"North east of Chiang Mai is the region’s quieter neighbour, Chiang Rai. Mountainous and inviting, this smaller province lies on the south bank of the Kok River, and borders with Burma and Laos."

Chiang Rai's climates are cooler than those in the south, offering ideal weather conditions for travellers embarking on hill treks. Whilst trekking, it is possible to spend the night in any of the regions temples, although a small donation is required.

The bordering of Burma and Laos at the meeting of the Mekong and Ruak rivers forms the notorious Golden Triangle – once one of the world’s largest opium producers. Today, the area is simply renowned for its beauty, with lush forests, mountain-tops and extensive rice paddies creating a picturesque landscape.

Chiang Rai

Fast Facts
  • Time Difference GMT +7 approx
  • Currency Thai Baht
  • Flight Time 13 hours 55 minutes from UK
  • Capital Bangkok
  • Best time to go November to March

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