Bangkok  September 24, 2009 12:51 PMSunny83°




The Northernmost Province

Chiang Rai, the northernmost province of Thailand, is about 488 miles north of Bangkok. Situated on the Kok River basin, the province is located within the renowned Golden Triangle area where Myanmar, Laos and Thailand converge.  Thus, Chiang Rai is also known as the gateway to Myanmar, Laos and Southern China.



01 The lush and breathtaking Doi Tung

This revered mountain features several attractions, including Doi Tung Royal Villa, the Mae Fah Luang Botanical Garden, and various hill tribe villages. The mountain is topped by the revered temple of Wat Phrathat Doi Tung and commands a spectacular panoramic view of the surrounding countryside.

The legendary, scenic experience of the Golden Triangle

This famed border location where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet on the Mekong River was once supposed to be the center of all the poppy cultivation in Thailand. Boats can be hired to view the scenery of the Golden Triangle.

 03 The dramatic Hall of Opium at Golden Triangle Park

The Hall of Opium offers one of the best exhibitions on opium, including the 60,277 square-feet hall presenting An Invitation to the Mysterious World of Opium from Darkness to Light. The history of opium goes as far back as 5,000 years ago, where it was used for its natural properties.

04 The quaint and traditional Doi Mae Salong

Doi Mae Salong is home to the community settled by the former Chinese 93rd Division who moved from Myanmar to Thai territory in 1961. Today, it is a major tourist attraction with its small-town ambience with tea and coffee plantations. Scattered with many hill tribe villages, it is also ideal for trekking.

 05 A gorgeous sunrise awaits you at Phu Chi Fa

Phu Chi Fa is the highest peak in Chiang Rai. It points out sharply towards the sky and is famed for its sea of mist at sunrise. The cool climate produces colorful flowering shrubs, and the large meadow on the top provides a breathtaking view of Laos.

06 The sacred and revered Wat Phra Kaeo

and Wat Phra Sing

Wat Phra Kaeo is noted for its late Lanna image hall and several fine bronze Buddha images. The temple is more famous, however, as the place where the statue of the Emerald Buddha, now housed in Bangkok, was originally discovered. Wat Phra Sing is a fine example of Lanna religious architecture. The Phra Buddha Sihing image, now at Chiang Mai’s Wat Phra Sing, was originally enshrined here. A special feature is the Lanna-style Ubosot and the carved wooden door panels.

 07 The unconventional and impressive Wat Rong Khun

Also known as the White Temple, Wat Rong Khun, was designed and built by Thailand’s noted artist, Chalermchai Kositpipat. The white ordination hall is decorated with silver glittering pieces of mirrors. The temple's many statues of figures are based on religious beliefs. There is a gallery nearby exhibiting his paintings as well.

08 Rafting and trekking along the Kok River for

the adventurous spirit

As one of the oldest rafting destinations in the country, Chiang Rai continues to draw travelers from all over the globe. Bamboo rafts leave daily, venturing into the surrounding mountains where the jungle dips into the river's cool waters. Kok River rafting, combined with trekking and visiting hill tribe villages along the route, can last 3 days and 2 nights.


09 Shopping meets culture at the

Walking Street Kad Chiang Hai Remembers

The Walking Street Kad Chiang Hai Remembers features a traditional Lanna style market and activities every Saturday night. The market will make you feel as if you’re returning to the old days in a very different atmosphere. Chiang Rai is popular for its hill tribe arts and crafts as well as agricultural products including tea, lychee and pineapples.   

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10 Savor Chiang Rai’s dining delights

Restaurants and food stalls at the Night Bazaar and Walking Street Kad Chiang Hai Remembers are best and convenient to experience Chiang Rai specialties. Beyond that, there are a few good restaurants from which to choose from. Be sure to sample Kaeng Hang Le (pork curry), Kaeng Khanoon (spicy jackfruit curry), Sai-Ua (spicy pork sausage), Yunnanese and Burmese influenced noodles.

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 How to Get There


Thai Airways International
operates daily flight from
Bangkok to Chiang Rai.

Bangkok Office

Tel. 0 2280 0060, 0 2628 2000 or

Hot line 1566

Chiang Rai Office
Tel. 0 5371 1179, 0 5371 5207

One-Two-Go offers daily flghts from Bangkok to Chiang Rai.

Hotline 1126

SGA offers flights to Chiang Rai.
Tel. 0 2664 6099





The 10-hour journey from
Bangkok can be made by either air-conditioned or non-air-conditioned buses, leaving from the Bangkok Bus Terminal on
Kamphaengphet II Road.

Tel. 0 2936 2852-66




From Bangkok, take Highway 1 (Phahonyothin Road) then
Highway 32 to Nakhon Sawan and then Highway 1 again to Chiang Rai via Phayao, Lampang and Tak, a total distance of 488 miles.



Useful Links

Hall of Opium

Doi Tung

Phu Chi Fa

Thai Airways International