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  • Alex Gillam

Chiang Rai, the Gem of Northern Thailand

Originally founded in the 13th Century by King Meng Rai, Chiang Rai was the first capital of the Lanna Thai Kingdom, and even today it is impossible to not feel traces of the city's storied past. North Chiang Rai falls within the main commercial center of the region known as the Golden Triangle, the area where the borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos converge, offering a unique cultural experience like no other.

The perfect base from which to explore the remote, lesser-known regions of Northern Thailand, Chiang Rai is a delightful, relaxed mountain town marrying culture and adventure in a way that few other cities can match. The town itself is home to some of Thailand’s finest temples, markets, and local cuisine, while the surrounding scenery boasts some of the country’s most stunning landscapes – perfect for trekking, rafting, or cycling.

Whether you come for the history, the people, or the spectacular natural splendor, Chiang Rai has something to offer for everyone. For more information, including our favorite tours and properties, we encourage you to visit our Thailand Destination Page.

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