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CHIANGRAI<♦>

          Chiangrai province covers some 11,678 square kilometres, is bordered by Myanmar to the north , and northeast. The provincial capital is 785 kilometres north of Bangkok and is 580 metres above sea level. Chiangrai was founded in 1262 by King Meng Rai and was the first capital of Lanna Thai (Kingdom of a Million Ricefields).
          The province contains thailand's norhtern most point at Mae Sai, is well Known for its crisp mountain scenery, and hilltribes, and falls within the region known as the Golden Triangle, the area where the borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos converge. 

                ≈♦≈ ATTRACTIONS ≈♦≈
King Meng Rai The Great Monument.
         
This is located on the city outskirts, beside the northern road to Mae chan, and honours the monarch who founded Chiangrai in 1262. Ku Phra Chao Meng Rai Situated in Wat Ngam Muang, on Ngam muang Hilltock, this stupa contains King Meng Rai's ashes and rilics.

Doi Mae Salong.
          Located some 40 kilometres beyond Mae chan, a mountaintop settlement known as Santi Khiri is home to descendants of chinese Nationalist soldiers who fled to, and settled in Thailand, in 1940.
          Mountainside plantations of coffee, and fruit orchards, provide scenic variety. the area is particularly picturesque in December and January when Thai cherry trees are in blossom.
          Accommodation, restaurants and opportunities for horse-riding and elephant trekking number among major attractions.

       
  
Doi Tung.
          This northernmost Thai mountain contains several scenic spots, including the doi tung Royal Villa, the Mae Fah Luang Botanical Garden, the mountaintop Wat Phra That Doi Tung which affords a spectacular view of the surrounding area, and contains Buddha relics, and varous hilltribe villages in natural settings.

     
 
 ► Mae Sai.
          This border town faces Myanmar across the Mae Sai river, and is located 62 kilometres north of Chiangrai on Highway No.110. Numerous shopping opportunities exist for popular Thai and Burmese goods.
    
            
 
Chiangsaen.
          This riverside town facing the Maekong river is 30 kilometres from mae Chan via Highway No.1016, predates chiangrai and is famous for a special style of Buddha image.

             

The Golden Triangle.
          8 kilometres north of Chiangsean, this riverside area marks the spot where the borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos converge.
    
 
       
 
Chiang Khong.
          Located 55 kilometres east of Chiang Saen, (and 114 kilometres northeast of Chiangrai provincial capital), this settlement faces Laos across the Maekhong River. Local tour operators can arrange for tourists to visit Laos.

Doi Pa Tung.
          Some 32 kilometres from Amphur Wiang Kaen (127 kilometres from Chiangrai provincial capital), this scenic moutain location hosts Hmong and Yao ethnic miniorities. During December and January, the area is rendered even more picturesque thanks to cherry blossom and mountain mists.

           
  
Phu Chee Fah.
          This mountain 20 kilometres south of Doi Pha Tung, provides scenic views of Laos, and during February is dotted with white wild flowers known as Dok Siao.
      
 
      

 


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