Chiang Rai is Thailand’s northernmost province, with the atmosphere of a complex mountain range and rich Lanna culture. The area offers many fascinating cultural sites, such as Wat Rong Khun, designed and built by Ajarn Chalermchai Kositpipat, which is notable for its exquisite white architecture; Mingmuang Temple, the oldest temple in Chiang Rai; Wat Rong Suea Ten Huay Pla Kang Temple; and Baan Museum, which is a place that collects artworks by Ajarn Thawan Thanchanee. For those who like nature, you can go to see the Mekong sunrise and sea mist in the morning in Doi Pha Tang. Feel the cold and see the mist with a 360-degree sea view of Phu Chi Dao.
The city is served by Chiang Rai International Airport and is well connected to other major destinations in Thailand and abroad. Tourists can also use private buses and taxis that run regularly to and from Chiang Rai. It is part of the Golden Triangle and was once a hub of the opium trade. However, today it is famous for its temples and other cultural attractions, especially the Black and White Temples. To experience the true beauty of this landscape, take a relaxing Mekong River cruise.
The city was founded by King Mangrai in 1262 and became the capital of the Mangrai dynasty. The word “Chiang” means “city” in Thai, so Chiang Rai would mean “the city of (Mang) Rai.” Chiang Rai was subsequently conquered by Burma and remained under Burmese rule for several hundred years. It was not until 1786 that Chiang Rai became a vassal of Chiang Mai. Siam (Thailand) annexed Chiang Mai in 1899, and Chiang Rai was declared a Thai province in 1933.
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The city is also known for its delicious and affordable local Thai cuisine. And it is an ideal destination for jungle trekking and mingling with hill tribe culture. – On your trip back, Chiang Rai should be on your list.
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Check out the winter flowers in the Mae Fah Luang Gardens surrounding Doi Tung Palace. continuation of the event “13 wild boar caves” in the forest park Tham Luang-Khun Nam Nang Non. Since Chiang Rai is a province that lies at the crossroads of Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos, tourists can see both sides of the Mekong River in the golden triangle and also visit Mae Sai-Thai Lek Market along the Mekong border between Thailand and Burma.
Chiang Rai has a tropical moist and dry climate. Winters are pretty dry and warm. Temperatures are rising till April. That’s when it’s warm, with the common each day at 34.9 °C (94.8 °F). The monsoon season runs from past-due April through October, with heavy rain and incredibly cooler temperatures all through the day, despite nights staying warm.