Chiang Rai Journals

Swedish Sukiyaki

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A travel journal to Chiang Rai by SeenThat

Golden Triangle  Photo, Ban Sop Ruak, Thailand More Photos
Quote: Cosmopolitan center or forgotten village at the kingdom’s northern edge? Chiang Rai is elusive enough to leave both options open, no matter the efforts made by the traveler to answer the question. On sukiyaki, croissants and everything in between them.

Traveling to the Kingdom’s End

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Golden Triangle  Photo, Ban Sop Ruak, Thailand
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The Golden Triangle probably is one of the most dramatic spots in Southeast Asia. It is here than the 93th Division of the Kuomintang settled as refugees after the Chinese Nationalist Party was defeated by the Communists. Doi Mae Salong – near Chiang Rai – is their biggest settlement and is famous for having been the site of a tax imposed on heroin producers of the Golden Triangle back in the 1960’s by the Kuomintang; the event ended with a battle among the 93rd Division, Khun Sa (a Burmese warlord) and the Royal ...Read More

Wat Phra Kaeo Chiang Rai

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Attraction | "Didn’t I Visit It Elsewhere?"

Wat Phra Kaeo Chiang Rai Photo, Chiang Rai, Thailand
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Several towns in Thailand house a Wat Phra Kaeo – a Holy Crystal Temple. The traveler arriving at Chiang Rai from Bangkok may remember having seen one at the Grand Palace. Chiang Mai also has one. This redundancy may be quickly classified as yet another example of generic names used time and again in the kingdom; many such examples exist, but this case is different. In the Thai culture this name is too holy to be used lightly; all the temp...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 1, 2010

Wat Phra Kaeo Chiang Rai
Trairat Road, Wiang sub-district
Muang District, Chiang Rai City.

Baan Chivitmai Bakery

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Restaurant | "On Coffee and Charity"

Baan Chivitmai Bakery  Photo, Chiang Rai, Thailand
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Western pastries are still an oddity in rural Thailand, though the situation is changing rapidly in towns frequented by foreign travelers. Often, the result is tasteless hybrids that compromise between the item’s correct look with the most available ingredients (I’ve seen McDonald’s selling burgers in rice-buns!). Chiang Rai being a major attractor in the Northern Thailand, it features several bakeries and restaurants catering for tourists. Among these Baan Chivitmai is exceptional, and not only because it is also frequented by the denizens.Hours and LocationBaan Chivitmai is open daily between 7 am 9 PM, except on Sundays, when operates between 2 and 9 PM. T...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 1, 2010

Baan Chivitmai Bakery
Prasopsuk Road (Near the Bus Station)
Chiang Rai, Thailand
+66 53 71 2357

Morning Market

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Attraction | "Where Is the Supermarket?"

Morning Market Photo, Chiang Rai, Thailand
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Where is the Supermarket?Thai cities – and Southeast Asian ones in general – can be confusing at first. Where do the denizens buy food? Where are the supermarkets? What’s the difference between the markets?Luckily, things may be different than in the west, but they are not complicated. The night market is the place to dine in the evening and maybe buy a few souvenirs or inexpensive clothes. Morning markets somewhat resemble western supermarkets, offering mainly raw food products and houseware. Most of them feature also a prepared food area where breakfast – and sometimes lunch – meals can be enjoyed.Chiang Rai’s Morning Market In Chiang Rai...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 1, 2010

Morning Market

Chiang Rai, Thailand

Chiang Rai Night Bazaar

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Attraction | "Backpackers’ Perfect"

Chiang Rai Night Bazaar Photo, Chiang Rai, Thailand
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Backpackers’ PerfectFew cities are comfortable for backpackers. Ideally, such cities have their main bus terminal at their very center, and near would be a major commercial area and plenty of inexpensive guesthouses. The vast majority of cities are planned in a completely different way, placing terminals and airports as far as possible from their center and guesthouses far from their main commercial area. These facts transform Chiang Rai into a miracle. The bus terminal is the town’s center, the night market is next to it and guesthouses surround both of them; a Backpackers’ Perfect kind of town.The MarketThanon Phaholyothin is one of the m...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 1, 2010

Chiang Rai Night Bazaar

Chiang Rai, Thailand

Wat Rong Khun

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Attraction | "On a White Temple, Buddha and Superman"

Wat Rong Khun Photo, Chiang Rai, Thailand
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It took me a long time to write about Wat Rong Khun, which dating to 1997 is the most recent – and still unfinished - addition to Thailand’s list of most prominent temples. Deciding if it was a worthy destination for the traveler reaching Chiang Rai was my problem; I couldn’t make up my mind regarding the nature of the site. Was it Thai? Or did foreign influences transform it into a worthy attraction only for Thais? This was a dilemma similar to the one awaiting travelers visiting Sala Keoku in No...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 22, 2011

Wat Rong Khun

Chiang Rai