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Chiang Rai Thailand is the most northern province of Thailand and is about 785 kilometers north of Bangkok. The mighty Mekong River creates a border in the north to both Laos and Myanmar (Burma). The province is located within the renowned Golden Triangle area where Myanmar, Laos and Thailand converge, is also

known as the gateway to Myanmar, Laos and Southern China. The terrain of chiang rai thailand province is mountainous and covered in large parts with tropical rain forests. The scenery found over here is among the most beautiful of Thailand and one of the best things about Chiang Rai province is its rich cultural diversity in its lots of different ethnic communities and various hill tribes.

A Chiang Rai - travel guide shows the city was founded in 1262 by King Meng Rai,
the first capital of the Lanna Thai Kingdom (Kingdom of a million rice fields), which was later conquered by Burma. Only in the year of 1786 that Chiang Rai became a Thai territory and was announced as a province during the reign of King Rama VI in 1910. At present Chiang Rai Thailand is every travelers heaven gifted with rich natural tourist attractions and relics, the region is proof of past civilization.

Chiang Rai Thailand has a range of tourist attractions from the superb mountain scenery, Buddhist temples, to ruins of ancient settlements, historic sites, and ethnic villages as well. The territory is home to several hill tribes who maintain fascinating lifestyles. And for those who are keen on the natural side of Chiang Rai, jungle trekking could be fun along various hill trails. Moreover the territory has a lot of opportunities for boat tours), elephant rides, hill trekking, and sightseeing. All this put together makes Chiang Rai Thailand a worthwhile destination for travelers. Chiang Rai now competes with Chiang Mai as a tourist attraction and is fast becoming a popular escape for tourists.

A visit to the city would be made more worthwhile with the Chiang Rai - travel guide providing with all the details and facts about the region.

Best Places in Chiang Rai
image KING MENGRAI THE GREAT MONUMENT
The King Mengrai the Great Memorial is located in the town on the intersection leading to Mae Chan. King Mengrai monument honours the monarch who found the Chiang Rai as an administrative centre in 1262. The monument is rarely without its incense- burning and flower-laying devotees.
image HO WATTHANATHAM NITHAT
Located at the former town hall, Ho Watthanatham Nithat is a museum exhibiting ancient art e facts and written records on history, literature and indigenous intelligence as well as exhibits on royal activities by the late Princess Mother at Doi Tung.
image THE KOK RIVER
The Kok River flows through the town of Chiang Rai and is 130 kilometres long. Long-tailed boats can be rented from town to travel along the river, on both sides of which are lovely sceneries. Stops can be made at hilltribal villages of the Akha or Iko, Lisu, Karen, etc.
image NAM TOK KHUN KON FOREST PARK
The Nam Tok Khun Kon Forest Park is located near Chiang Rai town. You can also visit the highest and most scenic waterfall in Chiang Rai, the Khun Kon, which is some 70 meters high. Along the route to the site are cool, shady natural surroundings eminently suitable for relaxation and nature walk.
image WAT PHRA THAT DOI CHOM TONG
Wat Phra That Doi Chom Thong is located on Doi Chom Thong on the bank of the Kok River within town area. This ancient hilltop pagoda contains what is believed to be the oldest Holy Relic even before King Mengrai b uilt Chiang Rai. Wat Phra That Doi Chom Thong is a major religious site in Chiang Rai.
Weekend Getaways around Chiang Rai
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Chiang Mai is blessed with stunning natural beauty and unique indigenous cultural identity. Chaing Mai is the place of countless Wats, jungles and mountains, with plentiful flora and fauna.
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Rich in history and cultural heritage, Lampang is one of the fascinating destinations in northern Thailand. Riding the horse-drawn carriages is an enjoyable experience not to miss.
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