Chiang Rai Thailand
Chiang Rai is the capital of the Chiang Rai Province, Northern Thailand. The town has a population of around 62,000 and is the main commercial centre serving the Golden Triangle border region of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos. It is an excellent base for exploring the region. The character is distinctly Northern and is distinct to Chiang Mai to the south in a number of ways. The food is definitely spicier and the ethnic composition includes a good percentage of Hill Tribes and Myanmar exiles such as various varieties of Karen.
We did also stop by Coconuts bar for a Sunday roast dinner which came with baked potatoes, vegies and gravy.
The night market is also a great food option where they serve up tasty Thai food and do a reasonable selection of western food, it is a pleasant environment with local entertainment on nightly.
What to see…Where to go.
There are many many wonderful things to see and do in and around the town of Chiang Rai…a few of my favorites are;
The White Temple – Amazing! We did a push bike tour to this temple and it was great fun. Although go early as it gets very hot cycling in th afternoon!
Hilltribe Museum – Learn about the minority Hilltribe people
Homestay – Stay in the home of a hilltribe family. Definately and experience you will not forget quickly.
Waterfalls and Hot Springs – Kun Korn is a 70 metre waterfall – about 15 km south of town.
Tour the Golden Triangle – Hire a private driver and visit the Golden Triangle which includes wonderful tea houses and plantations.
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