Chiang Rai is a peaceful destination that offers everything from scenery to spiritual beauty and even plenty of entertainment. Do read on to know some interesting facts about the city.
The laid-back destination of Chiang Rai is the northern-most city of Thailand and it has gained popularity the world over for its excellent base of history and breathtaking natural beauty. Like almost every city in the world, Chiang Rai also has a rewarding history. The King Mengrai of Ngoen Yang, considered as the pioneer of this city, once established it as the capital of the Lanna Kingdom. Later it was moved to Chiang Mai.
This mountainous region is a part of the ‘Golden Triangle’ where the borders of Laos, Thailand, and Burma converge. Both the Mae Kok River and Lao River running through the city is a major highlight. While the western part of the city features the hilly terrain of the Thai highlands, the eastern part boasts of flat river plains.
As you set foot at the Chiang Rai airport your first impression of the city’s transportation system will not be a positive one. Local buses, or ‘songthaew’, are the most preferred mode of transport in Chiang Rai. Those can be easily spotted since they are converted pickup trucks painted in bright red.
The Golden Triangle
This marks the point where Thailand, Laos, and Burma meet. You’ll be able to see different landscapes belonging to 3 different countries from a single point! Those staying at one of the many Chiang Rai hotels the likes of Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort can easily map out a journey to view the stunning scenery around the Golden Triangle.
Fritzjames Stephen is a travel writer, who writes content based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life. Google+