Chiang Rai

The city was founded by King Mangrai in 1262 and became the capital of the Mengrai dynasty. However, it soon lost it’s status as capital to Chaing Mai and has seemingly played second fiddle ever since. You won’t find hoards of tourists here, but instead you get an authentic view of Thai life and views of the incredible white temple all to yourself.

We stayed in Chiang Rai for three days enroute to Laos.  It was enough time to see the sights and familiarize ourselves with the town.  The border crossing to Laos is simple and efficient and buying a package with the boat trip to Luang Prabang, Laos is easier and cheaper than doing it yourself as we did.  Read about one of the most spectacular temples in the world located in Chiang Rai.

Learn how to visit Thailand yourself with our tips, costs and highlights.  Read the Thailand Travel Guide.

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