Chiang Rai, the provincial capital of Chiang Rai Province, is a city in Northern Thailand. With its northeast part bordering the Golden Triangle region of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos, Chiang Rai is the main commercial service center for the Golden Triangle.
Chiang Rai was built in 1262 and was the capital of the ancient Lanna Kingdom during the 13th century. You will see a lot of Buddhist temples featured with Lanna-style architecture and culture. Famous temples in Chiang Mai include Wat Klong Wiang, Wat Ming Meuang, Wat Phra Kaeo, Wat Phra Sing, and so on. Also there are museums including The Chiang Rai Cultural Centre, Hill Tribe Museum and Education Center, Lanna Museum, and Mae Fah Luang Art & Cultural Park housing precious cultural relics and artifacts for you to learn the brilliant history and culture of Chiang Mai and Lanna Kingdom.
Also trek to those remote hill tribe villages are great to explore the traditional local culture and lifestyle. Excursions to the Golden Triangle from Chiang Mai are very popular among tourists. What’s more, shopping at night bazaar and Sunday Walking Street are popular activities among tourists.
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