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869 / 116 Thanon Pemavipat A. Muang, Chiang Rai 57000, Thailand
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Forum Posts

first time in northen thailand

by nwestwood

hi, am looking at CHIANG RAI for next years holiday (october 2006) have been to thailand many times before but never to the north. will be traveling with my wife and little girl, we are looking for some where to relax for a few weeks. would like to know what chiang rai is like, is there many restaurants serving western food. what are price's like compared with the south. also what is the weather like in october, and any other things that may help.

many, many thanks for your time, i really do appreciate your help.

RE: first time in northen thailand

by dabchick2004

I have never been to Chiang Rai only Chiang Mai and I love it there the pace of life is a lot less hectic that Bangkok, and I found it a lot more reasonable cost wise, I would imagine that they are very similar.

RE: first time in northen thailand

by globerover

@ Jim (dabchick2004): Chiang Rai is even more relaxed than Chiang Mai is, although the town is growing fast now that the highway from Bangkok to Mae Sai (Burmese border) is finished and has become very busy.

Chiang Rai is a very nice place, there are a few western restaurants, they have a nice little night market, and as a whole Chiang Rai is a good starting point for trips to the Golden Triangle (Mae Sai, Mae Salong, Sop Ruak, Chiang Saen) and to hilltribes. Don't skip Doi Thung! The prices are generally a bit cheaper than in Bangkok.

RE: first time in northen thailand

by sarahreynold

Chiang rai is much quieter than Chiang Mai, it's a good place for stepping off to the more remote northern places.

Travel Tips for Chiang Rai

Golden Triangle

by yatingchen

Golden Triangle is located between Thailand, Burma and Laos, at corner of Mekong and Ruak River.

There had booming drogen trade between the minority and drogen deals.
It was taboo area for normal people.

Sop Ruak - Official center of the Golden Triangle

by iNorv9

Located about 9 km north of Chiang Saen, Sop Ruak serves as the official center of the Golden Triangle where the borders of Myanmar, Thailand and Laos meet, at the confluence of the Nam Ruak and Mekong Rivers. The “Golden Triangle” actually refers to a much larger geographic area across Myanmar, Laos and Thialand, where the opium trade has flourish for hundreds of years. Nevertheless, this is the spot where you can take your picture with the famous Golden Triangle sign. There is also a small temple atop this hilltop pavilion, the Wat Phra That Phukhao.

Additionally, a brilliant golden Buddha monument was recently built on a boat-like structure right on the shores of the Mekong. You can’t miss it driving along the main drag.

Bottom-line: Nothing particularly amazing here (unless you're an opium junkie), but cool to say you went.

Darul Ahman Mosque

by mim95

This is the oldest building and the first mosque in Chiang Rai city. Interesting enough, the name of the mosque is written in 3 languages: Thai, Arabic and Chinese. The Chinese name simply says "Chiang Rai Mosque".

There seems to be a larger population of Muslims in the northern provinces. Many are the descendents of Yunnanese (Chinese) traders who frequently travelled in the mountainous areas in China, Burma, Laos and Thailand for ceunturies. Some of them settled in Thailand, especially after the defeat of the Kuomintang (KMT) or the Nationalist in China in 1949. One scholar estimated that there is about 10,000 Yunnanese Muslims living in northern Thailand.

The mosque was closed when I passed by in the afternoon. It is likely opened in the early morning hours for prayers. And you should be properly dressed to enter the mosque, although I'm not sure if it welcomes non-Muslims.


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