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Guide to Chiang Rai

Guide to Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai is located at the northern tip of Thailand, bordering Myanmar on the north and Laos on the east. Of its area of 11,678 square kilometers, more than three quarters are mountains. Yet, because of its fertile soil, plentiful water supplies and favourable climate, it has a surplus of rice and also produces large quantities of maize, beans, tobacco, longans, lychees and strawberries.

Chiang Rai, which was founded in 1262 by King Meng Rai,was the first capital of the Lanna Thai Kingdom (Kingdom of a million rice fields), which was later conquered by Burma. It was not until 1786 that Chiang Rai became a Thai territory and was proclaimed a province during the reign of King Rama VI in 1910.

Today, Chiang Rai is a travelers paradise endowed with abundant natural tourist attractions and antiquities; the province itself is evidence of past civilization. Attractions range from magnificent mountain scenery, ruins of ancient settlements, historic sites, Buddhist shrines and ethnic villages as the province is also home to several hill tribes who maintain fascinating lifestyles. For those interested in the natural side of Chiang Rai, jungle trekking is recommended along various trails.

Chiang Rai which tends to be a little more ’laid back’ now competes with Chiang Mai as a tourist attraction and is fast becoming a popular escape for tourists wanting to get away from the troubles they left behind.

Location
Chiang Rai is the northernmost province of Thailand, 785 kilometres from Bangkok. It is adjacent to Myanmar and Laos on the north, Phayao and Lampang on the south, Laos on the east and Chiang Mai on the west.

Area
It has a total area of 11,678 sq.km. and is administratively divided into 16 counties.

Climate
There are three seasons like Chiang Mai -- the hot season from March to May, the rainy season from May to October and the cool season from November to February. In the cool season, the temperature may drop to 13 C at night. It can be lower in the mountains.

Topography
Situated at about 410 metres above sea level, the area of Chiang Rai mostly consists of mountains covered with forests. There are also fertile plains along the valleys of several rivers, such as the Kok, Sai, Ing and Mekong.

Population
1,225,013 (end Dec 2007) with 605,963 males and 619,050 females.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 






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