Map of Chiang Rai, Thailand
Chiang Rai is Thailand's northern province was part of the Lanna Kingdom, founded by King Mengrai, and is becoming an ever more important region of Thailand. More about Chiang Rai, Thailand
- Chiang Rai is accessible by bus, car and air.
- Thai Airways has numerous regular daily flights.
- Bus service from the Northern (Chatuchak) Bus Station near the Mochit Sky Train Station. About 12-14 hours via VIP (24 seat) bus.
- Car - the route to Chiang Mai via Route 1.
Chiang Rai Province is more of a central point for day trips than an attraction of itself. Although a local temple was once a temporary home of the revered Emerald Buddha. Chiang Rai has accommodations in all price ranges from 5 star resorts to humble guest houses.
Doi Mae Salong is an interesting Chinese Community in the mountains northwest of Chiang Rai.
Chiang Saen, one of the oldest Northern cities has some interesting temples, and its location along the Mekong River gives it a special ambiance.
Mae Sai is the northerly most city in Thailand and a border crossing to Burma (Tachailek). Mae Sai is also a market point for gem rough, mostly material from Mong Hsu. Mae Sai has several hotels and guest houses, mostly along the Sai River.
Chiang Saen Lake (off the highway to Chiang Saen town) makes an excellent day or overnight trip, especially for birders. More than a hundred species of migratory waterfowl use the area as a stopover. Chiang Saen lake has several guest houses.
Chiang Khong, east of Chiang Rai and on the banks of the Mekong is an excellent overnight trip. The town exudes the traditional Lanna Charm, and serves as a crossing point to Huayxai, Laos. Quite a number of excursions to Luang Prabang beginning at Chiang Khong. Comfortable and affordable guest houses can be found along the main road and along the river. Laos visas are available in Chiang Khong.