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Discovering Chiang Rai

The small and charming city of Chiang Rai is the capital of the Thailand’s northernmost province with the same name. In the recent years this picturesque city is experiencing a real tourist boom. There are many factors for this but the main reason is the interesting location of the city, the warm weather and the friendly people. Chiang Rai lies on the Mae Kok River which makes the soil very fertile and it’s no wonder why there are so many fruit stands in the city offering fresh exotic fruit. The weather is almost always warm which makes it appealing for tourist visits all over the year.

Chiang Rai is often used as a base for people that want to visit the so-called “Golden Triangle”. This Golden triangle is actually the area where three Asian countries are bordering – Thailand, Laos and Burma. It is a very interesting region with untouched nature.

Besides the wild nature, jungle forests, traditional architecture and local cuisine there are many other things that you can do when you are in Chiang Rai.

For example tourists that are more adventurous can rent ATVs. Explore the endless wild life of Thailand with the help of an ATV. The local waterfalls are simply breath-taking and so is the driving trough the thick jungle. Some of the views there are scenic and the terrain is something that you can experience only when in Chiang Rai.

Another fun activity to do is to visit the local Boomerang Rock Climbing and Adventure Park. There are dozens of tourists visiting this complex daily. There are some beautiful caves where you can climb and explore at the same time. You should also try the zip lines and take a breath with a small picnic.

Khun Korn Waterfall is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Thailand. So, don’t miss it while you are in Chiang Rai. You can get there after a pleasant walk in the jungle and if you are lucky enough you can see some amazing snakes around. The waterfall itself is really big and it is a nice place to take photo of you and your family.

The growing popularity of Chiang Rai is not something that is happening by accident. The local authorities have invested much in tourism and there are numerous hotels built in the recent years that can host hundreds of visitors. Chiang Rai is definitely a city that will get even more popular among tourists in the upcoming years.

Chiang Rai – The Hidden Gem of Thailand

Chiang Rai is a small city (67.000 inhabitants) located on the north of Thailand. Although it’s not big it is a popular tourist destination because of its beauty and many attractions that it offers. Almost every tourist tour on Thailand includes a visit to Chiang Rai – a city with picturesque surrounding that includes beautiful countryside and high mountains. We have completed a list of things that every traveler should visit when in Chiang Rai.

  1. Wat Rong Khun – a beautiful Buddhist temple (Wat) also known as White Temple is a place that is visited by hundreds of worshipers every day. Its unique architecture makes this temple one of a kind not only for Chiang Rai but for whole Thailand. Wat Rong Khun is something that you should not miss while in Chiang Rai.
  2. Phu Chi Fa Forest Park – a place where you can see the natural beauties of Chiang Rai. This park is visited by both – Thai and foreign tourists who usually go here to see the sunrise or the sunset. The picture of the sun rising above the mountains is amazing and something you won’t forget for a long time.
  3. Mae Fah Luang Art and Culture Park – besides natural parks Chiang Rai has culture parks too. This is actually a big botanic garden with lots of streams, museum-like buildings housing lots of artifacts and many different Thai plants. People often use this place to have picnics and enjoy the nature.
  4. Clock Tower – located near night bazaar area, this clock is one of the most famous attractions of Chiang Rai. It is especially interesting during the night because it changes its colors every hour. Make sure you take a photo when you are around this interesting clock tower.
  5. Wat Phrathat Doi Tong – another amazing Buddhist temple constructed in the 10th century. It’s surrounded by jungle and lots of water streams. Besides the temple this complex also has a museum dedicated to Buddha where you can learn a lot about Buddhism from the young Buddhist students that are usually there.
  6. Baan Si Dum (Black House) – this is another art museum in Chiang Rai area that’s worth visiting. It’s located few miles north from Chiang Rai and it’s constructed by the same man that has constructed Wat Rong Khun. Even if you don’t like art much this place will certainly impress you. There are lots of unique buildings, creative architecture, many art pieces…

These are few of the places which you can visit while in Chiang Rai – the hidden gem of Thailand.


New bridge at Chiang Rai

New bridge at Chiang Rai

Officials in Chiang Rai are readying themselves for the launch of the newest Thai-Lao friendship bridge on December 11th , 2013 .

Chiang Rai governor Phongsak Wangsamoe on Thursday disclosed that the construction of the 4th Thai-Lao friendship bridge was almost complete, and preparations were underway for the inauguration ceremony on December 11. The newest land link to Laos would act as a passageway into and from China. After the launch, more tourists are expected to visit Thailand, and there will be an increase in the amount of trade in goods. Currently, work is underway to finalize work for the immigration and customs points at the bridge, added Mr. Phongsak.

Regarding the benefits for locals in the province, residents will make more income from selling locally-made products. He added that Mae Sai, Chiang Saen and Chiang Khong districts in the province are slated to host economic zones and merchandise distribution centers in the future. Then it is good news for people in Chian Rai and Thailand to travel to Laos .

Chiang Rai drug bust

Two men were arrested with a large quantity of methamphetamine and “ice”, or crystal methamphetamine, with a street value of more than 100 million baht in a joint suppression operation in Thoeng district of Chiang Rai province on Sunday, officials said in a press conference Sunday.

Pol Gen Pongsapat Pongcharoen, secretary-general of the Office of the Narcotic Control Board (ONCB), said the operation was carried out by a combined force of the border patrol police, Pha Muang Task Force and Rangers Task Force 31.

Acting on information obtained in an intelligence operation, the authorities intercepted two pickup trucks in front of Wiang Thoeng Kindergarten in tambon Wiang of Thoeng district on Sunday and arrested two men – Jaroon Khamnoi, 56, and Prasong Saen-arthit, 34, both natives of Nan province.

Found in a search of the two vehicles were 496,000 methamphetamine pills and 30kg of crystal methamphetamine, worth altogether about 100 million baht.

Pol Gen Pongsapat said the drug haul followed a close watch on deliveries of drugs to five communities – Wat Duangkhae, Saphan Pun, Wat Phrayakrai, Surao Daeng and Wang Som in Bangkok and on 69 drug dealers.

It was learned that the drugs delivered to these communities were supplied from the North by drug networks of a man called Jo and a woman identified as Suchinda Thuaypha, alias Jeh Phen, 43, who received the drugs which were smuggled across the border from Myanmar to Chiang Rai by a drug gang under Lt Col Yi Se.

The two men were delivering the drugs to the five Bangkok communities, Pol Gen Pongsapat said.