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December 2021

Travel Guide

Chiang Rai in Northern Thailand


Thailand's most northerly province, Chiang Rai is located 785 kilometres from Bangkok and borders Myanmar in the north and Laos in the east. Built by King Mengrai in 1262 the province has a mainly mountainous terrain and helps form the 'Golden Triangle' around the Mekong River. Chiang Rai is a major draw for tourists keen to experience the region's natural attractions and learn about its place in Thailand's past. Another key reason for tourism to the area is the local hill tribes. Visits to hill tribe villages are regular events and goods made by the hill tribes (materials, trinkets, etc.) are very popular purchases. The province features a number of key attractions including Mai Sai, Chiang Saen - home of numerous ancient ruins, and Doi Hua Mae Kham - home to a number of hill tribe villages.

"Must see" in Chiang Rai

Chiang Saen
Chiang Saen is a town located right next to the Mekong River. The town itself is quite ordinary except... read more

Doi Mae Salong
Doi Mae Salong in Chiang Rai is very reminiscent of parts of China and much of the area's history has... read more

Doi Tung
Known by locals as Thailand's Switzerland, Doi Tung ('Flag Mountain') is an attractive mountain-top destination... read more

Golden Triangle
Golden Triangle is in Chiang Rai Province, in the far north of Thailand. It was an expansive area taking... read more

Chiang Rai Night Bazaar
Chiang Rai Night Bazaar is located between the bus station and Phaholyothin Road in the center of town.... read more

Phu Chi Fa Forest Park
Located in Thoeng district of Chiang Rai Province, it is a stunning view point of Doi Pha Mon. Its height... read more

Wat Phra Kaew
Wat Phra Kaew was known as Wat Pa Yeah (Temple in the Golden Bamboo Forest), because it was in fact surrounded... read more

  Top Hotels in Chiang Rai

Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle
Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle
Bura Resort
Bura Resort
Baan Norn Plearn
Baan Norn Plearn
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Top Restaurants in Chiang Rai

Chinatown (Chinese Restaurant)
Address: Dusit Island Resort Chiang Rai  1129 Kraisorasit Road, Vieng District  Chiang Rai
Tel: (053) 715-777

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"Worth seeing" in Chiang Rai

Hilltribe Museum and Education Centre
Hilltribe Museum and Education Centre is run by a nonprofit organization called the Population and Community... read more

Doi Hua Mae Kham
Doi Hua Mae Kham is home to a number of hill tribe villages along the Thai Burmese border. Although the... read more

Mai Sai
Located north of Chiang Rai, Mai Sai is the most northern town in Thailand and directly on the Thai-Myanmar... read more

Wat Rong Khun
Wat Rong Khun is very different to any of temple you are likely to see in Thailand. A lifetime project... read more

King Meng Rai Festival
January 26-February 1 Celebrating the founder of Chaing Rai and the Lanna Thai Kingdom, Chaing Rai becomes... read more

Maesai Border
Maesai Border is the northern-most district of Chiang Rai Province in northern Thailand. It is about... read more

Saturday Night Walking Street
Saturday Night Walking Street is located on Thanalai Road center of town. Operating only on Saturday... read more

Tham Luang Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park
'Tham Luang Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park' (Tham Luang Khun Nam Nang Non) is located near Pong Pha village... read more

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