small town called Ching Khong. You can catch the bus from Arcade bus station in Chiang Mai (239 THB, around 5 hours) or from the bus station in Chiang Rai in the center. Ching Khong has several guesthouses where you can spend the night, and all are a 10 min walk from where the bus stops. Lady from the BaanRimtaling guesthouse picked us up from the bus station and we stayed in the room for…