The quieter neighbor of Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai is Thailand’s northern-most city a land of outstanding natural beauty and excellent base of history. To explore the towns and villages where visitors looking to avoid the hordes can visit remote hill tribes, spot exotic wildlife, check out the golden triangle, the former center of the world’s opium trade and enjoy with the northern Thai culture, history, food, people, etc..
Located 785 kilometres north of Bangkok, Chiang Rai is the capital of Thailand’s northernmost province. At an average elevation of nearly 600 metres above sea level and covering an area of approximately 11,700 square kilometres, the province borders Myanmar to the north, and Lao PDR to the north and northeast. The area is largely mountainous, with peaks rising to 1,500 metres above sea level, and flowing between the hill ranges are several rivers, the most important being the Kok, near which the city of Chiang Rai is situated. In the far north of the province is the area known as the Golden Triangle, where the Mekong and Ruak Rivers meet to form the borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Lao PDR Inhabiting the highlands are hilltribes like the Akha, Lahu, Karen, and Hmong.
The region boasts a long history with small kingdoms dating back to the pre-Thai period, while the city of Chiang Rai was founded in 1262 by King Mengrai. It was temporarily the capital of Mengrai’s Lanna Kingdom until being superseded by Chiang Mai. Today, Chiang Rai is a small, charming city that provides the perfect base for exploring the scenic and cultural attractions of Thailand’s far north.
Attractions in Chiang Rai by Other Districts
King Mengrai Monument, The King Mengrai Stupa, Wat Rong Khun (White Temple), Wat Phra Sing, Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Phrathat Doi Chom Thong, Oub Kham Museum, Ho Watthanatham Nithat, Mae Kok River, Huay Hmak Lium Hot spring, Namtok Khun Kon Forest Park, Haad Chiang Rai, Chiang Rai Walking Street, Singha Park, Wat Rong Suea Ten, Wat Huai Pla Kang, Rai Mae Fah Luang
Doi Hua Mae Kham, Par Tung Hot Spring, Hilltribe Development and Welfare Centre, Laan Tong Mekong Basin Cultural Park, Wat Tham Phra Archa Tong (The monk straddle a horse to receive food), Choui Fong Tea Plantation
Doi Mae Salong, Doi Tung Palace, Doi Hua Mae Kham, Pha Mi Akha Village
Mae Sai Border, Tham Pha Chom, Doi Nang Non (Tum Luang – Khun Naam Nang Non), Tham Pum-Tham Pla, Wat Phrathat Doi Tung
Chiang Saen Lake, The Golden Triangle, Chiang Saen National Museum, Hall of Opium, Wat Phrathat Chedi Luang, Wat Pa Sak, Wat Phrathat Chom Kitti
Ban Hat Khlai, Ban Hat Bai
Doi Luang National Park, Wat Jee Kong, Wat Sai Khao
Wiang Kalong, Khun Chae National Park, Mae Kachan Hot Spring, Wat Phrathat Mae Chedi