Where is Chiang Rai?
Chiang Rai is one of the least popular tourist destinations in Thailand. For me it was a good reason to do opposite and visit this place and I don’t regret afterwards.
Chiang Rai city is a relatively small town but the country areas of the province are huge. Most package tours normally include a few days in Chiang Rai, probably because it’s a very pretty town surrounded by countryside and mountains. I spent over day one day and definitely will come back in a few years.
What is “the must seen” in this area?
Wat Rong Khun
Wat Rong Khun is also known as the White Temple. Wat Rong Khun is the place to be visited throughout the year. Whereas most temples visited by tourists have a history going back many centuries, this magnificent place of worship was built only recently.
As a traveler, you probably have seen hundreds of temples over the years, but this one is one of a kind. The white stone has thousands of little mirrors embedded in it, to make the temple sparkle in the sunlight.
Just an hour and a half drive from Chiang Rai, Mae Soi is a small town that shares a border with Myanmar. Mae Soy itself isn’t anything spectacular, but it’s fascinating to visit as you get to see a chunk of what it’s like living in a border town.
Chiang Saen’s The Golden Triangle
The Golden Triangle covers an area of about 195,000 square kilometers and covers three separate countries; Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos. The golden triangle was once a place where opium was grown widely, but this no longer exists on the Thai side of the border.
The location at Golden Triangle area where the border of Myanmar, Thailand and Laos is called Sob-Ruak Village are. meet at the confluence of the Ruak and Maekhong rivers.
If you have an opportunity to visit Chiang Rai and generally Northern Thailand you should definitely do that. For me one week spent in this area was unforgettable, unique and less touristic. I hope that my last posts could convince you to add this part of Thailand to “must seen” list. Enjoy!!!