Chiang Rai is another popular tourism province in northern Thailand, being full with nice atmosphere and surroundings. It is very easy to travel to. Just grab a plane ticket for about 800-1,000 Baht, not too expensive. Also, the travel time is not over 1 hour, if you start your trip from Bangkok the capital. Don’t worry about getting exhausted.
Historically, Chiang Rai’s story is quite similar to Chiang Mai’s, as they both were parts of Lanna Kingdom. Chiang Rai, in the past, used to be the homeland of Tai Yuan people, an ancient Thai ethnic group. On top of that, it was also the location of Ngoenyang Kingdom in around 7th to 13rd centuries, just before the period of Lanna Kingdom.
Nowadays, Chiang Rai consists of total 18 counties. Its border is located between Thailand, Myanmar and Laos, which is known as ‘The Land of Golden Triangle’.
Chiang Rai is about 11,678 square kilometred wide. Its landscape is mostly plateau, especially in Mae-Sruai County, Wiang-Pa-Pao County and Chiangkhong County. Mountain areas in Chiang Rai can be at 1,500-2,000 metred height above the sea level. Anyway, the highest peak of the province is Doi Lanka Luang, with 2,031 metred height.
About the climate, 24 Degree Celcius is the average temperature of Chiang Rai. This is quite cold, of course. Be sure to dress with thick costumes. This is almost the same number that appears on your air conditioner remote control. So, if you hate cold, you may consider going to Chiang Rai during February to the middle of May, because it is summer and the temperature will be at about 32 Degree Celcius. Try to avoid traveling during the end of May to the middle of October, if you don’t want your holiday to be ruined with heavy rain.
Nowadays, Chiang Rai consists of total 18 districts. Its border is located between Thailand, Myanmar and Laos, which is known as ‘The Land of Golden Triangle’.