Chiang Rai features outstanding natural beauty, remote hill tribes, exotic wildlife and unique Buddhist temples
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North of Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai features outstanding natural beauty, remote hill tribes, exotic wildlife and unique Buddhist temples. As the area is largely mountainous, the region is perfect for jungle trekking and mountain biking.
The so-called Golden Triangle, where the borders of Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar meet in the middle of the Mekong River, was once a hub of opium production and trade. Thanks to the ongoing works of the Royal Development Projects, these days the hill tribe villagers live sustainably by growing highland crops such as tea, coffee, macadamia nuts, peaches and flowers as well as producing various types of handicrafts, and the region has become a must-visit attraction for international visitors.
Downtown Chiang Rai is fairly small and easy to get around. Unless you plan to visit the more remote areas or the mountains, getting around on a bicycle, motorbike or on foot should suffice. Use the Clock Tower as a reference point.
There are songthaeo or minibus services running throughout the town. Fares depend on the distance.
Three-wheeled taxis (or Tuk-Tuk) and motorcycle taxis are also easy to hail and fares should be negotiated beforehand.
To visit the mountains or attractions along the border, it is best to rent a car or take a private tour so you can stop wherever and whenever you like.