Rai has a wealth of historical interest that goes back to the late
13th century. It was the first capital of the Lanna Tai
kingdom that ruled the whole of the north of Thailand, parts of
Burma, Laos and southern China. It also has many natural attractions
for visitors to enjoy and explore. A selection of ‘must see’ places
in the province is as follows:
fascinating national park should not be missed! One of the main
attractions is the beautiful cascading Nam Tok Pu Kaeng Waterfall
– which is also the largest waterfall in the province. Other waterfalls
within the park are the Nam Tok Wang Kaeo and Nam Tok Champa Thong.
There are also various caves scattered throughout the park, such
as Nang Phaya Pang Ding Cave. Much of the park is still covered
in dense, mixed forest and is home to over eighty-nine confirmed
species of bird as well as twelve different types of mammal, including
wild pig, slow loris and barking deer.
trip to Chiang Rai province would not be complete without seeing
the notorious Golden Triangle first hand! This famed border location
where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet on the Mekong River was once
supposed to be the center of all the opium poppy growing in Thailand.
Saen National Museum
interesting museum is situated in the historical town of Chiang
Saen and features some fine displays of local artifacts, as well
as various handicrafts from the surrounding area. It is best known
for its exquisite collection of bronze Buddha images in typical
Chiang Saen style (featuring oval faces and slender bodies), as
well as other Lanna art objects. Many art historians believe that
these particular collections are perhaps the first true ‘Thai’ works-of-art.
There are some fine displays of folk art, handicrafts and musical
instruments produced by the hill tribes indigenous to the area.