Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai Information :

Chiang Rai was established in 1262 during the reign of expansionist Lanna ruler Mangrai. Chiang Rai is the northernmost province of Thailand and a home to breathtaking mountains, waterfalls, hot springs, river valleys, caves and many more. It is also a settlement of some hilltribes such as Karen, Akha, Lisu, Meo and Muser. Once, the province was made famous by Golden Triangle where 3 countries; Myanmar, Laos and Thailand converge at the banks of Mekong River. Not only the richness of the nature it is blessed with, but it also has a wealth of cultural and historical treasures to be explored. A number of picturesque attractions such as Golden Traingle, hilltribe villages, the White Temple, museums, Rai Mae Fah Luang which is a cultural centre and centre of Lanna studies. While you are here, you will find that the activities are endless especially those of nature borne. Amidst this laid-back and relaxing atmosphere, there are accommodations ranging from homestay to 5 star hotels catering all preferences.

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Location
Chiang Rai is the northernmost province of Thailand, 785 kilometres from Bangkok. It is adjacent to Myanmar and Laos on the north, Phayao and Lampang on the south, Laos on the east and Chiang Mai on the west.

Area
It has a total area of 11,678 sq.km. and is administratively divided into 16 counties.

Climate
There are three seasons like Chiang Mai — the hot season from March to May, the rainy season from May to October and the cool season from November to February. In the cool season, the temperature may drop to 13 C at night. It can be lower in the mountains.

Wat Phra Kaeo
Legend tells us that the temple spire was struck by lightning in 1436 to reveal the precious green jasper Buddha now relocated in Bangkok’s Royal Wat Phra Kaeo. A replica of the image is now on display.

Wat Phra Singh
The restored 15th century wat has a replica of the Phra Singh Buddha, a highly revered Theravada Buddhist image; the original was removed to Chiang Mai’s Wat Phra Singh. Located close to Wat Phon on Trairat Road.

Perched on a hill on the northwest side of town, the Burmese-style Wat Doi Tong (Phra That Chomtong) has great views of the town and a panorama of the Mae Kok valley. The temple can be reached by a steep staircase off Kaisornrasit Road and according to local legend, it’s said that King Mengrai chose this site for his new Lanna capital.

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