Introducing Chiang Rai
King Meng Rai, established Chiang Rai in 1262 as the first capital of the Lanna Thai Kingdom. Near the Kok River. Thirty-four years later, he founded Chiang Mai as a capital city and centre of the Lanna Thai Kingdom and, which was later conquered by Burma. Until 1786, Chiang Rai became a Thai territory and was proclaimed a province during the reign of King Rama VI in 1910. 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. Until this day, entire clans live together in bamboo houses and each village has its character. Today, Chiang Rai is one of the travellers' choices who is passionate about natural tourist attractions, historical of the Lanna Kingdom and ethnic hill tribe villages
Things to do in Chiang Rai
Visit the Oldest city in Thailand
Chiang Sean was one of the major cities during the Lanna Kingdom. It was served as the capital before King Mengrai established Chiang Rai in 1262 and was captured by the Burmese in the 16th century and recalled back by King Rama I in 1803. Traces of old double city walls and many other antiquities remain in and outside the district town. You will be surprised by the history of Lanna Kingdom by visiting Historical attractions, for example, Chiang Saen National Museum, Wat Phra That Chedi Luang, Wat Phra Chao Lan Thong, Wat Pa Sak and more. Furthermore, the Golden triangle is located in Chiang Saen, which is the area where the borders of Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar meet at the confluence of the Ruak and Mekong rivers. Some of the sights in the area include a large golden Buddha image seated in a boat, an ancient temple on a hill and the House of Opium Museum. Get up close to all three countries taking a long tail boat ride along the shores of Thailand, Burma, and Laos.
Visit Doi (Mountain) with natural scenery
Doi Tung Palace - Final residence of the Princess Mother (mother of King Bhumibol). This magnificent villa was built on the mountain overlooking the surrounding hills and valleys in a unique mix of Swiss and Lanna architectural styles. -Mae Fah Luang Gardens are a botanical park located on the slopes below the royal villa. Flowers and plants grow among rock formations. There is also a cafe where you can enjoy your beverage with a beautiful view of the mountains. Moreover, there are many mountain spots for camping and see the beautiful scenery of the forest and sky on the top of the hills. Forexaple, Doi Mae Salong, Doi Pha Tang, Doi Chang, Doi Tung and more.
Shopping and Art
Chiang Rai is home for many well known Thai artists, for example, Chalermchai Kositpipat, Thawan Duchanee, Somluk Pantiboon, and mores. It’s no surprise that you will see many Art attractions in Chiang Rai especially Thai Lanna Art attractions such as White Temple, Blackhouse museum and Wat Rong Sua Ten. On the other hand, don't miss the chance to buy local products which Chiang Rai is well known for, such as Silk, hill tribe products, dried mushrooms and coffee, and tea. Visit Maesai Border (Border between Thai and Myanmar) during the day or Chiang Rai Night Bazaar at night.