The tour starts from Chiang Mai. The first stop is Hot Spring where you can have some snack and take a short break before continue to the next shop White Temple. The temple is the highlight of the day. A white stunning picturesque chapel always … [Read more...]
Chiang Rai is the northernmost province of Thailand. It is bordered by Shan State of Myanmar to the north, Bokeo Province of Laos to the east, Phayao to the south, Lampang to the southwest and Chiang Mai to the west.
The average elevation of the province is 580 metres (1,900 ft). The north of the province belongs to the so-called Golden Triangle, where the borders of Thailand, Laos and Burma converge, an area which prior to the rise of agricultural production of coffee, pineapple, coconuts, and banana plantations, was unsafe because of drug smuggling across the borders. The Mekong River forms the boundary with Laos, the Mae Sai and Ruak River with Burma. Through the town of Chiang Rai itself, flows the "Mae Kok" Kok River and south of it the Lao River, a tributary of the Kok.
While the eastern part of the province is characterized by relatively flat river plains, the northern and western part consist of the hilly terrain of the Thai highlands with the Khun Tan Range and the Phi Pan Nam Range in the west and the Daen Lao Range in the north. While not the highest elevation of the province, the 1,389-metre (4,557 ft) high Doi Tung ("flag hill") is the most important hill. The Wat Phra That Doi Tung temple on top of the hill, according to the chronicles, dates back to the year 911. Nearby is the Doi Tung royal villa, former residence of the late princess mother (mother of the present king) Somdej Phra Srinagarindra. Thanks to her activities the hills were reforested, and the hill tribes diverted from growing opium poppies to other crops including coffee, bananas, coconuts, and pineapples.
Populations have dwelled in Chiang Rai since the 7th century and it became the center of the Lanna Thai Kingdom during the 13th century. The region, rich in natural resources and textiles, was occupied by the Burmese until 1786.
Chiang Rai became a province in 1910, after being part of the kingdom of Lannathai for centuries. After Lannathai was incorporated into Thailand, it stayed an autonomous region and thus the Chiang Rai area was administered from Chiang Mai.
Chiang Rai Province's Golden Triangle bordering Laos and Burma was once the hub of opium production which had much influence on cultural practices and lifestyles.
Mae Khachan Hot Spring is located between Km. 64 - 65 at Tambol Mae Chedi Mai, Wiang Pa Pao District, Chiang Rai Province.. The hot spring is very popular among Thai People to stop on the way to Chiang Mai or Chiang Rai.. When you travel this area … [Read more...]
Wat Prasingh is royal temple located in Chiang Rai Province. It gained historical importance as the place which housed Thailand's most reverced and sacred Buddha Image, Phra Buddha Sihing. Known for its elegance and beauty. At Present, the main hall … [Read more...]
Doi Thung is a high peak of the Nang Non Mountains in Amphur Mae Fah Luang. Doi Thung has 93,515 rai of forest area and is 1,630 meters above sea level. At this height, the weather is cool and chilly all year round. Doi Thung is now a preservation … [Read more...]
The Golden Triangle is in Chiang Rai Province, in the far north of Thailand. The English name comes from the meeting of Laos, Myanmar and Thailand here, but to the locals it's Sop Ruak, since this is where the Mekong meets the Ruak … [Read more...]
I can never get enough of the peaceful atmosphere that prevails in the temples of Chiang Rai. Unlike those market-oriented temples in Bangkok which have turned into car parks, temples in Chiang Rai still have a quiet charm of their own. Now that … [Read more...]
A beautiful and glittering clock tower of Chiang rai recently built by well known artist Chaloemchai Kositpipat. The tower is located in central part of Chiang rai city on pahonyothin and banpaprakarn intersection. Resembling the white temple of … [Read more...]
Wat Mung Mueng is located on Uttrakit Road, Zone 1, Wiang District, Chiang Rai. Built in 1839, the temple later obtained the royal granting in 1866. The temple history however dated before the World War II when Chiang Rai was partially bombed by … [Read more...]
Mae Sai is the northern-most city of Thailand. It is mainly a stepping stone for visits to Myanmar and has few attractions of its own. How to get to Mae Sai? By bus From Chiang Rai or Chiang Mai. Buses from Chiang Rai are very frequent (every … [Read more...]
Wat Rong Khun ( White Temple), the must-visited temple of Chiang Rai is located about 13 km south of Chiang Rai is the unusual and popular Wat Rong Khun . Whereas most temples have centuries of history, this one's construction began in 1997 by noted … [Read more...]