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Chiang Rai

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Quick Facts:

  • Location: Northern Thailand
  • Status: Province
  • Population: About 1,198,656
  • Area: About 11,678 square km
  • Telephone area code: 066-053

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Lying in the heart of legend Golden Triangle, the Province of Chiang Rai covers an area of 11,600 square kilometers at the average height of 580 meters above sea level and shares borders with Thailand, Myanmar and Laos. This is the paradise of travel lovers. Here, tourists can join in a wide range of activities amidst stunning mountain scenery, go sight-seeing to historic Biddhist shrines & exotic hilltribes, have elephant trekking or take riverine adventures among the interesting attractions.

The Provincial Capital, Chiang Rai, lies 785 kilometers to the north of Bangkok, was fouded in 1262 AD by King Mangrai. The city offers a lot of monuments which dedicated to King Mengrai the Great and Buddhist temples as Emerald Buddha, Wat Phra Singh and Wat Pha Kaeo – home of most Buddha images of Thailand. Other highlights includes: King Mangrai Statue Temples, a bronze statue of the founder of Lanna Kingdom; Phra That Doi Tung, a temple comprising the Buddha’s left collar bone on the 1364m top; Chiang Saen Museum, well-known for its invaluable Chiang Saen Kingdom’s antiques and Buddha images; Golden Triangle, the world-famed place; Doi Mae Salong; Pu Kaeng and Other waterfalls, etc. Chiang Rai is also the home of some colorful hilltribes living in the mountainous areas, each of which has its own characters of custom, language, religious belief and costumes. They are friendly and hospitable.

Lying along the Mekong and Mae Kok Rivers, Chiang Mai offers tourists numerous chances of interesting activities as boating, rafting and elephant trekking. You can combine rafting trips with “inland” excursions which is elephant riding to hilltribes villages and nearby mountains. Trekking is also a popular activity, through gilltribe villages, spectacular mountain terrain, photogenic waterfalls, pristine jungle, elephant camps and unusual caves. Also, travel by jeeps, motocycles or long-tail boat is becoming more popular.

Chiang Rai hosts a wide range of exciting festivals as Doi Tung Blossom Festival (Feb 15) with a large amount of colour and various species in bloom, Mekong Frendship Festival (Jan 15-17), Tea Exhibition (Feb 5-7), Chiang Rai Lychee Fair (May 14-16) with a lot of local goods on sale. Each festival has its own character which brings interests for tourists.

  • Explore Chiang Rai town with the fascinating attractions as the King Meng Rai Monument, Wat Phra Kaew, the Hill Tribe Museum, Wat Rong Khun, etc
  • Get insight into local life through the visit to hill tribe villages and plantations
  • Enjoyable time to admire and experience natural beauty, including hidden caves and picturesque waterfall
  • Have great chance to explore numerous heritage sites of Thailand as the Doi Tung Royal Villa, the Golden Triangle, the Opium Museum, Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Rong Khun temple, etc
  • Get insight into local lifestyles in the visit to villages as the Chinese ethnic village of Mae Salong, Sankampaeng village, ancient village of Wiang Kum Kam, etc
  • Enjoy special local products in tea and coffee plantation and orchid farm
  • Have chance to join in Chiang Mai Thai Cookery school and experience of creating curry pastes
  • Explore highlights in Chiang Rai as Mae Krachan hotsprings and White temple
  • Discover other attractions as freshwater seaweed farm, Chiang Saem ancient Kingdom, Golden Triangle
  • Wonderful time to explore the bustling trading town of Mae Sai
  • Arrive at Chiang Mai and explore the hill tribe villages at Doi Mae Salong
  • Take pleasure in the rural villages and landscapes of the Golden Triangle Region
  • Step foot on Lao territory and walk around ancient temples
  • Get a basic knowledge of local lifestyles with a visit to Kengtung's local market
  • Visit nearby hot springs and stroll around the town's lake as well as tour temples
  • Explore numerous highlights such as Wat Phanancherng, Wat Yai Chaya Mongkol, the ancient ruins of Wat Chai Wattanaram, Sukhothai Historical Park, etc
  • Take the spectacular view over the surroundings through Doi Suthep mountain
  • Understand more about local life through the visit to the handicraft villages and orchid farm
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