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About Chiang Rai

Standing on the right bank of the Menam Kok, Chiang Rai is well worth visiting for its extraordinarily beautiful scenery and makes a convenient center from which to explore the country close by and further afield. Its good transport links with Chiang Mai, Chiang Saen and the rather more distant Lampang mean that a number of interesting northern Thailand towns are easily accessible.

Chiang Rai Climate

Chiang Rai's climate is characterised by three distinct seasons: hot, rainy and cool. Due to the overall higher altitude, mean temperatures in Chiang Rai are typically cooler than in Thailand's southern, ...

Main Highlights and Activities

Phra That Doi Tung - A temple containing the left collar bone of the Buddha on top of the Doi Tung (highest in Chiang Rai), is a most important place of worship for Buddhists in the North. About 7 km from the ...

Demographics and Geography

Population 62,000. Chiang Rai City is 200 kilometres northeast of Chiang Mai City, Changwat Chiang Mai; 62 kilometres south of Amphoe Mae Sai and the Myanmar border.


Ancestors of northern Thai people migrated from China through Burma and Laos some 5,000 years ago, and the first organised city state in this region was founded at modern-day Chiang Saen along the Mekong ...