Ban Suan House

125 Moo 6, Viang, Chiang Rai, Chiang Saen, 57110, Thailand
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The Golden Triangle - Burma, Laos & Thailand

by Mikebb

Our trip to Chiang Saen turned out to be somewhat of a surprise. Travelling with 34 orchid enthusiasts from Perth we had been in Bangkok for 5 days and took a early flight to Chiang Rai. Our itinerary indicated we were accommodated in Chiang Rai.

The fun started at Chiang Rai airport when we were met by a driver who said he was there to collect a party of 4 for transfer to Chiang Saen on the Golden Triangle. Our Tour Director was the Orchid Society President and he immediately recognized a "Stuff Up".

After an hour wait a beautiful, new double decker bus turned up and the hour long journey to Chaing Sean commenced. Upon arrival at the Golden Triangle we were very pleased with our hotel and location. Not for long as the organised afternoon visit to the White Temple, located on the over side of Chiang Rai was due to commence after a quick lunch.

What a waste this turned out to be, all that time in the bus (2 more hours) to see a 10 year old temple.

With hindsight we should have forgone the White Temple, stayed in the Golden Triangle region and enjoyed the Old City of Chiang Saen, or taken a half day tour to Laos or Burma, or visited the Opium Museum.

Chiang Saen was the capital of the Lanna Kingdom from 1327 to 1341, and subsequently became a less important city over the centuries. Today many historic sites remain in the old city. Due to time constraints we did not visit the old city.

"Smoke Haze & Low River Water Level"

Of the 21 days in Thailand 14 were in rural districts to the north and north east. The sky was constantly overcast due to the smoke haze. We were informed that for 3 weeks during March burning off is common place with some blame put on neighbouring countries.

We survived the smoke with no ill affect, the only noticeable problem being no blue sky in our photos.

We visited the Mekong on 4 or 5 occassions during our holiday and the water level was noticeable low. The locals blamed the low level on the dams China has built or are building which have reduced river flow.

Chiangsean

by pattayaraj

"Chiang Saen Historic City,Chiang Rai"

60 kms in the North East of Chiang Rai Province.

A fortified city on the Mekong river. It was once an important city controling trade with Yunnan,Southern China . Founded in 1328 AD by a grandson of King Mang Rai .Rose during the Lanna period, governed by princes from the royal family of Chiang Mai . And came under Burmese rule in 1558. In 1804 , King Rama I prevented city from invaders by burnt the city and abandoned for many years

The old city situated on the West bank of Mae Khong River .
The city surrounded by moat built from brick in the shape of rectangle and parallels to the Mae Khong River. On 3 side of moat, there?re 5 city gates and fortifications in a curve plan called Yang Teong gate ( N ) / Nong Mud gate,Chiang Saen gate , Tap Man gate ( W ) / Dinkor gate ( S ) .
Inside and outside the city , there?re so many buddhist temples ,most ?re ruins. The important temple (Wat) ?re Wat Chedi Luang ,Wat Pa Sak (outside ,near the Chiang Sean gate) ,Wat Pra That Chomkitti (outside on the North West ,on Jomkitti mountain). The art and architectural style of all ancient temples shows a unique style of Chiang Sean art in Lanna period.

I really love this old city . It's quiet and simple and easy to walk around. : )

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