Chiang Rai is the name of a Thailand’s most northernmost province and also its provincial capital.
The region is famous for its jaw-dropping landscape and abundance of attractive temples and religious monuments. This makes it a sightseers dream, whether natural beauty or man-made wonder is your preference. Hiking into the mountains offers you some dramatic views while the unique culture and heritage makes for a fascinating history lesson.
It’s the only area of Thailand that borders both Myanmar and Laos (the border region is known as the Golden Triangle) and there are certainly some cultural influences from these countries around the province.
However, this is very much quintessentially Thailand, and the fact that Chaing Rai is relatively away from the tourist trail ensures that you’ll get an authentic experience of Thailand. The region is also home to a number of remote hill tribes living a lifestyle you won’t see anywhere else in the country. You can hire a guide a visit these tribes for an insight into their lives.
Why visit Chiang Rai?
Go hiking in the mountains forested mountains and get to see wildlife and natural beauty
Chiang Rai has a number of great golf courses including the Santiburi Country Club
Visit a hill tribe or two – a very different kind of experience
Northern Thai food is at its best here, drawing on influences from across the borders with Laos and Myanmar
There are unique festivals such as the Lychee Fair and the Solar Fair