Chiang Saen Travel Guide

  • Wat Rong Khun  - The White Temple
    Wat Rong Khun - The White Temple
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  • Another Building In Progress
    Another Building In Progress
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  • Wat Chedi Luang, Chaing Sean
    Wat Chedi Luang, Chaing Sean
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Chiang Saen Things to Do

  • Golden Buddha

    The riverfront at Chiang Saen is very attractive with some magnificent monuments brightening up the river bank.This Golden Buddha is very large and dominates the area. In fact it would stand out as a landmark if you were looking from across the river in Laos.

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  • Riverfront Monuments Beside The Mekong

    The walk along the riverfront gives many photo opportunities. The colourful monuments and decorations compete with the Mekong River and together they provide a great introduction to life in the Golden Triangle.The shops and market stalls attract your attention, however for us the riverfront kept our attention.

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  • The Golden Triangle

    This sign confirms it, we are within the Golden Triangle.My only regret was that we did not have enough time to cross the river and enter either Laos or Burma (Myanmar).

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  • Wat Chedi Luang - Actual Photos

    We stopped here to view one of the oldest Wat's from the Lanna Kingdom. There is much to see and understand, however I enjoyed walking around and admiring the various buildings. Inside the recently covered area is a Golden Buddha and local people in worship.It is believed that Wat Chedi Luang was built between the 12th and 14th centuries.

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  • Laos Immigration Control

    Looking from our hotel we could easily see the Laos Immigration centre. It is located on the other riverbank, approximately 300 metres across the river. Very inviting, however our itinerary was fully booked and we lost the opportunity to visit Laos for a half day.No airports, trains or buses, we only need our passport and visa, plus a long tail...

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  • The White Temple - Wat Rong Khun

    This temple is located in Chiang Rai, only a short drive from the city centre. We travelled down from Chiang Saen, a trip which took approximately 1 hour in our coach.This temple is being built by the Thai artist Chalermchai Kositpipat who has funded its construction from his owm pocket. He does not solicit money from anyone. He is a successful...

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  • National Museum

    This surprisingly good museum is right beside Chedi Luang Temple, and is open only Wednesday to Sunday, from 8.30am to 4.30pm. Entrance fee is 30Baht. The museum as it is now, was opened in 1997, with an aim to display and educate visitors about the history, art, archeology and socialogical history of human settlement in the region.The displays in...

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  • the Golden Triangle, have a view

    The Golden Triangle is where the 3 countries Thailand, Burma and Laos come together.The Mea Kong or Mekong or River Kong separates Thailand (where you stand) and Laos on the upper right side.The side River Ruak separates Thailand from Burma (upper left side).What you can also see is the bigger building with the red Roof. It satnds on Burmese...

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  • Mekong River Slowboat Trip

    Wether you go way up to the big temples at ... or only take a short trip, at least once when in Thailand you must get in touch with this big mother River.Generally two types of boats transport passengers on the Mekong.Speed boats and slowboats. But "slow" is only in relativity with the speed boats, so don´t expect to be tuktukering along.On one...

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  • Good luck: free some birds

    In front of the newer temple (the one with the nice look out) there are locals selling tiny cages with small birds in it. choose between two or six. It is said to bring luck to let the birds fly free - well, I would say it is at least luck for the birds that get free again!

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  • Wat Phra Dat Jom Kitti

    Another classical older Wat (temple) with a bigger Stone Chedi.The temple lies on the top of a Hill with a very nice view on the Mekong River and right into Burma.The Naga stairs has 383 steps - I would say you better walk them down than up - a lot easier.The Naga is the fabulous animal (or are thy twoo?) that is protecting the stairs.It is a...

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  • Chiang Saen - Wat Chedi Luang

    Here you'll find an impressive moss covered chedi dating back to the 13th century, as well as a crumbling temple home to several golden Buddha sculptures.

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  • Chiang Sean National Museum.

    Collected and exhibited the artifacts which found in Chiang Sean and others area. Also presented about human and communities setting in this area.Included the lifestyle of old people ex. Textiles, Kitchen equipments, Money and more.Visit here before discovering Chiang Sean city , you ‘ll get an understanding of city and also get a map shows where...

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  • Phra That Chom Kitti

    Built in 1483 BE. by King Pungkharat and Phra Chao Phrom and rebuilt again in 2030 BE. and 2224 BE.You must walk up the mountain which 'll take about half an hour for topmost where located the main Chedi called Phra That Chom Kitti.Others interested are Ku or big gate in Lanna style ,some chedis and viharns.

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  • Pa Sak temple

    Built in the reign of King Sean Phu in the 14th century AD .The main building is Chedi where built in Chiang Saen style with the combination of Mon, Burmese and Sukhothai influences.Not just the style of chedi ,all decorated stucco are one beautiul example of this Art style.

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Chiang Saen Restaurants

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    Restaurant At Night 2 more images

    by Mikebb Updated Apr 4, 2010

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    There were not many restaurants open, however the Sriwan was directly opposite our hotel and looked the best of those available outside the Resort. It is a large restaurant having an indoor section and a large verandah dining area which looks out over the river.

    We dined inside which is an open sided restaurant which adjoins the verandah. The first thing we noticed was the mosquitos, plenty of them and soon everyone was lathered with protection.

    The menu contained a large number of local dishes, all priced no higher than 150 Baht ( Au $5). We had nearly 30 people from our group dine together and this caused some delays. The food was good.

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Chiang Saen Transportation

  • Our Tour Coach

    Eventually a bus arrived to take us from Chiang Rai airport to our accommodation at Chiang Saen. It was a luxury double decker coach, comfortable seats and from the top deck we obtained an excellent view. The downstairs section contained seating with tables.We enjoyed the ride so much to our hotel and then to the White Temple that we requested the...

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  • One day boat to Luang Prabang!!!!

    For anyone who has sat through a 2 day boat trip to Luang Prabang, the service offered by the owner of the River Hill Hotel in Chiang Saen will be of great interest for any return trips.A "package" deal, including 1 night's accommoation at the hotel, including breakfast 24 hour visa service Comfortable 52km minibus transfer to Chiang Khong and exit...

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Chiang Saen Warnings and Dangers

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    Smoke Haze @ 2pm - View From Hotel

    by Mikebb Written Apr 5, 2010

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    We travelled through many rural districts during our 3 week holiday, March 2010. The smoke haze was severe in the northern districts, particularly close to the border areas of Laos and Myanmer (Burma).

    Should you suffer from Asthma make certain you take your medication.

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