Areas in Chiang Rai:
Chiang Rai is a city in the far North of Thailand. There was a period when the city was the capital of the Lanna kingdom and for that it still houses some important temples and sights.
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The emerald Buddha that is now housed in the Grand Palace in Bangkok was found in Chiang Rai. A relatively new temple, but an absolute tourist attraction is the White Temple about 10 kilometers south of the city. A visit to Chiang Rai is not complete without a visit to the white temple.
(The Golden clock tower in the centre of Chiang Rai)
About 40 kilometers North of Chiang Rai you will find the Golden Triangle. It got this name because of the historical connection with the opium trade in this part of the kingdom. The golden triangle is now popular by tourists because of its natural beauty. Densely forests, the mighty Mekong river and the mountains where you can still find the ancient hill tribes are the main attractions.
(Elephant Camp at the Anantara Golden Triangle)
Mae Sai is a border town in the Northern part of the Golden Triangle, it is actually the most Northern town in Thailand. When the political situation permits you can have a look in Myanmar for a day without visa.
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