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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.
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 www.thaiairways.com
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.
Wang Thong Hotel Maesai
Start: 550 THB .
Golden Triangle Paradise Resort
Start: 2,000 THB .
Imperial Golden Triangle Resort
Start: 2,100 THB .
The Legend Boutique Resort & Spa
Start: 3,200 THB .
Dusit Island Resort
Start: 3,200 THB .
Rimkok Resort Hotel
Start: 1,100 THB .
River Hill Resort
Mae Fah Luang
Start: 1,600 THB .
Suanthip Vana Resort
Start: 2,700 THB .
Oneof the oldest rafting destinations in the country, Chiang Rai continuesto draw adventure seekers from all over the globe. In Chiang Rai,bamboo rafts and inflatable boats are available for the journey downthe Mae Kok, the province’smajor artery.