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Chiang Rai: Thailand’s Edge

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An October 2006 trip to Chiang Rai by SeenThat

Lizard and Elephants Photo, Chiang Rai, Thailand More Photos
Quote: On Thailand’s northern edge, Chiang Rai is a main city in the country’s north offering plenty of activities to the visitor in a serene ambience.

Chiang Rai: Thailand’s Edge

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Temple Photo, Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Chiang Rai is rich in memorials of King Mengrai; most of them are near downtown and are easily accessible. King Mengrai was the ruler of Nakhon Hiran Ngoen Yang (now known as Chiang Saen) before Chiang Rai was established as the administrative centre in 1262. He consolidated his power by merging the different city-states in the North and founded the Lanna Thai Kingdom in 1296 with Chiang Mai as the capital.The King Mengrai Stupa is in front of Wat Ngam Muang and was built by King Chaisongkram to contain the remains of his father (King Mengrai). A related monument is the King Mengrai Great Memorial, located at the intersection leading to Mae Chan. It is a popular place for locals, who put flowe...Read More

Lotus Guesthouse

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Hotel

Buddha Photo, Chiang Rai, Thailand
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Pedantically caring for their past, expatriates often offer the best opportunity to meet a foreign cuisine in a distant land. The Korean owners of the Lotus Guesthouse in Chiang Rai have managed to create a very reliable version of Korean cuisine in Northern Thailand and that is enough to justify a visit at the establishment. The restaurant is located next to the reception desk, and is surrounded by the two structures that host the rooms; the few tables are open to the cooling breeze, but under a protecting roof, and a nearby television set shows the BBC or other English ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 20, 2007

Chiang Rai Attractions

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Lizard and Elephants Photo, Chiang Rai, Thailand
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Chiang Rai is rich in memorials of King Mengrai and its far past as a capital of the Lanna Kingdom; most of them are near downtown and are easily accessible. King Mengrai was the ruler of Nakhon Hiran Ngoen Yang (now commonly known as Chiang Saen) before Chiang Rai was established as the administrative centre in 1262. He consolidated his power by merging the different city-states in the North and founded the Lanna Thai Kingdom in 1296 with Chiang Mai as the capital.King Mengrai StupaThis stupa is in front of Wat Ngam Muang atop Doi Ngam Muan...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 13, 2007

Temples of Chiang Rai

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Buddha Photo, Chiang Rai, Thailand
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Chiang Rai is home to some of the most important Buddhist temples in the country, including the one where the Emerald Buddha was discovered. No visit is complete without dedicating at least a day to the main ones. Placed nearby downtown, they can be easily visited by foot.Wat Phra KaeoLocated on Trairat Road on the northwest side of town, within walking distance from downtown and two blocks south of the river, is one of the best known temples in the country. It once housed the Emerald Buddha, Thailand’s most revered statue; the statue was moved to ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 13, 2007

Doi Mae Salong

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Tea Cup at Doi Mae Salong Photo, Thailand, Asia
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Similarly to Mae Aw (which is much to the northwest from here) Doi Mae Salong is a village settled by Kuomintang people from Yunnan, who escaped China and arrived through Myanmar after the Communists took over. Nowadays, the former warriors concentrate on to...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 22, 2007