Introducing Chiang Rai
Chiang Rai Province has such a diversity of attractions that its capital is often overlooked. This small delightful city is worth getting to know, however, with its relaxed atmosphere, good-value accommodation and great local food. It's also the logical base from which to plan excursions to the more remote corners of the province.
Founded by Phaya Mengrai in 1262 as part of the Lao-Thai Lanna kingdom, Chiang Rai didn't become a Siamese territory until 1786 and a province until 1910.
Thailand's best ecotourism spots
Chiang Rai The centre for hill-tribe trekking with a social justice hook; some trekking companies employ hill-tribe guides or foster community development programs...
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Private Tour: Elephant Adventure, Hilltribes and Mae Kok River Trip from Chiang Rai
The Mae Kok River, 80 miles long, running through the heart of Chiang Rai, is said to be one of the most beautiful and unspoiled rivers of the world. It flows gently along jungle banks and towering mountain cliffs...