Chiang Rai Page 1, the northernmost Province of Thailand
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Chiang Rai Page 1, the northernmost Province of Thailand
Chiang Rai Page 1, the northernmost Province of Thailand

Chiang Rai, - the northernmost province of Thailand is about 785 kilometres north of Bangkok. Situated on the Kok River basin, Chiang Rai covers an area of about 11,678 square meters with an average elevation of 580 meters above sea level. The province, which is located within the renowned Golden Triangle area where Myanmar ( previously named Burma )  Laos and Thailand converge, is also known as the gateway to Myanmar, Laos and Southern China.

Chiang Rai, which was founded in 1262 by King Meng Rai,

was the first capital of the Lanna Thai Kingdom ( Kingdom of a million rice fields ) which was later conquered by Burma. It was not until 1786 that Chiang Rai became a Thai territory and was proclaimed a province during the reign of King Rama VI in 1910.

Today, Chiang Rai is a travellers paradise endowed with abundant natural tourist attractions and antiquities; the province itself is evidence of past civilization. Attractions range from magnificent mountain scenery, ruins of ancient settlements, historical sites, Buddhist shrines and ethnic villages as the province is also home to several hill tribes who maintain fascinating lifestyles. For those interested in the natural side of Chiang Rai, jungle trekking is recommended along various trails.

Chiang Rai which tends to be a little more laid back now competes with Chiang Mai as a tourist attraction and is fast becoming a popular escape for tourists wanting to get away from the troubles they left behind.

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