General Information of Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai, the northernmost province of Thailand is about 785kilometers north of Bangkok. Situated on the Kok River basin, ChiangRai covers an area of approximately 11,678 square meters with anaverage elevation of 580 meters above sea level. The province, which islocated within the renowned Golden Triangle area where Myanmar, Laosand Thailand converge, is also known as the gateway to Myanmar, Laosand Southern China.

Chiang Rai, which was founded in 1262 by King Meng Rai,
was the first capital of the Lanna Thai Kingdom (Kingdom of a millionrice fields), which was later conquered by Burma. It was not until 1786that Chiang Rai became a Thai territory and was proclaimed a provinceduring the reign of King Rama VI in 1910.

Today, Chiang Rai is a travelers paradise endowed with abundant naturaltourist attractions and antiquities; the province itself is evidence ofpast civilization. Attractions range from magnificent mountain scenery,ruins of ancient settlements, historic sites, Buddhist shrines andethnic villages as the province is also home to several hill tribes whomaintain fascinating lifestyles. For those interested in the naturalside of Chiang Rai, jungle trekking is recommended along various trails.

Chiang Rai which tends to be a little more 'laid back' now competeswith Chiang Mai as a tourist attraction and is fast becoming a popularescape for tourists wanting to get away from the troubles they leftbehind.

How To Go to Chiang Rai

Bangkok-Chiang Rai

By Air Thai Airways has daily flights connecting Bangkok with Chiang Rai.For more information, contact their Bangkok office at tel. 0 2280 0060,0 2628 2000, the Chiang Rai Office tel. 0 5371 1179, 0 5371 5207, orview their website at

One-Two-Go offers daily flights from Bangkok to Chiang Rai. Call 1126 or book online at

SGA offers flights to Chiang Rai. Call 0 2664 6099 or visit:

By BusThe coach ride from Bangkok to Chiang Rai is probably best madeovernight since passengers can avail themselves of sleep prior to anearly morning arrival. There are both air-conditioned andnon-air-conditioned bus services from Bangkok's Northern Bus Terminal(Mochit 2 Bus Terminal) on Kamphaengphet 2 Road. The journey may takeapproximately 9-11 hours.

By CarTake Highway No. 1 (Phahonyothin Road), turn to route No. 32 passingAyutthaya, Angthong and Singburi Provinces and change to route No. 11passing Phitsanulok, Uttaradit and Phrae Provinces then turn left toHighway No. 103, drive through to Ngao District and turn right ontoHighway No. 1 which takes you to Phayao and Chiang Rai Provinces. Thetotal distance is 785 km.

By BoatThe capital may also be reached from Tha Thon in Chiang Mai provinceby a scenic 4-6 hour (depending on climatic conditions, such as rain,and other factors such as high waters and fast currents) long-tail boatride along the Mae Kok River.

Chiang Mai-Chiang Rai

By Bus Chiang Rai is 182 kilometers north of Chiang Mai. Air conditioned busesleave 12 times daily from Chiang Mai Arcade Bus Terminal to Chiang Rai.Some buses continue to Mae Sai and Chiang Saen.

By Air Airlines have numerous daily flights servicing the Bangkok-Chiang Mai route and the Chiang Mai-Chiang Rai route.

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