Lesser known than Chiang Mai as a tourist destination, Chiang Rai is Thailand’s northernmost province.
Chiang Rai’s high rugged hills, lush valleys, pristine rivers and remote, colourful hill tribe villages produce a spectacular landscape and diversity of culture.
Retaining a strong Lanna identity, this small city offers a relaxed atmosphere, great local cuisine and an impressive collection of spell-binding temples and art.
Offering little diversity compared to its sister city, there is minimal nightlife entertainment and the riverside remains mostly undeveloped apart from a few hotels situated along the waterfront – Chiang Rai is all about relaxing and taking it slow.
Chiang Rai offers an excellent base to explore the surrounding northern areas, particular in terms of trekking and is home to the Golden Triangle, the point where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar’s borders merge on the Mekong River, an area that once had a reputation for an opium trade.