What's Up With Chiang Rai?

mae fa luang garden at doi tund in chiang rai province

Chiang Rai town is one of those places that some guides call a "non-destination". So why do so many travelers visit? Mostly for what's around Chiang Rai.

Travel Maps

Map of Chiang Rai Province
@ Map of Doi Tung

Chiang Rai Night Market

Chiang Rai's night market is one of the more honest night markets around. The place is convenient near the center of town, a short walk from the bus station. Besides having a section with semi-permanent shops, one area is devoted to individual sellers who spread out their wares on the ground .. night market

Chiang Rai Dining

Everything from Northern barbecue to noodle stands to The Peak, an international standard restaurant atop the Dusit Island Resort. Western restaurants tend to be located along Paholyothin Road .. Chiang Rai food & dining

Chiang Rai Hilltribes

are a big cultural draw and Chiang Rai is a good staging point for Hill tribe visits and Hill tribe treks. And, generally speaking, trekking the Lao border is safer than the Burmese border .. Chiang Rai hill tribes

Doi Mae Salong

makes an excellent day trip. Perched high on a hill northwest of Chiang Rai, this Chinese enclave offers travelers everything from Chinese liquor complete with snakes in the bottle to black chicken soup. We recommend the latter .. Doi Mae Salong

Chiang Saen

is where it all began .. for the Thais, that is. This elegant little town which once served as the center of an emerging civilization has been relegated to umphur status in modern day Thailand. Yet Chiang Saen's subordination hasn't stripped away all of its ambiance. Chiang Saen

Chiang Saen Lake

It's easy to miss the sign along the highway between Chiang Rai and Chiang Saen that announces Chiang Saen Lake. If you like nature, start watching for the 21 km marker. Then take the time to stop by this unique spot. Chiang Saen Lake is a few kilometers off the main road. .. Chiang Saen Lake


is the last town on the northern tip of Thailand. The thriving gem trading center sets opposite the Burmese town of Tachilek. A bridge, which opens and loses at the whim of the Burmese government, spans a narrow waterway called the Sai River .. Maesai