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Chiang Rai

Everything You Need to Know About Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai City remains a sleepy provincial town with a pleasant atmosphere. Compared to its sister town Chiang Mai, it has a more relaxed and down-to-earth feel but is never short on historical and cultural attractions of its own. Founded in 1262 as the capital of the Mengrai Dynasty, after Chiang Saen, today the city retains a strong Lanna identity, mostly through its impressive collection of temples, art, language, cuisine and music. But unlike Chiang Mai, the city offers little diversity when it comes to nightlife, entertainment and shopping, and most of these are concentrated in the area around the Clock Tower.

The city is gradually developing its tourist sector, beginning with its own Night Bazaar, Saturday Walking Street and Jazz Festival. The riverside remains mostly undeveloped, albeit with a few luxury hotels along the waterfront. To fully appreciate the beauty of the Mae Kok, it is best to hire a long-tail boat and take in the scenery along the two riverbanks. At the end of the day, Chiang Rai City is all about chilling out and taking it in slowly, savouring each moment as it comes.

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Chiang Rai Travel Guide

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    Chiang Rai Hotels

    Chiang Rai offers a diverse array of escape experiences. In the city, most luxury hotels are riverside, with budget Read More»

  • What to Do in Chiang Rai

    What to Do in Chiang Rai

    With a far-reaching history before its 34-year stretch as the second capital of the Lanna Kingdom, Chiang Rai is Read More»

  • Chiang Rai Restaurants

    Chiang Rai Restaurants

    Apart from typical street-side snacks, you will find an impressive range of European cuisine, from pizzas and fish & Read More»

  • Chiang Rai Nightlife

    Chiang Rai Nightlife

    Chiang Rai offers limited options when it comes to nightlife. Rather than flashy clubs and pubs, what you get is a place Read More»

  • Chiang Rai Shopping

    Chiang Rai Shopping

    Shopping in Chiang Rai itself feels more like an undercurrent than mainstream activity. The Night Bazaar and Saturday Read More»

  • Chiang Rai Activities

    Chiang Rai Activities

    Many travellers think of Chiang Rai as a peaceful province that has very little going on besides mountain trekking and Read More»

  • Getting Around Chiang Rai

    Getting Around Chiang Rai

    Downtown Chiang Rai is fairly small and easy to get around in. Unless you plan to visit the more remote areas, getting Read More»

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    Chiang Rai Map

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